Category Archives: Just me

Leaving for Turkey then Italy today!

Hey guys!

Just wanted to let you all know that I will be leaving for Istanbul, Turkey today. I will be in Turkey for a few days and then we head over to Italy until June 16th. I will make sure to take photos of all my amazing dessert finds so I can share them with everyone when I get back!

Have a great couple of weeks!

Happy Baking!

-Me

PS. If you get bored while I’m gone. Check this out. I got my very first short story published! Hope you all enjoy!

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Surprise Birthday Cupcakes for Sheva’s Mom

My beautiful roommate, Sheva, threw a surprise birthday for her Mom! It was really cute and I made birthday cupcakes! Sheva wanted something light, tasty and chic. This is what I came up with:

It’s a white cake cupcake, dipped in ganache, decorated with white non pareils and homemade white chocolate leaves.

So, make your white cake cupcakes.

Make ganache.

While you wait for your ganache to thicken, make your white chocolate leaves. Go outside and pick a few leaves you think are pretty. Melt white chocolate. dip the bottom side of the leaf in the chocolate.

Place the leaf in the freezer for a minute or two. Then peel the leaf off.

Then you end up with this!

Dip the cupcakes in ganache and then dip half in white non pareils.

I made round chocolate dots with chocolate candy melts, but you can use large chocolate chips if you’d like. Place one in the center of the cupcake.

Then place a mini chocolate chip off to it’s side.

Place a leaf on the mini chocolate and dig the end of it under the chocolate round in the middle.

Place another mini chocolate chip to the side.

Place another leaf on the cupcake.

Place one more!

Voila!

I have this really pretty cupcake tier that my beautiful roommate bought me. It was perfect for the party.

Everyone really liked them and they tasted light and yummy!

WHITE CAKE CUPCAKE

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 1/2 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 7 large egg whites

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake or muffin tins with papers; set aside. Into a medium bowl, sift together cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Combine milk and vanilla in a glass measuring cup.
  • Place butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and beat until pale and creamy. With mixer on medium speed, gradually add sugar in a steady stream; continue beating until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low.
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk mixture and starting and ending with the flour. Do not overbeat.
  • In a clean bowl of electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold one-third of the whites into flour mixture to lighten. Fold in remaining egg whites in two batches, being careful not to deflate the whites.
  • Pour batter into prepared tins, filling cups to about 1/2 inch from the tops. Bake until a cake tester inserted near the centers comes out clean and the tops spring back when pressed lightly in the center, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool completely before icing or storing.

GANACHE

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 + 1/8 cups heavy cream
  • 6 ounces best-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

DIRECTIONS

Bring the cream just to a boil, stirring occasionally, in a small saucepan over medium heat; remove from heat. Put the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl, and pour the cream on top; let stand for 5 minutes. Gently stir until the ganache is smooth and glossy. Refrigerate the ganache, stirring occasionally, until slightly cooled and thickened, about 10 minutes (do not let it harden).

Happy Birthday Farzin Joon! I had such a great time at your party! Here are some fun photos from the evening.

Here we have Sheva’s mom when we first surprised her!

Here’s me and my roommate. She’s so pretty.

Me and my pretty mom!

The family and my cupcakes on the side!!!

One last shot of my cupcakes before they got eaten!

Me and my mom being cool. 🙂

Hope you guys enjoyed!

Happy Baking!

-Me

A Trip Through Berkeley

Okay, so I know this isn’t a lot about baking, but I had to share my last trip to Northern California because I had so much fun!

So first off, I went to my favorite Cafe in Berkeley Crixa Cakes. In college, I came here often, ordered a slice of cake and read.

So I went there twice during my Berkeley trip. The first time I got this:

Flourless Chocolate Cake and a vanilla latte. Delicious!

One thing I love is their beautiful vitrine:

So then on a different day, I went to one of my other favorite places in Berkeley, with my friend Joe.

We went to Cheeseboard.

And we ate this:

Asiago cheese, truffle oil, caramelized onions and fresh parsley. Cheeseboard never fails to impress me.  Then I went to the Cheeseboard bakery and bought a double chocolate loaf.

We also walked around the flower market next door and I took a couple photos.

Later I decided that Joe had to finally make a visit to Crixa Cakes. I couldn’t stand a Cal grad not having been to the best cafe/bakery in town. So we headed over. We shared an amaretti cream cake and I got this amazing dark chocolate drink with steamed milk called an old fashioned romantic. 🙂

Needless to say, we enjoyed it.

Later on in the day, I found this place:

Oh, Berkeley, sometimes, I really miss you. Most of all though, I miss Berkeley because it is the current home of this man:

I love him so much. We celebrated our Valentine’s day by going to Burger Bar in San Francisco. It’s one of my favorite chef’s restaurants, Hubert Keller. The burgers were AMAZING, but even more so, the milk shakes were to die for. We got this one:

It’s coffee ice cream with caramel sauce and butterscotch chips. Mmmmmm. This is what it looked like around 2 minutes later:

It was a very beautiful week in a city that really had a lot to do with who I am. I miss Berkeley and the yummy treats and especially the handsome boy namedRobin who lives there. 🙂

Have a good day!

Mel

Hi.

Hi!

How Desserts Make Me Feel

This is from Angelina's in Paris

My name is Melody. I bake…a lot. I thought it’d be nice to share the process. I’m not a professional baker. I just like sugar. When I graduated from college I decided to pick up a hobby. Enter baking. This blog is just an outlet I can use to share my creations and disasters with you. 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

Sincerely,

me [Melody]