New! Mini Cinnamon Chocolate Chili Snicks for Thanksgiving

A lovely neighborhood merchant asked me several days ago what I would be doing for Thanksgiving. I just shrugged and said that I am alone. She told me that she invites some folks who do not have family and asked me if that included me. Nope, I have family, but my daughter lives in London … More New! Mini Cinnamon Chocolate Chili Snicks for Thanksgiving

In the kitchen with juliyya: Space Birthday Cakes & Crispy Rice Planets

Tuesday the 26th of November is National Cake Day. When I saw it trending on Twitter, it reminded me that I hadn’t yet posted about the cakes actually made and decorated for the space-themed birthday for which practice* was had. Have a look at results: Pictured are: an eggless chocolate Crazy Cake** with cream cheese … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Space Birthday Cakes & Crispy Rice Planets

Dutch Apple Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting & Chocolate Berry Mini Cake

It’s the birthday of my Dutch friend on the 24th and he and his family had just returned from a trip abroad last night, so I wasn’t sure if they’d be up for cake when my day started. Turns out they were, so I chopped a lot of apples and used my Dutch grandmother’s recipe … More Dutch Apple Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting & Chocolate Berry Mini Cake

Sylvia is 91 today, a creature of habit.

Today, November 20th, is Sylvia’s 91st birthday and that is her birthday cake. It’s 2019. In 2018:  https://mschefinseattle.com/2018/11/17/2-cakes-for-sylvias-pre-birthday-party/ In 2017:  https://mschefinseattle.com/2017/11/21/german-chocolate-cake-for-sylvias-birthday-she-turns-oopsie-into-comic-gold/ “Sylvia, what kind of cake would you like for your birthday?” I used the classic and widely available Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate recipe for the cake and frosting, her favorite, year after year. I … More Sylvia is 91 today, a creature of habit.

Lemon Cake with Fresh Berry Filling and Berry Buttercream with Raspberries

Take an 8″ square lemon cake and turn it into three cakes? Yes, I did. A couple weeks ago I made a round and a square lemon cake, using the round cake to make a rough impression of a rocket for a birthday party and popping the square cake into the freezer for use today … More Lemon Cake with Fresh Berry Filling and Berry Buttercream with Raspberries

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Fudge Frosting for A Birthday

I’ve been a busy baker over the past few days and am behind in blog posts, so they will be in reverse order, like tweets on Twitter. The 23rd was the 87th birthday of a friend whom I invited to choose the flavors of his birthday cake and frosting. He chose caramel frosting on a … More Chocolate Cake with Caramel Fudge Frosting for A Birthday

Happy Belated National Flutternutter Day; Correction, not NutterButters

October 8th, I found out, is National Fluffernutter Day in the U.S., meaning some folks lobbied some members of our federal legislators in order to get a day declared specifically to celebrate fluffernutters. If the lobbying was done with cookies, well … good on them. I didn’t know what a fluffernutter was when I read … More Happy Belated National Flutternutter Day; Correction, not NutterButters

In the kitchen with juliyya: (Rocket) practice makes perfect.

There’s a birthday party next month for one of my favorite children and collaborator on cake. She will be nine (9!) and we’re doing some things the same way and some things in a different way. Her sister’s recent birthday* taught us a bit about cake architecture and this cake will teach a bit about … More In the kitchen with juliyya: (Rocket) practice makes perfect.