When a site you love publishes their 12 Favorite Dessert and Pastry Instagrams and you are one of them, you think ‘wait what? me? really? no really?’ then you get excited, then you do the ugly cry because you are excited. An hour later you look at the list again and are in sheer admiration of the amazingly talented people in dessert and pastry and then you think ‘I’m not worthy!’. That was me last week. I’m so incredibly honored and humbled to be on this list.
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Cake cake cake cake cake… and it’s not even my birthday! Well it almost is my birthday and my blog birthday so in honor of both this week’s Sweet of the Week is the mind-blowingly delicious tres leches birthday cake from Trois Familia in Silverlake. Not only is it perfectly soaked in sweetned condensed milk with a nice crumb, but it is chock full of rainbow sprinkles uping the fun factor of the cake. Now I’ve had many cakes in my life and I have to say as far as cakes go this cake is one hundred! Run don’t walk to enjoy a slice. And if you are lucky like me you may even get a birthday candle too.
Added bonus was Chef Ludo himself helping me capture the perfect french vanilla waterfall on his churro french toast that I enjoyed as second dessert!
Trois Familia 3510 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
I’m no stranger to the glorious food options Austin, TX has to offer and since I’m here for the weekend for #SXSW there was no better time to finally try Lick ice cream. Lick is a beloved local scoop shop offering unique flavors of small batch ice cream. They pride themselves on using locally source whole ingredients – honest ice cream as they call it. Each creative confection was a pure delight. I decided on a playful combo of beet and mint ice cream paired with a scoop of goat cheese, honey and time. It was not only a beautiful scoop it was equally as delish too. This is the only way I want to eat beets and goat cheese from now on! Eat your veggies, especially when in ice cream form.
Sometimes you just need cake. But sometimes you are too sick to go out for a slice so you have to make it yourself. This happens to you right? Or is it just me? Well sick at home and craving cake I decided to put my fresh orange juice and some Satsuma mandarin oranges to good work.
Hot out of the oven, I drizzled an orange glaze over the top of the cake and topped it with some zest. The cake is buttery soft with delicate hints of the orange. I love how it isn’t too sweet. The wonderful smell of winter citrus is intoxicating.
Now this is my kind of cold remedy!
p.s. if you aren’t too sick to go out for a slice of cake check out my guide below to some of the best slices of cake in L.A.
Orange Sour Cream Cake (recipe from www.eatingoutloud.com)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
8 oz. butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
3 tablespoons fresh orange zest
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons orange juice
1 tsp. fresh orange zest
Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Grease pans with butter and lightly dust with flour. In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Slowly add the sour cream, eggs and vanilla until thoroughly combined.In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Slowly add dry ingredients, mix until smooth. Add orange juice and zest, mix to combine. Place into prepared pans. If baking in 1 pan, bake for about 1 hour or until cake tests done. If baking in 2 pans, bake for about 30-35 minutes or until cakes test done.
Whisk together the powdered sugar, orange juice, and zest until a think glaze forms. Drizzle over the cake once cooled.
There are certain occasions that call for cake. I have two such occasions: today is my birthday and I am celebrating my 2 year blogiversary!
My blog turned 2 years old on April 22nd and I was so busy (presumably eating sweets) that I completely missed it. Since I’m having cake already I might as well celebrate these two birthdays at once. It has been an incredible 2 years of Let Me Eat Cake and I am happy to have been able to share some sweetness. There was a bit of a break from the blog during a busy period full of ube cupcake consumption, but I hope you are all out there still getting your fill of cake!
In keeping with the theme of cake, I recently had a chance to sit down with the cake man himself, Duff Goldman, at the LA Times Festival of Books. You may know Duff from the Food Network show Ace of Cakes. He is also the owner of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore. Duff just announce that Charm City Cakes is moving west and will be opening in Santa Monica in July. He chose the location because “It is close to the beach, central to other parts of Los Angeles and major freeways.” The shop is closed to the public, but you can call or order online for your very own Charm City Cake. Of Charm City’s flavors, Duff says his faves are pumpkin chocolate chip and cardamom pistachio.
Duff is new to LA, having lived here for only two weeks, but he is already finding some memorable sweets around the city. I asked him what his favorite LA dessert is so far. His answer: Animal’s bacon chocolate crunch bar. He says he loves the “three different layers of chocolate… It is really really really good.” We agree, Duff. Who doesn’t love bacon and chocolate?
But, his favorite dessert of all time (would you guess?) is sorbet. Duff explained to me that he “loves to order sorbet for dessert when I go out to eat at a restaurant.” He says, “sorbets tell a lot about a chef by how they turn the sorbet, at what point it freezes, the ingredients they use.” Duff thinks sorbet, which is a simple dessert like crème brulee, is a good test of a chef’s skills. Simple perfection – we love it.
If this didn’t make you hungry for cake I don’t know what will. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to get my hands on some Charm City cardamom pistachio cake right about now.