Cannoli loaf cakes

Whenever I think of cannoli, I am immediately taken back to my time in Boston, where we had one of the most famous cannoli bakeries in Mike’s Pastry. Oh, Mike’s. It was controlled chaos. Crowds and crowds of people, lined up along the street, waiting to get into a cramped store with display cases filled…

Keep on keeping on: a roll cake

I have wanted to make a vertical roll cake again for quite a while. They’re a lot of fun because visually, they resemble trees! Whenever I think about Christmas, I obviously have to think of yule logs or bouche de noels. Those are roll cakes that are decorated to look like a freshly cut log….

Freedom: a plated dessert

As with a lot of desserts I make, I named this particular one after a Miyu Irino song of the same name. It was this dynamic and fun song that emphasized standing up for what you believe in, and being free from the doubts in your mind. I also love that you cannot spell the…

Let it snow: snowman religieuse

When I was thinking of festive, winter wonderland treats, I wanted to do something with a snowman in mind. One of my first thoughts was pavlova, but I’ve already made quite a few of those, so I had to do something else. Instead, I thought about religieuse, or a double decker cream puff. I originally…

Sea buckthorn torte

This cake is my homage to sachertorte. For those of you unaware of what that is, sachertorte is a Viennese chocolate cake that has a thin layer of apricot jam inside of it, and it is covered in a beautiful chocolate glaze. It is a highly technical and iconic cake to Austria, to the point…

Newton’s Apple layer cake

After going apple picking, I was left with a ton of apples. And cider. So I figured, why not combine the two and make a delicious cake? I have layers of super fluffy cider cake, tart, creamy apple ganache, salted caramel cheesecake, and crispy apple chips. For the ganache, I used dulcey, or blonde chocolate,…

Black forest swan puffs

Whenever I think of pate choux, I always think about pate choux swans, since they are the most obvious go-to in terms of what you can do with that kind of dough. I wanted to do a take on a pate choux swan, but instead of making the neck and wings out of the pastry,…

Peach Charlotte

I have made charlottes before, but with this one, I wanted to emphasize the flavors of peaches, and I wanted to test out a new trick with making a ruby chocolate collar. So the components of a charlotte are primarily ladyfingers and spongecake that are stacked with cream and fruit. For mine, I went with…

Matcha-yuzu cheesecake tart

I really only made this because I had a fruit tart order, and when I was measuring out my ingredients, I thought that a doubled recipe for my standard shortbread dough would be enough for two 6-inch tarts, but then I wound up with a generous amount of pastry and filling, so I was able…

Pistachio and chocolate milk bread babkas

So when I was making this recipe, I wanted to do something babka-esque, and as I was measuring out the dry ingredients to make a brioche, it dawned upon me that maybe doing a milk bread babka could be a lot of fun! With brioche, it is rich, dense, and buttery. With milk bread, you…

Plated devil’s food cake

I was playing around with a new silicone bar mold that I just bought, and that’s where this dessert came from. Well, that and me wanting to make a dessert that was inspired by chocolate and tofu. We have a chocolate cake with a tofu-chocolate mousse, soy caramel ganache, cocoa praline, and a tofu ice…

Skyward bound: a plated dessert

I really only came up with this dessert because I wanted to do something with a burnt honey cremeaux. I don’t know WHY I wanted to do something with a burnt honey cremeaux, it just sounded like a cool component, and that was really it. Something about a silky, creamy texture of a set custard-like…

Coconut Delight Entremet

I actually made this for my sister’s birthday back in August, since I knew that she loves Coconut Delights/Samoas, and this cake made perfect sense for that. My typical format for an entremet is chiffon cake, mousse, maybe a filling in the mousse, and the mirror glaze. For this one, I wanted to semi-change it…

Goodnight, Meteorite: a plated dessert

So I actually made a dessert years ago, though realistically most of you wouldn’t know that because this was pre-Masterchef, aka the period of time where legit nobody really knew about me, named Goodnight, Meteor. That dessert featured coffee, chocolate, and cookies. So I wanted to take that, and redo it in a cooler format….

Odessa: a plated dessert

So this dessert was my take on an almost-entirely black and white dish. I went with a sesame chocolate cake with tahini mousse, white chocolate mirror glaze, white chocolate-sesame bark, chocolate-sesame crumble, and white sesame ice cream. I was really happy with how this dessert came out visually, and I was also stunned when the…

Double chocolate macarons

I love all things chocolate. With these macarons, I wanted to feature a chocolate or cocoa infused shell, but I also wanted to make a French buttercream-ganache hybrid, since the cocoa fat in chocolate can emulsify beautifully with both egg yolk and butterfat to create a beautiful, luscious mouthfeel(albeit one that may or may not…

My Key to Happiness: a plated dessert

This dessert is meant to be inspired by a ton o  things I love to eat or make me happy. That included salted caramel, chocolate, cream, butter, and flowers. We have a chocolate-peanut crumble on the bottom, a tempered chocolate sphere with gold leaf, stuffed with chocolate mousse and caramel-braised peanuts, edible flowers and micro…

Black cacao tiramisu: a petit gateau

The first time I ever worked with black cacao was actually at Milkbar, when I had some downtime to test whatever I wanted. I stumbled upon a small container of black cacao powder, and I was really curious. I opened it, sniffed it a little, and it had this earthy, but fragrant aroma. It was…

Almond-cherry-chocolate layer cake

Whenever summer rolls around, some of my favorite ingredients to work with include lychees, peaches, rhubarb, and cherries. I wanted to make a dessert that showcases fresh cherries, but I did not want to make another cherry tart, since I spent an entire summer making way too many of those. So instead, I went the…

“Wishing star”: a plated dessert

I really only came up with this dessert because I wanted to test my new chocolate  sphere molds. So I knew chocolate was going to be a central part of the dessert, but then I thought about what I could pair that with. Luckily, there was a large bin of pistachios in front of me,…