Saturday, September 26, 2015

Vegan Vanilla Buttercream

Think you can't have cake just because you don't eat dairy? I'm the princess of lactose intolerant here, and I'm here to say, I've discovered the PERFECT non-dairy simple buttercream recipe! My taste testers couldn't even tell that it didn't contain dairy. Read on for the secret.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Classic Vanilla Buttercream

Every good cake needs a good frosting! While I've already said that I'm not a frosting person, I'm not so crazy as to think that cake doesn't need any frosting. After all, there's a reason perks are often referred to as 'the frosting on the cake'! ;)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Vegan Vanilla Cake

In posting my Classic Vanilla Cake recipe earlier this week, I was trying to develop a good staple recipe that anyone could follow, even a casual baker. Essentially, a boxed cake mix, but without the box. Classically, cakes are made with eggs as a leavener and tenderizer, so I decided to reformulate the recipe so that everybody who chooses not to cook with eggs would have an option as well.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Classic Vanilla Cake

I wanted to start this blog off with a good, basic recipe that anyone could use as a staple recipe for any event. The classic boxed cake, if you will, but without a box of cake mix.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Bakery Review: Cupcake Royale

As always, my reviews are unsponsored, and all opinions are solely my own.

September marks my return to a regular school schedule, but I spent much of the summer in "honeymoon season," traveling a lot with S... and one of the places we visited was Seattle! I'm super excited to announce that my first bakery review is for Cupcake Royale, the Seattle-based cupcakery!

Cupcake Royale, West Seattle, Circa 2013

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chai Muffins {Vegan!}

Every time S and I go on a road trip, we end up stopping at Starbucks along the way. They are located frequently enough that we can generally find one when we need to stretch our legs and have a quick break, and they make yummy drinks that keep me awake :)

I've been told before, and I'm sure I'll be told again, that Starbucks doesn't serve 'real' coffee. First of all, I think Starbucks would disagree with that. Second of all, it's the (soy) cream and sugar I'm after.

See, I'm not much of a coffee drinker. I'm all about tea. And my all time favorite tea is chai tea.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Simple Scones {Vegan option!}

Hello! I've been debating what recipe would be the perfect one to open Bliss with. Should it be a cupcake recipe, since cupcakes are my favorite? Should it be something popular? I ended up picking a breakfast recipe, though, because what better to open a baking blog with than the first meal of the day? This recipe is incredibly popular in my house, because it can be easily veganized.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Bliss Baking is open!

Hello and welcome! I've finally decided it's time to close up my old blogs (which had long fallen by the wayside) and make a concerted effort to blog regularly, about a topic I love, and see if I can't build up my own repertoire and start meeting other people :)

Bliss Baking will be, of course, a baking blog. I have many passions, but baking is one of the most important ones. I am halfway through culinary school right now, specializing in baking & pastry arts. However, I've been baking for a very long time... My first memory of baking was making muffins out of a box mix (with a little help from my mother!) when I was so short that I had to stand on a stool just to reach the kitchen counter. Baking has been a passion of mine for many years, and in recently finding the courage to pursue it professionally, I have made it a much bigger part of my life.

In officially launching Bliss Baking, I am most hoping to meet other baking enthusiasts, whether they are food bloggers themselves or just hobby bakers who enjoy whipping up something delicious with their own two hands. I am really looking forward to meeting others in the blogging community! I also hope that this blog will help me keep my skills fresh, even when I am not in class, and particularly once I graduate. Most importantly, though, I want to use this as a space to develop and keep track of original recipes! I am learning a lot about traditional baking in my classes, but I am interested in translating that knowledge to allergen-friendly baking. I have a dairy sensitivity, and my mother is fully vegan. Because of this, I am well aware of how difficult it can be to find recipes that fit your particular dietary needs... and I want to produce recipes that others can use for this reason as well. My biggest baking weakness is bread, so I hope that this blog will give me the space to practice bread baking as well as confectionery. Finally, I hope that this blog will provide me with a chance to hone my photography skills!

I hope to produce posts twice a week, mostly new recipes but also occasionally an article covering a particular aspect of baking. Once a month I will visit a local bakery and write a review!

The reason I love baking so much, aside from the yummy treats it produces, is because I love the feeling of making something wonderful with my hands. I find it incredibly rewarding to put in time and effort, and produce something beautiful. Baking also represents a vital space in my life: the time to slow down and be mindful. Baking often requires slowing down and paying attention to what you are doing; most treats cannot be rushed. Even confections that are quick to whip up provide a chance to slow down and reflect. In my busy, jam-packed schedule, this time is both necessary and precious. I like to stay busy, but I also like to be present, and it can be very hard to do this when I am constantly rushing from one thing to the next. But measuring ingredients, mixing them carefully, and watching them in the oven gives me a chance to breathe, clear my mind, and center myself. I hope that, if you join in, you can share in my love of baking!