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L’Opéra Cake Gâteau, The Opera Cake that Sydney Loves

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in Cakes, Home, x | 3 comments

L’Opéra Cake Gâteau, The Opera Cake that Sydney Loves

Last Christmas, 2010, I introduced Sydney to a white opéra cake, with a crème bavaroise filling; she became an admirer from the first bite. I can still see her eyes wide and the glow of complete palate satisfaction. She normally prefers bittersweet chocolate over the ivory; however there was something about the ivory opéra cake that grabbed her attention. L’opéra gâteau blanc (white opera cake) is her favorite cake; she was hoping to be able to prepare, bake, and enjoy one for this Christmas, 2011. This year, however was DF’s turn to choose the Christmas dessert, he chose a...

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Petit Fours, The Elegant Way to Say I Love You

Posted by on Aug 18, 2011 in Cakes, Home, x | 8 comments

Petit Fours, The Elegant Way to Say I Love You

Well, it is birthday week again in the Noto home. Though each birthday is special, Sydney’s week always is a little more exceptional, and this is her nineteenth birthday. Time seems to leap, gallop, and sprint by, as each year passes. It was only a blink away when I brought my little burrito wrapped baby home; now she is a sophomore in college, a beautiful young woman starting her own life. I seem to always become a “tad” nostalgic during Sydney’s birthday week. She wanted to start off her week with petit fours, so we created two different cakes and sizes. We decided...

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January Joconde-athon

Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in Cakes, Home, x | 18 comments

January Joconde-athon

Gâteaux aux Framboises Starting from the middle of December 2010 joconde cakes have been a major baking pastry in our kitchen. So you can imagine my surprise when on January 1st I openened The January 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Astheroshe of the blog accro. She chose to challenge everyone to make a Biscuit Joconde Imprime to wrap around an Entremets dessert. I looked at Sydney and both agreed we did not want to exclude ourselves from the challenge, but we did want to have a sense of fair play to the artist exposition of the other Daring Baker’s. Our joconde-ahton...

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A Comedy Errors

Posted by on Jan 22, 2011 in Cakes, Home, x | 172 comments

A Comedy Errors

I must start off by saying this was one of the most entertaining cakes Sydney and I created; however if you had been with us in kitchen you would have thought you were part of a sitcom. Since  the tulip paste and cake had been baked and assembled the previous night (which I would highly recommend) the decorations and glaze was all we had left to accomplish. The first task we tackled was caramelizing the hazelnuts, which is not difficult, but messy and very hot. The method is to caramelize sugar and water allowing the temperature to cool down, dip hazelnuts that have been skewered and hung...

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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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