a cake for two

psst... i made a little cake! it's built on the theme of two: it's for whitney's kiddo, who is turning two, it's a perfect portion for a mother and a daughter (or another set of two), and it's fun times two

(although actually when i made it, i had fun times a million. but just go with me, ok?)

the itsy bitsy sprinkle-filled recipe that makes precisely one mini cake is over on one of my most favorite blogs, jewhungry, today! go on over, say hello, and wish her kiddo the happiest of birthdays!!!!

speaking of kiddos and cakes, i'm off to fargo for the day to teach the summer campers at unglued the joys of mini caking. i can't hardly wait!

sprinkles everywhere, you guys!!!!!



coconut quinoa with dates and nuts

these days i have to remind myself that it's summer. it's weird. i was always such a summer kid growing up, hosting bonfires (calling them "weenie roasts"), staying up into the wee hours of the morning watching the o.c., flying in the face of an air-conditioning-free world at summer camp, being as carefree as carefree can be... 

i think it was sometime during college when i decided that the summer, with its fewer obligations and longer days, in fact meant that there was more time to get work done. (work that didn't require having to compose a gigue for the glockenspiel, because i actually had to do that once, and got something like a b+.)

this was only solidified when i decided to marry a farmer. 

the winter is a farmer's summer, so i've gone ahead and made it my summer too. maybe that's how i fell so quickly and hard for a season in a place with -30ºf temps...

so these days, while eggboy puts in a long hard day's work, cultivating and doing other things to tend to his crops, i find myself putting in longer days than usual, stepping outside during the week only for an herb or two from the garden, or when my phone jingles and it's a message stating that tonight is a night for gin and tonics and cheesy pickles at the town bar. other times when i go out, i end up cocking my head to the side in confusion for a moment when it's something like 1pm on a thursday and there are kids in the banana section of the target. shouldn't they be in school? oh...

which isn't to say that i'm not enjoying plenty of iced coffee and counting down the seconds until my zillions of green tomato babies turn red... it's just commentary on my life lately. (for when you ask what happened to the birkenstock tan lines that became so clear after walking around new york for days in june? i don't know.)

in today's molly on the rangei'm offering this comforting coconut quinoa that's decidedly composed of muted colors. it was created in anticipation of the upcoming tisha b'av, which is a day of mourning. some keep vegetarian on the days leading up to it, and on that day, many will fast and then break the fast with a light vegetarian meal. as my mind continues to swarm with thoughts of the gaza war, this recipe was developed with all of those affected in my heart. 

you can find the recipe for this coconut quinoa here.

pony cake

(or, a rosemary vanilla cake with blackberry preserves, mascarpone frosting, and marzipan dala horsies)

even at the very mention of needing a meat course from my concerned jewish mother (a sausage bar, even!), i freaked out with enough magnitude to decide that egg and i would elope. i decided that many times over the past few days. at wedding dress shops, at paper shops, in the car, eating fried green tomatoes, etc. 

("you don't need a xanax prescription, you're not going to be one of those brides that doesn't enjoy her wedding because she is too stressed out, i just won't accept it," says katie. bless her.)

oyoyoy. i'm thinking in all italics right now. all caps and italics. this whole idea of not thinking about my wedding until i got engaged lest i jinx the thing was not the best idea. i'm being dramatic. ok you know what we need right now? a wedding themed happy list:

-these past few days were spent in minneapolis with mum and stoop, eating really great sausages and charcuterie and shopping for wedding dresses.

-i found a really great dress. it's tie dye, has pouffy sleeves, and sequins all up in every inch of that thing (or at least this is what i'm telling eggboy).

-egg and i got supplies to make our own invitations and they're going to be super cute and hopefully not in the third grade art class way.

the thing i am least stressed out about is the cake because stoop is making it and i just can't even begin to imagine how absurd it's going to be. but speaking of cake, let's talk about this pony cake:

in an assignment that had me tweezering on individual sprinkles so that they'd sit around the rim and not on the backs of my little marzipan cutouts, i made a pony cake for saveur's 20th birthday! it's a fluffy vanilla cake infused with rosemary and filled with blackberry preserves and tangy mascarpone frosting, and it's right alongside some beauties by sarah, izy, and a whole lot of other people whom i'd love to eat cake with.

i'm going to go stick my entire head into a cake like an ostrich now.

Rosemary Vanilla Cake with Blackberry Preserves and Mascarpone Frosting

makes 8-10 servings



1 cup whole milk

2 sprigs rosemary

1 3/4 cups cake flour

1/2 tsp. Kosher salt

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

4 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1/3 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup vegetable oil



12 oz. unsalted butter, softened

8 oz. mascarpone cheese, softened

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

A pinch of Kosher salt



1/2 cup blackberry preserves

Fresh blackberries and rosemary sprigs for garnish

4 oz. marzipan, kneaded with gel or liquid food coloring and cut into desired shapes (optional)

Sprinkles (optional)





1. For the cake: First, infuse your milk with the rosemary. Place the milk and rosemary in a small saucepan and bring it to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often. Remove it from heat and let it sit, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease and flour three 6” round cake pans or two 8’’ round cake pans and set aside. Sift together cake flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda into a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then add the vanilla, yogurt, and oil. Add dry ingredients and beat until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Measure out 2/3 cup of the infused milk, pouring it through a strainer if there are any stray bits of rosemary. Depending on how much milk evaporated during the infusing process, you may have some leftover or you may need to add more (non-infused milk) to compensate. Mix this into the batter. 

3. Divide batter evenly between pans. Bake cakes, rotating halfway through, until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean, 18-24 minutes. Let cakes cool for 5 minutes, then invert each onto a rack to cool completely.

4. For the frosting: Beat butter, mascarpone, and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer until well combined. Add sugar and salt and beat until frosting is light and fluffy.

5. For assembly: Put 1 cake layer on a cake plate; spread a thick layer of frosting on top and a thin layer of blackberry preserves on top of that. Set another layer on top. If using three 6’’ layers, add another layer of frosting and preserves and top with remaining layer. Frost top and sides with remaining frosting. Decorate as desired with blackberries, rosemary sprigs, marzipan shapes, and sprinkles.


a chocolate ipa cake, friday links, and a lightroom giveaway

i made a cake! i made a cake! it's a rich little chocolate thing, spiked with fargo brewing company beerand it's in the newest issue of the beeeeeautiful fargo-based wolftree magazine. yay, north dakota!

in the venn diagram of my cravings right now, we have this pineapple pico de gallo on the left, this coconut quinoa pudding on the right, and then in the middle there is this coconut milk grilled pineapple.

and furthermore on the subject of coconut, i made these dark chocolate coconut granola bars yesterday and they were beyond.

for supper yesterday i made ottolenghi's black pepper tofu for the egg parents and egg cousin and it was, how do you call it, sofa kind good.

stoop is making a funfetti wedding cake for us, so does that mean i have permission to wear a sprinkle dress?

i bought a bar of lux almond soap when i was in new york and it pretty much smells exactly like marzipan and i know this is not normal, but sometimes i just stand at my desk and smell it for minutes on end. i'm afraid to use it because then i will use it up.

i've spent lots of time looking at pictures of dumplings and trying to take good ones myself, but i'm going to stop now because these win everything.

cake tutorials are my new favorite genre of reading material. i really want someone to have a birthday soon so i can make an ombre cake and a ruffle cake, but i'm slowly becoming convinced that all farmers plan to have their offspring in the winter.

i miss college?

annnnnnnd a fake shack burger.

i'm giving away lightroom 5 today! it's my most favorite photo editing software. for the longest time i tried to hack my way through photoshop, but then i made the switch when i learned that lightroom isn't a lesser version of photoshop, it's actually just plain different. and way easier to use if i'm editing a billion photos of cake at once. i use it pretty much every day along with some snazzy vsco filters and i love it like a sister. almost. this giveaway is open to all north american residents. to enter: leave a comment with your favorite photo editing tip! the winner of the giveaway will be chosen at random next friday. update: this giveaway is now closed.


chocolate ipa cake


2 c all-purpose flour

2 2/3 c sugar

3/4 c cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/3 c milk (dairy, almond, or coconut)

2 large eggs

2/3 c canola or vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

1 (12-oz) can Fargo Brewing Co. Wood Chipper, or other IPA


for the glaze:

3 c powdered sugar

5-7 tb milk


Preheat oven to 325. Grease a large bundt or angel food pan and set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients.

In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, oil, and vanilla.

Whisk the milk mixture into the dry ingredients.

Bring the beer to a boil and immediately remove it from heat. Whisk it into the batter until just combined. Pour into the pan and bake for about 45-55 minutes. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let cool slightly in the pan and then remove and let cool completely. To make the glaze, mix the milk into the powdered sugar one tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency. Pour the glaze onto the cake and garnish with orange slices.

Enjoy with friends!