Happy Anniversary + Rose Mocha Cake

RoseMochaCake2Today is an anniversary of sorts.  Not of marriage or anything like that, but the anniversary of new adventure.  A year ago, my husband, pup, and I crossed the Canadian border and entered into one of the most exciting years of our lives.

As you might recall the week leading up to our move from this post, a year ago it was time to hit the road.  We packed up the car with the last of our belongings, with Remy in the backseat, and said good bye to our home for the last time.  I had a hard enough time watching the new bakery move into my old shop over the past couple months, so I knew a "no-turning-back" attitude was in order.  Although we had been planning the move for over a year, of course I was still nervous.  I mean, who leaves a perfectly good life, home, and business behind for something completely unknown?

I'll tell you this, if you have a supportive family and a bit of financial wiggle room, you just gotta follow your dreams.  I had just closed my business and my husband was about to start a three-year program back at school, but we knew we just had to go for it.  A year later, I could not be happier that we did.

The first month was like a vacation.  We moved into our chic (yet tiny) city apartment, Brett had weeks before school started, and I was trying to figure out what my next move (career wise) was going to be.  We dined at some of our favorite restaurants, discovered new ones in our neighborhood, and got used to living in a high rise.  This was followed by multiple visits from our families, a summer on the beach, hikes with Miss Rem, living in a city with snow for the first time, and tons of great food.

Looking back, I can't believe what a year it has been.  I started working at a local French patisserie and practicing my macaron skills before settling into my new career.  After owning my cake shop, naturally I thought I should probably be in the kitchen for a while.  It wasn't really what I was passionate about anymore, and I now realize that a job I started at age 24 does not need to define my career forever.  Instead, I started this blog and really concentrated on my photography skills.  I started writing for a few other websites, and everything started to fall into place.  A year later, and I am now writing and developing recipes for brands that I love, experimenting and improving upon my photography daily, and getting ready for some HUGE new opportunities (more on these to come).  And best of all, our visas finally got approved!  That alone is reason to celebrate.


I have dozens of notebooks...It's kind of getting out of had.  Every time I get an idea or discover a new ingredient, I write it down.  Half the time my scribbles don't even make sense.  I stubbled upon "rose mocha cake" scratched on one of my notepads and was skeptical of my own idea.  I decided to try it out anyways and what a wonderful creation it turned out to be!

Recipe serves 12-15 as a 3-layer 8 inch round cake.