Cookie Bars with Ube Cream Cheese Frosting

This coming week marks the one year anniversary of staying home because of the pandemic. I’ve baked my heart out. I made layer cake, cheesecake, brownies, ice cream pie, icebox cake, chocolate cake, snack cake, and many more desserts that didn’t make it to the blog. We stopped traveling. Instead we just stayed in and did almost everything virtually. We worked out at home, called family and friends on video, ordered so much takeout (I was featured in this Boston Magazine article on how to take actually stunning photos of take-out food). We’ve mastered the art of looking Zoom-ready every day while staying comfortable. Outside our cozy little apartment, the world has changed even more.

But one thing has also remained the same: my love for all things ube.

Birthday Cake 2021 is an Olive Oil Layer Cake with Dulce de Leche Filling and Chocolate Frosting. A mouthful, indeed, and a twist on a classic.

November 29, 2020

Ube Basque Burnt Cheesecake

Basque cheesecake has a burnt top on purpose. There is no crust, no water bath needed, and cracks and deflating are expected. It's exceptionally creamy, with the burnt top lending a slight umami flavor...

September 13, 2020

Last Summer Travels

My husband and I were fighting over the last tube of Shanghai Tang lotion. Little did we know that the last time we mindlessly took home a couple of miniature amenities from the Conrad,...

These Whole Wheat Fudge Brownies are intensely fudgy, with deep chocolate flavor, just the right amount of chew (no cakey brownies here) and remind me of the brownies from my favorite bakery.

June 20, 2020

Coconut Ice Cream Pie

To celebrate my dad, I made this Coconut Ice Cream Pie. A frozen summer pie with homemade no-churn ice cream (no ice cream maker needed) and a sweet-salty graham cracker crust.

My version of Black Forest Cake has only five ingredients: chocolate wafers, cream, powdered sugar, luxardo cherries, and dark chocolate shavings. The cake doesn't need to be baked, just assembled and frozen (which is...

Vegan chocolate cake, fragrant with olive oil, with a deep chocolate flavor, and a tender crumb. Topped with a sweet and decadent fudge-ganache frosting. What I ended up with was something cheery and chocolatey....

This Orange Olive Oil Snack Cake is simple. Made with only a few ingredients that you most likely already have at home: olive oil, flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, eggs, oranges, milk, and...