Ice Cream Sugar Cookies


Hello! I've been so crazy busy. Between work, baking, hobbies and catching up on my favourite TV shows (yes, watching TV is high on my list of priorities), I can hardly breathe sometimes. Which explains why I made these cookies weeks ago but only got to posting them now. Sometimes the words just don't flow.

Sugar cookie recipes are easy. You bake the cookies, make the royal icing, and decorate them. The only limit is your creativity. My problem with sugar cookies has always been the sweetness. There's no way to reduce royal icing's sweetness so I tried reducing the sugar in the cookies but they still turn out so teeth-achingly sweet I end up not eating them at all.

I used the same sugar cookie and royal icing recipe as my duckling cookies but reduced the sugar to 350g. For the mint chocolate chip ice cream, I used cocoa nibs as chips, love how they turned out looking just like the real thing!

Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Glaze


Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Glaze

What do you do when you have 12 bottles of opened wine? Besides drinking all of them I mean.

Oh, wait. Are you one of those people who can drink an entire bottle of wine by yourself? Then we should definitely be friends. I'll trade you - wine for food.

One of the perks of my job is the access to free wine. That, along with drinking on the job and the occasional free meal. Once in a while we get a bunch of samples for tasting but we don't usually finish them. They get stuck in the fridge and are eventually forgotten. Googling red wine recipes gave me a few ideas but this stood out the most to me.

Red wine? Check.
Chocolate cake? Check.
More chocolate? Just hand me a slice already!

Towering Hazelnut Praline Cake + Cupcakes


Hazelnut Praline Cake

These days (everyday) I'm dreaming of Sydney and imagining how wonderful the weather must be now. I'm reminiscing about Taipei and it's endless rainy winter days and their amazing hot pot buffet with free flow ice cream.

It's getting way too hot here. I'm talking hot like spending 5 minutes outdoors and the back of your hands are perspiring, showering 5 times a day, all you want to do is stay home hot.

Staying at home means that I lay in bed reading on my kindle, or sit in front of my computer watching hours and hours of CSI and Supernatural. At some point, I get my lazy ass off my very comfortable bed/ chair, put on my imaginary apron and bake something.

You know how sometimes you spend so much time making all the components of a cake and by the time you are done baking, you don't even feel like doing a proper frosting job? I mean, the cake is going to taste the same even if you just cut it into chunks and slather the frosting on top, right? Right, but we can at least do it in an artful way that is worthy of a picture. That was how this naked cake came about, it looks great (if I do say so myself), and it tastes great, no thanks to the heat.