Monday, July 11, 2016

Fresh Blackberry Chocolate Cake with Marzipan Chocolate Chip Streusel

Aaaaand the streuseling continues. Another delicious German cake using fresh blackberries. BTW, I like the idea of "streuseling" as a verb. I've made so many streusel cakes this year, it seems appropriate to deem it an action word.

This time, I streuseled (you see what I did there?) for a friend's dinner party on July 4th weekend. I just had to make something with all the juicy blackberries popping up in the markets. However, you know I can't just make any old blackberry cake. 

To begin with, I grooved up the streusel. I live to groove up streusel. Adding marzipan and mini chocolate chips to the mix turned out to be the best moves ever.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ladybug Caprese

First off, let me be clear. I did not invent these. I recreated them from a picture I saw on Pinterest. Hats off to whoever originally created them. Adorable and delicious, they have already made many appearances this summer season at my parties. These appetizers never fail to delight guests, are the first to be eaten and people talk about them after the party has ended.

The point of posting the recipe is, after much googling, none of the instructions I found included the slight challenges I encountered when making them. So I thought a more detailed recipe would be appreciated by the folks on the interwebs.

As a side note, after I finished creating my very first platter, I did have a thought that anyone who was squeamish about bugs would be too grossed out by them to eat them. So far, this has never happened. People only laugh and squee.