Roopa It was my friend Rebecca’s birthday and she is a big Fireball aficionado. Not really sure why, but that’s besides the point. We were having a conversation about birthday baking, and I told her that the entire point of having a friend who bakes is that you can get whatever you want, and aren’t … More Fireball Brownies
Roopa One of the other techniques we worked on briefly was decorating sugar cookies with royal icing. I have always been intrigued by these videos but never actually was motivated enough to try. Honestly, it’s not for me. Aside from technical issues – my flood icing wasn’t runny enough so rather than flooding my cookies … More Cookies with Royal Icing
Roopa Macarons have been a little bit of a challenge for me since moving to Vancouver. My apartment gets up to 66% humidity in summer, and it rains constantly in winter, so getting the shells to dry properly is a bit of a challenge. Either way, I was pretty intrigued to see what Chef Marco’s … More Macarons
Roopa On day two of cake decorating class, we switched over to a more chocolatey direction. My favourite direction! Obviously, the most important part here is the quality of chocolate used. We used Casa Luker dark chocolate/cocoa in this recipe, but any high quality chocolate brand will do. Day 2: Cake: Devil’s chocolate food cake … More Devil’s Chocolate Food Cake with German Chocolate Icing (and Modelling Chocolate)
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