I read about Hummingbird Cake somewhere, sometime and decided to make it to share for my birthday this year instead of my usual Banana Nut Cake* (as a sheet cake) and ** full nuts 2017 and *** Banana Cake with Creamy Nut Frosting No Nuts. Banana nut is my favorite cake, and Hummingbird Cake is … More Hummingbird Cake Cupcakes
In Seattle, Sunday the first of May is the last full day of Ramadan for the year. That means from sundown Monday until sundown on Tuesday is the holiday known as Eid Al-Fitr, one of the two Eids every year for observing Muslims. It’s a day to wish them Eid Mubarak or Happy Eid. The … More It’s Eid al-Fitr, Ramadan 2022 ends. Eid Mubarak
Today (or at least the day I write it, the 24th of November) is the birthday of a special friend. He’s the husband of a friend and the father of two girls who are well represented in my sometime-series “In the kitchen with juliyya.” I’ve made birthday cakes for him and his family since they … More Surprise Birthday Cake, meaning full of surprises
Two things. First thing: I got ingredients to make a batch of my artisanal cookies, the Peppermint Cream Joneses* for my pregnant grandniece’s craving … a couple months ago. She lives some distance from me on the other side of the water and it seems that nobody could make it to Seattle to pick them … More Pinky Grasshopper Cupcakes
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?
The 22nd of November is the birthday of my friend and fellow cat enthusiast. Last year I missed the actual date, so it doesn’t count. Since then I found that she likes chocolate cupcakes with white frosting, so I made a big one with two layers and found some decadent Belgian chocolate nonpareils to act … More When A Birthday Cake Is A Big Cupcake, and Lights Get Wavy
It was the real deal this past weekend, the 4-H bake sale for a charity, so we got busy with butter and sugars and such. There were eggless chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream to decorate with sprinkles in enough variations to cause little children to argue over who gets the pink, the chocolate, the rainbow … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Bake Sailing with Chocolate Cupcakes and Queen’s Crown Cookies
I thought we were going to be in full bake-sale mode this afternoon, but it turned out that’ll be next weekend rather than over the Memorial Day holiday. Since we would have been rushed for time to make and decorate both cupcakes and cookies, I had gone ahead and made the frosting for the cupcakes … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Chewy Caramel Peanut Butter Chip Bars
The mother of a neighbor child asked me to make her daughter’s birthday cake again this year. She wanted a three-layer cake with two white layers, top and bottom, a chocolate layer in the middle and with vanilla buttercream filling, top and sides, to provide cake for 18-20 people. I said that a 9″ cake … More Feliz Cumpleanos, otherwise Happy Birthday without the tilde