Buttercream Rose Petal Mini Cakes

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Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, Gay-lentine’s Day, Miserable and Alone Day, Perfectly Happy Flying Solo Day – however you want to spend February 14th, these deep dark chocolate buttercream rose petal MINI CAKES may very well help. We need to celebrate LOVE right now in the world, when things are feeling dark and out of our control. Prettiness always has a place, especially when the world is feeling ugly and hateful, we must remember that there is goodness, and that it never feels good to hate – but it has always felt good to love. So with that, I present: kind-of giant mini cakes!

buttercream rose petal cakes

These are so very pink and so very pretty, and way easier than you think, once you get the hang of piping petals – you will need a few special supplies, including a rose petal piping tip, an open star piping tip, a decorating coupler set and piping bag, a round cookie cutter (I used a 3 inch wide cutter) and a rimmed baking sheet.

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rose petal cakes by Coco Cake Land

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Dark Chocolate Buttercream Rose Petal Mini Cakes

5 mini cakes

For The Cake

  • 1 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup Rodelle organic baking cocoa
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups full fat high quality coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup warm water

For The Vanilla Buttercream

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • dash of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon electric pink gel colour

Make The Cake

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch rimmed baking pan with vegetable oil and cut a piece of parchment paper to fit.

  1. In a large bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer) fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the dry ingredients on low speed until incorporated, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the eggs, coconut milk, vegetable oil, water and vanilla
  3. Beat on low speed until fully incorporated, about two minutes.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan, using an offset spatula to spread evenly to the edges.
  5. Bake in middle rack of oven for 15-18 minutes, carefully turning pan halfway through baking.
  6. Check for doneness – cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the middle has no crumbs; cake will be springy.
  7. Cool on wire rack completely, then chill in freezer for 15-20 minutes to firm it up.

Make The Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until light and fluffy, about two minutes. Scrape down the side of the bowl.
  2. With the mixer turned off, add the four cups of icing sugar, vanilla, dash of milk and gel colour of your choice.
  3. HOT TIP: Wrap the mixer tightly in a damp tea towel to prevent icing sugar explosion.
  4. Turn the mixer on low to incorporate ingredients, then crank mixer to 11 (high speed) to beat the ingredients until buttercream is light and fluffy, two more minutes.

Assemble The Mini Cakes

1. Fit your piping bag with the open star tip. Fill the piping bag with the pink buttercream.
2. Remove the cake, still in the baking pan, from the freezer.
3. Prepare five small dessert plates by adding a dab of buttercream to the center of each.
4. Using the circle cutter, punch out the first cake layer and place onto the plate. Using the piping bag, pipe the top of the cake in a circular swirl, going from the outside inward

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5. Punch out the second cake layer and place on top of the buttercream, pressing down slightly to nestle it in place.

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6. Pipe the second cake layer.

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7. Punch out the third cake layer and place on top of the buttercream, again pressing down slightly to adhere.

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8. Swap out the open star tip for the rose petal tip.Hold the piping bag so the wide part of the petal tip is on the bottom. Begin piping in the center top of the cake – you’re going to pipe a little mound of buttercream as the center of your rose – squeeze the piping bag and at the same time move your hand in a zig zag motion, moving upward and creating a little mound of buttercream.

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9. Now you will make the first row of petals. With the piping bag at a 45 degree angle and the wider part of the petal tip on the bottom, squeeze the piping bag with your dominant hand in a making-a-rainbow type motion, attaching the first petal to the mound, while at the same time, and with your other hand, rotate the plate at the same time. Pipe-and-turn is your new favourite saying. Pipe the next petal, slightly overlapping the first, and the next petal, enclosing on the initial mound.
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10. Keep piping more petals, staggering the petals with each layer.
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11. Continue piping until you’ve reached the edge of the cake! Petal power!
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Here’s some more internet pink-hearts prettiness for you:

I want to wear this cake like a hat.

And this like a necklace.

I’ve always loved the classic heart shaped box of chocolates! 

This is soooo pretty. Will you accept this rose?

This rose petal mini cake post was sponsored by the fine folks at Rodelle – thank you for supporting the quality brands that help keep Coco Cake Land afloat! Happy Valentine’s Day, sweet friends! xo Lyndsay 

Coffee Ice Cream Chocolate Mud Pie

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Mud pie! Not a sludge of sandpit dirt and murky water (and greasy children’s bum-touching hand germs), I promise you. No, this is an incredibly easy ice cream pie that you can slam together for the holidays or eat with a giant spoon while watching the 1984 George C Scott version of The Christmas Carol on the telly while your Christmas tree lights sparkle and twinkle. Can you melt butter? Can you open a package or two? Can you measure out four ingredients and whisk them together on low heat over a stovetop? Can you sous-vide Lobster Thermidor in your underwear? YOU CAN MAKE THIS PIE! This is my mom Linda’s OG holiday pie recipe and it’s the one our entire family has clamoured over for decades.

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First off you will need some rich, shiny, deep chocolatey cocoa powder. May I suggest Rodelle Organic Baking Cocoa??

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You will also need coffee ice cream. You can make our own using my coffee ice cream recipe, or go DEEP HOLIDAY LAZY and shuttle off to your nearest grocery store for your favourite coffee ice cream.

oreo cookie crust

God this chocolate cookie crust photographs like a dream. (Ok, it does look like dirt. But it’s Oreo crumbs and butter, baked into a painfully delicious pie crust!)

softened coffee ice cream

It will be tempting not to just giant-spoon this cool slurry of coffee ice cream into your face.

coffee ice cream mud pie

Using an offset spatula, gently smooth that coffee ice cream.

Fudge topping in the making

This photo is so comforting to me. Pretty sure it’s the cast iron skillet making me dream of cabin fires and plaid wool blankets and cold wintry cheeks.

Fudge topping in the making

Fudge topping comes together easily and quickly.

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coffee ice cream mud pie

coffee ice cream mud pie

piped whipping cream

Piped whipped cream!!

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And a fine dusting of cocoa powder.

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fudgey ice cream mud pie recipe

Coffee Ice Cream Chocolate Mud Pie

12 slices

For the Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 1/3 cup of unsalted butter, melted

For The Filling

For The Chocolate Fudge Topping

For The Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (or to taste)

Make The Crust

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

  1. In a 9 inch pie pan, combine the melted butter and cookie crumbs, stirring to combine.
  2. Using your fingers, press the mixture into the pie pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes on the middle rack. Let cool completely. Hot tip: On a cold day, I’ll place the crust outside on our back porch and it will be cooled in about 10 minutes.

Fill The Pie

  1. As the chocolate crust cools, bring the store bought coffee ice cream out of the freezer and let it soften for 5-10 minutes until pliable.
  2. Empty the ice cream from its containers into a medium bowl. Mix and fold until ice cream is still thick and frozen but becoming much more pliable.
  3. Carefully pour the thick ice cream mixture into the completely cooled pie crust.
  4. Using an offset spatula, gently spread the ice cream to the edges of the crust while levelling the ice cream layer flat.
  5. Place in freezer and freeze for 30 minutes until solid again.

Make The Fudge Topping

  1. In a medium saucepan over low to medium heat, whisk to combine the cocoa powder, butter, sugar and heavy cream.
  2. Continue lightly whisking until mixture becomes a dark fudge sauce, about two minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool completely in fridge, about 30 minutes. Mixture will thicken as it cools.
  4. Once the fudge sauce is cooled, remove coffee ice cream pie from the freezer and pour fudge sauce on top, using offset spatula to spread the topping to the edges.
  5. Place back in freezer and freeze, uncovered, for 6-8 hours until set.

Make The Whipped Cream

  1. Before you want to serve the pie, place your mixing bowl and beater or whisk attachment in the fridge or freezer for 30 minutes.
  2. Bring mixing bowl out of fridge; pour in the heavy cream and the sugar.
  3. Beat the mixture on high speed until stiff peaks form – keep your eye on it so it doesn’t churn into butter!
  4. Optional: fill a piping bag fitted with an open star tip with the whipped cream; pipe drop stars all over the pie and sprinkle with more cocoa powder.

 

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Thank you to Rodelle for sponsoring this post and helping this little Coco Cake Land blog that could keep chugging along into sugary abandon.

Just because, if you need a little respite from any stress in your life right now, here are two holiday links that’ll make you DEEP LOL: 

An analysis of Love Actually

2016 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog !!!

Happy baking (and holiday-weight-gaining), my friends! xo Lyndsay 

Molly On The Range: Chocolate Tahini Cake With Tahini Frosting!

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chocolate tahini cake recipe

chocolate tahini cake recipe

I’m a turd.

Molly has been singing, nay, operatically belting out the praises of tahini for years now. And I was still just a supermarket-homous-munching Canadian idiot with a little bit of tahini uncertainty. I loved the sound of the addition of tahini, but I hadn’t yet incorporated tahini into my desserts. So when Molly’s already-beloved cookbook Molly On The Range rolled onto my doorstep last week and I saw the ding-dong-beautiful photo of a dark chocolate cake with a thick layer of tahini buttercream punched out into the cutest mini cakes, I knew what I was making (well that, and SCHNITZEL BAO!)

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The chocolate tahini cake is indeed a fantastically unique flavour. I was licking the spatula for the batter while putting my pans in the oven – tahini incorporates marvellously with chocolate. Then, iced with the tahini frosting with vanilla, a teensy dash of cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt, and it becomes this terribly crave-able thing.

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I had everything in my pantry except a fresh jar of tahini – I actually blast through tahini quite heavily because I make this “glory bowl dressing” that I literally dump onto salad piles or brown rice bowls in an attempt to eat healthily. But, after reading Molly’s book, I realized the crunked-up tahini I had been buying all these years was NOT up to snuff. So I walked over to my favourite Triple A market (it has a lot of things Whole Foods has but it looks like someone took a giant dusty shit in the store – i.e., they don’t care one doodad about keeping aisles neat and tidy or “facing” their products – it’s a somewhat grungy green grocer but they have lots of organic produce) and eyed the tahini shelf and chose what I thought looked the most Molly-approved, a jar of Cortas from Lebanon!

molly on the range cake recipe

molly on the range cake recipe

This chocolate tahini cake! I was snacking on the cake trimmings with thick globs of the frosting while photographing the cake and I was trying to think of when I first came across Molly on the inter web – I believe it was on my pal Melanie’s blog You Are My Fave. I was like, who is this hilarious little rascal making this beautiful food?? Also, part Asian too?!! SOLD! (Some Asians (me!) tend to get excited when they meet other neat-o Asians.)

molly on the range cake recipe

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This cake is so chocolately, with the nutty infusion of sesame flavour, the frosting is creamy and extremely lickable, with a hint of cinnamon spice . I also added an extra pinch of fleur de sel sprinkled on top for a little sweet-and-salty.

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Molly Yeh's Chocolate Tahini Cake

12-15 slices

For The Cake

  • 1 3/4 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup flavourless oil (I used grape seed)
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 3/4 cup boiling water

For The Tahini Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 2 cups powdered icing sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Make The Cake

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheight. Grease and flour three 7-inch round cake pans (or, one 13 x 9-inch baking dish).

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, oil and tahini.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Whisk in the boiling water.
  5. Divide batter evenly between cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 23-25 minutes.
  6. Let cakes cool completely before frosting.

Make The Frosting

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and tahini until creamy.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix to combine.
  3. Mix in the salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
  4. Beat on high until fluffy, about one minute.

 

Assemble The Cake

  1. Level any domes that might have baked up on your cake layers.
  2. Place the first cake layer cut-side-up on a cake board or plate.
  3. Using an offset spatula, fill the layer with tahini frosting; add the second layer, cut-side-down, on top.
  4. Fill the second layer with frosting and add the final layer, cut-side-down, on top.
  5. Frost the entire exterior of the cake and use a cake smoother to smoothe, if desired.
  6. Place cake in freezer to chill for 12-15 minutes to set the frosting.
  7. Remove cake from freezer and frost a final layer of frosting, using a cake smoother if desired.
  8. Optional: add a final sprinkle of fleur de sel and decorate with edible flowers or fresh berries!

 

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I’m pretty pumped on Molly’s beautiful and hilarious book. It’s got wiener jokes, it’s got drawings, it’s got sweet stories and recipe titles like “Spaghetti and My Ex-Boyfriend’s Meatless Balls” (which, incidentally, his balls sound delicious). It has Molly’s signature cloudy-gorgeous-minimalist-gothic-dreamy-farm photography, pictures so lovely they wrap you up in a cozy wool blanket, and it has Molly’s writing, which is so cheerfully appealing, charming and open. I will quote myself when I describe Molly here: ”Molly YEH! Like a big old YAY. This woman. She brightens the internet like a half Chinese half Jewish, percussion-playing gorgeous firecracker blasting through the milky way, and she’s getting married to an EGG.” So many congrats on your book, Molly!! xo Lyndsay 

PS I interviewed Molly a while back and you can read that here!

Earl Grey Blackberry Cake With Torched Meringue (Inspired by Andy Bowdy)

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torched meringue earl grey cake - Coco Cake Land

Fragrant earl grey buttercream, tangy tart blackberry-laden vanilla cake layers and an artful swath of toasty torched swiss meringue – it’s all a beautiful mess! Inspired by pastry chef Andy Bowdy (his cakes are gorgeously gargantuan, momentous and almost human!), I’ve been wanting to try decorating a cake with the “torched meringue” look – and, with a mini blowtorch burning a hole in my cupboard, the earl grey blackberry cake with torched meringue idea was born!

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I decided to make swiss meringue for the artful swath, using the same method I use for my meringue kisses – that is, whipping the beautiful daylights out of a mixture of hot egg whites and granulated sugar. KitchenAid Canada sent me one of their new, very cute KitchenAid Artisan Mini Mixers in the mail! When I pulled the shiny pink mixer out of its box, my first thought was “oh my gosh, this is children’s sized.” I really thought it was so small at first and I was worried the cake and buttercream recipes I had in mind wouldn’t fit the bowl… but I was PLEASANTLY surprised that this lil baby whirred up my cake batter, buttercream and meringue just as beautifully as my old classic Kitchen Aid, with no spillover! In fact, the bowl is a generous 3.5 quarts, though it looks small. Which I guess is the point of the mini mixer – it’s compact, and perfect for a small kitchen! My only wish is that the bowl had a handle, as I’m so used to maneuvering the bowl by the handle. (Teddy and I also had fun turning the KitchenAid cardboard box into a race car! Cake board rounds make excellent steering wheels, FYI!)

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My favourite tips for getting a lovely, fluffy swiss meringue – ensure your bowl is very clean and completely grease-free. You can even rub the inside of the bowl with a wedge of lemon to cut any semblance of grease. Use a candy or digital thermometer! You’ll want the hot egg and sugar mixture to reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit in order to kill any nasty bacteria hanging out in the eggs.

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Along with the earl grey swiss meringue buttercream, I had some leftover salted caramel in the fridge so I added some for the dramatic drip effect. For the filling, I used blackberry jam and lemon curd, both store-bought – but you could make your own if you’re feeling truly heroic. Now go forth and make cake!!

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Earl Grey Blackberry Cake With Torched Meringue

12 slices

For The Cake

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated white sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries, chopped into smaller pieces

For The Earl Grey Buttercream

For The Meringue

  • 1/4 cup egg whites (75 ml)
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar

For The Caramel and Fillings

  • I used leftover caramel from a previous cake, made from this recipe by Tessa Huff for The Cake Blog! 
  • For the fillings, I used store-bought blackberry jam and store-bought lemon curd.
  • You could also use store-bought caramel or dulce de leche; simply warm it up slightly to loosen it so it “drips.”

Make The Cake

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 7×2 inch round cake pans with vegetable oil spray and parchment paper rounds. 

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, scraping down the bowl as needed, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time until incorporated.
  3. Add the pure vanilla extract.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the whole milk, ending with the flour mixture.
  6. Mix until incorporated into a batter, about 30 seconds – do not over mix!
  7. Fold in half of the chopped blackberries; divide the other half into three equal portions.
  8. Pour batter evenly into prepared cake pans; use an offset spatula to level the batter.
  9. Sprinkle each batter-filled pan with the remaining blackberries, pressing in lightly.
  10. Bake on the centre rack for 23-25 minutes, turning pans halfway to ensure even baking. Cake is baked when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Let cool completely on wire racks before frosting.

Make The Buttercream

  1. Place 1 cup of the butter in a saucepan with the loose tea. Heat over medium heat until the butter melts, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and let the tea steep for another 5 minutes.
  3. Strain the butter through a fine-mesh-sieve set over a bowl and refrigerate until it reaches softened butter consistency – 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Place the egg whites and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer, whisking to combine.
  5. Fill a medium saucepan with water and place it over medium-high heat.
  6. Place the stand mixer bowl on top, creating a double-boiler effect (the bowl shouldn’t touch the water.)
  7. Whisking intermittently, heat the egg mixture until it registers 160 degrees Fahrenheit (70 degrees Celsius) on a candy thermometer.
  8. Carefully move the mixer bowl back to the stand mixer.
  9. Using the whisk attachment, beat the egg white and sugar mixture on high speed for about 8-10 minutes until it reaches medium-stiff peaks. The mixture should have cooled down now to room temperature.
  10. Stop the mixer and swap out the whisk attachment for the paddle attachment.
  11. With the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla paste, tea infused butter and remaining 1 cup of butter about a tablespoon at a time.
  12. Once incorporated, turn the mixer to medium-high and beat until buttercream is thick and lustrous.

(If your swiss meringue buttercream “breaks” apart, your butter might have been too cold – place the stand mixer bowl back onto the water filled saucepan and gently heat up for a minute or so, then try beating the mixture again. You’d be amazed at how something can go from curdled soup to fluffy perfect buttercream. See this post for more troubleshooting tips!)

Make The Meringue

  1. Place the egg whites and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer, whisking to combine.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with water and place it over medium-high heat.
  3. Place the stand mixer bowl on top, creating a double-boiler effect (the bowl shouldn’t touch the water.)
  4. Whisking intermittently, heat the egg mixture until it registers 160 degrees Fahrenheit (70 degrees Celsius) on a candy thermometer.
  5. Carefully move the mixer bowl back to the stand mixer.
  6. Using the whisk attachment, beat the egg white and sugar mixture on high speed for about 8-10 minutes until it reaches medium-stiff peaks, glossy and fluffy.

Assemble The Cake

  1. Using a serrated knife, level off your cake layers, reserving trimmings for chowing down on later.
  2. Place a dab of buttercream on a cake board or large plate and put the first cake layer on top.
  3. Using a piping bag fitted with a large star tip, pipe a generous buttercream dam on the top far edge of the cake layer.
  4. Fill the center area with blackberry jam.
  5. Place the second cake layer cut-side-down on top of the first.
  6. Pipe another generous buttercream dam on top of the second layer.
  7. Fill the center area of the second layer with lemon curd.
  8. Place the final cake layer cut-side-down on top, pressing in lightly to adhere. Slightly adjust your layers as needed.
  9. Using an offset spatula, frost the entire cake with a crumb coat, using a cake bench scraper to smoothe as needed.
  10. Place the cake in the freezer to set up, about 12 minutes, or in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  11. Remove cake from the freezer; using your offset spatula, frost a second layer of buttercream, smoothing with cake bench scraper.
  12. Place the cake back into the freezer for about 12 minutes.
  13. Remove cake from the freezer. Using a small spoon, add drips of caramel.
  14. Using a large spoon, dollop a generous amount of meringue on top of the cake. Using your spoon (but without touching the cake), spread the meringue into an artful “swath”, going across the center of the cake and going down one side.
  15. Get your blowtorch ready! In a safe uncluttered area of your kitchen, torch the meringue in little bursts to avoid melting away your buttercream. (freezing it beforehand as above will help here too); torch until you’re satisfied with the toasted-level of your meringue.
  16. Finally, decorate with blackberries, fresh fruit and/or edible flowers!

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earl grey blackberry cake recipe - Coco Cake Land

Thank you KitchenAid Canada for sending me the mixer and for sponsoring Coco Cake Land. Pretty stoked to be a Mini Moments Ambassador! All opinions are my own. My first Kitchen Aid was a wedding present from my very beloved Poh-Poh. I miss her very much. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Coco Cake Land chugging along, and happy baking, buddies! PS if you’re looking to amp up your meringue-based buttercream and frosting skills, here’s my affiliate link to Craftsy class Icing On The Cake by Jenny McCoy – I just watched it and learned a ton! xo Lyndsay 

Easy Chocolate Ganache Pie Recipe – OHHH YEAH!

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You know my deal. Sweet and easy, casual times. This pie is that. That pie is this. Pie, pie, who am I??? No but really – easy chocolate ganache pie recipe, right here, right now. Ohhh yeah. I’m busting through a brick wall like a giant glass jug sloshing with electric pink Kool-Aid yelling “this is EASY, guys!!! EASY!” If you want to complicate things, make your pie crust from scratch, because… I just used a frozen pie shell. ZING! Gimme another OHHH YEAHHH!!!

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But isn’t it pretty? I would wear this as a face mask if I didn’t hate having food on my skin. The reason why I know I hate having food on my skin is because in grade 9, I was on student council and for a fundraiser, we had pies thrown at our faces. Disgusting whipped edible oil product pies thrown at us. I can still feel the remnants of non-dairy oiliness in my ear. It felt like it would never come off of my skin. Also: make this pie or I will pinch the above blackberry til it bursts into a million little juicy tangy bits.

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Chocolate Ganache Pie With Fresh Berries

12 slices (maybe 8 if you're feeling piggy?)

For The Crust

  1. Walk to your nearest supermarket and go down the frozen foods aisle.
  2. Open up those cool heavy doors and let that cold air blast at your face.
  3. Select your favourite frozen pie crust. I selected Tenderflake, because they paid me to - but it really did bake up all cute and wonderful!
  4. Pay for your frozen pie crust.
  5. Bag it and bring it home. See you over at Ingredients Two!

For The Chocolate Ganache Filling

  • 2 cups of full fat high quality coconut milk
  • 1 pound of good quality semi-sweet or dark chocolate - chopped chocolate, or chocolate chips
  • fresh berries
  • edible flowers

Make The Pie Crust

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Bring the frozen pie shell to room temperature; poke all over with a fork.

Bake in the oven for ten minutes; let it cool completely on a wire rack.

Make The Ganache

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the coconut milk on medium heat unit it reaches a low boil.
  2. Remove from heat; add the chocolate, making sure the coconut milk covers the chocolate.
  3. Let it sit untouched for ten minutes.
  4. After ten minutes, gently whisk together until a glossy smooth ganache forms.
  5. Pour ganache into cooled pie shell and chill for 60 minutes until set.
  6. Decorate with fresh berries, edible flowers, fresh herbs.

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In other news: my friend Michelle from Hummingbird High tells it like it is in this timely post about what it means to be a food blogger. It’s a good reminder to consider WHY one blogs. For me this past year, my blog was a place I could shit it all out there and talk about my breast cancer diagnosis and treatments, and a place to put some of my thoughts and feelings. Also? Two of my favourite things, writing and photography, get to combine with another favourite thing, baking stuff. Plus, jokes. And another thing i’ve learned about myself is that I think food styling is fun. That I will food style a fucking family picnic of fried chicken because it’s THAT FUN and the light is too beautiful for me not to be the food stylist turd family member. It makes me giddy and happy. So that’s why I do it I guess. I’ve also met some DELIGHTFUL people through being an online wingwang. Did you know you can find a list of my favourite blogs ( and people) at the bottom of my ABOUT page? These are all the bitches who I admire, or who are hilarious and real, and create insanely good and/or delicious content but are also good people, or funny people. Or just crazy talented people. But there’s a no jerks allowed rule. So feel free to browse my favourites and know that there are no jerkturds on those lists! (PS – Tenderflake compensated me to create this video, but not this post – but I love these pie photos so decided to post the recipe!) xo Lyndsay 

Blackberry Lemon Parfait With Oat Cookie Crumble + Whipped Mascarpone

blackberry lemon parfait recipe - Coco Cake Land

blackberry lemon curd parfait recipe - Coco Cake Land

Note to self: never layer a f*cking dessert again. Do it for food photos, but then when you want to eat it yourself – JAM IT ALL TOGETHER IN A NORMAL PERSON BOWL. You’ll still get all the elements of this beautifully easy summer blackberry lemon parfait. Cool, creamy, not-too-sweet whipped mascarpone, the tang of lemon and blackberry and the crispy toasted texture of the salted oat cookie crumble.

easy summer blackberry lemon parfait recipe - coco cake land

blackberry lemon parfait recipe - Coco Cake Land

easy summer parfait - blackberry, lemon, whipped mascarpone + oat cookie crumble

I used store-bought lemon curd because I am completely okay with not making every element from scratch. But if you want to make the lemon curd, I’ve made Martha Stewart’s lemon curd recipe several times with excellent results. I also added a smidgen of blackberry jam on the top of the parfait too for an extra colour blast!

easy summer parfait - blackberry, lemon, whipped mascarpone + oat cookie crumble

Blackberry Lemon Parfait With Oat Cookie Crumble + Whipped Mascarpone

4 parfaits in 6 ounce glasses

For The Oat Cookie Crumble

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar (or light brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes, at room temperature

For The Whipped Mascarpone

  • 8 ounces of mascarpone, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • zest of one small lemon
  • 1 cup heavy cream (33% milk fat), cold

Make The Oat Cookie Crumble

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the sugar, oats, flour and salt.
  3. Add the unsalted butter, using your fingers to combine it all together until incorporated enough that it forms clumps.
  4. Using your fingers, place the oat mixture clumps onto the parchment paper, spreading out evenly.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until toasty and browned. Let cool completely before using.

Make The Whipped Mascarpone

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the beater attachment, whip the mascarpone, icing sugar and lemon zest on high to give it some volume.
  2. Turn off the mixer; swap out to the whisk attachment.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl; add the cold whipping cream and beat on low until incorporated, about 30 seconds.
  4. Beat on medium-high until soft peaks form.

 

Assemble The Parfait

  1. Using a spoon, dollop a generous amount of whipped mascarpone into the bottom of your bowl or glass.
  2. Add a layer of lemon curd.
  3. Add another layer of mascarpone.
  4. Add a generous crumbly amount of cooled oat cookie crumble, broken into small pieces.
  5. Add another dollop of mascarpone.
  6. Add a spoonful of blackberry jam and top with fresh blackberries!

easy summer blackberry lemon parfait recipe - coco cake land

You will have plenty of oat cookie crumble left over – but I tell ya, this stuff won’t last long. Whether you’re sprinkling it straight into your mouth or topping an ice cream sundae, it really is crunchy salty sweet delicious! xo Lyndsay 

Iced Matcha Latte With Coffee Jelly

iced matcha latte with coffee jelly recipe - Coco Cake Land

I’m freaking out over this iced matcha latte with coffee jelly drink (could I just be on an insane caffeine high from drinking two of these in a row? Probably.) I don’t think I’ve ever posted a drink recipe on this blog but this is GOLDEN and will catapult your hot summery day into icey matcha green tea milky condensed milk coffee jelly outer space. Inspired by one of my favourite little cafes here in Vancouver, this drink is painfully easy to make, which is always A-PLUS IN MY BOOKS. This iced matcha latte is for those people (MY PEOPLE!) that love bubble tea and jelly-type stuff in their cold drinks. You’ll need bubble tea straws to slurp up all the sweet coffee goodness. It also brings together Japan (matcha) and Vietnam (condensed milk coffee jelly cubes!) and America (milk??). Run, run! Hurry and make this and watch your day get better!!

iced matcha latte with coffee jelly recipe - Coco Cake Land

iced matcha latte with coffee jelly recipe - Coco Cake Land

iced matcha latte with coffee jelly recipe - Coco Cake Land

Iced Matcha Latte With Coffee Jelly

2 matcha lattes

For The Condensed Milk Coffee Jelly

Recipe adapted from The Food Librarian
  • 2 packets of unflavoured gelatine powder (I used Knox brand - it comes with 4 packets)
  • 2 shots of strong good quality espresso with boiling water added to make 2 cups of liquid
  • 1 300 ml can of sweetened condensed milk
 

For The Matcha Latte

Recipe adapted from Japan Centre
  • 2 teaspoons green tea matcha powder
  • 2 teaspoons granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 cups of your favourite milk (I used organic 2% milk)
  • ice cubes!

Make The Coffee Jelly

  1. Place 1/2 cup of cold water in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the contents of the gelatin packets on top of the water, lightly stirring to combine – allow it to bloom, about ten minutes.
  3. Stir in the hot espresso coffee mixture until combined.
  4. Add the sweetened condensed milk mixture and lightly stir until incorporated.
  5. Pour into an oblong glass pan or dish – I used my 3 quart/2.8 L glass baking pan.
  6. Let the gelatin set up overnight, and it will be ready for lattes in the morning!

Make The Matcha Latte

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the matcha powder, sugar and boiling water to form a paste.
  2. Pour milk into a liquid measuring cup.
  3. Add the matcha paste to the milk, whisking until combined.

 

Assemble The Drinks

  1. Remove coffee jelly from the fridge; using a paring knife, slice jelly into 1/2 inch cubes.
  2. Spoon the coffee jelly into a glass, about 1/3 full.
  3. Add 4-5 cubes of ice (your preference)
  4. Divide evenly and pour the matcha milk into the glasses.
  5. Place a bubble tea straw in the glass and DRINK AWAY!

iced matcha latte with coffee jelly recipe - Coco Cake Land

Recipe notes: You will have plenty of coffee jelly leftover – but making the matcha latte is so easy, you can reserve the jelly for the following morning, and so on, and so on – til the jelly is all eaten up. The matcha latte recipe can easily be doubled to accommodate 4 latte-drinkers. If you prefer a sweeter matcha latte, you can add an extra teaspoon per serving as you like it. Happy summer vibes, my friends! xo Lyndsay 

Frozen Blueberry Lemon Icebox Cake

blueberry lemon icebox cake

Summer is breezing by like a little flip book of dreams. Blueberry bushes are sprouting their little juicy jewels; plucked, and packed into boxes. Carried home from the store, into our homes. Baked, transformed, or sprinkled on oatmeal, or run under the cold tap for a few seconds then thrown straight into mouths. We took Teddy to the pool yesterday and it was teeming with children. I marvelled at the wonderful body types of a million mothers. Tall, short, fat, thin. Rolls of Costco-fueled emotional eating exhaustion, tucked into swaths of lycra, and lean machines who wake up at 5am for a morning run to keep sane. I’m always searching for the bikini or swimsuit that best fits my body type – fat ‘n fit. That is, strong legs, strong arms but abdominal fat round my middle because I can’t stop making fried chicken and fruit pie. The hot sizzle of oil when the dredged chicken drops in. Crispy and juicy, with a side of cold watermelon. The sweet, toasty aroma of bubbling pie baking in the oven, Teddy bursting in to tell me “I want to eat that smell!!!” And how about some blueberry lemon icebox cake for dessert.

blueberry lemon icebox cake

I’ve been a subscriber to Bon Appetit magazine for several years now – first I got hooked on Food and Wine magazine thanks to watching Top Chef, then I decided to mix it up and switch magazines because I don’t drink much, and the “Wine” part I would always skip through. While sometimes I feel like BA tries too hard to make people feel uncool, I do love the recipes, photos and designs. The July issue had a stunner of a story, all about blueberries – which I dog-eared the shit out of. I posted this blueberry lemon icebox cake on the old Instagram and MAGICALLY, the RECIPE AUTHOR commented, saying she was a big fan of mine!! So cool. Now I’ve discovered that she is the wonderful Nicole Rucker, pie maker and chef extraordanaire, and I’m just a tired turd here in Vancouver doing my thing in my modest kitchen, and amazingly she’s a fan of me.

blueberry lemon icebox cake

Teddy’s little not-quite-4-year-old hand. I want to cry thinking of him turning 4. It’s so painful for me to see him continue to grow so far away from babyhood.

blueberry lemon icebox cake

Here’s the frozen blueberry lemon icebox cake recipe by Nicole Rucker for Bon Appetit. I used store-bought lemon curd, and I didn’t have chia seeds for the blueberry jam, so I just used a tablespoon of cornstarch to help thicken it somewhat. The jam set up beautifully in the fridge overnight and I couldn’t stop spooning it into my mouth. The recipe is so simple, and it tastes like magical slices of summer: fresh, bright, creamy and cool. xo Lyndsay