The Little Epicurean

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

Jun 22 2011

Peach Lattice Pie

Peach Lattice Pie

I’m not the biggest fan of pie–especially fruit pies because I prefer to eat fruits raw.  Sometimes I’ll order pie a la mode for dessert, but those who know me, are fully aware I just want to eat the ice cream. I recently went to Trader Joe’s and fell in love with this box of

Jun 20 2011

Mango Yogurt Mousse Cake

I love mangos.  Especially sliced mangos dipped in chili lemon powder and coarse sea salt.  I also like mango yogurt mousse with a simple white cake and an oh so buttery and flakey pie crust cookie bottom. The recipe can be substituted with almost any fruit.  In culinary school, we did a similar cake with