Apple-bee pollen cheesecake

When I made this cake originally, I made the mistake of using yogurt. Why is yogurt a mistake? Because it will leech out a ton of water (almost an endless supply of it to be frank) and make whatever is unfortunately underneath is a soggy mess. So while the original recipe calls for using yogurt…

Blue dreams doughnut cream

When I was thinking about a summery dessert, I was inspired by both sea salt ice cream from Kingdom Hearts and salted coconut-butterfly tea lattes. There is just something about that blue-white contrast that really reminds me of sunny skies and blue seas. The name “blue dreams” came from a song of the same name….

Seal tart 2.0

I wanted to improve the previous seal tart I created, mostly by giving the seals snouts, flippers, and a tail, and finessing the shape of the chocolate eyes. For this particular seal tart, I also used butterfly pea tea to color the ganache blue, to resemble water, and paired that with lime curd, and guava…

24 karat cake doughnut cream

The entire inspiration behind this doughnut cream was childhood treasure hunting. I have never made a carrot cake doughnut cream before, and I knew that this was the perfect way to incorporate a few wordplays into the actual concept. The base is a carrot cake batter, then mascarpone cheesecake, swirled with blood orange reduction, a…

Ring seal s’mores tartlet

Baby ring seals are honestly some of the most adorable creatures I have ever seen. They remind of me Asian babies in that they start out super cute, but somewhere down the line, they just let their cuteness go as time goes on. That disturbingly true sentiment aside, I wanted to capture the cuteness of…

Black forest izba cake

Izba cake (Izba is Russian for “cottage”) is a Russian cake made of rolls of pastry stuffed with fruit, typically cherries, that are then layered with cream and allowed to set into a triangular prism shape. The cross section when you cut into it resembles a mini house, which is why it gets that name….

Oeuf Wiedersehen: a plated concept

I was inspired by the Harmonicblend song, Auf Wiedersehen, which is German for “goodbye”, when it was coming up with this concept. I wanted to do a pun off of that, using oeuf, the French word for egg, and that’s when I decided that I needed to do a snow egg, or a poached meringue….

Rewind: a lemon-blackberry entremet

After watching the new season of Cardcaptor Sakura, I could not help but get addicted to the ending theme, Rewind. I wanted to incorporate the sun and moon and clock motifs into this dessert, so I opted for elderflower, lemon, and black currant as the main flavor profiles, as they best compliment one another, but…

Matcha jade layer cake

The idea of this dessert came from wanting to create a layer cake that was visually reminiscent of a garden. I wound up with a dessert that had the gradient of a jade stone, which is still not bad, so pleasant surprises, you know? When it comes to using matcha, getting it to the right…

Chocolate bombolini cake

This dessert came about because I had a shit ton of ricotta cheese leftover, and I needed to use it. I wound up making cannoli cream, which is made with heavily whipped ricotta and chocolate chips. I figured that it would be the easiest way to use the ricotta, since I was not about to…

Coconut chiffon-Thai tea ice cream sandwiches

I just love Thai tea. It’s fragrant, refreshing, definitely artificially colored, but when made into an ice cream, it is delicious. Now I didn’t want to copy Milk in Los Angeles and make a macaron ice cream sandwich, but I still wanted to make an ice cream sandwich nonetheless. So that’s where the idea to…

Sfogliatelle or lobster tail pastries

I first heard about these when I moved to Boston for school. The North End, also called Little Italy, had several bakeries that served lobster tail pastries. They were these crunchy bundles that were stuffed with a sweetened ricotta filling. Traditionally, the filling is a mixture of semolina, ricotta, citrus, and sugar, but I decided…