Friday, April 16

Me? On the Martha Stewart Show? - {Chocolate, Mango and Coconut Cream Cake}

Over a red sky, the sun sets paints the cars ahead of me as muted silhouettes. The median's green trimmed grass has lost its brightness in comparison to its pavement cell walls, and the tall untamed trees beyond the shoulders have darkened under the pressure of brilliantly illuminated jet streams. Across the way, cars and trucks speed eastward, away from the sun, discernible only by pairs of shining headlights affixed to their hoods.

I love how I feel; my windows are down and my music is up. This is the life.


It takes some time, but I'm eventually able to move from the highway and onto the slower streets of the town my Grandparents live in. Only a lane wide in each direction, the main street divides the small town into two halves, allowing only a few crossroads to intersect it. Because of this, your choices are limited as you drive into the heart of the small town as the row of historic brick buildings on your right and the perfectly coiffed park on your left offer little more than a hardware and a place to relax.

I love it.

But in recent years, the town has changed. Each time my mom drives down the main street, you can see her making comparisons between what is now and what is remembered. There are stoplights now, and more grocery stores than ever before. There's even a Wendy's and Mcdonald's.

Things are different.

This isn't really a small town anymore.



But I still love it, and I will for as long as I can stand the traffic. I mean, really, even though there are two stoplights in town (WOAH!), they're spaced far enough apart that you've forgotten the first when you've reached the second. There aren't hundreds of cars on the road, blocking your way and cutting you off, and I've never once muttered profanity under my breath while making my way to my Grandparent's house. But I can't, unfortunately, say the same for driving in big cities. Don't get me wrong - I love big cities, but I'm a small town girl. I can't handle the cars. I almost cried while driving in Toronto last year, and even driving through Cincinatti scared me. Since the same can be said for mom, we've made a habit of nominating my step-dad as our chauffeur when we take road trips.

But he's not going to New York with Mom and I this weekend, which is why she and I will be taking a cab to the studios of The Martha Stewart Show on Tuesday the 20th. Why? Because I've been invited on the show to do a segment about the process of making this cake for the colors show. HOW AMAZING IS THAT? I haven't been able to concentrate in class for days!!! I never imagined that this blog would ever be more than my creative outlet... Who could have guessed that it would land me in New York? With Martha Stewart?!?!


Be sure to tune in if you want to see how the Super Epic Rainbow Cake is done!
Click here to check it out!!


Chocolate, Mango and Coconut Cream Cake from Tartelette
I wanted to make something very special to celebrate this occasion, and I knew to look no further than Helen's Archives! This cake is just as delicious as it sounds! Serves 10-12
Printable Recipe

Vanilla Genoise
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
3/4 c (150 g) of sugar
1/2 c (70 g) cake flour
1/4 c (30 g) cornstarch

Preheat the oven to 400F and set a rack in the middle. Lightly grease and line a 12x17 baking sheet. Set aside
Whisk the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, salt and sugar together in a large bowl over a pan of simmering water. Whisk gently until the mixture is just lukewarm, about 100F on a candy thermometer(or test with your finger - it should be warm to the touch).
Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with the whisk attachment (or hand held beaters) and whip on medium-high speed until the egg mixture is cooled and tripled in volume. The mixture will be thick and will form a slowly dissolving ribbon falling back onto the bowl when the whisk is lifted.
Over a medium bowl or a piece of parchment paper, sift together the flour and cornstarch.
Add one-third of the flour mixture to the beaten egg mixture. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the flour mixture, making sure to scrape all the way to the bottom of the bowl to prevent the flour mixture from making lumps. Repeat with another third of the flour mixture and finally with the remainder.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula.
Bake the genoise for about 10 to 12 minutes. Make sure the cake does not over bake and become too dry or it will not roll properly. Let cool on a rack. Remove the cake from the baking sheet and invert it on a larger piece of parchment paper. Peel of the parchment paper that was lining the baking sheet. Set the cake aside.

Chocolate Genoise
Same process but replace the amount of cornstarch with the same amount of cocoa powder and proceed with the recipe the same way.

Coconut Bavarian Cream
1 Tbls powdered gelatin
3 Tbls water
4 egg yolks
1/4 c (50 g) sugar
1 c (250 ml) coconut milk
1 c (250 ml) heavy cream, cold

In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let stand to soften while you prepare the cream.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until very pale. In the meantime, in a medium large saucepan set over medium heat, bring the coconut milk to a simmer. Slowly pour the milk over the yolks, whisking constantly to prevent them from curdling. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan over medium low heat and cook until the cream coats the back of a spoon (as if making creme anglaise). Add the softened gelatin and stir until melted completely into the cream. Let cool to room temperature.
In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cream to soft peaks on medium speed and fold it into the cooled cream base. Use within one hour.

For the mango mousse:
1 1/2 tsps powdered gelatin
1 Tbls water
4 oz (120 g) mango puree
2 Tbls (25 g) sugar
1/2 c (125 ml) heavy cream, cold

In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let it soften while you prepare the fruit.
In a medium saucepan, bring the mango puree and sugar to a simmer. Remove from the heat and add the softened gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is completely melted.
Transfer the fruit puree to a large bowl and let it cool to room temperature.
In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cream on medium speed until soft peaks form. Fold about 1/3 of the whipped cream into the fruit puree to lighten it up (do not worry about losing air at this point). Carefully fold in the rest of the whipped cream. Use within one hour.

Rum simple syrup:
1/2 c (125 ml)water
1/4 c (50 g) sugar
2 Tbls (30 g) rum

In a small saucepan set over medium high heat, bring all the ingredients to a simmer until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Let cool to room temperature.

Lemon glaze:
1 1/2 tsps powdered gelatin
1 Tbls water
1/4 c (62.5 ml) water
1/4 c (62.5 ml) lemon juice
2 Tbls (25 g) sugar

In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let it soften.
In small saucepan set over medium high heat, bring the water, lemon juice and sugar to a simmer, stirring off and on to make sure the sugar dissolves properly. Add the gelatin and stir until completely dissolved. Let cool to room temperature (if the mixture gels, warm up over low heat until barely melted again).

To assemble:
Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper of foil, leaving a border on the sides to make it easy to remove when set. You can also use a cake frame of the same dimensions.
Cut two 8x8 cake layers in each of the genoises. Place one layer of the chocolate genoise at the bottom of your pan and brush with some rum syrup. Pour half the coconut Bavarian on top and smooth with an offset spatula. Top with a layer of vanilla genoise, brush some rum syrup on top. Pour half the mango mousse and smooth with an offset spatula. Repeat the process with the second half of cakes and creams. Refrigerate until set. Pour the lemon glaze over the cake and let set in the fridge.
Cut through the cake with a knife dipped in hot water to prevent breaking the glaze instead of slicing through it.

83 comments:

  1. Wow! that's so incredibly awesome! Have a blast! And say hi to Martha for me :)

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  2. That is so awesome. I'll make sure to watch!

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  3. OMG KAITLIN!! Congratulations!! Any chance you could upload a video of it on your blog in the future? i don't get to see the show here. What an amazing opportunity for you especially since your blog is less than a year old!

    Lots of congrats and love. I'm cheering for you down here in Sydney. x

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  4. Wow Katilin that's amazing!! Good luck -- I'll be sure to watch :)

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  5. Well done! Way to go :) Good luck.

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  6. That is absolutely amazing! Congrats!

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  7. Coup d'etat! Great job on getting a spot on Martha Stewart's show. It's funny....that cake recipe was how I found your blog initially. I was googling for a cake recipe for a friend's birthday and just happened to stumble across your humble little blog on baking. Been a fan ever since.

    Personally, IMO I think Martha's show is a little pretentious, but with all the other people in the nation watching it, that doesn't mean it isn't a great opportunity nonetheless. So by all means, soak up the fame and glamor, you deserve it. Again, kudos!

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  8. Congratulations! That's so cool to be chosen for something like that for doing something you love. (: Hopefully someone will (if not you) can upload the video somewhere for us who don't have cable. Aaahhhh. Martha Stewart better be floored. Hahaha.

    Also, the cake dome was delivered in perfect condition and quicker than I thought it'd get here and I was thoroughly impressed with it. I promptly used it to put cupcakes in for my friend's birthday. Next time I'm able to bake something I'll make sure to take pictures and send them off to you. The thing is massive!

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  9. JEALOUS!!!! I watch her show every day. I'll see you on there!

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  10. Congratulations on being in vited to Martha's show, rad!!!! And this cake looks amazing, perfect for a celebration.

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  11. that's awesome!! congratulations! i love that cake! amazing!

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  12. Whoo-hoo. Huge congrats to you!!!
    I'll be watching for sure.


    :)
    ButterYum

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  13. I am from Paris (now in Rome) and I discovered your blog thru your rainbow cake. I am so happy for you and really excited that your talents will be featured on tv. I hope to be able to find the segment online somehow, since I do not get that show here. Again, congratulations!

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  14. Oh Lord, this looks marvelous!!!

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  15. Kaitlin~

    Congratulations to you. You deserve it. You are so talented. What a cool thing being able to go to New York. Enjoy it all.

    Mary Kay

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  16. SO BEAUTIFUL!! I love the tone on tone thing you have going. Absolutely divine!!

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  17. felicidades por ir al programa,sobre el pastel simplemente me dejas sin palabras.
    un beso

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  18. OMG! Congrats! It's definitely well deserved!

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  19. Congratulations! Your rainbow cake is also what got me started reading your blog. A friend of mine made one based on your recipe and then I followed suit. What an exciting experience for you! Have fun!

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  20. Oh my goodness. That cake is the cake of my DREAMS.
    And CONGRATS by the way! That is truly rad, and you definitely deserve it! :D

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  21. Oh wow, congratulations!! Very very excited for you :) I wish we got her show here. Maybe the segment will make it's way onto youtube.

    This celebratory cake looks so delicious and moist, by the way.

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  22. Congratulations! That is so cool. You will be great. Not sure when that episode will air in Australia but maybe I can see it on the net.

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  23. That cake looks amazing. I will make it soon, I'm sure. Great job!

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  24. OMG! CONGRATULATIONS! I can't wait to tune in you will probably end up with your own show on the Food Network. :O) I am truly so happy for you. you are one amazing young lady

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  25. That is so exciting! I'm so happy for you--congrats, girl! I don't watch TV (and don't have cable) so I hope you'll post the clip with you in it later on if you are able to. I want to see it!

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  26. Congrats and well done!

    Hopefully I can watch online here in Australia!

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  27. Excellent news. Do you know when the show will air? (Or are you planning on putting a clip on your blog?)

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  28. That is fantastic. Take copious notes lots of pictures and knock her dead. Youmust be on clound nine. The cake looks delicious. Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  29. That's amazing! Congratulations! Although, I'm not surprised, your photos themselves look good enough to eat!

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  30. Wow amazing, heard about you thru @citrusandcandy on twitter, Congratulations @carmr Carm from Sydney Australia.

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  31. What a GOOD THING!! Can't wait to watch you. Have Fun!!!

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  32. Wow, that is great! I wish I was that successful with my passions and hobbies in life!

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  33. how terrific! good for you! i'll have to tivo that episode :)

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  34. I am thrilled for you! The cake is gorgeous and good for you. Martha is wonderful and smart to have you. Good luck and have fun.

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  35. Have a great time! We'll all be cheering for you!

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  36. Wow... congrats, that's really lovely, the cake looks amazing.

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  37. Omg congrats! You really deserve it! I'm definitely going to be watching! :)

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  38. good for you! Great to see someone follow with their passion.

    all the best!

    Peter

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  39. oh my freakin gosh that's fantastic!!! That rainbow cake was the cake that led me to your blog! Can't wait to see how the segment comes out. Going to set the dvr right now..

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  40. That's awesome! Your coloured layer cake is how I first found your blog. Since reading and looking at your awesome photos I've been inspired to work on the presentation of my food,

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  41. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!

    This cake looks lovely. It has a lot of components, but I bet it was worth the work.

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  42. Oh my gosh...you are FAMOUS!!!! SO fantastic! I hope Martha is not jealous of you and your awesomeness. Maybe you can teach her to lighten up a little.

    And that cake? um....yummy!!

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  43. OH MY WORD!!!!!!!!!! I am SO happy for you!!! When I saw this cake on your blog, I made it for my son's 2nd birthday. It was a TOTAL hit! What a great opportunity for you, so excited!!!!! Good luck!

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  44. CONGRATS!!!!!!! WOW how exciting!!!

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  45. Congrats on the Martha Stewart gig!! I must say, that rainbow cake is what got me addicted to your blog in the first place :)
    xoxo

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  46. Congratulations! :DD

    Will you be able to post the video here later? I live in Sweden, and I don't know when it's going to air here..

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  47. Just posted on this at www.capabilitymom.com
    Congrats again!

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  48. Congrats on getting on Martha!
    The mango and coconut cream cake looks so amazing! Look at all those clean layers.. Very cute!

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  49. WoOoW! so cool and so special! There aren't too many people growing up in the U.S. that can add that experience to their list!!
    Congratulations Kaitlin, you're a very talented young lady, for sure.

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  50. I had a piece of cake for lunch today. It was very good! So proud of you Kaitlin!

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  51. what an incredible dessert....I am just blown away!! and your photography is exceptional
    Best of luck on Martha!!

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  52. thanks for the comment on my blog... and i am beyond jealous! i'll watch and point and be like "SHE READ MY BLOG!"

    your cake looks quite yummy, too. :)

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  53. Congratulations! That is so amazing. I can't wait to see your Rainbow Cake segment. Good luck.

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  54. Congratulations! Though you shouldn't be too surprised, everything on here looks absolutely divine!

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  55. Congratulations. I smell a book deal!

    You deserve it!

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  56. Congrats! YOu will knock Martha right outta her socks - she's got nothing on you! :)

    That's pretty awesome, I'm sure you will do wonderfully.

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  57. Holy crow! That's amazing!
    I think I first found your blog through Luisa's links on Wednesday Chef... I am continually impressed, and no doubt Martha's viewers will be too! Woo hoo!

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  58. Congrats on the Martha Stewart thing - how incredibly exciting for you!! You've got a great blog going on here, I'm sure everyone will love you on the Martha show!!

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  59. Hey, I found you in DA :) Your blog is lovely, the photos are great and this cake looks really delicious! :)

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  60. That is SOOO amazing and I am so beyond excited for you! Have the best time in New York! It's where I live and it really is the best city! Let me know if you need any help navigating the city or have any questions at all! Have SO MUCH FUN!!!

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  61. @Irina: She also has an account on Flickr, if you look closely enough. I'm not surprised, as I consider Flickr a more higher-caliber site IMHO than DA, and the pics on this blog are definitely very high-caliber.

    By the way, I tried the lemon cookie recipe from August 2009 that you posted. Quite tasty! If I gain an extra 15 pounds by the end of the year due to trying these great recipes of yours, I blame you! ;)

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  62. Oh my gosh - this is so exciting for you! Congrats and I can't wait to watch :) Off to set my DVR.

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  63. I just watched your segment on Martha. You did a great job. I'll be checking out your blog. The recipes look wonderful.

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  64. I just watched your debut on tv and thoroughly enjoyed it! I love baking and was so glad Martha shared your blog name, because I most definitely added you to my list of favorites! I am SO excited for you... I would just die if I even knew Martha LOOKED at my blog, much less had me on a show...you ROCK! I can't wait to try some of your recipes!!!

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  65. Just finished watching the show. The cakes looked awesome and I'm guessing it was a blast to be on the show. I just have one question. How many cakes did you end up making? It looked like you had around 6 that were at least started. Lets hope this leads to bigger and better things for you. Also, I don't know that many people that do calculus in their spare time, but it's always a good thing to learn.

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  66. Awesome! You go girl. Think of all the great things to come :D

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  67. Congratulations Kaitlin! I have seen you this morning on the Martha S show and I love your cake! I'm not keen on food coloring though and I had thought of making one just with dosing more or less cocoa. From the pictures I see in this post, I know it will look terrific also without the bright colors. Thank you for the inspiration!
    x

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  68. congrats! i watched the episode and have been blogging about it... glad to see you are a MSU spartan! =)

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  69. Just discovered you and your blog from watching Martha Stewart today. I can't wait to find an occasion to make the super awesome rainbow cake!

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  70. Hi,

    I'm watching you on the Martha Stewart Show as I type this and just wanted to drop by and tell you you're doing great! What an awesome chance. Your cake is beautiful. Good luck with everything!

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  71. Congrats! That cake is gorgeous!!!!

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  72. I heard you did great on the show today- congrats! A neighbor made me a rainbow cake for my 13th birthday (13 years ago...man, time flies...) and I am loving that with the blog world being so popular, so many other kids have the chance to have a cake like I did. There have been cakes like this around for many years...I love when a good thing doesn't die. :)

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  73. I saw you on Martha Stewart. I LOVE your rainbow cake!! I plan to do this for my daughter's birthday. I can't wait to try it.

    brz352@yahoo.com

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  74. I saw you on Martha yesterday and loved your rainbow cake recipe! So I just had to come check out your blog. Your recipes look great.:)

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  75. You were great! Martha should snap you up!

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  76. oh my word, i just found your blog (via your comment on my billy's cupcake post) but congratulations! that cake is gorgeous indeed. i'll youtube it or find the segment!

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  77. that's amazing!
    and that cake looks delicious as usual :)

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  78. Congrats! the cake looks wonderful!

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  79. Hello,

    Congratulations! This cake look fabulous!


    ~ Gabriela ~

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  80. I know this is an old post, but that's so awesome! Congrats on your Martha Stewart appearance!

    I also want to say that I'm also a small town girl who is slowly trying to conquer her fear of driving in cities! I think even the most seasoned drivers opt to avoid driving in NY, so you shouldn't feel bad one bit about that. :P

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