Whiteout Cake

Whiteout Cake

Turns out life without homework is pretty… well… boring.

Whiteout Cake

I’m okay with boring, though, most of the time. It’s refreshing to have nothing to do and nowhere to be on a weekend. Suddenly brunch is easier to impulsively make happen, I feel no guilt about going out shopping for hours on end, and I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a lot of TV I need to catch up on after two years of grad school.

Whiteout Cake

To be honest, I have always been into the stuff that most people find boring. I almost always choose vanilla over chocolate, for example–that age-old indicator of your boringness level when judging ice cream flavors–and I love a good day at home when I don’t have to leave my apartment.

Whiteout Cake

I will say, though, even for my introverted self, those sorts of days have their limits. There’s only so much Call the Midwife or Leftovers a girl can handle in 24 hours (take your pick between too many babies or too many unanswered questions). As I wondered what the heck I was going to do with myself for the holiday weekend that might, perhaps, get me off the couch, I remembered that baking stuff, taking photos of it, and writing odd little posts about them publicly for the whole internet to see is kinda my thing.

Whiteout Cake

So here we are! I was going to make cupcakes. I really was. But I loaned my one cupcake tin to a friend last week (side note: what kind of food blogger only has ONE muffin tin to her name!?). Thus, a full-out cake it was. Well, a cake and two dozen mini cupcakes.

Whiteout Cake

This Whiteout Cake is from one of my all-time favorite cookbooks, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking, and is a sweet, light, subtle vanilla cake with white-chocolate buttercream. The whole thing is quiet and reliable but super delicious.

Whiteout Cake

So rather than celebrating the last day it’s socially acceptable to wear white pants–which admittedly would be a better connection to why I made an all-white cake for no reason this weekend–let’s say instead that this is a cake for celebrating boredom. Because as much as I love a quiet day, I’ll also admit I’m a bit of a workaholic, so spending a day doing nothing does not come easily to me. So here’s to me embracing boredom–what better way to get started than with cake?

Whiteout Cake

In other news, does anyone in the Milwaukee area want a cake? ‘Cause if so, I have a whole one, minus one slice, with your name on it…

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Advent 2012–Day 6

Advent 2012--Day 6

My day was SUPER LONG!

Advent 2012--Day 6

So this is a short post.

Advent 2012--Day 6

I love white chocolate. I love lemon. And I can get on board with pepper. So although Lil didn’t like today’s chocolate I am certainly a fan. It’s a white chocolate, lemon zest, pink peppercorn bar, as you could guess. Amazingly the lemon flavor comes through so well, bright but the acidity is offset by the super creamy white chocolate. The peppercorns add crunch (and a pretty color).

Advent 2012--Day 6

» Amalfi Bar | lemon zest + pink peppercorns + 36% cocoa butter white chocolate
» Check out Day 6 of my sister’s nail polish advent calendar!
» Introduction to my Advent 2012 blog post series

White Chocolate Chip Walnut Scones

White Chocolate Chip Walnut Scones

WHY have I not been putting white chocolate chips in my beloved scone recipe forever!?

White Chocolate Chip Walnut Scones

Also, why has it taken me so long to mess around with my DSLR by taking portrait oriented shots?!

White Chocolate Chip Walnut Scones

Seriously, it changes everything about the way the photograph looks. These cameras just amaze me with how many things they can do.

White Chocolate Chip Walnut Scones

I’ve had mine for over a year and I still feel like I have barely even scratched the surface.

White Chocolate Chip Walnut Scones

I’m also playing around with square sized photos, which of course isn’t the normal size my DSLR takes and requires some extra editing, but I like how it looks on the blog page on my site.

White Chocolate Chip Walnut Scones

Funny that I had a spurt of baking/photography excitement after my mopey previous post. Would still love any tips against blogger’s block (ugh, that sounds lame, but you know what I mean) that you might want to share, though!

White Chocolate Chip Walnut Scones

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Salted Toasted Coconut White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

And the prize for longest name of a baked good yet on this blog goes to…

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These guys. Yes.

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Another short and sweet one here. There is not really much to say about these once you know what is in them. If you’re smart, you’ll run off and bake them right now. That’s right. Don’t read on. Just go bake ’em.

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Still here? Didn’t listen? You will after the next few pargraphs. Toasted coconut hide inside the extreme sweetness of this cookie. White chocolate chunks offset that sweetness with a cooler flavor.

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Salt gives them a complexity and a bit of a kick. They are nothing special without that salt. Don’t skimp.

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They are chewy and crunchy all at once. This is thanks in part to the oatmeal, and in part to the frightening amount of butter. They demand a glass of milk to go along with them.

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If you’re still here, I can only assume it’s for the recipe, which I suppose you’ll need if you are to run off and immediately make them. Here you are then! Continue reading