Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Whipped Cream


The first time I tried ube (purple yam) was way back in high school. We met via traditional Filipino desserts like halo halo and puto. The attraction was instantaneous which is not surprising considering my love of yams.  It's not super sweet and has an almost nutty quality - the perfect combination for someone with a mellow sweet tooth.

Last year, I had the honor of making another wedding cake so it was serendipitous when the bride and groom mentioned ube as a flavor idea. I did my best with the information available and made two different recipes. Unfortunately, neither of them turned out very good. The regular cake was too heavy while the chiffon version was a little dry. It is, after all, a yam cake.

Bolo de Bolacha {Cookie Cake}


Traditions are a funny thing. You spend your childhood blissfully unaware of the rest of the world, thinking what goes on in your house is no different than anywhere else. You get a little older, and the world gets a little bigger. Some of the small things you dismissed as, "just part of another holiday" become more special.... like this cake.

Bolo de Bolacha (which translates to "Cookie Cake") was a dessert made only around Christmas. It's a Portuguese classic and very similar to the Salame de Chocolate that I posted a few years back. I absolutely loved this cake as a kid. The texture is smooth and the flavor is simply delicious. It's incredibly basic in theory but the ingredients work together perfectly.

The DMV Cheaters Guide for the Holidays 2017

I love food. A lot. One of the first things I do when going on vacation or visiting a new town is research the top coffee shops and bakeries. There's an itinerary list based on consumption. Yes, I'm that person whose ears perk up and shouts, "oh you're going there? you have to try this spot!" I'm not ashamed of it because it has helped broaden my palette and has inspired dozens of recipes.

With the holidays barreling forward, I thought it might be helpful to share a few choice spots. Some people simply do not have the time (or energy) to bake cinnamon rolls or decorate the perfect sugar cookie. This goes out to you - because "cheating" doesn't have to be a bad thing.

Sailor Moon Cake and Cupcakes


It's so frustrating when you make something that you're proud of... and don't get the opportunity to take a decent photo of the final product! Such is the case with this Sailor Moon themed cake and cupcakes. By the time I had finished, the sun was set and I was rushing to get ready for our friend's birthday dinner in Washington D.C. Most of these images were taken in a dimly lit Brazilian restaurant via our cell phones. Ah well!

Raw "Candy Corn" Cheesecake


This post is a day late and a dollar short but I couldn't resist sharing! Bookmark it for next Halloween! It is a super cute Raw "Candy Corn" Cheesecake from the Unconventional Baker who specializes in food without the use of artificial colors, sweeteners, and flavors. I love reading this blog for the beautiful photos and wildly creative desserts.