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
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
I received an envelope with a card and a two-page story from the 8 year-old girl in whose honor the character of Pinky arose along with Pinky’s Grasshopper Cupcake. (If I didn’t mention it already, Pinky is attracted to frostings.) The young lady and her sister have created critters to join Lady Lolita VandenBug and … More When one gets a Mesij from Caryor Pishon, one makes Leftover Cake
It was two years ago when the first Snowman birthday cake* made such an impression on the six-year old who enjoyed the creative process and result so much that she decided another must be made. Perhaps the theme might be repeated next year in some way. Maybe three starts a tradition. Who knows? (We’ve already … More In a kitchen with juliyya: Snowman birthday cake, Part Deux, with a family
My friend Sylvia’s 90th birthday is just a few days away, but since it is during the same week as Thanksgiving and some in the neighborhood will be away, the hostess made a the decision to have the block party for her tonight. I baked her favorite cake, the German chocolate model using better than … More 2 Cakes for Sylvia’s Pre-birthday Party
Man oh man. Today I quickly baked a batch of Gratitude cookies* for the two maintenance men who arrived this morning to repair a broken U pipe under the kitchen sink, replace and hook up two broken elements on the old stove and install weather-stripping around the door. I put all three of the requests … More I pulled an “Alexa” for quick peanut butter frosting for 2 cupcakes.
“Why don’t you simply make half a batch of raspberry sauce if you don’t need the whole thing?” asked Sylvia after I’d told her that I’d only used 1/4 cup of it in the frosting for the Raspberry Joneses* made a few days ago. Answer: because it takes as long to make a half batch … More juliyya’s Chocolate & Raspberry Surprise Cupcakes. Maybe Cupcake Joneses?
I love a birthday, especially a child’s birthday, and was asked to make the cake for a new petite friend who just started kindergarten in September when she was 5. The difference a month makes, or, as my grandmother said, a day makes a difference! The surprise is the small oblong cake on top. Eva’s … More Eva is 6! She likes chocolate cake.