Breakfast/afternoon tea

lost ingredient – café au lait cake

June 25, 2015
Café au lait Cake

  Coffee cake, also known as Kuchen or Gugelhupf, evolved from the ancient honey cake. When coffee made it’s way to 17th century Europe, coffee cakes were invented as an accompaniment to the new beverage.

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sugar differential – rhubarb almond honey cakes

June 11, 2015
Rhubarb Honey Almond Cakes

  There is a difference between almond paste and marzipan. Marzipan is made from almond paste but with much higher sugar content—and egg whites are sometimes added. It has a smoother texture and is more pliable, easier to roll, and use for molding and decorating.

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oat couture – blueberry almond granola cake

February 20, 2015
Blueberry Almond Granola Cake

  A few weeks ago, one of my gym buddies gave me a jar of her homemade granola. She makes a large batch periodically and shares it with our circle of friends. Her granola has been the snack of choice amongst us.

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asset management – apple almond cake

November 14, 2014
Apple Almond Cake

  It’s only the beginning of November and my dance card is full for the rest of the year with three major events. One is a gathering at our friend’s house for Thanksgiving, for which I’ll be helping out and turning out some desserts. The second one is M’s birthday. Yes, both occasions are celebration […]

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parks & recreation – coconut cake w honey coconut glaze

October 30, 2014
Coconut Cake w Honey Coconut Glaze

  Last weekend, we gathered at  Brooklyn Bridge Park for the much anticipated picnic of the New York food clan. With the warmth of the sun and a cool river breeze, we spread our haul of dishes prepped at home, across two long tables, and started the charcoal on the grill. The feast could have fed […]

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belated & beloved – german chocolate chocolate tea cake

September 26, 2014
German Chocolate Chocolate Tea Cake

  As much as I welcome fall, there’s still unfinished business to close out from summer—the birthday celebration of the Leos.

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change with paste – blueberry almond cake

September 19, 2014
Blueberry Almond Cake

  I said goodbye to summer in my last post and thought I’d be ready to move on into the Fall . . . not quite so, as it turns out. The weather may have cooled, but produce at the Farmer’s Market stated that summer was holding on.

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scent of a season – petite strawberry cakes w meyer lemon curd

April 25, 2014
Petite Strawberry Cakes w Meyer Lemon Curd

Spring is here, and I can’t wait to be outside to enjoy the weather. A walk in the park, a visit to the Farmer’s Market, or simply a casual stroll in the neighborhood is my way to say hello to the new season.

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the big picture – orange-scented honey almond cakes

March 21, 2014
Orange-scented Honey Almond Cakes

Ever since 2014 rolled around, I’ve been out of luck. I’m not talking about major catastrophes in my life—just the feeling that everyday, the universe is going against me.

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rock my world – matcha white chocolate cake w hibiscus cream (gf)

November 15, 2013
Matcha White Chocolate Cake w Hibiscus Cream (gf)

For the last few weeks, I’ve been changing up my workout routine, taking a class at my gym’s branch in Rockefeller Plaza. It’s an area I don’t frequent because of the high density of tourists. For Atletica, though, I’m willing to push through the out-of-town gawkers for a good sweat.

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making the grades – ‘fruit & nut’ chocolate cake

November 1, 2013
'Fruit & Nut' Chocolate Cake

Now that Halloween is over, did you satisfy your sweet tooth—or do you still have bags of individually wrapped bite-size candies waiting for you in a cabinet? Enough to make you slip into a sugar coma? Living in NYC, we don’t have kiddies ringing the doorbell for trick or treat, so we’re spared from having left […]

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