If you have ever met my daughter Anna, you would know that she is a mini me in every aspect. She looks exactly like me, has the same ‘tude, and absolutely loves to bake. Sometimes I question if I made her all on my own, no father chromosome involved.
For Christmas this year she asked for one thing, the Nerdy Nummies Cookbook buy Rosanna Pansino. Anna will watch Ro’s youtube channel over and over again and every time we bake she narrates it just as Rosanna does. It is actually really cute.
So of course we bought her the cookbook, but because we thought that was a little on the light side, we also got her a weekend away to Los Angeles. In two short weeks we will be spending the weekend in LA, attending the L.A. Cookie Con and Sweets show. She just about burst into tears when she found out that her favorite YouTuber will be hosting a Meet & Greet!
The show is a great experience for people who love to bake. With live demos from celebrity chefs, baking workshops, and a kid’s zone, it is the perfect event for the family! Tickets are still available, but running out fast!
Shows like this are a great way to get inspired. Last weekend I attended the Fancy Food Show (I’ll talk more about that later) and picked up a sample of Raspberry Amaretto from one of the vendors. I had originally thought about making my favorite raspberry jam thumbprints, but was craving cake.
The cake ended up being a highbred between the Strawberry Shortcake Cake that I created last year and the famous Milk Bar Birthday Cake. While the recipe is a bit labor intensive, this cake is worth every second. It had a delicious almond flavoring that paired magnificently with the raspberry jam. The only thing I would change….add some fresh raspberries to the top. Enjoy!