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Boston Cream Pie: A Special Thanksgiving Dessert

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Home, Tutorials | 17 comments

Boston Cream Pie: A Special Thanksgiving Dessert

Boston Cream Pie happens to be DF’s favorite dessert; Sydney and I normally bake him a special Boston Cream Pie for his birthday every year! This year Sydney thought, since DF’s birthday is two weeks prior to Thanks giving, Boston Cream Pie would be the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert, and DF had his second favorite dessert, Belgium Chocolate Cake . You might be wondering about the traditional pumpkin and apple pie, no worries those wonderful Thanksgiving desserts will adorn our table too. When Sydney first approached me with the idea of changing the “main”...

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Lavender, Vanilla, and Sugar, Oh My Lavender-Vanilla Macarons

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in French Macarons, Home, x | 10 comments

Lavender, Vanilla, and Sugar, Oh My Lavender-Vanilla Macarons

Besides the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, summer has to be my favorite season; I love the high temperatures (92 degrees and I am in heaven), long days of sunshine, warm nights, and the aroma of herbs and flowers. Lavender, Poppies, Roses,Peonies, Amaranthus, and Calla Lily; I could go on and on, but I am enthralled  with the flowers that I can use in my baking. This summer has gone by so quickly, I can’t believe it is already August. Between celebrations, graduations, and weddings I had not realized Sydney has been macaron deprived; she had been reminding for a few...

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German Chocolate Cake: A Special Birthday Gift For James

Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Cakes, Home, x | 12 comments

German Chocolate Cake: A Special Birthday Gift For James

James’ Birthday Cake My hairdresser, James, lost his mother in 2009, every year for his birthday she would bake him a German Chocolate Cake. A friend of his was given the recipe and has taken on that responsibility of baking his birthday cake. Sydney and I asked him what I could do this year for his birthday. He wanted us to create a German Chocolate Cake for him. The last thing I wanted to do was compete with his mother’s recipe, that would be a recipe for disaster (ha ha). I went with my own creation and hoped he would enjoy my cake as well! James is a unique sole, he is caring...

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Tuxedo Mousse, My Invitation was Lost Again

Posted by on Mar 5, 2011 in Home, Mousse Cakes, Pastries and Viennoiseries, x | 39 comments

Tuxedo Mousse, My Invitation was Lost Again

My Chocolate friends are waiting I’m always the last dressed and ready! All Dressed Up Since every year my Oscar invitation seems to get lost in the mail, rather then sitting around and sulking I implemented my own Oscar bash about 10 years ago! I am sure Leonardo DiCaprio, Natalie Portman, and Jeff Bridges felt badly they were unable to attend Bobbie’s Oscar Party, but they did have another engagement! Walking the White Carpet The 73rd Academy Awards, in 2001, was the debut of my wonderful Oscar Party, it started with four families and all their children. That year just to have...

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Framboise Mousse Cake

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Home, Mousse Cakes, Mousses and Pudding, x | 38 comments

Framboise Mousse Cake

Sydney and I were trying to challenge ourselves with a dessert we had never made before. I recently purchased these amazing pans and a few books about working with these pans. We thumbed through the book and both us fell in love with ” bergamotier,” We changed the flavor to Framboise ( if you have read my blog than you know we love raspberry and strawberry), but we absolutely loved the look and concept. The composition consists of Framboise mousse with a caramel mousse submerged into the framboise mousse on top of a framboise sponge, and decorated with a neutral glaze and...

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Mini Chocolate Rum Caramel Cups

Posted by on Jan 16, 2011 in Candies, Home, x | 68 comments

Mini Chocolate Rum Caramel Cups

A few nights past I had a chocolate cup graving so desperately, if I didn’t know better I would have thought I was pregnant. Since that is physically impossible I begged Sydney to help me create  a coupe dozen. It wasn’t that hard to convince her since she loves them also. The chocolate rum cups are fairly easy to make, the most tedious step is brushing the melted bittersweet chocolate on the mini cupcake silicone liners. We began with the chocolate; you will need at least 3 separate layers of the chocolate. The method involves melting the chocolate, tempering the chocolate...

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Winter Wonderland of Snowflake Petit Fours

Posted by on Dec 19, 2010 in Cakes, Home, x | 95 comments

Winter Wonderland of Snowflake Petit Fours

I was contacted by a panicked client, who over the years has become a good friend (RG), she had volunteered to bring holiday treats to her son’s third grade class party. This phone call was initiated late Saturday evening and  the party is this Thursday; as my client anxiously explained she had forgotten about the commitment, between work and her other children. Knowing this time of year, we are inundated with obligations (I also have a tendency to hardly ever say no) she felt bad asking if I could bake sweet goodies for her son’s party. Did I mention she hates baking. Without...

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HALLOWEEN TREATS NO TRICKS

Posted by on Oct 24, 2010 in Candies, Home, x | 61 comments

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I just love Halloween; and why not?  What other time can you knock on a door and be treated with a sweet goody? Of course it really is not as safe as it was when I was little, in fact Sydney only ever “trick or treated” with friends in our neighborhood or at school parties, which is why every year I go NUTS baking homemade candy, cookies, cupcakes and cakes, you get the idea. This year I thought it would be different, Sydney being away at school in Illinois, but she transferred back, so the baking began a while ago. She actually helped me with Pinktober and walked “The...

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Macaronotized & and Sydney

Posted by on Jul 5, 2010 in French Macarons, Home, x | 97 comments

Macaronotized & and Sydney

I hate to admit this new obsession I have: The french Macaron. There are days I find myself off somewhere just dreaming up recipes for new flavors of macarons, I believe I have been “macarontized.” The feeling is almost hypnotic. I am driving Sydney nuts, my goodness its summer, 92 degrees in the shade and I want to turn the oven on to bake macarons! We compromised, I would work early in the morning before the heat becomes too bad! I have been working on Citron Souffle Macaron Shell with a special Swiss Meringue Buttercream, White Chocolat Blanc Shell Macaron, Cerise-Vanille...

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