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The Professional Cake Illusion

When most people find out that I am a former trial attorney, they have a lot of questions: Why did you quit? Are you a trained chef? How disappointed are your parents? How did you become a professional food stylist and recipe developer? I try to answer all of the questions honestly: I quit because I am a terrible liar and felt impaired by the profession’s toxic atmosphere.  No, I am not a traditionally trained chef or stylist. And as to my parents, ‘very’. The answer to the last question is a bit convoluted. My patent answer is: I am …

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Big Apple Cheesecake

Today we’re going to revisit one of our most popular recipe posts from back in September 2015, The Big Apple Cheesecake. Inspired by my former home of Manhattan, this is sure to tantalize your tastebuds. New York City epitomizes everything that is great about America… it’s vibrant, culturally diverse, and rooted in patriotism.  So, I couldn’t think of a better way to represent this great city than with a unique recipe that combines American Apple Pie and New York Style Cheesecake.  Baked in a hollowed-out apple, the ricotta cheesecake filling is unexpectedly enhanced by a sharp Fontinella flavor (reminiscent of the cheddar …

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The Anatomy of a Pastry

I normally balk and roll my eyes when people celebrate made-up holidays. But when I heard that World Baking Day was coming up on May 17th, I thought that holiday festivities would certainly be appropriate. Celebrating the most delicious, flaky, buttery concoction to have ever been dreamt up? Sounds like a legitimate holiday to me. And who better than a world-renowned pastry chef to help us kick off the celebration, right?! The amazing confections at Jean Philippe Patisserie at ARIA are simply stunning. Layered with the finest ingredients, Jean Phillippe’s sweet inventions are a sight to see. Lucky for you, the …

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The Fantastical Paris Chez Sharon

Every week my email box is flooded with questions: How do I make cupcakes without a cupcake pan? Where did you find that tablecloth? Can you send me a piece of that cake you made last week? I try to answer all of these as honestly as I can, but sometimes I simply can’t reply to everyone… and no, I am not going to send you a piece of cake in the mail… plus, I already ate it all. Well, one of the most common questions I receive, is who are my favorite chefs to follow on Instagram. I have …

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Best January Recipes

Boozy Peach Lemonade With the close of January, it’s time for my monthly Pinterest round-up! For those of you not familiar with this series, I am (oddly enough) a pretty big in the Pinterest world. A few years ago, I received an email from a company I had never heard of… Pinterest. They were a start-up that was going to be launching a revolutionary website and they wanted to know if I would be a Beta-tester. Not one to turn down being on the forefront of revolution, I said “Hell yeah” and started my quick descent into pinning oblivion. By the …

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Raspberry Cream Cake

Get ready to add a little whimsy to your next baking day with today’s fabulously magical affair.  This talented group of vendors in Florida took the Nutcracker theme to the next level.  Featuring a gorgeous ballerina, sugarplum and snowy decor, a handsome prince, and even an appearance by the Mouse King himself, it’s a fantastical dream come to life.  Get inspired by this fairytale fete and bake up our imagined Raspberry Cream Cake recipe to match!   [yumprint-recipe id=’103′] Photographer:  Jenn Carroll Photography//Dress Designer: All Brides 2 Be & Formalwear//Invitation Designer: Archer & Olive//Makeup Artist:Bella Ti Artistry//Bakery:Trudy Melissa Cakes//Floral Designer: …

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5 Must-Try Dessert Recipes

GUEST WRITER: Robin Young Burinskiy of Feather & Flint Robin is a writer & photographer living in the suburbs of Boston. Blogging occupies all of her waking hours—from 9 to 5, she’s the managing editor & content writer for a growing company’s blog; and in her free time, she recently started Feather & Flint, her lifestyle blog. She writes thought-provoking pieces about relationships & careers; gathers recipes & playlists for the perfect dinner party; posts photos & advice from her world travels; and so much more.  Follow along with Robin: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+.   At the risk of revealing …