Monday, September 10, 2007
Homemade Coconut and Espresso layer cake with coconut buttercream
Whole Foods Strawberry Buttercream layer cake
Thanks to Aaron for letting me use this photo~
Thanks to everyone who sent warm birthday wishes, especially to those who spent the evening making me smile.
The cake recipes were from VCTOTW. I made a coconut buttercream and added raw almonds and toasted coconut.
My boss let me pick out this Strawberry Buttercream cake for our work cake break.
Yes, I went to work on my birthday, but only for a half day. I went home, went on a bike ride, had a quick lunch, ran an errand, frosted my cake, cleaned the apartment and then relaxed a bit till meeting my friends.
I met my friend Jeff at XV for cocktails. Indulgence!
I had the La Suzette - a minty, lemony, tequila cocktail pictured above. We also shared some of the best fries in Portland - yam fries with tomato chutney. After XV, I met more friends at Nutshell, a new vegan restaurant here in Portland. I had gone once before at the pre-opening, and was stoked to try it again on a special occasion (aka turning 25!).
My friend Michelle and I both ordered this hominy, quinoa-y, cumin-y dish with greens. It was delish. If only I remembered the name and actual description...
How about some more sugar?
mint chocolate cupcakes
coconut lime cupcakes
gluten free mexican hot chocolate cupcakes with chocolate mousse
Just a little something extra - NYC Black & White cookies, from the PPK Cookie Test Kitchen.
That's right, Isa and Terry are working on a cookie book!