Desserts

Black Sesame Coconut Popsicles

It’s Popsicle Week!!!

I LOVE popsicle week. If you’re unfamiliar, let me give you the low-down. Amelia’s uncle and one of my favorite humans alive, Billy Green of Wit and Vinegar, hosts it every year. This year over 100 bloggers are participating!! WHAA!!! Amazing. You might’ve noticed this in your Instagram or blog reader this week and it’s all bc of his passion for all things popsicles.

Last year I made these very fun and festive Funfetti Cake Batter Popsicles. This year I wanted to get a little bit more grown-up, a little more sophisticated. Enter: black sesame paste. It’s one of my favorite ingredients (remember these cookies?). Think black tahini. That’s basically what it is and tastes like. If you’re having trouble finding black sesame paste, then just use tahini—it’ll taste EXACTLY the same.

Black Sesame Coconut Popsicles

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Eton Mess

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Eton's Mess

Eton mess is my favorite story because it involves a dog.

The story goes like this: summer-y people go on summer-y picnic and bring a mix of meringue and strawberries and whipped cream. A mischievous dog (picture Amelia type mischievous) jumps up and smashes said dessert. Summer-y people are very very bummed but eat it anyway because dessert is always necessary and they LOVE IT.

Eton Mess is born. I like to think that I made what was most likely in the back of the car, pre-dog. It’s a pavlova cake layered with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

Eton's Mess

Eton Mess is born. I like to think that I made what was most likely in the back of the car, pre-dog. It’s a pavlova cake layered with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

It’s something that can easily be put together. Add a few flowers on top and baby strawberries and it’s instantly a dessert that is VERY Instagrammable.

The good news is that it tastes good too.

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S'mores Twists

Remember when I made these pumpkin twists? Those were tite. But that was a different time; the air was crisp, fall spices were in the air, everything was cozy…it was fall.

Right now it’s the opposite. It’s all about bbqs and outdoors and picnics and mosquitos. It’s summahtime. I feel like every year I have the urge to push myself to make some different iteration of s’mores. I basically want s’mores in everything. I want to eat all the s’mores.

This year I decided to take on the French tarte de soleil and turn it into the most American summertime dessert ever.

S'mores Twists

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Honeycomb Sugar Doughnuts

Today is let’s-eat-all-da-doughnuts-day. Or, if you’re trying to eat healthy, is more like stare-at-all-the-doughnuts-on-the-internets-day!

Whether you’re being an active participant or leisurely double-tapping all of the doughnuts you see in your feed, I’m here hoping to contribute to the conversation by the way of these fluffy, deliciously sweet thangs.

Remember when I went to London. Well, while I was there, I strolled through Borough Market since many of you told me to, and I visited Bread Ahead. I happily ate two doughnuts in the freezing cold, while feeling very much like a rich and lucky Oliver Twist.

Honeycomb Sugar Doughnuts

These doughnuts were fluffy and cream-filled. The cream, I believe, was mixed with honeycomb. I thought it was a splendid idea. I loved it so much that I recreated them here, though slightly different.

Instead of mixing the honeycomb in with pastry cream, I made a honeycomb sugar! YASS. Take honeycomb and blitz it with sugar. It’s the most delicious thing in the entire world. And it was all Billy’s idea lol.

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Summer Berry Pie

Summer is riiiiight around the corner. As in, it’s officially kicking off in a few weeks. At the start of summer, I’m headed to Mexico for my best friend’s wedding. I cannot wait. Josh and I are actually staying a few days after the wedding to just live a little and have a bit of a vacation on our own (more on this soon!).

In anticipation of summah being so very close, I teamed up with ALDI to bring you this very summer-y berry pie.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I love pie. And I love pie crust even more. I’ve been wanting to do a very tightly wound lattice crust for a long time, so when I was strolling through ALDI the other day and saw their array of beautiful berries, I knew instantly what I was going to bake up.

Summer Berry Pie

Summer Berry Pie

Summer Berry Pie

The berries were bright and fresh. I bought a few containers and immediately went home to start working on this pie.

Summer Berry Pie

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Pink Lemonade Bars

Two days ago I put on my best bitch face and walked into a dealership and bought a new car! It’s the most boring, practical car ever but I don’t care because it doesn’t cost me a million dollars every month, it’s inexpensive on gas and gets me from point A to B. But in my dream world, I’d drive one of dhese…

Right now I’m in my very practical car headed to Palm Springs. So many last day of school vibes! While it’s just going to be for the weekend, I’m super excited to just chill for a few days by the pool. Amelia loves PS more than any of us because it means she gets to swim and jump in the pool and swim some more. I also bought a pizza floaty for her to lounge on. Hoping for a good Instagram moment with that one.

Pink Lemonade Bars

Pink Lemonade Bars

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Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

Have you ever had the stressful but delicious pleasure of making macarons?

Not to be confused with their American, less diva-like cousin, the macaroon.

A few weeks ago I was naively was like, I want to make a macaron that tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream. I didn’t think they’d be that stressful. OMG was I wrong.

I knew they were gonna be fickle, I just didn’t know how fickle they’d actually be.

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

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Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

I’m currently battling a slight cold. Apparently I had way too much fun at Universal Studio’s Harry Potter world, which by the way, was amazing. I feel like the only person on the planet earth that never really got into Harry Potter. But the advertisements on the radio lured me in so I went with my friend Whitney, her boyfriend Michael and Joshua. And I had SO MUCH FUN. Highly recommend.

And butterbeer? It’s SO GOOD. I kinda want to make a recipe on this here blog for a butterbeer because it’s incredibly unique. Think butterscotch meets cream soda with whipped cream on top.

These cupcakes are for mama’s day. I got extra, extra spring-y up in here to celebrate. I’m super bummed that I won’t be with my mom this year but if you’re lucky enough to be hanging with mom, then make her these.

Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

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Chocolate Bundt Cake with Alomond-y Cream Cheese Frosting

A few weeks ago I hopped in a car and drove 2 hours north to a small town called Solvang where I checked into a cozy little hotel and put on a robe (my favorite part) and was then scurried off to dinner (not in the robe, I put on real clothes) on a vineyard. Not the usual Monday around these parts but I reveled in being outdoors, tasting wine and food for a few hours straight.

This was all in honor of ALDI grocery stores coming to Southern California. I’m visiting my first ALDI store in a few weeks and can’t wait to show you more. I’m excited about the extensive organic products they have, especially organic butter and organic dairy (my two most expensive splurges in any given week).

In the meantime, here’s a little bit about my experience at the dinner and how it inspired this recipe for a Chocolate Bundt Cake with Almond-y Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Birthday Cake

I know it’s not your birthday but I made you a birthday cake. I’m guessing I probably have never wished you a happy birthday because there are a few of you and I’m not exactly sure when all of your birthdays are. And even if we were friends on Facebook, I never check it because it’s filled with a bunch of people’s kids from high school and random political rants that make my eyes roll back very far into my head, so FB isn’t a reliable birthday reminder for me anymore. So….I figured I’d make you this cake and whenever your birthday shows up, you can just look at this post and know I’m wishing you a happy birthday!!

Birthday Cake

I love making people birthday cakes. If you follow me on snapchat (acozykitchen), you might’ve caught a glimpse of me making Josh’s birthday cake. I wanted to show step by step how I was putting it together. And then I made the biggest mistake: I left the room. I came back and Amelia had somehow managed to get herself up onto the counter and eat half of it! Yes, nearly half. It was actually very similar to the cake you see pictured: a yellow cake with chocolate frosting (luckily i hadn’t frosted it yet when she consumed a big chunk of it).

Birthday Cake

When Tessa’s beautiful book showed up in the mail, Layered, I was immediately drawn to this classic. I figured I needed to give it another go, with Amelia far far away from it.

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