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It’s a Pizza Cake!


I have taken a fancy to “cake fakery”. Yes, you heard me right. Even in something as creative and rewarding as baking, you sometimes hit a dead end. It’s similar to a writer’s block – the ideas are all there but you just can’t pen it down.


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Vanilla Panna Cotta with Mango Gelée


Owning a dessert blog means refrigerator full of sweet things every single day. I mean, there are just two of us at home after all. After consuming some of it ourselves and sending some to Pavan’s office, there are still leftovers.

So I am extremely happy when friends come over and everything is polished off; morsels of grasshopper pie were left and my watermelon ice-pops were devoured, much to their nonexistence.


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DIY Thursdays : Pure Vanilla Extract


I don’t know about you, but as a baker there are certain things I can’t live without. Offset spatulas, dough scrapper, wire whisk, wire rack and so much more. This is as far as equipment goes.

With ingredients, if I don’t have a bottle of pure vanilla extract at all times in my cupboard, I cannot function.

I am quite the puritan when it comes to baking ingredients. I cringe when I see bottles of artificial vanilla extract at the store (any artificial flavour as a matter of fact). Artificial vanilla is not vanilla and in the long run it’s not really good for you.

If you are on the same page as I am, you wouldn’t believe in using artificial vanilla extract either. But as much as vanilla is indispensable in baking, it is expensive.

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