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  1. Week 22: Thunder Cake

    June 30, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    I’ve got to admit, this cake didn’t taste great, but it sure does look pretty. This cake was the second of two I baked with my friend, Joe. For the first, see: Week 21: Gooey Butter Cake. (more…)

  2. Week 18: Chocolate Blackout Cake

    June 2, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    This cake looks six stories tall. It was. And I’m so proud of how straight I got the sides. Earlier this year, I had scoped out cake recipes for my mom. She had requested a chocolate cake that incorporated coffee with a homemade chocolate buttercream. And Ina Garten had just the recipe, Beatty’s Chocolate Cake. There is even a handy dandy video. (more…)

  3. Week 17: White Almond Gift Box Cake

    May 23, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    This cake was months in the making. What I mean by that is I baked the cake way back in March, the weekend before I started cake decorating class. Since I didn’t have the energy to assemble the cake on that particular day, I wrapped it up and froze it to be assembled at a later time. (more…)

  4. Week 13: Yellow Espresso Amaretto Cake

    April 11, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    Is this not the most beautiful cake you’ve ever seen? This is the cake I produced in my cake decorating class. The recipe claimed to be yellow cake, but it tasted more like a white cake and angel food cake hybrid. “What makes a yellow cake yellow?” you ask. Egg yolks! (more…)

  5. Week 9: Turtle Cake

    March 11, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    Before I  baked a Turtle Cake, I was curious as to how the term “Turtle” came to be associated with chocolaty, nutty, caramel goodness. According to the DeMet’s website, “TURTLES® are chocolate confections that are shaped like Turtles. They consist of milk chocolate, caramel and some variety of nuts.” And according to the Wikipedia page: (more…)

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  6. Week 3: Lemon Buttercream Cake

    January 22, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    Friday was my friend Talia’s birthday and this was her cake. Talia works with me and also makes beautiful, handmade jewelry under her Piedra Studio brand. You should check it out.

    Talia and I love to muse about our favorite things, which in no particular order include cruising, real estate, home shopping, reality television, antique jewelry, faux fur… I could on forever. But something we differ on is preferred cake flavors. As you probably deduced from my birthday Chocolate Bacon Cake, I prefer fatty, heavy, chocolatey cakes. Talia prefers light, elegant, sophisticated flavors. And that’s why I was more than happy to bake her this Lemon Buttercream Birthday Cake, because I want my 52 cakes to have variety and this is a cake I’d never choose for myself. (more…)

  7. Week 3: A Sneak Peek

    January 19, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    This week’s cake is… can you guess? Lemon! Stay tuned for the full recipe and how-to.

  8. Week 2: Peanut Butter & Jelly Cake*

    January 12, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    *Caution: this post contains several different types of nuts.

    This peanut butter & jelly cake is an “I’ll have just one more piece” kind of cake. This is dangerous stuff, people. So be warned.

    My boyfriend, Chris, had a birthday this week. His birthday is 9 days after mine and it’s just shy of 3 weeks after Christmas so we’re kind of partied out over here, but there’s still cake to be made. 51 more cakes, to be exact. (more…)

  9. The Layer Cake Is Rising!

    January 5, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    In case you missed it, James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur, appeared on the Today Show last week to reveal food trends for 2012. When asked what the dessert food of 2012 will be, he said (drumroll, please?)… LAYER CAKES! And I quote:

    No more are we going to have to deal with those little cupcakes. Cakes are gonna return to their beautiful, full, rightful size!

    When Matt Lauer asked if this meant the economy was going to recover since full-size cakes are so decadent, Oseland replied:

    I don’t care if the economy recovers, I just want to put my face in these cakes.

    Amen to that. Check out the clip below.

    See Cakes, pickles and the next great grub city: Top food trends for 2012 to read more about Oseland’s predictions.


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    A special hat tip to my friend, Ann, for telling me about this.