Monday, January 29, 2024

Roller bag cake


After an early retirement from a biological research career I work hard at avoiding periods of sedentariness. Now that I have time, I have dedicated myself to see the world and perhaps cross off some of the destinations on my bucket list.  I love the adventure of travel; I love flying despite the inconvenience of body scans and pat-downs.

I have no qualms taking a leap of faith, and imagination when I board a plane for some faraway land, hoping, for a taste of the inexpressible. Travel is one of the few activities we engage in, not knowing the outcome on the contrary we revel in that uncertainty.  We eagerly squeeze into a seat to be hurled at frightening speed to a distant place of unfamiliar language, architecture, geography and customs---- All at great expense. If we stopped to calculate the cost vs benefit; we’d never go anywhere. Yet we do.  Travel brings the best educational experiences; it enriches our lives in ways no books, blogs or vlogs can. 

After our pandemic of disappointments I believe we appreciate travel more today. We tolerate the inconvenience of body scans and security checks for the privilege of transporting ourselves to novel locations and exotic experiences. Ibn Battuta said “travelling leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller”;   Boy do I have stories to tell!!!

This cake is for a fellow adventurer; a carry on roller bag cake. It was a plain vanilla cake with a cannoli filling. 

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

Monday, January 1, 2024

Channel purse cake


"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous."- Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. She famously lived her life according to her own rules declaring "I decided who I wanted to be, and that is who I am". In the early 1900s she was a pioneering designer who simplified silhouettes and freed women from corsetry. Her garments infused menswear sensibilities into her patterns and fabric selections. She was first to use cotton jersey in womenswear, introduced the little black dress, and made bouclĂ© jackets and skirts a style staple. Now, more than a century since she opened her maison, Chanel’s legacy continues to inspire.

This was a Channel inspired purse cake for a dear friend's birthday. It was a vanilla cake in different shades of pink with cannoli filling.  

Coco Channel's fabulous quotes are super inspiring. 

"Fashion changes, but style endures."

"You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life."

"Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside." 

"You live but once; you might as well be amusing."

- Coco Chanel

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Pink purse cake

A lovely pink purse cake for Mom’s birthday on December 25, 2023. She loved bright colors and pink was quite her favorite. It is suggested that pink symbolizes love, nurture and compassion; perhaps this color made her feel comfort?.  This was a vanilla cake with whip cream filling. The design is made with pink whip cream- Yum!


Friday, November 24, 2023

Rocket Cake

A rocket cake for my lovely niece Hana. To achieve the height, I got a wooden dowel from Home Depot and screwed it to a strong base; then I built the cake around that. The tip of the rocket is all dowel and fondant. It was a vanilla cake with nuts and craisins. Yum!

Time has passed so quickly and is passing faster and faster every day with no possibility of slowing down.  Shall we stop thinking we can slow down time and accept that the progression of time is inevitable and what makes life interesting?  Shall we live in the moment; take advantage of time and own it?  Let’s use our time to strive for achieving our goals. Let’s make good memories, such as the day I constructed this cake. 


“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” – Bill Keane

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Treasure chest cake


Pirates of the Caribbean

Treasure is hoarded wealth. It is also something of great worth or value or a person esteemed as rare or precious.  I believe treasure depicted in this cake is not what we strife for in this day and age.  The treasure of freedom and a life without fear and sorrow is something not everyone is blessed with. 

The biggest treasure of my life are my friends and family. List of our loved ones changes over the course of life as our priorities change, nevertheless friends bring special characteristics and qualities in life. We need our friends to be good listeners, defenders, confidants, encouragers, realists, motivators, counselors and cheerleaders. They are truly one of life’s treasures.

“Infinite riches are all around you if you will open your mental eyes and behold the treasure house of infinity within you. There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract everything you need to live life gloriously, joyously, and abundantly.”  Joseph Murphy

Saturday, May 6, 2023

This is "Alamgiri Gate" at the entrance of the Lahore Fort in Pakistan.  It was built by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1674 as a private entrance to the royal quarters. It was large enough to allow several elephants carrying members of the royal household to enter at one time.

Lahore Fort, is by far one of the grandest of all the Mughal citadels built in Pakistan. It is an incredibly opulent fortification, symbolizing the grandeur and wealth of the Mughal dynasty.  

This gate is one of Lahore’s most iconic monuments, and once featured on Pakistani currency.

The pillars were vanilla cake with cannoli filling and the square was a passion fruit cake with passion fruit cannolli icing. Yum!


Saturday, April 8, 2023

Road Runner Cake

Road Runner, the adorable cartoon character races along the highways of the American Southwest, his legs and feet moving so fast that they form a wheel-like blur. It speaks only with a signature "beep beep" along a background of gravity-defying rock formations. The cake was an ode to a friend who went on a long trip for business, driving for thousands of miles on the roads of the US. When she finally returned, we had a welcome back party with this cake.

I cannot fathom the stress of solitary driving miles and miles of asphault. The monotonous scenery, hours on end in the car and cramped spaces can make for an unpleasant trip.  But my brilliant friend listens to audio books all the way.  Awsome way of imbibing knowledge, as long as the audio book does not distract from safe driving.

The cake was her favorite almond cake with almond marzipan filling.