Vanilla Butter Cake with Italian Meringue Icing (and Rolled Fondant)

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)

Carrot Cake

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

Chocolate 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).

Pear and Fig Pie

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 recipeĀ and used my go-to pie crust recipe.

Spekulatius Cookies

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

Candied Oranges

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