Roopa I was recently introduced to Gansitos, which are Twinkie-esque Mexican snack cakes. Maybe they’re great if you grow up eating them, but my first impression was overly processed mediocrity. After trying them, I felt compelled to make a better version of them, and I definitely succeeded!
Roopa My coworker Brandon got married last weekend, and through a series of events I ended up making the wedding cake. It was a pretty small and informal wedding and they just wanted a simple 6″ cake, so there wasn’t a ton of planning/time required. They wanted a white cake with an almond icing and … More Blackberry Wedding Cake
Roopa Now that I’ve joined the birthday baking committee at work, I will be making ~50% of the birthday treats at the office. I’m also going to be making a wedding cake in August, so there was an icing style I wanted to try out on this cake. They want a cool ruffle texture (which … More Lemon Cake with Swiss Meringue Icing
Roopa Alright, so it’s not so much a sky high cake as it is a cake baked at a high altitude. I’ve started a new job in a new city, and (unsurprisingly) joined the workplace birthday baking committee and volunteered for the first birthday of the year. Between a new oven and a new altitude, … More Sky High Chocolate Cake
Roopa This project really affirmed my decision not to go into fashion design… For realsies though, I’ve really learned that a project like this goes so much better when you have a vision going in. I have some conflicting aesthetics going on that could have been addressed with a little more foresight, but I’m overall … More A Rice Krispie Purse (and Marshmallow Rolled Fondant)
Roopa This was a particularly exciting cake because I got to try some completely new techniques! I’d never airbrushed a cake before, and I’d never used pastillage before. We also used the fondant that we made on day one, which is vastly better than commercial fondant. Day 4: Cake: Carrot cake (sabayon) Icing: Raspberry custard … More Carrot Cake with Raspberry Icing (and Pastillage)
Roopa This cake was probably one of the most aesthetically pleasing cakes I have ever made, and also one of the most interesting. The stenciled sponge cake outside was a really cool technique I’d never done before, and how can you go wrong with macarons and fruit as toppings? Day 2: Cake: Jaconde sponge cake; … More Sponge Cake with Raspberry Mousse (and Macarons)
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!