You know what I found surprising when I started digging into the oddly diverse world of Neapolitan flavoring? The hate. People not only hate Neapolitan ice cream, they hate the people who like it. One blog even declared that Neapolitan-loving people, like me, “like horrible things.” Well, gosh! I’m sorry. But once I looked beyond the rage, I found so many unique and delicious riffs on the classic chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla combo. So many, in fact, that I was overwhelmed with the possibilities. Today’s Neapolitan Marble Cake with Chantilly Frosting is just the tip of the iceberg, so you’ll have to forgive me if things get a little Neapolitan-heavy on this blog.
The weather continues to force me to make my own sunshine. It’s cool! I can totally handle it – I’ve got Meyer lemons. And when life hands me Meyer lemons I make not only lemonade but all sorts of things. Last year it was these adorable cakes (excuse the photos, I didn’t know what I was doing yet), this year it’s these Meyer Lemon Alfajores.
I know posting a cake on Easter Monday is a bit cruel (cream egg hangovers are legit brutal) but there is a method to my madness. When you’re no longer bursting with Easter candy and the four ham dinners you had to attend, you will remember that BBQ Season is nigh. I bet if you look at your calendar, you’ll see one of two cookouts already on the books. Well, call me old fashion, but a BBQ needs a cake and I think you’ll find this Chamomile & Quince Princess Cake is, in fact, a cake. Are you picking up what I’m throwing down?
A few weeks ago my frigid corner of the world got a taste of spring and it was glorious. People visited parks, businesses reaped the benefits of foot traffic for the first time in months and a few cheeky souls donned shorts as only sun-starved Canadians can. But as quickly as our salvation arrived it was gone. It is snowing as I write this. Snowing! So in order to find some kind of solace in the bluster of my least favorite season, I forced myself to focus on what I actually like about winter. Unsurprisingly, hot buttered rum was at the top of my list. But when you’re heart has been broken by forces you can’t punch in the face, an ordinary buttered rum won’t ease the pain. This Pecan Buttered Rum Steamer with Calvados Marshmallows is a testament to the enormity of my abysmal mood. You’re welcome.