I made this little birthday cake for my friend, JSI’s daddy. JSI requested for a vanilla cake, I brainstormed for a few nights and finally decided on a yellow cake made with buttermilk (98% fat-free) and madagascar bourbon pure vanilla bean paste, a cream cheese frosting, topped with strawberries and blueberries and garnished with my home-grown mint leaves. I have to mention the mint leaves because it is the first time I grow a plant and was quite proud of it… 🙂 I am not sure how well the cake turn out but I do hope JSI’s family enjoy it, especially her daddy. Happy Birthday…
I haven’t been to IKEA for a long time until recently, which was a really fruitful trip. I didn’t know that they actually have a section on baking utensils so I was really thrilled to discover it! I wonder if anyone notice that they have this really cute 12-hole muffin pan, which has rather deep and slender holes in the shape like cylinder. Matching paper liners are sold separately. The designs of the liners were limited though, in fact, I only saw one stripe design that comes in three different colors (blue, green and purple) in a box.
Yay! It’s Vanillyn’s full month today! I thought anniversary might not be a suitable word, so I’ll call it moniversary. And what’s a celebration without cakes right? So for this 1st moniversary, I made Red Velvet Cupcakes. I mean it’s red, and red is always an auspicious color isn’t it?
Lately I was reading this beautifully written book, A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg, the creator of Orangette, where she wrote about a Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Cake with Glazed Oranges and Creme Fraiche in one of the chapters. Just the name itself sounds delicious enough to make me want to eat it right away so immediately I went rummaging my fridge and shelves for the ingredients, which I was lucky enough to have everything in place. Life seems wonderful at this point.