Matcha Strawberry Pocky Cake

I made a slightly different version of this cake for a friend’s birthday last summer, and it’s one of my favorite cake designs!  I love how the Pocky sticks form a charming little fence around the cake.  For this rendition, I made three layers of matcha green tea cake and paired it with a light strawberry cream cheese icing.  I chose to use cream cheese icing because it isn’t as intensely sweet as buttercream icing… it really allowed the green tea flavor to shine through.  Visually, the muted green color really stands out next to the pink.

The cake is skirted with green tea and chocolate Pocky candy and topped with a heap of freshly-coated chocolate strawberries.  I wasn’t intending it, but it has a festive, Christmasy look, especially after finishing it off with a candy-stripe bow!  I’m definitely tempted to leave one of these out for Santa instead of cookies.

I used a cake stand from Anthropologie and a vintage plate from eBay.  The pink bamboo print on the plate suited my cake perfectly.  I really geek out over Anthropologie’s kitchen gear, and this cake stand was the ideal look for this cake.  I am so happy with how the colors and lines pulled together for this photo shoot!

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Apple Spice, Twice

As we emerge from the week that worships pie, I decided to make these apple spice cakes for the pie-fatigued among us.  I’m still not ready to put an end to my Thanksgiving eating habits, so two cakes were better than one!

I used an apple spice cake recipe from Tessa Huff’s book “Layered” and chose to frost with cinnamon flavored American buttercream icing.  Each cake is three layers.

The first cake featured below has an in-between layer of apple cider caramel.  Drizzling the caramel on top was the best part of the process.  This cake was perfect for finishing off a meal of better-the-second-day leftovers.

The second cake reminds me of the fluffy scarf that I used in its photo shoot… little puffs of buttercream icing made for a simple but elegantly soft look.  Although I’ve been known to eat just about every flavor of treat for breakfast, this cake was the better choice for pairing with your morning coffee.

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