This week I’ve decided to give the kitchen table here at EAT~WRITE~LOVE over to a few authors & bakers who know a thing or two about romance and, er… dessert. Grab a coffee and join us everyday this week and get inspired as I combine my two loves: baking and Chick Lit.
MEET HERS BAKERY
I was lucky enough last week to spend an afternoon with a handful of bloggers from MomsLA.com for my very first book club for HEARTBREAK CAKE. I was nervous (terrified) as you can imagine, but also really excited to hear from readers who wanted to chat about my book (awesome!)
I had been coordinating for a few weeks with editor Sarah Auerswald and she had briefly mentioned getting a heart-shaped cake for the event.
Cake? No problem, I thought. When it comes to cake, I know exactly who to call.
Tasha Sanchez and her business partner Melanie Johnstone are the women behind Los Angeles based Hers Bakery, an indie catering company with a focus on sweet desserts. I gave Tasha some details on the cake that was inspired from one in my book and she said “I got this.”
Boy, she wasn’t kidding.
On the day of the book event, no one could stop taking pictures of the cake or saying how amazing it tasted. Moist, sweet but not overly sweet, just the right amount of crunchy hazelnuts and an undertone of Nutella that made you heady with happiness. Seconds were a must.
I had a quick chat with Tasha, who is a busy mom of two, and while she wouldn’t give me the secret to how she makes such a moist cake, seeing as it’s an industry hazard. She did give me a peek into some of the steps she took to make this baking beauty.
How did you make this glorious cake? Tasha: LOL! I started with our lovely chocolate cake recipe, baked three layers in a heart-shaped pan. I made a chocolate and Nutella buttecream and garnished it with crushed hazelnut candies on the edge.
It was epic, thank you! Is this a popular cake for Hers Bakery? I made it for the first time a few months ago for a wedding and it was delicious! I was hoping I could make it again soon.
So do you think chocolate and hazelnuts are good for heartbreak? Anything with chocolate is good! Add nuts and it is even better, you can’t mess with a good chocolate and hazelnut cake, it can handle anything!
Thanks to Tasha and to everyone at Hers Bakery for making this beautiful cake! And thanks to MomsLA.com and all the amazing bloggers who came out for lunch for some book talk + cake!
RECREATE THIS CAKE: Recipe from Kitchen Daily.