Strawberry Rhubarb Rosewater Cake

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hello m’dears,

i’m back with a cake! this time it’s … actually a belated birthday cake. as per tradition, i make my own birthday cake¬†ūüôā because really i just need an excuse to make a cake.

birthdays are funny. the whole concept of it. to some it’s a significant day, a reason to celebrate with friends and family… and to others it’s just another day. which is also great, because it is an¬†arbitrary day. i feel like¬†it’s¬†always¬†important to be cognizant and reflective of where you’re at in life. and be consciously grateful to be living life.

i think at 21, i’m not where i want to be. or rather, i’m not who i think i should be. and this is not a novel idea… i think the twenties, for most people, is a time to just figure it all out. if life can be figured out in the first place.

and so that’s my question, how do you reconcile that, living with that divide between who you think you should be or imagine yourself to be, vs. who you actually are?

but if there’s one thing that is certain, it’s change. from dan gilbert–

“human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.
the person you are right now is as transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people you’ve ever been. the one constant in our life, is change.”

ANYWAYS. can i just say though, that this cake is also a reflection of all those feelings? a¬†i don’t know how this is going to turn out but i’m figuring it out sort of cake.

that’s a pretty great title for a cake, actually. if i ever open a bakery, all of the names will be super ramble-y and emotionally charged. the¬†stop tailgating me im already 20 over leave your house earlier¬†blueberry coconut glazed scone. the¬†i¬†wish i knew what you were thinking¬†chocolate chip banana bread. the¬†it’s 1am let’s do laundry and wash dishes oatmeal peanut butter cookie.

BUT I DIGRESS– let’s get into this cake.

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the Ariel Tart

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Hello… it’s me. I’ve been wondering why I’VEBEENSUCHABADBLOGGER. I have returned from my winter slumber! Just like methicillin resistant staph aureus,¬†I’m not very easy to inhibit¬†my proteins ain’t like all the other staph aureus…es….’

ok that was awful as you can see i don’t even understand infectious diseases well enough to formulate¬†a joke

let’s try again…

It’s my¬†friend Ariel’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARIEL!!), and¬†I wanted to make something sunshine-y, like her personality. Hi Ariel, if you’re reading this, I know you said your favourite dessert is mille crepe cake and I want to make that happen but gurl¬†that’s a lot of crepe flippin’…. I mean,¬†I’ll flip a thousand crepes for you any time*

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Matcha Banana Cake with Black Sesame Brittle

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This cake¬†was for my dad’s birthday, which I remembered just in time. With about an hour left in the day. I was just shocked because I never forget, but I guess¬†October just crept in on me.

It’s hard baking for my parents, because they don’t actually like sweets and desserts. Last year while in Paris, I got some pastries from Pierre Herm√© as my “birthday cake”, which I freaked out over the entire time eating it (as you can imagine)– scrutinizing¬†and appreciating every component, every layer, every texture. I was so excited. Then my dad said something along the lines of, “this is good, but I’d rather eat lobster”. Um, excuse you dad, but lobsters are BORN¬†delicious (sorry vegetarians/vegans)… these pastries had to be conceived, developed and refined, sourcing the best ingredients, until perfection was attained. Anyway, my point is, it’s really hard to impress my parents with sweet things.

Despite knowing he’d rather have lobster, I thought that at least I’ll make his cake with familiar flavours– matcha and black sesame.

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Twenty.

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It’s my birthday today! -cue confetti-

So I’ll keep things short and sweet.

Keeping with tradition, I made my own birthday cake, except this time it was for both my friend and I (who share the same birthday!). We both follow @beta5chocolates on instagram, and were enamored by their epic cream puff cake:

coming soon… #creampuff cakes.

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