Hero 1: Listening to the Voices- uncovering your talent
I see it, a cute storefront on the main street. Inviting the community to come in for a hot cup of coffee on that dreary Monday morning. Smelling cakes in the oven, tasting freshly made biscuits with jam, meeting with customers to help create a vision for a Winter Wonderland theme birthday filled with pink and gold cake pops and the sweetest smash cake frosted with Rose buttercream.
Working a corporate job (yes you can be corporate and creative!), I found this creativity spark after a long day. I always found myself wandering to this same vision. So I decided to explore that nagging voice. Not really sure entirely what it was or what it meant yet….
At the end of a long day- I simply found myself in the kitchen. Inventing, mixing, tasting, blending, and baking something delectable. I have no idea when these visions or thoughts arose for the first time. All I recall is that it was reoccurring, and when I found myself in the kitchen, I couldn't fail. Or at least if I did fail, it was a little secret between me, my spatula and my taste buds.
The first and biggest challenge I recall was the French Macaron. I was just beginning to teach myself how to bake, so naturally I chose one of the most difficult cookies to master. This was a calculated move, if I’m going to learn, I’ll learn by making Macarons and Croissants….you got this!
Well my first dozen batches of French Macarons didn't turn out with perfect feet (A sign of a successful cookie!) or beautiful crunch to a soft and chewy center. It took a lot of practice and perfecting of the recipe and technique. I’m talking ingredients wasted, batches over mixed, too much food coloring, the oven temperature was too high….too low, too much humidity. These cookies are like Goldilocks and the Three Bears on a quest for the perfect bowl of porridge. Although it took me more than 3 attempts to find it. But when I did…lets just say I turned on “MMMbop” (my happy song that brings me back to being 9 yrs old) and danced around the house!
Its no wonder by husband surprised me with a box of macarons from Lady Yum on our wedding day as my 'Something Blue'
But I was my worst critic. I never saw it as failure. It was my escape from daily pressures, and daily failures. When I had my apron on, all I felt was imagination and pure bliss.
What good are our ideas if they just stay in our imagination? I am not knocking the importance of imagination, without it little girls wouldn’t have the ability to believe that they are all princesses in their own right.
But turn it into something for someone! Our ideas are given purpose if we act on them. Find out your WHY and let that fuel your vision. Mine simply put: I love to give. And sweets remind me of celebrating. So spreading the joy of celebration, even in those small every day moments that you don’t think need celebrating.
The Takeaway: Knowing what fuels those visions, your WHY and what to do with them.
What are your natural talents? What makes you happy? Feel confident? What do you want to share with others and bring to the world? What does it look like, feel like, sound like, taste like? What actions have you taken to master your craft? Why are you doing it?
Thank you for stopping by! As always, I encourage you to Eat More Cake, if that’s what makes you happy.
Photography by: Kelly Lemon Photography
I had a late night chocolate craving so I whipped up this delectible Molten Lava Cake for T W O in only 5 minutes! The recipe was adopted by Christina Lane's Dessert for Two Cookbook and its the perfect indulgence after dinner because its takes no time to make and is perfectly portioned for you and your partner, friend, dog, child....or whoever wants to indulge with you (you can eat both too, I won't tell)
This is all you need: 1 bowl, a whisk (or spoon) and 5 staple ingredients that are most likely already stocked in your kitchen. I added finely chopped sage to my sugar to bring in another depth of flavor and had no regrets! Top with raspberries, whipped cream or your favorite ice cream.
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I used 70% dark bakers chocolate, good chocolate makes all the difference!)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder (not required, but did you know that espresso powder helps bring out the chocolate flavor in baked goods?)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (you can make gluten-free by using gluten-free 1:1 flour)
1) Preheat oven to 425, spray two round ramekins. Don't have ramekins? You could use a cupcake pan.
2) Combine chocolate and butter (cut butter into small pieces) and melt in the microwave in 20 second increments. Stir and continue until melted. You may also melt in a small pan on your stovetop but I wouldn't suggest this, as it will only generate more dishes. Ugh!
3) Stir the sugar and espresso powder into your melted chocolate and butter mixture. I also chopped 1 sage leaf and mixed in with the sugar.
4) Stir in the egg and egg yolk until combined. Stir in flour.
5) Pour batter evenly into both ramekins and bake for 12 minutes
6) Serve immediately with ice cream, whipped cream or your favorite berries
Hello! I'm Candice and I love baking. This blog is dedicated to all things sweet, exploring your passion, staying inspired and encouraging you to Eat More Cake!