cookies ‘n cream cake with chocolate buttercream.

photo from my instagram

a quick update to share my latest cake! a cookies and cream cake decorated with chocolate and vanilla buttercream.

if you know your oreos well, you’ll notice the piping is inspired by milk’s favorite cookie. i must say, this is some of my best piping yet.

i’m still messing around with the cookies and cream cake recipe, so here’s the chocolate buttercream recipe for now.

chocolate buttercream
from wilton

yield about 3 cups

1/2 cup shortening
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup cocoa powder
4 cups confectioner’s sugar

in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat together shortening and butter. add in vanilla extract and cocoa powder until incorporated. a cup at a time, add the confectioner’s sugar. once all the confectioner’s sugar has been mixed in, add milk a tablespoon at a time until buttercream is fluffy. use right away to frost cake or cupcakes. yum!


red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies.

it’s valentine’s day week. i can already hear people around me dreading it.

the commercialized day of love.
another hallmark holiday.
because i’m single and everyone is in a relationship.
love sucks.

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vanilla bean madeleines.

happy friday, and yay for a three day weekend!
today is one of my student leader’s partner’s birthday. they’re doing a small celebration for him, so she asked me to make a cake for his birthday.

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brownie pudding.

sometimes, we all just need a moment to recharge. we need fresh air. to be reminded of the breath and depth of the larger picture when we’re tunnel visioned in the details.

after a weekend of long days, late nights, and draining student leader training sessions, i needed my recharge moment. spring semester starts this week, and i need to be in the right mindset. it is too soon to be feeling tired!

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molten chocolate peppermint cake.

i found this recipe a few years ago while flipping through my rachael ray magazine. i take this out for very special occassions: holidays, special company, and a particularly hard day when all seems to suck.

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