November 4, 2013

very chocolate cake

I've made this chocolate cake several times already for two different birthdays. Some said it was the best chocolate cake they've ever had. Also, it's my favorite so far. It's a no-frills very chocolatey cake.

October 27, 2013

banana and chocolate bread

I had three leftover ripe bananas and a bag of chocolate chunks. What to do. What to do. Aha, nothing better than fresh banana bread. 

I used a tried and true basic recipe, but modified it. For example, I added one cup (half bag) of Trader Joe's semi-sweet chocolate chunks. I also added banana and vanilla extract for more distinct flavors. I decreased the baking time from the suggested 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes for much moister bread. I used coconut milk instead of buttermilk. The result? A beautiful loaf of banana bread with chunks of chocolate sweetness. 

Severin and I have inhaled slices for our afternoon tea and of course, dessert. It is addicting.

October 15, 2013

How to Make Soft Oatmeal Cookies

I haven't baked in awhile, so I decided to invite my friend, McKenna, to stop by my kitchen and have a video baking party. It's my first time doing a baking video tutorial, so forgive me if I'm slow to the game. Hope you enjoy our personalities (and my crazy laugh). And that is Yoshi in the last part of the clip, chewing on his bone. The recipe can be found here

December 9, 2012

macarons and salted caramel

Macarons are the new cupcake. Well, so I say. After my recent trip to Paris, France in September, I was intrigued on how to make this meringue cookie. I took a baking class at Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories in Santa Monica, California and within three hours, I was able to crank out some beautiful, insanely-delicious macarons.

December 26, 2011

chocolate and peppermint cupcakes

I lost a bet in the beginning of the NFL 2011 season. Now I owe Marco cupcakes. I used whatever ingredients I had on hand. What's this: Junior Mints and chocolate. Done. 

Side note: I also concocted a great tasting frosting recipe by combining chocolate buttercream and cream cheese frostings and it made a very silky and delicious topping. You should try it.