Espresso Chocolate Cake

    This dark and sumptuous cake is the match for Lou Doillon‘s music and Celeste Ng’s writing.  I recently finished reading Celeste Ng’s impressive debut novel Everything I Never Told You, and the album Lay Low has been on replay for the past few days.  Surprising that such a simple cake can have such…

Apricot Almond Cake with Rosewater & Cardamom

          Nigella describes this cake as simple, fragrant and beguiling.  This elegant dessert is ideal for Passover since one cannot eat leavened baked goods during the week-long Jewish holiday.  This past Saturday I hosted my very first Seder, a ritual feast of freedom.  It was a last minute decision thought up…

Lemon Layer Cake

My family celebrated my mother’s birthday recently after her return from a cycling trip in sunny Florida.  I served up slices of this equally sunny lemon layer cake for the occasion.  Fresh, bright and tart, this dessert is perfect for springtime.  With the heat rising in the city, the outdoor terraces are filling up as…

Sweet and Salty Cake

Is it bad etiquette to bring cake to a bar? My sister and I each went out Friday night to different bars with friends, and before she stepped out I saw her off with a couple slices to give to her friends. She was more successful in her attempt, texting me a picture of her…

Balsamic Strawberry Shortcake

A few days ago, a friend requested a recipe for a strawberry shortcake. Instead of the traditional, individually-sized flaky biscuit, she was looking for a layer cake to serve at a picnic gathering. That dessert was on my to-bake list so I was more than happy to test one out. I referred to Cook’s Illustrated…

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

With spring comes picnics and BBQs along with blooming lilacs and magnolias. For a sweet and simple dessert during warm weather, I slice a fresh pineapple, wrap it in foil, pour maple syrup onto the fruit, and then set it on the grill. A pineapple upside-down cake is the baked version of this easy treat….

Caramelised Pears and Honey Cake

My semester is over! Now I anxiously wait for my grades. I need to maintain a certain gpa to have access to a government bursary while on my future student exchange. Usually this isn’t an issue, but two of my classes were tough this semester so I’m counting on my three other classes to balance…

Carrot Ginger Cake

Whether you’re celebrating Easter at a family gathering or simply welcoming a much-anticipated spring, this long weekend pairs perfectly with a carrot ginger cake. I visited the Hummingbird Bakery at their location in Notting Hill on Portobello Road when travelling around the UK at 20. I purchased the bakery’s second cookbook, Cake Days, when I…

Guinness Cake

My brother-in-law’s parents are in the process of moving. As they were going through the possessions they had in storage, they found a pair of heirloom cake stands. They thought of me and figured I would get the most use out of them, which is incredibly generous and thoughtful of them. The gold-leaf cake stands…

Flourless Chocolate Cake

During a marathon of House of Cards, I baked a dark, intense dessert to match the show’s atmosphere. This flourless chocolate cake is dense and deeply chocolaty. The water bath results in a lush texture, while the chilled eggs results in a denser foam which enhances the cake’s smooth velvet texture. The smell is intoxicating…