The Little Epicurean

Jul 18 2011

Black Sesame Cupcakes and Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting

  In college, I made a ton of new friends and acquaintances.  But after graduation, work, distance and life gets in the way and I lost touch with a lot of them.  I may have a whole bunch of facebook friends, but I’m sure you can guess how many of those I consider friends in

Jul 13 2011

Salted Bourbon Caramel Macarons

It has been a while since I’ve made French macarons.  I had a little incident with my oven and we’ve been on macaron hiatus ever since.  I finally gave in today, after learning my oven was being uncooperative because it just needed to be calibrated. So in continuing my birthday celebration, I made a batch

Jul 12 2011

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

Yesterday, I turned 26 and I made myself a birthday cake.  Whoever says you can’t have your cake and eat it too is seriously mistaken. I made banana cake filled with a layer of chocolate espresso ganache, frosted with caramel bourbon buttercream and topped with candied salted peanuts.  It was delicious.  Too bad everyday can’t

Jul 06 2011

Portland, Oregon

I often get puzzled and confused looks when I tell people that I want to vacation in Portland (or worse when I say I wouldn’t mind settling down and raising a family there).  Since first visiting the lovely city two years ago, I’ve fallen in love with Portland. Portland may only be a short two

Jun 25 2011

Cheeseburger Cupcakes

Cheeseburger Cupcakes

In honor of Alexander’s birthday, a sweet interpretation of his favorite food– cheeseburger cupcakes! I think I’ve mentioned it before that I don’t like cupcakes.  The boom in cupcakes in the recent years the has produced a slew of overhyped, overpriced, and disappointing cupcakes.  What once excited me, has made me bitter.  I refuse to