Fireball Brownies

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

Sponge Cake with Raspberry Mousse (and Macarons)

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)

Macarons

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

Devil’s Chocolate Food Cake with German Chocolate Icing (and Modelling Chocolate)

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)

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

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 recipe and used my go-to pie crust recipe.