Gluten Free Crepe Cake

I’m still getting back to my routine after our trip, and working diligently on my Etsy listings hoping the holidays will make up for this month’s sudden lack of sales, but last weekend I decided to do some recreational baking.

I was watching This YouTube Video from Eugenie Kitchen – my intrigue began recently with her slice and bake cookies, which are made much like the polymer clay canes I’m so fond of – and I thought to myself, when did I stop making extravagant desserts just for fun? 

My husband was busy with a competition at the gym so I thought I’d surprise him afterward. Which didn’t exactly work out since he came home earlier than I expected, but he still appreciated it – after listening to me in the kitchen saying, “Ugh it’s not working. Ugh I’m doing it wrong.”

I felt I could probably master Eugenie’s heart pattern at some point, but this being my first crepe cake, decided to keep it simple – besides being gluten and mostly dairy free. We don’t necessarily have food allergies but try to limit certain things. 

So I found This Crepe Recipe and This Pastry Cream Recipe separately on Pinterest and combined them with a simple chocolate ganache (made with almond milk and chocolate chips) and fresh raspberries. I would suggest eating it right away after chilling because the crepes were a little tough as leftovers, but it turned out pretty good, and not bad looking I think.

If I test out a regular recipe I’ll try to post that too. And if you do have dietary restrictions, I’m sure you’ll want to check the ingredients for yourself, but I hope this is something you can enjoy.

My Brother’s Cake Toppers & Our Trip to CA

Joe and I finally took another trip to California since we hadn’t seen our families in almost three years and my big brother was getting married.

It’s a little weird visiting home when your life has changed so much in a few years that you don’t know whether to feel more out of place where you live or where you’re from.

But this trip wasn’t quite as exhausting as usual because we didn’t try to do everything and see everyone, which allowed us to enjoy the time with our families and relax a little in between. I even brought drawing supplies and actually used them – only on the plane, but still. 

We didn’t really have time for sightseeing either but enjoyed some window shopping, hiking, and of course delicious food. 

I made these cake toppers for the wedding, inspired by some other ones my now sister-in-law liked, featuring the bride and groom and their two cats under a flower arch. They are wooden pegs decorated with paint and polymer clay.

I am now getting back to work and preparing for the holiday season so watch out for new items!