Made-with-Coffee Coffee Cake

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If you knew me back in college, this cake may look familiar to you. It was one of my most requested baked goods, and it was on the short list of things I baked at the time. Until last month, I had always made this cake with instant coffee – it’s what the original recipe called for, and it gave the cake its coffee flavor without hassle.

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An Unbirthday Shower

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It’s been a while since I posted the monogrammed sugar cookies, and I promised to go into details of my sister-in-law Jenn‘s bridal shower, so here they are.

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Chocolate Soufflé

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Everything about the soufflés I made was fast. I decided to make it at a moment’s notice when realizing the one month anniversary dinner Tim and I planned was without dessert. Time it took to prepare everything? Fast. Bake time? Not bad. Sadly, what else was fast was how long it kept its height. I didn’t get a shot of the soufflé at its peak because, well, they deflate. Fast. And lastly, they didn’t stick around for long because how does Tim eat his soufflé? Fast.

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Mini Marble Loaf and Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Happy New Year! It’s been exactly one year since I started Talida Bakes, and I’d say my 2007 resolution to bake more has been accomplished. Granted, I had my summer hiatus, but I think I’ve come a long way and have learned many things about baking last year. I’ve got a similar goal for this year – to push myself and tackle more difficult recipes to learn new and challenging techniques. Oh, this and have a memorable wedding to start a great marriage.

To ring in the new year, Tim and I hosted a little dessert and cocktail party at my apartment. Well, what we thought was little turned into a college-reminiscent party that fit 40 people in my 670 sqft place. I meant to write this post earlier today, but lucky me had a full day of cleaning after last night’s party. I do love my friends, but this is never happening again. Not at my place.

So what did I make? I got my ideas from the latest Martha Stewart Weddings magazine in the feature called Sugar Babies. Once I saw the petit fours inspired desserts, I knew what I had to do. Copy it. Really, I took the marble loaf recipe right out of the magazine. But I also used my own chocolate chip cookie recipe as well as my previously posted matcha cupcakes. I wanted to try another stab at the thai tea cupcakes, but I ran out of time. Soon though.. that post will surely come soon.

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Chocolate Matcha Marble Loaf

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My goodness, this blog sure is dusty and covered in virtual spiderwebs. Life for me has changed so much since the last time I updated. The highlights: I’m getting married next spring, and I moved to New York! You’d think being here would inspire me to bake more, but… well, I have a good excuse. Really. I actually moved twice since July. The first move was to a tiny sublet in Upper East Side, and being so tiny, I couldn’t unpack most my boxes. As a result, all my baking supplies have been stored away for the past 4 months, not getting any love from me. Fast forward to my most recent move to Long Island City, where I’m now in the place where Tim and I will settle when we’re married. I’m relieved I can finally unpack things, settle in, and throw away the moving boxes I’ve held onto for the past few years, readily awaiting the next move. Now I have decorating on my mind in addition to wedding planning, which gets quite distracting. Especially when it comes to my blog reading. Wow, there are so many fantastic bakers, designers, brides, and just everyday people out there that inspire me daily. It makes me feel a little guilty about not baking and blogging more, but… well, I’m working on that now, aren’t I?

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