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Giant Peanut Butter Cup Cake

pbcup2My seven year old son is crazy about Reese’s Peanut Butter cups.  When he was little, he used to love buying the snack size bag of little peanut butter ups and would call them little cupcakes lol.  They are by far his favorite candy.  So this year on his birthday I decided to try and make him a giant eanutbutter cup cake! This rich chocolatey cake is a layer of chocolate cake, peanut butter filling, another layer of chocolate cake, and covered inganache.  It is a peanut butter cup lovers dream!  Continue reading

Chocolate Orange Entremet

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 For Christmas every year growing up, I would always get a chocolate orange from Santa in my stocking.  Did you ever get those? You know the kind where you can crack it open and get nice slices of chocolate oranges? They are so good and one of my favorite parts of Christmas.  I just love the combination of orange and chocolate! I decided to try and make a cake with this delicious flavor combination! It turned into an entremet with delicate chocolate mousse, chocolate Italian sponge cake, and orange jelly filling. I brought this cake to Christmas Eve dinner at my Aunt Teresa’s house!  Merry Christmas! Continue reading

Cranberry Vanilla Mirror Glaze Entremet

mirrorglaze Merry Christmas! I am really, really happy these days!! I made this cake just for fun, just because I am happy.  This is actually not a cake, but an entremet, made with mostly mousse.  My son says it looks like a plastic Frisbee :) This is good though because I was going for the plastic shiny look!  It is also very Christmassy with the red and white mirror glaze, kinda looks like a candy cane.  The flavors are cranberry vanilla and that can also be Christmassy.  Continue reading

The Best Chocolate Cake!

img_8628This cake I made for my sister Emily’s Baby Shower.  She is having her third girl, and wanted a chocolate with chocolate and chocolate cake! I made her an extra special chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling, chocolate cheesecake filling, covered in chocolate ganache, topped with chocolate ganache swirls, and covered with chocolate square pieces! Continue reading

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Mud Cake

chocolate-salted-caramel-cakeChocolate and salted caramel go great together in this delicious three layer cake.  This cake was made just for my salted caramel loving sister Wendy for her birthday.  It is a dark chocolate mud cake with caramel cheesecake filling, frosted with a salted caramel Swiss meringue buttercream, topped with a thick homemade salted caramel sauce, and garnished with bits of caramel candies. Continue reading

Mud Pie

mud-pieThis delicious mud pie is a new and improved recipe based on my Kona Pie recipe HERE.  I used a different ice cream called Mocha almond fudge.  I also covered the pie in fudge instead of covered with whipped cream.  I put a swirl of whipped cream on each piece instead.  The result is a chocolatey mocha yumminess! Continue reading

Creepy Halloween Cake

cakewithstrawThis cake is a four layer 5 inch cake with marbled Halloween colors inside of neon orange, purple, and green! The cake is filled with neon green whipped cream and covered in a neon green white chocolate ganache.  It is decorated with black ganache dripping down the top, along with creepy strawberry monsters with black chocolate and fondant teeth, and black gum paste tentacles! Everything on this cake is yummy and edible! Continue reading

Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream Cake

strawberry buttercream Now this strawberry cake is great. But the frosting, well that is another story entirely.  In fact,  it really deserves its own post! It is one of the best frostings I have ever had! It has pieces of fresh strawberries and the flavor is smooth, creamy, and not as sweet as regular American buttercream.  It is a little bit harder to make, but worth it! Continue reading

Chocolate Dobash Cake

dobash cakeThis Chocolate Dobash cake was a request from my Hawaiian husband for his birthday.  A Dobash cake is a popular cake in Hawaii.  It is a genoise cake (a sponge like cake) and a pudding like chocolate filling and frosting.  You can see other Hawaiian cakes here, here, and here.  The best part of this cake is the pudding like filling! Continue reading

Passion Fruit Strawberry Cake

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I based this cake on a strawberry cake from Milk bar.  Instead of using lemon, I used passion fruit.  I love how it is a naked cake and you can see all the delicious layers! The passion fruit and strawberry go together perfectly.  Passion fruit by itself is kind of tangy, but with the liquid cheesecake and vanilla cake, it all comes together deliciously!  I made this cake for my Aunt Teresa’s Birthday! Continue reading

Peach Mousse Entremet with Mirror Glaze

peachAn entremets is in modern French cuisine a small dish served between courses or simply a dessert. Originally it was an elaborate form of entertainment dish common among the nobility and upper middle class in Europe during the later part of the Middle Ages and the early modern period. An entremet marked the end of a serving of courses and could be anything from a simple frumenty (a type of wheat porridge) that was brightly colored and flavored with exotic and expensive spices to elaborate models of castles complete with wine fountains, musicians, and food modeled into allegorical scenes.

For modern pastry chefs, an entremet is a multi-layered mousse-based cake with various complementary flavors and varying textural contrasts. Continue reading

Blackberry Mousse Cake with Mirror Glaze

1This Blackberry mousse cake has everything it needs to be a great dessert. The base is a chocolate Italian sponge cake. It’s dark and moist, sweet, and has the distinctive flavor of chocolate. The delicate white chocolate mousse is light, and soft in both sweetness and flavor. However, the mousse suspends a blackberry purée that’s been set with a touch of gelatin. This fruit layer is intense in both its color and its tart flavor. The final touch is a glaze of melted white chocolate colored purple on top of the cake; it provides a startling white chocolate flavor, and vibrant blackberry purple color that stands out in contrast to the white chocolate mousse. Continue reading