Wedding cake, part two: Lemon blueberry cake with almond pastry cream

Here’s the thing: this wedding took place on the San Juan Islands off the coast of Seattle. I live in Boston. As it turns out, those two places are not super close together. The master plan started with six cakes baked in Massachusetts, frozen, packed into a backpack, and flown across the country. What, like

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Wedding cake, part one: Hazelnut cake with chocolate and raspberries

My first wedding cake! (Side note: every time I say a phrase beginning with “my first,” I imagine it as a board book introducing toddlers to the subject. This would be a really good one, probably involving mud pies.) I had SO MUCH fun with this project. As the kid who spent days off from

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Welcome to the Year of the Roll Cake!

In the grand tradition of the pear tree pie and the devil swans (shudder), this year’s overly ambitious Christmas dessert took the form of a bûche de Noël complete with birch bark markings and shelf mushrooms. Isn’t it pretty?! But the beautiful pictures of the finished product don’t tell the whole story—the frustration when the

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Pumpkin loaf cake with browned butter frosting

Pumpkin loaf cake with browned butter frosting Somehow pumpkin spice has gone from the quintessential flavor of fall to the quintessential flavor of the twenty-something girl wearing a scarf and leggings. And while I think the addition of the sixth spice girl takes the group to a whole new level, I am not as crazy

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Tagalong Cake

My parents have a second freezer in the basement, between the washing machine and the wrapping paper. It’s for the essentials: summer berries from the garden, toaster waffles, and a seemingly endless supply of Girl Scout cookies. Sounds like a pretty good menu for the apocalypse, right? I’m not sure if it was a product

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