Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I have been searching for a go-to white cake recipe (from scratch, for funsies), and I've finally found one! After trying several that were too dry/crumbly/hard (and often too small-batch), this one turned out perfect. This is the sprinkle-filled version, but I imagine it will be just as excellent without.

Mmm, my favorite part

I used it for mini cupcakes for my (adorable!!) neighborhood block party:

I found the cake recipe on Sprinkles bakes. I kept all of the ingredients but changed the technique a bit and used 7-minute icing from the Joy of Cooking. I am in love with this icing. Occasionally I'll be swept off my feet by something else (lately: Swiss Meringue Buttercream), but then I go back to this lovely, fluffy, marshmallowy 7-minute piece of heaven and my devotion is restored.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

So many fall desserts, so little time!

Things I need to bake while it's still fall: pumpkin caramel cupcakes with buttercream pumpkins on top; pumpkin spice latte cheesecake; mini pumpkin pies baked into cupcakes; apple cake with brown sugar glaze (with the apples that are left over from Oktoberfest's Apple Kuchen - pictured below).

Prepare to gain some weight, friends and coworkers!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Impulse buy of the day

I found this adorable owl necklace in The Ardent Sparrow Etsy shop and couldn't resist...

Although the Goodnight, Sleep Tight owl necklace was tempting...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My Halloween Costume

I haven't planned ahead for Halloween for years, and now that I live in San Francisco (this city LOVES dressing up!) I decided to come up with something at least semi-creative this year. Then I stumbled upon this dress on Modcloth!

I decided to go with cute and unique rather than cliche and slutty. I'll wear that along with a homemade cake-with-candles headpiece and perhaps my new GoGo boots ($7 at Target!):