Tartine Bakery is my favorite stop in San Francisco, so I decided to test their Devil's Food Cake, along with a few other recipes. You can find the recipe for the cake here. I paired it with the white nectarines to cut the richness.
Photography & Styling for Tess Comrie.
Photography & Styling by Tess Comrie.
1 1/2 c all purpose flour
1/3 c powdered sugar
2/3 c salted butter
Using a food processor, combine the flour and sugar until incorporated. Cut the butter into tablespoon sized pieces and pulse until it is well combined and the dough has formed. It will feel dry. Pat the dough into your ungreased tart mold. Cover with tin foil and bake for 15 minutes in an oven set to 350 degrees.
1 c. heavy cream
12 ounces good dark chocolate-chopped
Heat heavy cream until hot and pour over the chopped chocolate. Stir until all of the chocolate is incorporated. Milk chocolate may be substituted for 6 oz of the chocolate if you prefer something sweeter, but the pastry is already quite sweet. Pour ganache into the cooled tart form and let chill for a least 3 hours. Top with fresh raspberries and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
This couple was a dream to work with and ordered my 3 favorite flavors for their beautiful wedding. Banana Cake w/ Cream Cheese Buttercream; Chocolate Cake w/ Strawberry Basil Buttercream; Cinnamon Cake w/ Mascarpone Filling & Fresh Nectarine Compote.
| Photography by Jordan Rands |
This summer, two of my dearest friends have gotten married. I was lucky enough to make cakes for both of them. For Erin, the cake was trimmed in edible gold leaf. The bottom tier was a Vanilla Bean cake with fresh Raspberry, Blueberry, and Blackberry Compote, and Mexican Vanilla Buttercream. The top two tiers were Chocolate Cake w/ Basil Buttercream. Cake florals by Le Loup.
| Photography by Andra Meyer |
The more time I spend in this city, the more I love it. The food finds here easily make up for anything the city lacks (which is little). Mission District eats, midnight trips to the Golden Gate, freshly fried donuts at 1 am, firework watching from Treasure Island, nights at the Exploritorium, birthday dinner splurges, shopping spree's, and the boy of my dreams. I wish I never had to leave. Bye San Francisco, I'll be seeing you.
I'm fortunate enough to have parents with a tiny house by the beach in Orange County, CA. Great friends and great places are all this post is about.
Reality. A day in LA with one of my three amazing brothers, all of which are artists in their own right. Thankful to my mother this week, who let us all believe we should follow our dreams.
Hiking to the Griffith Observatory.
I've been working away like a slave these past few months, and its only the beginning,. That said, I'm really excited about what has been happening, and all of the wonderful people I have been able to meet and collaborate with. Its been the most rewarding part of starting Le Loup.
In all of the madness, I often forget to let my mind and body wander past the daily rush. I know I'm not the only one. So cheesy post and cliche's aside, I've decided I'm going to post more often. Somehow I've ended up with a massive amount of florals that I'm going to show periodically, instead of lumping them all together in one post full of nothing but petals and stems.
I just want to thank everyone for their kind words and support. It means everything.
Some favorites from a styling session on a much less rainy day.
I have a lot of exciting things happening in the near future. Its exhausting with school, music and my day job but it's all very very worth it. Today's cake:
Picked up these beautiful Garden Roses at the Vintage Whites Market today. Needless to say, my brothers were making fun of me because I couldn't stop taking pictures of them.
Whipped this babe up a few weeks ago and didn't get around to posting it. Raw Tangerine Cheesecake with Chocolate Cake as Crust and Chocolate Ganache.
Valentines Day should really be called "Buy Yourself All of The Fancy Food You Normally Could Never Afford and Eat It All."
I'm a near-broke college student, but V-day is the one time a year that I really allow myself to splurge and go all out. It does(n't) help that my boyfriend is equally as obsessed with good food as I am. We'll be spending the night making a dinner of prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, panko pork chops, with homemade applesauce and mash. Plus our favorite fancy cheese and not to mention the loads of fruit and chocolate we bought! Oh. And panna cotta. Cause we need it, right?
I seriously can't wait. Then we're taking it all to some secret romantic location (this is the one time he's successfully kept a secret from me--I don't know how he's doing it because I'm the WORST at letting myself be surprised.
So this is my gift/surprise for him this V-day. A lovely Chocolate Cake w/ Strawberry-Basil Buttercream. Its bigger than it looks here. But we WILL be eating it all.
The makings of it......
Hope your V-day is as good as mine has been already.
I hate raw kale with a passion, but cooking it really takes out that harsh flavor. These kale chips are super fast and make the best snack or hot salad.
Take an entire bunch of kale--wash and dry well. Toss in a tiny bit of olive oil, soy sauce, and sprinkle with lemon pepper (or cayenne if you crave the heat). Put them under the broiler for 5 minutes until crisp (make sure to watch them--personally I like mine crispier, and they're fine if they get a little brown).
Toss these in a bowl, and you're good to go! Adding some lightly sautéed strawberries or fresh pear transforms this into a wonderful salad. It definitely benefits from something sweet due to the saltiness of the soy sauce, but serve as a good salty
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