Passion Fruit Layer Cake

Tart, vibrant passion fruit pulp is transformed into luscious, creamy curd and brings this tender to cake to life. Subtle coconut flavors and a slight tang from the cream cheese in the frosting round out the brightness of the passion fruit.

Passion fruit layer cake with coconut and cream cheese frosting.

Dreaming of a tropical getaway this summer but stuck in the city?  Why not bring some island flavor to you instead!  Passion fruit has got to be one of my favorite flavors.  Pair it with tender coconut cake and a bit of cream cheese frosting, and I just might forget that we are sans summer vacay this year.

Based off all of your kind, enthusiastic comments from my Watercolor Cake post earlier this week, it looks like I am not the only one obsessed with this whimsical buttercream effect.  Using a color palette to match the golden passion fruit interior, this cake looks just like the tropical sunsets of my dreams!  If you didn't get a chance to see how this design is achieved, be sure to check out my GIF here!

Passion fruit layer cake with coconut and cream cheese frosting.
Passion fruit layer cake with coconut and cream cheese frosting.
Passion fruit layer cake with coconut and cream cheese frosting.

Remember those Passion Fruit Popsicles I made a few weeks ago for #PopsicleWeek 2016?  Well this is the curd that I used to swirl with cream mascarpone.  Find the complete recipe over on the West Elm Blog!  I have a few other special treats for West Elm coming up for fabulous summer entertaining, so keep a look out for those!

Passion fruit layer cake with coconut and cream cheese frosting.

In other food news…

It’s time for the annual Savuer Magazine blog awards!  Click here to quickly nominate your favourite blogs (hopefully Style Sweet CA is one of them, hint hint – xoxo).

Beating the heat with some refreshing sips this summer?  Check out my tips for photographing cocktails and cold beverage over on Food Bloggers of Canada. 

Who else pre-ordered Molly Yeh’s new book this week?  I did and couldn’t be more excited to get my copy of Molly on the Range come October.  In the meantime, I will enjoying my pre-order gift, yay!

My dear friend Lyndsay’s Craftsy class is super adorable and you should definitely check it out!  If you enjoy her designs on Coco Cake Land, then you will certainly love her Playful Animal Cake Class!

I am DYING over the idea of this Black Sesame Cake on Hummingbird High.  Bravo, Michelle!

Lily made this gorgeous Sage Blueberry Pie to accompany an even more beautiful post.  And now I can’t stop thinking about making more pie and lattice designs for the weekend.  

Jessica put together her fave recipes for the 4th of July on How Sweet Eats, but they are certainly great for the rest of summer too!  Personally, I can't get enough of her recipes lately - yumm!!

Lastly, I finally made my way over to Snapchat.  Come follow along at StyleSweet CA!  Happy Weekend =)

Passion fruit layer cake with coconut and cream cheese frosting.

LAYERED Online Release Party! + LINKS

As a first-time author, I really had no idea what to expect this week.  For those of you who might have missed the news, “Layered” was officially released on Tuesday!  For the most part, it’s been a typical week – going to the park with Everett, changing diapers, trying to get my wild dog to behave in public, tackling the piles of laundry, etc.  On the other hand, I’ve received so much love and support that I don’t even know what to do with myself in between the madness that is life with a toddler.  THANK YOU ALL soooo much!

Riesling Rhubarb Crisp Cake Slices from "Layered."

Riesling Rhubarb Crisp Cake Slices from "Layered."

With so many other amazing cookbooks getting released each week and competing for shelf space with mega cookbook celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Gwyneth, I tried not to get my hopes up – not that I have any idea what even constitutes “good” book sales.  But, while it only lasted 48 hours, “Layered” had a little “#1 Best Seller” tag next to its title on Amazon.  I could not be more thrilled!!  Even though I was quickly bumped to #2 by a cake book that is just about the complete opposite of “Layered,” I am so amazed by all the love my little dream book has garnered so far. 

Besides hitting “refresh” on my Amazon page and waiting for Oprah or Martha to call (they haven’t yet – fingers crossed!), I’ve particularly enjoyed seeing the most beautiful cakes create by some of my favorite cake makes and online pals.  I kindly asked a selection of bloggers to recreate a recipe from my book to share with their readers in honor of the release.  An Online Book Launch Party, so to speak. 

London Fog Cake by Michelle of Hummingbird High

London Fog Cake by Michelle of Hummingbird High

Everyday this week I’ve been completely blown away by their STUNNING creations!!!  Each one is gorgeous and I am so blessed to have such an incredible online support system.  Seriously – bloggers are the best!!  Not only did they all donate their time making a cake and writing a post (these aren’t quick recipes either), they volunteered their creativity.  What I love most is that each cake is so different, and even though they followed the same recipes, I can see the personality and style of each maker in their cakes.  How cool is that!?!?!? 

Chocolate Fudge Cake from Sarah of The Sugar Hit.

Chocolate Fudge Cake from Sarah of The Sugar Hit.

 

Adrianna’s Birthday Cake  and its #sprinklefade is everything!  So thrilled to officially e-meet you, Adrianna!  Now I can stalk photos of Amelia (her adorable corgi) without feeling like a total stranger.

Alana’s Vanilla Cake with Earl Grey Crumbles and Buttercream takes the best of several different recipes and combines them into one amazing creation with the most perfect petal buttercream finish.  And the GIF!  A must see!

Aimee’s dark ‘n moody Floral Zucchini Cake.  She is one of the sweetest dessert bloggers around and her photos of this cake are stunning!

Amy’s Lemon Zucchini Cake is beyond gorgeous.  Topped with an array of beautiful flowers, this was Amy’s first post she photographed herself!  I couldn’t be more proud of the results.  (please don’t hate me for disclosing this – you truly are amazing)

Betty’s Zucchini Cake with Lemon Buttercream sounds so fresh and vibrant.  I am dying to try the lemon buttercream!  Betty will tell you that she is a beginner cake maker, but I’m calling her bluff.  This cake is gorgeous!!  The work of a pro =)

Billy's cross between The Birthday Cake and the Banoffee Tiramsiu.  The perfect cake mash-up!  Also, click here to see his AMAZING flamingo variation.  Seriously, go check it out.

Cynthia’s Mini London Fog Cakes + Cupcakes  literally made my jaw drop all the way to the floor.  There’s something so inviting about her photography, and these pics make me want to grab a seat at her dining table a shovel cupcakes straight into my mouth – in the most graceful way, of course.  And I love how she made cupcakes, too!

Heather’s Sprinkle-Covered Birthday Cake – my SprinkleBakes dreams have officially come true!  I’m a long-time fan of Heather’s work, and I am so honoured to have her as part of the Online Release Party!

Izy's mash-up including my Lemony Zucchini Cake with fan fave Earl Grey Buttercream.  The citrus undertones sounds soooo tasty!  Once again, Izy proves she is a culinary wizard!

Jocelyn's beautiful Resiling Rhubarb Cake!  Better freeze some rhubarb so you can make this stunning cake all year round.  Jocelyn is kind of a super-star and I am beyond grateful for her support.

Laura’s London Fog Cake has the most perfect caramel drip I’ve ever seen.  Can you see my face salivating in the reflection?  Laura has been so unbelievable kind, and I can’t wait until her book comes out later this year.

Lily's Lemon Zucchini Cake with a healthy twist using HONEY!  Lily, you are such a sweetheart.  Thank you!

Lyndsay’s Drippy Birthday Cake is so stinkin’ cute!  It has the perfect amount of Coco Cake flair with its pink ganache drips and gold accents.  I can’t thank Lyndsay enough for her tender soul, amazing friendship (even though she is way cooler than me), and for sharing her undeniable talent with the world.

Marce’s London Fog Cake.  Her cakes are so amazing that I even activated my Snapchat account just to see her behind the scenes.  No joke.  And neither is this cake.  It’s beautiful!

Michelle’s Chocolate and Earl Grey London Fog Cake is absolutely heavenly.  I love her airy, dreamy photos!  And I (not so) secretly want to be as cool and talented as Michelle.  Everything that comes out of that tiny SF apartment kitchen of hers is pure perfection!

Nik's stunning Birthday Cake shot in his award-winning photography style.  Sooooo pretty!  Swirly fudge had never looked so good.

Sarah’s Double-Chocolate Fudge Cake is lick-your-screen drool-worthy!  Her frosting is epic!  Like, I want to dig right in and never look back.  Sooooo good!

Sarah’s Chocolate Tiramisu Cake is elegant, romantic, and down-right delicious.  I love Sarah’s ethereal style, and this cake is no exception.  She combined a couple different recipes from the book and the result is this masterpiece.

Thalia’s French Opera Cake is 6-layers of breath-taking beauty.  Thalia has one of the kindest, most beautiful souls – no wonder her work is magical!

 

Rainbow sprinkle cake slices

I cannot thank you all enough.  I was a bit hesitant to reach out to many of you at first (some who I have never even met before!) because I know how busy everyone is, but the results are phenomenal!  Plus, I even made some new friends in the process!  Thank you all for supporting me (and each other).  What an amazing community we’ve got here!

Apricot Jam + Friday Things

ApricotJam01 This week has been a real whirl-wind.  As if life was not busy enough, I got my first small taste of what our near future will look like - life with a working dad.  Let me tell you - it's terrifying!  Lol.

Brett is currently back in school studying to become a game programer.  You know, writing code and doing all sorts of math-y things.  And while he never got time off when the baby was born, we have all been so lucky to have him around for a big chunk of Everett's life so far - not away at the office.  Now with his graduation quickly approaching, he has been off interviewing for his dream job during the day and I am quickly discovering what life is truly like for not only a stay-at-home mom, but a working one.  Man, this is exhausting!

Okay, okay - don't get me wrong.  I love my son and the plan was always to stay at home with him when Brett went back to work.  We've been so extraordinarily lucky to have Brett home for most of Everett's first 7 month (gah - is he really that old already??), however, it recently dawned on me that these days are numbered.  Thankfully, there is grandma.

Now that Everett is on some-what of a schedule and will take a bottle regularly, grandma has been babysitting more and more.  And while getting to hang out with her grandson might be a reward in itself, I still need to find ways to show my mom just how thankful we are to have her nearby.  Being the foodie that I am, I find there to be no better way to say "thank you" than with edible gifts - usually of the homemade variety.  And that is exactly what I did when I gifted her with this apricot jam.

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This apricot jam is no ordinary jam.  It was made with apricots fresh from the farmer's market (Everett and mommy's favourite Saturday morning activity while Brett is away in class) and infused with real vanilla beans.  Pretty classy, right?  Those flecks of vanilla are not only gorgeous, but round out the tartness of the apricots and add depth of flavour without extra sweetness.  I created this small batch recipe - one jar for grandma and one jar for me.  I didn't even bother with proper canning since I knew it would be gobbled up so quickly.  I've personally been stirring it in my morning yogurt, eating it with soft cheeses, and of course, spreading it on fluffy biscuits!

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Find the whole recipe over at The Kitchn.

If the stalls at your farmer's market are overflowing with apricots, peaches, and plums - like mine is - then pick up a couple extra pounds to make some jam.  If not, be sure to check out some of my favourite food reads and recipe from the week:

  • Sweet + Spicy: A kicked-up honey recipe from Bon Appetite.
  • Kids in the Kitchn - a very appropriate article to go along with my adventures this past week with Baby Huff.
  • Catch up on Yahoo Food's week of Ice Cream Nation - including this snippet of Julia-Louis Dreyfus from "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," one of our favourite household shows.
  • Living the sweet life.  Christina Tosi is my hero!  AND Cherry Bombe Mag's new cover girl.  AND a new judge on Master Chef!
  • Alana's most PERFECT summertime cake to make before it's too late from Fix Feast Flair.  Strawberry, guava - oh my!!

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Also, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mom and the best grandma around!  We love you!

Happy Weekend! xoxo