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Lotus Paste & Peach Candy Mooncakes Lotus Paste & Peach Candy Mooncakes By Building Buttercream 09/18/13 06:43 Thursday is the Mid-Autumn Festival...that means it's time to make mooncakes! Last year, I made mooncakes for the first time and filled them with an easy, pre-made red bean paste filling. This year, I was determined to make lotus seed paste for the filling....
Red Bean Mooncakes Red Bean Mooncakes By Building Buttercream 09/28/12 04:57 This Sunday is the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is celebrated in many countries including China and Vietnam. Mooncakes are a tasty pastry traditionally enjoyed during the Mid-Autumn Festival. They consist of a thin pastry crust, and are usually filled with...
Green Tea Roll Cake with Cherry Mousse Filling Green Tea Roll Cake with Cherry Mousse Filling By Building Buttercream 04/09/12 06:17 Finally, a sunny spring weekend in Seattle. I guess we had some sun two weeks ago, but I was in California (where it rained). I was pretty busy enjoying the weather, and didn't spend too much time in the kitchen (at this point, I'm so vitamin-D starved...
 Naked  Chocolate Orange Cake "Naked" Chocolate Orange Cake By Building Buttercream 02/22/12 06:35 My husband's and my birthdays are so close together that we celebrate them jointly. This year, he requested orange chocolate for his birthday cake (which is really our birthday cake). The oranges on the cake ended up matching the brilliant Seattle sunset...
Strawberry and Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes Strawberry and Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes By Building Buttercream 03/27/12 08:34 Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake Laura: I visited my friend Justine in Berkeley last weekend! She had been eyeing cheesecake cupcakes as a baking project for a while, so we made them. And then decided to jointly post about them! Strawberry and Blueberry Cheesecake...
Green Tea Layer Cake with Lemon Honey Ombre Buttercream Green Tea Layer Cake with Lemon Honey Ombre Buttercream By Building Buttercream 03/20/12 06:28 Green Tea Layer Cake with Lemon Honey Ombre Buttercream I have to admit, last time I had green tea cake, I was not a fan. My husband (then boyfriend) and I were visiting a friend who was studying abroad in Japan over our spring break (this was back in college)....
Earl Grey Macarons with Honey & Rosewater Buttercream Earl Grey Macarons with Honey & Rosewater Buttercream By Building Buttercream 04/03/12 07:17 Macarons seem to be popping up all over the Internet recently. They're pretty, dainty, delicate little pastries, and I very quickly decided I wanted to give them a try. After reading about some of the interesting flavor variations (basil & lime! black sesame!...
Black & White Sesame Cupcakes with Sweet Bean Filling Black & White Sesame Cupcakes with Sweet Bean Filling By Building Buttercream 02/26/12 22:00 Last week, I saw a blog post about a cupcake with black sesame buttercream. Immediately, I began to plot my next cupcake. I love sesame. I sometimes have weird cravings for it. I started to envision a lightly sesame cupcake with sweet bean filling and sesame...
How to Make Gum Paste Lilies (Tutorial) How to Make Gum Paste Lilies (Tutorial) By Building Buttercream 09/03/13 02:17 Shortly after returning from China, some good friends asked me to make a wedding cake for their August wedding. I agreed to take this on, and the rest of my summer weekends were dedicated to practicing, preparing, and practicing. I'll post more about the...
Blueberry Pie Blueberry Pie By Building Buttercream 07/11/13 06:11 It's been a while, hasn't it? I have spent the better part of the last month on vacation in China! I was only able to do a small amount of baking while I was away (many people don't have ovens in their kitchens, but a relative let me use a portable one...
Walnut Carrot Cake Walnut Carrot Cake By Building Buttercream 11/14/12 06:42 I've always disliked carrot cake. In my experience, it is often too dense, the frosting is usually too sweet, and it almost always commits what I consider to be a major cake felony - it contains chunks of nuts and carrots right in the cake, which messes...
Chai Tea Roll Cake Chai Tea Roll Cake By Building Buttercream 10/14/12 22:30 I seem to base a lot of my baking projects off of beverages don't I? From margarita cupcakes to cinnamon latte cupcakes to pumpkin spice latte cupcakes, I tend to find a lot of inspiration in delicious drinks. In fact, whenever I have a drink that I like,...
Raspberry & Aprium Mini Pies Raspberry & Aprium Mini Pies By Building Buttercream 07/15/12 05:28 Summer is for fruit pies! And summer has finally (finally!) come to Seattle. Luckily, farms, grocery stores, roadside stands, and farmer's markets are bursting with berries, peaches, plums, cherries, and fruits that I have never even heard of. Several days...
Battenberg Cake (Daring Bakers' Challenge) Battenberg Cake (Daring Bakers' Challenge) By Building Buttercream 06/27/12 16:11 This month's Daring Bakers' Challenge was a type of cake I'd never heard of before: Battenberg Cake. The first Battenberg Cake was a wedding cake for Queen Victoria's granddaughter and the Prince of Battenberg. The two-color checkerboard pattern is known...
Cinnamon Latte Cupcakes Cinnamon Latte Cupcakes By Building Buttercream 05/31/12 06:05 Every morning, I walk to work, go to my favorite coffee place, and nod my head in affirmation to the barista's question, "You want your regular?". My regular is a double tall latte with lots of cinnamon. The coffee house that I go to has a special name...
Black Sesame & Red Bean Macarons Black Sesame & Red Bean Macarons By Building Buttercream 04/29/12 17:58 My husband and I go to his grandmother's house for dinner almost weekly. She always prepares several elaborate, delicious dishes for us, and we always leave with leftovers. Unfortunately, Grandma doesn't speak very much English, and I don't speak Mandarin,...
First Post: Chocolate Raspberry Birthday Cake First Post: Chocolate Raspberry Birthday Cake By Building Buttercream 03/12/12 00:14 My first blog post! I realized a while ago that I'd become something of a baking nerd. I also quickly realized that not many people want to hear me relate to them my research on various types of buttercream. So, I'm starting this blog. Hopefully, if you...
Italian Easter Bread (Daring Bakers' Challenge) Italian Easter Bread (Daring Bakers' Challenge) By Building Buttercream 04/28/14 01:50 What is that in the middle of the bread? It's a dyed Easter egg! This month's Daring Bakers' Challenge was Easter bread. Many of them featured whole eggs worked into the bread. I liked how this Italian version looks like an egg in a cozy bread nest. The...
Baumkuchen (Daring Bakers' Challenge) Baumkuchen (Daring Bakers' Challenge) By Building Buttercream 01/28/14 02:49 I got very excited when I saw January's Daring Bakers' Challenge. So excited, in fact, that I promptly dropped the rest of my plans for the weekend, marched to the grocery store to buy almonds, and began baking. This month's challenge was baumkuchen - a...
A Wedding Cake For Friends A Wedding Cake For Friends By Building Buttercream 11/02/13 04:24 Photo credit: About The Day. Last year, Mr. Buttercream and I were delighted to hear that a great friend from college was getting married to his awesome girlfriend. The couple initially asked me to help them with a dessert table for their wedding reception,...
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