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.
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
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
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.
I had a day of activities with two of my favorite children last Saturday and I took the opportunity to teach them how to make peanut butter frosting and then use it in two ways instead of one. I’d made a batch of Crazy Cake cupcakes, both regular-sized and minis, and asked the girls’ mother … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Peanut Butter Frosting for Graham Cracker Sandwiches and Cupcakes
My daughter was born on August 6th some number of years ago in London during the hottest day it had been there in a long time (such that the hospital was operating on a generator due to air conditioners causing power failure.) Today (WordPress won’t admit it’s still the 6th of August) she celebrated it … More Birthday at The Block Watch Party
Pot lucks because that’s how the family does gatherings for every occasion. Everybody brings something, usually made by hand. Lots of salads and barbecue and desserts. My mother’s birthday in on July 6th, a Saturday this year and also on a day which is part of a lengthy holiday weekend so some folks may miss … More Mother’s 90th Birthday Party Potluck
These are the most labor-intensive and time-taking of my Joneses, but I knew they would be when I dreamt about making them. Using the maple pecan pralines* I made a couple days ago in the batter and the maple penuche frosting brings an exquisite cookie for a special occasion. This one is in honor of … More New! Maple Pecan Praline Joneses with Maple Penuche Frosting
I’m working on a new cookie for my Joneses, the start of a line within a line to be called juliyya’s Nutty Joneses. In common with all the others, the cookies will be soft and rich and have a specific frosting. Not in common: I leave it to the reader. There is no better place … More Maple Pecan Pralines
Readers know that I don’t waste leftover frosting! There was about a cupful of the purple-gray (strong) mint cream frosting not needed for the octopus birthday cake* after the octopus’s tentacles were piped onto the cake, and I decided that the leftover would be used atop a batch of brownies. My thought was that brownies … More Brownies with Slightly Minty Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (a little bit gray)