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When Life Gives You Lemons…

When life gives me lemons, I make Lemon-Blueberry Chiffon Cake.

It’s the summer now.  The weather’s getting warmer, the clothes are getting shorter, and the fruits are getting sweeter.  One of my favorite things to eat, in the world, are summer fruits.  Mangoes, lemons, pineapples, the list is endless.  The best thing is coming from a hot day, and engulfing a large bowl of fresh, cold fruit.

Lemons and blueberries are one of my favorite combinations on the entire planet.  The tart, sour taste of the lemon is brightened and complimented with the sweetness of the blueberry.  And, the yellow and blue color of both fruits is such a cheerful and happy combination.  I mean, how can you not be in a lively mood with blue and yellow?

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Chocolate Macarons

The only thing that could possibly improve the macaron is with chocolate.  Ever since my last post about macarons, I’ve improved my technique a bit, and I’m proud to say I can successfully make them almost every time.  Now the only thing left for me to do in the macaron world besides mastering the cookie, of course, is to make every flavor known to man.  I decided to start with something simple, the chocolate macaron.   Continue reading Chocolate Macarons

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting is the most delicious frosting, tart, sweet, and wonderful frosting that was ever invented on this planet.  It’s my favorite, and it’s so versatile and it goes well with ANYTHING.  I used to only make cream cheese frosting, until some friends of mine grew sick and tired of it.  But me?  Please, I will never get sick and tired of cream cheese frosting. Continue reading Cream Cheese Frosting

RE:Framed: Photography and the power of the Rule of Thirds

The Power of Three.  Not one, but Three.  I’ve been obsessing over this concept recently ever since I came across it in The Count of Monte Cristo.  This book, which essentially is Pretty Little Liars meets Revenge meets Gossip Girl is, although long, full of twists and turns and metaphors, and in short, it’s just great.  Now, not to give away any spoilers, the main character of The Count of Monte Cristo  splits himself into 3 main characters in which he uses to enact his revenge on his enemies.  Other instances in the novel occur in threes as well – which led me to question the significance of this crazy number. Continue reading RE:Framed: Photography and the power of the Rule of Thirds

Classic Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet was the first flavor of cake that I fell in love with.  It’s unique chocolate-y, slightly tart flavor and vivid red color makes it unique against all other cakes.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with red velvet, let me break it down for you.  It’s a vanilla base cake, with just a touch of coco and tastes delightfully tangy and sweet.  It’s dense and moist crumb yields an incredible velvet texture.  Red velvet isn’t just vanilla, or isn’t just chocolate; it’s a wonderful combination of both. Continue reading Classic Red Velvet Cupcakes

Fresh Strawberry Layer Cake

Nothing makes me more excited about the Spring than vibrant fresh fruits, like strawberries and mangos.  I was inspired to bake this cake after my friend, Yasir, requested it from my innovation project, Krimi Sweets.  This cake is super easy and fast to assemble.  The cake base isn’t tricky itself, and the frosting isn’t temperamental either.

 

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies!

Crinkle cookies are delicious, cake-like cookies coated in a layer of powdered sugar.  Normally, you’d find recipes online for these cookies that use cake mix.  And I am an advocate of making everything from scratch!  This recipe is super easy and makes about 3 dozen cookies per batch!  Enough to feed a small crowd of 1! (Just kidding)  I love eating these fresh out of the oven when they’re warm and goey and the combination of powdered sugar to cookie just melts in your mouth.  Or, you can save them and dip them with a tall glass of milk as a perfect treat to end the day.  However you eat these cookies, they will, no doubt, satisfy whatever sweet craving you have.  These cookies are favorites to whoever I feed them to, and I’m sure they’ll turn into your favorites as well! Continue reading Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies!

RE:Framed: My (Baking) Comrades

Ever since I found out about the sweet world of baking, it’s like a night light shined in my life.  I found that the most frustrating thing about life itself is that I have practically no control over anything.  But with baking,  am finally in control of what goes in and out and I can dictate exactly what I want to happen.  I feel at ease when I bake, and more importantly, I feel myself and calm.

“They are more to me than life, these voices, they are more than motherliness and more than fear; they are the strongest, most comforting thing there is anywhere: they are the voices of my comrades.” -Paul Baumer, All Quiet on the Western Front Continue reading RE:Framed: My (Baking) Comrades

Supreme Dense Brownies

No matter how many French Macarons, classic Chocolate Chip Cookies, or cupcakes that you bake in life, you’re always going to have a large, sweet spot for the baked, fudgy, homemade brownie.

That’s right.  Brownies without a boxed mix, because you’re better than that.

I’ve made crunchy brownies, I’ve made brownies that were chewier than gum.  But, today, I think I’ve reached brownie heaven.   Continue reading Supreme Dense Brownies

RE:Framed: Uses for Leftover Cake

Some of the best things I’ve made in the kitchen are made of ingredients I already have in my pantry that I just spontaneously throw in to whatever I’m making for a delicious dish or dessert.  Sometimes, I’ll make a yummy trifle with some leftover cake I have lying around the house.  Speaking of leftover cake, cake pops are great made with leftover cake and frosting.  (If you happen to have any)  It’s taking what you already have and making it into something greater.  A lot of times, recipes call for ingredients that I have no idea where to buy or if they even exist where I live.  Thankfully, for Google, there are some substitutions that I think make an even better product. Continue reading RE:Framed: Uses for Leftover Cake