January 21, 2013 |
At the commander in chief's inaugural ball at the Washington Convention Center, President Obama will host 4,000 armed service members, Alicia Keyes and Jamie Foxx will perform, and a six-tiered cake from Duff Goldman's Charm City Cakes , of "Ace of Cakes" fame, will be eaten. The cake -- layers of red velvet, lemon poppy seed, pineapple coconut and pumpkin chocolate chip with Swiss buttercream -- is decorated with the presidential seal, emblems of each U.S. military branch, hand-painted red, white and blue stars and stripes, and patriotic fondant bunting.
December 15, 2012
Oh, no, not another Mexican wedding cake! But these are out-of-this-world, melt-in-your-mouth, can't-stop-eating favorites! - Deb Love, Santa Monica PHOTOS: Holiday Cookie Bake-off winning cookies and bakers Mexican wedding cakes Total time: 1 hour Servings: Makes about 3 dozen cookies. Note: Adapted from Deb Love. 3/4 cup (1½ sticks) butter 1/4 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for rolling 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cold water 2 cups (9.5 ounces)
November 16, 2012 |
Los Angeles paper artist Anna Bondoc, whose how-to behind seasonal place cards was posted Friday on L.A. at Home, has offered a bonus DIY project for readers: a snowflake cake stencil that you can download as a pdf and print at home. Bondoc, who worked as a chef in New York City , is an avid home baker. What she produces in her home kitchen reflects the sensibility visible in her art: She avoids overly elaborate embellishments, and when it comes to baked goods, "I don't make icing," she says.
November 15, 2012 |
When a recipe calls for zest, it's referring to the outermost layer of a citrus fruit -- that colored part of the skin that gives oranges, lemons and limes their vibrant colors. It's the zest that contains those rich, fragrant oils that give so much flavor to a dish or recipe. There are many ways to zest a fruit, whether using a citrus zester (pictured above), a grater, a microplane or rasp, vegetable peeler or even a good old-fashioned paring knife. Simple as it may be, there are still some tips to keep in mind: Make sure you remove only the outermost layer of colored zest, leaving the white pith behind.
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November 7, 2012 |
Frances Hashimoto, one of Little Tokyo's most influential business leaders who fought to preserve the neighborhood's Japanese cultural traditions and who invented the popular fusion dessert known as mochi ice cream, died of lung cancer Sunday at her Pasadena home. She was 69. Hashimoto was the feisty, visionary president of Mikawaya, the 102-year-old, three-generation family business selling traditional Japanese sweet pastries and snacks. At the urging of her widowed mother, she left teaching and took over the family business at age 27, vastly expanding its reach from a single shop in Little Tokyo to four retail stores in Southern California.
October 28, 2012 |
This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Lynda Jenner in Pasadena: "Euro Pane on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena has the most delicious spiced pear cake. It is moist and truly delicious with a hint of ginger. I would love to re-create it at home. Could you get the recipe for me?" Owner Sumi Chang was happy to share her recipe for this wonderfully fragrant, moist and delicious cake, writing that "it is a very humble-looking cake, but the taste is incredible. Originally, someone gave me this recipe as an apple cake recipe, and I baked a lot of apple cake using it. Once, however, I was out of apples, so I used Anjou pears instead.
September 29, 2012
Rolled-oat cake with figs Total time: 1 1/2 hours, plus cooling time Servings: Makes 1 (9-inch-round) cake Note: From Na Young Ma of Proof Bakery in Atwater Village. 1 cup rolled oats 2 cups (16 ounces) hot milk 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1¾ sticks) butter 1 cup (7 ounces) sugar 3 1/2 tablespoons (2.8 ounces) honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (9 ounces)
September 29, 2012
Flourless chocolate cake Total time: 1 hour, plus cooling time Servings: Makes 1 (8-inch-round) cake Note: From Na Young Ma of Proof Bakery in Atwater Village. 12 ounces 60% chocolate 4 ounces (1/2 cup, or 1 stick) butter 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 4 egg yolks 6 egg whites Pinch salt 4 ounces sugar 1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt together the chocolate and butter.
September 20, 2012 |
Online sleuths have been busy over the last 15 hours uncovering what could be a new Lady Gaga track called "Cake Like Gaga. " If so, the queen of the Monster's Ball has released her first rap song. Yes, you read that correctly. Here's the backstory, which Spin reported on Wednesday evening. It seems that one of Gaga's producers, DJ White Shadow, took to his Twitter account on Wednesday to announce a competition to craft lyrics for a new instrumental hip-hop track he'd written in a hot subgenre style called Trap.