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Apple-Cinnamon Muffins

In which university consumes my life and I attempt to do things like ensure I have snacks for class

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Painting the Roses Red: Bloodied Rose Cupcakes

A simple chocolate cupcake with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream icing.
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Chocolate Raspberry-Cherry Pavlova

Years and years ago I cut out and saved a clipping of this amazing looking pavlova, by Nigella Lawson. I’m not sure quite why I took so long to make it, because it was fairly simple and one of the most delicious things ever.  Her recipe can be found here.

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South of Heaven

For the next dessert in my heavy metal series, I made a cake based on Slayer!!!

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Raspberry Tarts

I had procured a rather significant amount of raspberries, cherries and apricots whilst driving through the Okanagan Valley and these seemed like an excellent way to use up some of them. ‘Twas my first time making tarts and I haven’t quite sorted how to make them look as neat as I would like, but they were quite delicious. The buttery crust, rich-but-not-too-sweet crème mousseline and tart, fresh raspberries worked perfectly together!

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Ragnarok Awaits!

I have decided to make a series of desserts based on my favourite metal bands, and this is the first in the series – Amon Amarth!
I’ve seen many many blogs dedicated to various things I enjoy (like nerdy desserts), and I wanted to a series based on something I very much enjoy that would also be challenging in fairly uncharted territory. I’ve wanted to make a Slayer-themed cake for a while (which will be next!), so metal-themed cakes seemed like a pretty logical choice.

After some very intensive research (ie. pretending google is as reliable as an academic journal), I found that most metal-related cakes were decorated according the bands’ logos and such, and while I am very impressed by some of the fondant reproductions of Eddie, I wanted to go further than that. My goal is for the recipe & flavours for each dessert to also reflect the band to some degree,  even if I have to accept some more tenuous links.

I decided to begin with Amon Amarth, a (melodic) black metal band from Sweden. You may also recognize their name as one of the Sindarin alternatives for Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings – I believe this translates of Mountain of Fate. They primarily sing about viking folklore and history. They are pretty awesome; if you haven’t heard them before I’d recommend Runes to my Memory or Twilight of the Thunder God.

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Let me guess… someone stole your sweetroll?

While my gaming is pretty limited to tabletop/RPG games, Skyrim was one video game which I loved (even if I spent most of my time running amok and exploring as much as possible rather than actually doing anything particularly useful. Perhaps that was why? Anyway.)

I really like the idea of making the food in games and books real.* I remember wanting to roast apples wrapped in bacon like they did in Narnia as a child. Sadly, but probably for the best, I wasn’t allowed matches at such a young age and that never quite came to fruition.

Since then I’ve managed to make Starcraft & Super Mario-themed cakes, but I think this is first time I’ve tried to reproduce an in-game item.** As it is, I’m fairly pleased with the results.

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