16 February 2012

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Valentine's Day has come and gone. The bakery was the most crazy I had ever seen it. I got their at 6 am and was going nonstop for the next 8 hours. We couldn't keep enough in stock, people were just walking in, buying by the dozen. The clipboard of orders was overflowing. I am still recuperating. 



These little squares are quite amazing. I normally have a great bias against sheet cakes, associating them with those gross 
pre-made grocery store cakes. But coating them in the most amazing molasses glaze and cutting them into little squares changes everything. 




The cake has black pepper in it. This was something I found very unusual at first. I didn't know if it would give the cake a strange flavor. It didn't at all, it made the cake better. It had a very wonderful ginger flavor with a nutty, spice tone that you really couldn't place. I'm no foodie who can go, Oh the floral note's in this make blah blah blah. I don't know things like that. I know what tastes good to me. And somehow the pepper in this makes the cake magical.

I had found a black pepper cake recipe in an old cookbook at my great great aunt's house. Thinking it was just absurd at first, I now fell I must bake it. I am so intrigued by the black pepper in sweet items. 




I got a wonderful note in the mail today from a friend who moved away. It made my day. Sometimes you can go months with out seeing someone, you might still text often but you haven't really seen that person in a while. But getting that note in the mail tells you nothing has changed. Just because you on the other sides of the state doesn't mean anything. You are friends, and nothing is going to change that.










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Recipe torn out of the pages of Better Homes and Garden. Scanned.

28 comments:

vanilla bean blog said...

I love your honey jar. I just bought chalkboard paint to paint all my glass jars as well!
And, as always, this is lovely. I love gazing at your photos.

missmarc said...

beautiful photos. these look amazing! I used black pepper in a gingerbread cookie for the holidays and it was great :) it really brought the spice to a next level.

Jade said...

Gosh, I love how perfectly square the pieces of cake are. Looks lovely and delicious!

Mary @ Bake Break said...

Beautiful pictures, as usual! Triple ginger is a fail-proof way to make me happy - these look wonderful!

{ Nina Designs } said...

Mmmmm....Yummy!!!

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

Oh these look fabulous! Triple ginger, sounds amazing, and your photos are just absolutely gorgeous.

Cupcakes Barcelona said...

Great pictures, it looks very delicious!! Ginger is one of my favourite spices...! Have to try this recipe soon :)

Sue/the view from great island said...

These are stunning,and so are your photos. I actually prefer cake in little squares like this, I feel so much more virtuous eating them! Your photos are better than the magazine's!

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray said...

So gorgeous!

thelittleloaf said...

I'm intrigued by the idea of black pepper in a cake, but I guess if the fieriness of ginger works, why not. Your photos are simply stunning as always - even the torn out recipe page looks pretty!

Katherine @ eggton said...

Hi there! I recently got a bottle of chalkboard spray paint and I'm looking forward to playing around with it. Is that what's on the honey bottle? I'd love to know! Very cool.

As always, these photos are stunning--especially the bars on the cooling rack.

Twinks said...

Your pictures are so fantastic!! I want to try baking this; makes my mouth water!! Ginger is so good for you too....your pictures are simply wonderful.....

Molls @ O hushed October morning mild said...

Beautiful pictures!

Lauren from Baklust said...

I love that you scanned the original recipe!

snixykitchen said...

Oh man, we LOVE ginger at my house. I'll have to try this!

Ashley said...

Gosh, your pictures are so lovely! :)

Courtney Snook said...

Wow, that looks amazing! I'm a huge fan of ginger too, so I'm very keen to bake this asap! I look forward to your posts every week, you always put so much effort into your posts :)
www.courtneysnook.blogspot.com

athena said...

I know I say this all the time but... beautiful photos! I'm the exact same way, I don't know much about foodie terms and such; I consider myself a faux foodie and pretend to know what I'm talking about ;)

Mulot said...

hummm - poetic gastronomy !

Louise said...

Mmmmm!!!! And a lovely blogg!

Thanks!

Elizabeth said...

I bet the ginger tastes wonderful!

MoonFaCe said...

I ripped that page too ! It is in my to-be-made folder. Glad they turned out yummy for you.

Jenny @ BAKE said...

I love the resurgence of the homemade sheet cake, I think the little squares look so much nicer than cupcakes, and the quantity of icing is far more palatable.

Rikki said...

Love the photos. It all looks so yummy.

Kasey said...

I gotta say...your photos look 10 thousand times tastier than the ones in better homes and garden :)

Marta @ I love breakfasts said...

I just love these little squares.

'Le ricette dell'Amore Vero' di Claudia Annie said...

che ricetta deliziosa! complimenti, un bacio :)

Lily said...

These are awesome! You are right about the pepper; it adds a really nice twist.