The Cake that Almost Wasn’t

I cook and bake all the time. I would even say more times that not it goes seamlessly. Often I can alter recipes on the fly and it works even better than I thought it might. However, when it’s something I am “trying” to do thats when it’s full of mistakes and errors. You see, my birthday was coming up. I wanted to make a cake. No big deal right? Wrong! This was for my 40th birthday so I wanted it to be perfect… and that’s when it all went wrong.  Continue reading

The “Peanut Butter Cup” Cake

I make a lot of cake. My obsession with cake started over twenty years ago when I was in my early teens. Quite honestly I think cake has always been a fascination to me. Even before I got into it my mom made cakes for special occasions all the time and I can still remember sitting and watching her meticulously decorate some of these elaborate cakes. However, even with years of making cakes there was a common flaw. The cake, the texture, the flavor… in essence the “taste” and even with there almost always being a short coming I persisted. Then in this last year I went crazy making cakes. I made cakes of all sorts of flavors but it wasn’t until recently I discovered a secret that would change everything. Then it was as if the stars alined with technique, tricks, recipes, and ideas. Together they formed maybe the most perfect cake to date. The “Peanut Butter Cup” cake.  Continue reading

Miette: Recipes From San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop

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Miette is not a huge well known bakery but for those who know it I am sure they love it just as much as I do. It’s a tiny shop with a fun story. It’s based in San Francisco, was created Meg Ray, and is everything you would want in as pastry shop. The store front itself is painted the perfect shade of pink like you are walking into a giant pastry box. Inside the store every treat is meticulously crafted, packaged, and stacked. The hardest part is picking just one or two things to get.  Continue reading