Roopa I’m back in pastry school! How exciting! This time, I’m taking a two week cake decorating certificate program at the Vancouver Pastry Training Centre, so it’s a little less baking focused and a little more decorating focused than other classes I’ve taken. Chef Marco strongly believes that if you don’t know how to bake … More Vanilla Butter Cake with Italian Meringue Icing (and Rolled Fondant)
Roopa My boss got married!! Very exciting! I have managed to miss baking something for his last three birthdays so I felt like a marriage cake was appropriate compensation. Note that this was a celebratory marriage cake and not actually a wedding cake. He loves carrot cake, so I decided on this carrot cake recipe … More Carrot Cake
Roopa My coworker Rebecca is having a baby girl! We’re all very excited for her and while I unfortunately could not attend the shower I offered to make a cake. It’s the year of the pig so she wanted a pig themed cake. Can’t say that’s not an interesting request. While I can appreciate fondant … More A Pig Themed Baby Shower Cake!
Roopa I was asked to make a cake for my friend’s baby shower, so after some insta-creeping, this was the aesthetic I decided on. I was a little rushed so things didn’t turn out exactly as intended, but I enjoyed my first experience of buttercream painting (and realized I need to be MUCH more patient).
Roopa I wanted to make something a little bit unique for my sister’s birthday, so after a lot of pondering, I settled on this pear and fig pie. I adapted it from this pie recipe and used my go-to pie crust recipe.
Roopa I had to bake something for a birthday and for some gluten free people on the same day, so I decided to make two almond tortes that I adapted from this StyleSweetCA recipe. While making it, there were a few parts that didn’t look how I envisioned them, so I’d probably tweak some proportions … More Chocolate Almond Torte
Roopa I made a cake for a friend who said he likes chocolate, and pecan pie, so I figured I’d combine the two! I decided to make this chocolate honey pecan pie from Sprinklebakes. I used the filling from that recipe and one of my favourite pie crust recipes. I hadn’t really baked a pie … More Chocolate Honey Pecan Pie
Roopa A stollen is a traditional German bread filled with nuts, spices, and candied fruit. Apparently this stollen is the gem of this German pastry course, and we were advised not to share it with anybody. The overall appearance of the stollen is supposed to represent the baby Jesus wrapped in blankets. While I would … More Dresdner Christmas Stollen
Roopa Spekulatius (or ‘Speculoos’ or ‘Speculaas’) are a spiced shortcrust biscuit from …Europe? It would seem that there is a lot of debate over where these cookies originate from. They are thin, crunchy cookies, and are typically made in a hand carved wooden mold. I was more than a little bit excited to make these! … More Spekulatius Cookies
Roopa We talked specifically about oranges, but this applies for any other fruit as well. DIRECTIONS Cut the peel into nice quarters Blanch the orange peels by submerging them in boiling water for 20 – 30 seconds. This cleans the skin, and also opens the cells so they can absorb sugar Put the peels into … More Candied Oranges