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Today’s Sunday Cake Day is a double shot! And what makes it even more special - this is actual cake that I tasted with my own mouth, made by a very talented pastry chef friend of mine: Sarah Bearclaw. 

That name should ring a bell since I’ve mentioned her here before … many times. At long last I made it over to The Hart & The Hunter where Sarah has been the in-house pastry chef for nearly a year. How time flies! Her Lemon Icebox Pie has become a staple at the restaurant and more than a couple of times I’ve been reading online or magazine reviews of the restaurant which specifically call it out. Today I got to try it. 

I admit I’m not much of a lemon person and wasn’t sure what all the fuss could be about, but on a HOT day in LA this was the perfect cool mid-day treat. The graham cracker crust helps balance the tartness of the light lemon pie. The layer of whipped topping is perfectly bruleed on each side as well as the top, after being chilled to perfection. The light-weight fluff on top also helps balance the tart lemon filling so I found myself devouring a dessert that I probably wouldn’t have thought to order on menu. 

That of course is because I would always opt for carrot cake over any other dessert when given the chance to choose (let’s call it 9 times out of 10). This time I got both! Sarah has made me multiple carrot cakes for special occasions and gets rave reviews every time. This was no exception and she found new ways to make this particular carrot cake unique from the others. I have to say ultimately my favorite she ever made was the birthday cake with golden raisins and a graham cracker dusting on top. Keep in mind of course that all carrot cakes by Sarah Bearclaw are spectacular - it’s like giving out a second gold medal to one when they are all winners. 

My entire experience at The Hart & The Hunter was wonderful, welcoming, delicious and fun. The mix and matched plates, Wes Anderson-style artwork and chic location in the luxury boutique Palihotel were less intimidating than I thought they might be - some places in LA are just too cool for me it turns out. Thankfully H&H is accessible, relaxing and (most importantly) delicious. I can’t wait to go back for dinner sometime to try more of the savory dishes, and of course see what Sarah has whipped up that day for dessert. 

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This is Hummingbird Cake. Have you heard of it before? I hadn’t, until this week and now I’m sharing it with you. Not a pretty cake, but it still grabbed my attention. I wondered what went into it and discovered the key ingredients are mashed bananas, crushed pineapple and pecans. I’m intrigued and may just have to whip one of these up when I have some spare time. I don’t have much spare time so don’t hold your breath waiting for a follow-up post with pictures of my homemade version, but you never know….
In the meantime, if you want to try your hand at this tasting looking treat click HERE for the recipe. 
*Photo courtesy of the Saveur website. 

This is Hummingbird Cake. Have you heard of it before? I hadn’t, until this week and now I’m sharing it with you. Not a pretty cake, but it still grabbed my attention. I wondered what went into it and discovered the key ingredients are mashed bananas, crushed pineapple and pecans. I’m intrigued and may just have to whip one of these up when I have some spare time. I don’t have much spare time so don’t hold your breath waiting for a follow-up post with pictures of my homemade version, but you never know….

In the meantime, if you want to try your hand at this tasting looking treat click HERE for the recipe. 

*Photo courtesy of the Saveur website. 

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Thanks to my nephew Jack, I’ve learned that the classic game Candyland has changed since I first played it as a kid, but it is still fun (even if Jack, well, basically cheats to ensure he wins) and still deserves it’s very own party theme. Seeing a cake like this make me want to BE a kid again, or have one of my own so I have the perfect excuse to have a Candyland themed party. In the meantime I look forward to playing a few more rounds with Jack to keep me sharp. 
This Candyland birthday cake is courtesy of Pizzazzerie. 

Thanks to my nephew Jack, I’ve learned that the classic game Candyland has changed since I first played it as a kid, but it is still fun (even if Jack, well, basically cheats to ensure he wins) and still deserves it’s very own party theme. Seeing a cake like this make me want to BE a kid again, or have one of my own so I have the perfect excuse to have a Candyland themed party. In the meantime I look forward to playing a few more rounds with Jack to keep me sharp. 

This Candyland birthday cake is courtesy of Pizzazzerie. 

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Last weekend we celebrated Jeremy’s 37th birthday. Knowing my husband is ever the kid-at-heart I gathered fourteen of our friends for a surprise party picnic at Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening. It was as if the people planning this summer’s movie schedule knew it was Jeremy’s birthday because they were screening his favorite move - The Princess Bride. 

For the celebration I enlisted amazing local baker Sweet Spils to make some adorable Princess Bride themed cupcakes. Half were carrot cake (or course) and half were strawberry. All were delightfully delicious. 

Happy Birthday Jeremy!!!

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