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!
A cake to celebrate the coming Feast of All Saints. Spiced cake with cranberry filling, covered and decorated with buttercream. Details in fondant/pastillage. Stencil and bass relief details on gingerbread cookies. Aging effect with cocoa powder. Flames in poured sugar. The message in Latin reads "Heart of Jesus, Temple of Holy God." The design was based in an antique Holy Card.
To celebrate my sweet daughter's quinceanera! Dobos Torte. Layers of sponge cake and German chocolate buttercream. Topped with a layer of cake topped with hard caramel and fresh berries. I got lazy and the cake layers turned too thick... but it was soooo good still!
Dulcis Cor Mariae
Another very special wedding cake for the Benedictines of Mary Queen of the Apostles. One more time, the cake honors the Immaculate Heart of Mary (August is dedicated to her). The inside of the cake is white and red velvet layers with chocolate filling. Covered and decorated with fondant and buttercream. Flowers in fondant and pastillage. Immaculate Heart in pastillage. What a bunch of joyful brides!
A vintage style small wedding cake for a sweet couple. She requested "I’m picturing it being simple and delicately decorated." I tried my best to please her! Vanilla cake with buttercream filling and frosting. Covered and decorated with homemade white chocolate fondant. Topper in pastillage, flowers in fondant and pastillage.
Blackberry Orange Charlotte
My humble present for my dear daugther's birthday. Blackberries harvested from our garden made the very core of this Charlotte. Layers of orange-cream mousse, blackberry curd and ladyfingers soaked in orange syrup. Topped with whipped cream and fresh blackberries. Nice and fresh for a hot summer.
Black Forest Gateau
Another cake to celebrate our graduation anniversary... did I ever mention my husband and I were classmates? Well, this year I had a huge bag of black cherries sitting on my fridge... considering my compulsive chocoholic disorder, what to do with lots of cherries and chocolate?...Black Forest Gateau!!!! Layers of dark chocolate cake, moistened with cherry juice syrup, and layers of whipped cream and diced fresh dark sweet cherries. Topped with chocolate curls... more cream... and more cherries! Do not waste your time counting the calories... it was perfect for Sunday!
Chocolate For Summer
I can't hide my love for chocolate. This cake is for my dear godson, my very chocolate cupcake... as I call him! Checkerboard vanilla chocolate in the inside with lots of chocolate frosting and cocoa gelée. The raspberries and mint are from my garden... Summer is here, is there a better way to celebrate than a chocolate cake?
The Ring Of Power... And Chocolate!
To celebrate my dear son 10th birthday... He is a huge fan of LOTR and a huge fan of chocolate... mom and patience made the rest! A choux paste ring filled with praline (hazelnut) German buttercream and topped with cocoa gelee. Dusted with cocoa powder and powder sugar. A chocolate variation of the well known Paris Brest.
Ecce Panis Angelorum
Behold the Bread of the Angels... from a traditional Latin Hymn. A First Holy Communion cake to celebrate my youngest daughter's special day. The topper entirely edible made in royal icing and homemade fondant. The bottom tier in buttercream using "old fashion school" buttercream piping. The cake was layers of red velvet and white with dulce de leche filling.
Again, another version of the soursop cake, layers of sponge cake soaked in rum syrup, filled with pastry cream and soursop. Covered and decorated with torched Italian meringue and more soursop! Happy Easter!
Our Lady Of Guadalupe 2.0
Another version of the cake dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, same topper with a different cake design. This version was displayed in the Feast of All Saints of our parish church that last year was dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The cake inside was pumpkin spice with pumpkin pie filling.
Black Forest Diplomatica
Another great classic turned into something different. I made a blend of the traditional Diplomatic and Black Forest cakes... The result was two layers of buttery homemade puff pastry, two layers of Diplomatic cream (pastry cream and Chantilly combined) and a layer of sponge chocolate cake moistened with cherry syrup... candied cherries on top and scattered in the layers of cream. Dusted with powder sugar... Way to sinful for lent... but today is St. Patrick’s Feast.
A delicate and luscious entremet designed to please discerning palates. Bottom layer made of flourless almond sponge cake, hazelnut dark chocolate mousse core, encased in mascarpone-zabaglione mousse. Topped with cocoa gelée, whipped cream and caramelized hazelnut "golden flames." The special occasion was a welcoming gathering for our newly adopted Italian Nonna… I had abuelas and grandmas… but nothing compares to a Nonna. The pictures were taken at my lovely snowy deck.