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Member Since: Feb. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking
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About this Cook
I'm the Director of Digital Production for one of Baltimore's largest advertising agencies. I've been riding motorcycles since 2001 and am now a motorcycle race instructor (my current ride is a GSXR600). In 2009 I took up cake decorating as a hobby and in 2010 I turned it into a small side business called Merry Cakes.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake deserts and to make party appetizers. As an artist, I enjoy making these because they have both taste AND eye appeal. Plus they're fun to eat!
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our house growing up, the birthday person got to select the entire dinner menu. I loved going to Lexington Market in Baltimore with my dad to pick out a huge fish to put on the grill. Something about going to that huge market appealed to my young inner chef.
My cooking triumphs
Starting my own cake decorating business has to be my favorite cooking triumph. Specially since it's not only my decorating skills, but the taste of my cakes that brings my customers back for more. I love teaching myself new techniques and attending classes to expand my skill set.
My cooking tragedies
In 2009 (just before I got into cake decorating). My best friend was getting married and her mother-in-law was doing the wedding cake. I offered my home for her to use to make the cake and I took off work to watch. It was great watching a wedding cake come together and helping out where I could. The day before the wedding we finished the cake and loaded it into my car. Ten miles down the road I stopped for gas and checked on the cake. To my utter horror, I opened the back of my car to find the cake had completely fallen apart. I nearly died right there. I was so distraught from killing my best friend's wedding cake. I drove to my friend's house where her mother-in-law was resting and walked up to the door carrying 3/4 of a wedding cake. After much crying and panic on both our parts, her mother-in-law managed to remake the whole thing overnight and no one was the wiser!
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
White Almond Wedding Cake
Fantastic cake. Very moist. A bit more dense than straight box cake mix, but not quite dense enough for carving cakes. I've used it for carving, but only cause I hadn't found a better option yet at that time. The cake's great for stacked wedding cakes though, and cupcakes too. It's a very good white cake base that you can alter with extracts and flavors to your own taste (I like using vanilla, almond and butter flavoring, a little less than 1tsp each). You can even use different flavors of cake mix, like lemon or spice, pretty much every flavor but chocolate (I suggest using a completely different recipe for chocolate cakes). Bake times will vary depending on the size of your pan, so just keep an eye on when it starts to set up and test with a cake tester or tooth pick.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 17, 2011
Wedding Cake
Great cake! Nice dense, moist, rich yellow cake. The butter and egg flavors really come through, much like a pound cake, in both flavor and density, though not quite as fine of a texture as pound cake. Great for carving! Too dense for cupcakes. Tastes better the second day. The cake has a slightly crusty surface after baking, but it will absorb a bit of moisture from icing and go away after decorating it. Because of the richness of the cake, I suggest an icing that's not too sweet.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 17, 2011
Caesar Salad Supreme
So glad to finally find a restaurant-quality caesar salad dressing that's just how I like it! Too many store-bought caesar dressings are similar to italian dressing. This one's super creamy, spicy (in that garlicky way) and packed full of flavor! Don't let the anchovy fillets scare you off either! You can buy anchovy paste and it's just as good an easier to incorporate too! Plus the anchovy paste comes in a tube and will keep for the next time you make the dressing.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 13, 2010

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