A few months ago, Conan had pastry chef Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar on the show. During the episode, she taught Conan how to make cereal-milk white Russian milkshakes. I couldn’t get over the brilliance and creativity (and simplicity) of this drink–I had to recreate it.
I excluded the Kahlua in my version, but that didn’t take away from the rich and sweet vanilla flavor. This grown-up milkshake just might be my new go-to dessert. ;)
Last week, the extremely sweet and talented singer/songwriter, Colbie Caillat, asked me to bake an ice cream cake for a birthday party. I gladly accepted the offer.
Since I’d never made an ice cream cake before, I relied on trial and error, baking a couple of different cakes. I combined components, techniques and recipes from various sites/chefs and came up with this delectable vanilla custard cake with strawberry and vanilla ice cream, strawberry compote and whipped cream frosting.
I created a few fondant pieces for the cake–the Chicago Bears logo and some decorative circles. This was my first time working with the gum paste, so the result was not as perfect as I’d hoped; however, now that I have a tub of fondant in my pantry, I’ve got plenty more to use for practice. :)