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Matcha Meringue Cake

I’ve been thinking about this cake basically since I came back from Korea in December. I am not quite sure why it took so long for me to actually make it (seriously it is not difficult at all) and it is actually ridiculous how satisfied I am now that it has been made…and completely devoured. I’m not kidding about being devoured–its a 6″ cake like most I make are, and it was completely gone within 6 hours of being made even though I had no occasion to make it for. It was that delicious. And I’m going to go ahead and take credit for how good it was, because besides using the Miette cookbook for the sponge cake, everything about the cake was my own design and recipe. I am going to try to stop looking at the pictures while I focus on writing this blog post, but it might be hard. Did you look at it?! Its like a fairytale wonderland! The sponge-like consistency of Miette’s Hot Milk Cake is light but holds up …

Coconut Rainbow Cake

I know I say this all the time, but its been awhile since I have actively contributed anything to my blog and for that I apologize. Every day I would put “WRITE A BLOG POST” on my To Do List (yes, I have a daily to do list….and every other kind of list there is… >_<). And every day I would sadly copy-paste it to the next day; never having the motivation to actually write anything. Long story short, I am sitting myself down (only minimally distracted by simultaneously watching Portlandia) and writing a whole slew of blog posts. So get ready to read! (Or just look at the pictures, I totally understand if you only want to look at the pictures 😉 ) Last week I was in Europe with my family. For the first several days we were in London because my dad had to work. One night, we arranged to have dinner at a Chinese restaurant in the Shard, which at 87 floors is the tallest building in the European Union. Of …

Opera Cake

The stress-induced baking dry spell I had been in has been lifted. And fortunately or unfortunately I am beginning to once again vividly remember how much I love spending hours or days in the kitchen, slaving away over what ends up being a 7-inch cake that is devoured in what feels like seconds. Quality baking is definitely addicting, and now that I have created the masterpiece that is the Opera Cake, I am jonesing for another baking fix. Maybe its because I put together the cake while there was still natural sunlight pouring through my window, maybe its because I got a new (and much nicer) camera for Christmas, and maybe its because the color contrast was perfect, but I just adore the visual and all the pictures of this cake. I feel a bit like I am deceiving readers/viewers because the roses have nothing to do with the cake flavor, and were just tossed on spur of the moment for extra color and texture (though I have to say I am now inspired to …

White Chocolate Strawberry Entremets

I don’t know what it is about small desserts that makes them so much more appealing to make and eat–even if it takes two days to make and five minutes to devour. I want to get better at making little, intricate desserts, so when I was in Japan I visited Kappabashi-dori so that I could pick up a new silicon mold. Now I know what you are thinking, yes, you can buy these things online…but it is so much more fun to pick them out in person, and there aren’t really any stores around me–much less a whole street of stores–that has kitchen supplies like this. Anyway, I got a new 6-hemisphere silicon mold, and when I came back from Japan I finally got the chance to try it out. (Yes, it has been 6 months between making this and blogging about this, my bad). I ended up using Sandra Bakes a Party’s recipe, as it seemed intricate and still simple enough to test out this kind of dessert for the first time. The hardest …

Japan Day 80-81: *First* Trip to Nikko

The program I was on last year, IES Tokyo, has set field trips that they take every semester. The first group field trip we went on was 5 days Kanazawa, and the second was two days in Nikko. Now I have titled this post as “First” trip to Nikko because as you may know, I had an internship/RA position with IES Tokyo over the summer, and at that time our group also went to Nikko. Writing this over a year later as I am, I can’t ignore the fact that I have been there twice in the past year, even though while I was there the first time I had no idea I would be returning so soon. With its near proximity to Tokyo coupled with famous attractions and numerous ryokan and onsen, Nikko is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The first stop we made once we got to Nikko was Toshogu Shrine. 東照宮 (Toshogu) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to various carvings such as the Three Wise …

Pumpkin Spice Latte

At first I was upset that Starbucks announcing the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte was the first signifier of fall. But then I realized I ought to be excited because lets be honest, who doesn’t want to drink a liquid, caffeinated version of pumpkin pie? (Even if it is the first of September!) After spending over $5 on one Latte I decided to deprive myself of this lovely drink…Until I discovered that the internet is rife with copycat recipes. Usually I just pin recipes, deluding myself into thinking I will someday actually make them. But this time I all but ran to my kitchen, ready to get started. This recipe is actually ridiculously simple, and the best part is