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About Me

Hi! I’m Nina. Join me, an amateur baker, as I work on my baking and cake decorating skills by baking 52 cakes in 2012 – a cake a week.

I’ve always had a passion for cooking and baking, which really took hold during my time working for, which coincided with my moving into an apartment with a proper, grown-up kitchen. I now cohabitate with my dear boyfriend, Chris, in Manhattan. By day I work on the digital team at a public relations firm.

Check out my personal blog at

About the Project

Here are some ground rules I’ve laid out for myself.

The Ground Rules

  1. Cakes must be cakes, not cupcakes, cake pops, bars, cookies, pies, or any other variation on cake.
  2. Recipes must be new (to me). Each week I’ll be trying a recipe I’ve never tried before.
  3. Recipes should be mostly original. I’d like to learn more about the science of baking and develop my own recipes in the process. But I will leave some breathing room for some classic recipes I’ve never tried before.
  4. Recipes should be bold. Classic ingredients are great – chocolate, vanilla, caramel, peanut butter. But I’d like to experiment with unique cake ingredients such as chili powder, zucchini, or black beans.
  5. Recipes should be inspired. I’ll do my best to draw inspiration from unlikely sources for cake decorating, techniques, and who knows what else?

Have a recipe you’d like to submit for me to try? Email me at tips [at]


  1. I’d like to join you and eat all 52.

  2. Sheina Ledesma says:

    I would like to join Mr. Rockmore in joining you in eating all 52.

  3. Ann says:

    Hi Nina,

    I bought a sifter yesterday. I am all ready. If you can teach me to make a cake, you are a genius!

  4. Mom says:

    I’m so PROUD! (and thanks for not mentioning all my cake disasters)

  5. sara moulton says:

    I think this is an intriguing undertaking and a brilliant way to become a better baker. I should do it myself. One question – and perhaps I didn’t look enough on your website – where do the recipes come from? I mean who are the authors of these recipes?

  6. Hi, Sara!

    Thanks for your comment. I adapt most recipes with my own changes, in which case I’ll note that in the post. Some recipes are from friends, others are from recipe sites. If you have a recipe you recommend from one of your cookbooks, please send it my way to tips [at]


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