Here Comes The Train!
Another birthday cake for my sweet little rascal. He is stuck in the train stage...Doesn't want to let it go. Soooo, mom made a cake for him with a chocolate train. Of course, the rascal that he is complained: "Mom, I wanted a birthday cake... not a birthday tart!" Oh... where is Herod when I need him! Anyway, tart or cake he loved the train and the realistic landscape. The tart is called San Diego, is was originally designed to be a petit four. Base of sweet tart dough, one layer of chocolate hazelnut paste and the top layer of pistachio almond paste. Very rich and fulfilling indeed. Decorated with hazelnut-chocolate paste tracks and borders, ground pistachios, cocoa powder and tart dough crumbs.
Hand Painted Macarons - Moka Forte
Cute little macarons to go along with the poppy bridal shower cake. Design inspired by the event invitation. Filled with a combination of dark chocolate and intense coffee ganache.
Poppy Bridal Shower Cake
A bridal shower cake with the smell of the coming spring! Covered and decorated in amaretto buttercream. Lots of practice for the vintage style piping...Particularly difficult with buttercream! Flower and greenery in fondant and pastillage.
Confirmation Cake - Saint Benedict
A Confirmation cake for a young man that chose St. Benedict as his Confirmation Saint. The inside of the cake is lemon cake with lemony cream cheese icing. Decorated also with cream cheese frosting piping. The topper was hand made and tailor made for the occasion. The topper is entirely edible and made using fondant and pastillage. In the book is written "Ora et Labora", Latin for "Pray and Work," the motto of Saint Benedict. Sancte Pater Benedicte, Ora pro nobis!
Sweet Valentines - Blackberry Lemon Opera!
To honor the feast of St. Valentine and a twenty something years old love story with my beloved husband.... I made a treat, blackberry lemon opera. Layers of lemon syrup soaked joconde filled with white chocolate blackberry ganache and lemon French buttercream. The blackberries are from our summer harvest last year. Topped with blackberry glaze and fresh fruits. Decorated with a mixture of everything that was left on the bowls emptied in a piping bag! Happy Valentines for you all, stay safe and warm!
A especial topper for a especial celebration on Her Feast, December 12. Entirely edible image of Our Lady of Guadalupe holding the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Made in fondant with details in luster dust.
Pumpkin Saint Honoré
A classic twist specially for Thanksgiving. Base of short crust pastry, little cream puffs filled with vanilla bean pastry cream and dripped with light caramel. Pumpkin cream mousse in the center. A dash of spices and powder sugar to finish.
My son is all into the Space Mission this week. I made a Galactic dessert... just because! The bottom layer is brownie, the semi sphere has a shell of coconut-hazelnut roulade filled with Bavarian cream. Decorated with whipped cream, ganache, cocoa powder and sprinkles. It was fun and yummy!
A Love Story...worth An Opera!
20 years of a very Blessed Matrimony! We can seriously make an opera out of our love story. Like an Opera Torte, we celebrate 20 years of love, of sweetness, bitterness; filled with syrupy moments, creamy moments, smooth and crunchy moments...! Like pilgrims, carrying as many blessings (and children) as our humble hands can handle, with the help and benediction of Almighty God!
Tart Tatin - Dream Of A Midday Autumn
Deep into the Fall, another daughter-mother project for a Sunday meal. After a tough week, loaded wit elections, covid, online learning, appointments and homeschooling (not to mention cleaning, laundry, etc, etc.) A much needed touch of sweetness from the fruits of a year of hard work!
All Hallows' Eve
A cake to celebrate the Feast of All Saints. The message reads "The Just shall flourish like the palm tree." Triptych in gingerbread, decorated with fondant, dragees and royal icing. The cake is red velvet frosted and decorated with buttercream. Flowers in fondant.
Very Sweet Sixteen!
I can't believe my sweet baby girl is turning 16! I wanted to make a very especial cake for her... Pistachio Raspberry Mille Feuille. Buttery crunchy layers of puff pastry and almond pistachio dacquoise with white chocolate ganache and raspberry curd. Decorated with fresh raspberries and ground pistachios.
Mother Most Chaste -A litany to The Blessed Virgin Mary. A cake for the Solemn Profession of two young nuns. Two white doves and Easter lilies, symbols of purity and chastity. Covered and decorated with buttercream. Accents and flowers in fondant, pastillage and a mixture of the two. The inside was yellow cake with chocolate fudge filling. Picture of the sisters cutting the cake courtesy of the Benedictines of Mary Queen of The Apostles.
The Roses Are Red, The Lilies Are White.
A very romantic vintage style cake for a young couple. The lovely bride wanted a floral cake and pointed out one of my vintage style cake as inspirations. I made the design and she was pleased. This one was absolutely within my comfort zone... my kind of cake! Once I finished I thought McKinley Wilton will be proud of me! White cake frosted and filled in buttercream. Roses, lilies and greenery in fondant. Piping in buttercream.
Another mother-daughter project to celebrate daddy's birthday. Soaked coffee genoise as base. Layers of caramel Bavarian and coffee mousse. Topped with caramel gelee and french macarons. Wrapped in ladyfingers.
Marquesa De Chocolate - Chocolate Marquise
Marquesa de Chocolate, the Venezuelan version of the traditional French Chocolate Marquise. A very rich dessert even for chocoholics. Layers of chocolate creme and Maria cookies. Topped with pastry cream and fresh raspberries.
Rustic Roses And Succulents
A Wedding Cake for a lovely young couple. This is the first time I make succulents. I must admit that the whole cake was totally out of my comfort zone. I've never done rustic buttercream before. Nevertheless, I think the bride made a lovely combination of colors and textures. The request for the design was entirely hers. I tried to execute it the best I could.
Gooseberry Meringue Gateau
A tangy-sweet cake for Father's Day. Layers of genoise cake filled with rum-almond paste and gooseberry curd. Topped with gooseberries in syrup and torched Italian meringue. Decorated with gooseberries, almonds and French macarons. My beloved husband had a blast!
Hearts Stained Glass Cookies
To celebrate the Feast of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, I made a fun project with my children...Cookies! Standard butter cookie dough with butterscotch and cherry candies. Silver, pearl dragees and chocolate sprinkles as toppings. The children loved them... so did our neighbors.
Chocolate Cannoli Cake
Another chocolate cake to celebrate my dear son's golden birthday. Chocolate cake with creamy ricotta chocolate-orange cannoli filling. Frosted with cocoa gelee. Topped with chocolate shavings.
Torta De Fresas
Torta de Fresas or Strawberry cake, a classic of my childhood. Every bakery in town will have these on the shelves. My hometown was one of the very few cities in Venezuela where you can find fresh strawberries, as we were located in the mountains, nearby a rural area were strawberries were produced. A luxury back those days. The layers are syrup soaked sponge cake with pastry cream and homemade strawberry jam. The frosting is torched Italian Meringue. Topped with fresh strawberries varnished with gelatin glaze. Today is Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate with red, nothing better than red strawberries from our garden.
Happy Mother's Day
I celebrate this Mother's Day with another project with my beloved teenager daughter. As a lesson for her Fundamentals of Baking class, which I'm teaching, we made ladyfingers from scratch. We also made mascarpone mousse, coffee syrup and cocoa gelee. No better way to celebrate Mother's Day than surrounded by your children... No better way to celebrate Mother's Day than with a scrumptious cake. A Happy Mother's Day to you all!
Chocolate Cherry Cake
To celebrate my rascal's birthday... Today, Feast of The Annunciation, we join in prayers to ask Our Blessed Mother to intercede for us! Chocolate cake layers with cherry and cream filling.
Epiphany Rugelach Trio
To honor the Feast of the Epiphany, a rugelach trio. Gold: Mango - Coconut Rugelach Frankincense: Mixed Berry - Walnut Rugelach Myrrh: Chocolate - Hazelnut Rugelach. I'm still working on a reduced calorie diet... no progress report yet!
We started this new year with the firm promise of reducing our calorie intake... Oh, we fail so miserably! I made a traditional Uruguayan cake for a gathering with friends. Layers of syrup soaked sponge cake, dulce de leche, one baked meringue disk, sliced peaches and whipped cream as fillings. Covered with whipped cream, with baked meringues (whole and crumbled) and peach slices as decorations... I'll try to have just bread and water tomorrow!
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
For calories lovers only... including myself! A classic masterpiece of American comfort food. Luscious and rich cheesecake, laced with tart homegrown raspberry puree. Dark chocolate cookie crust, whipped cream and raspberries from our own patch.... My beloved teeneager made it and I decorated it, a lovely mother-daughter project to celebrate the birthday of another daughter. Want a piece?... first come first served!