I have a theory about coconut.
There are a lot of people who say they hate coconut.
I used to say I hated coconut.
But my theory is that people actually hate the texture of coconut, not so much the flavour. Dousing the flavour with sweetness seems to help too.
My data? These cupcakes.
Joe is probably the person I see most in the world other than my husband. We’re neighbours at work and at home. That’s right, he’s in the office next door at work, and lives in the condo below mine. If we ever have an epic rivalry where I decide I can’t stand him, I will have major problems avoiding him.
Luckily, he’s a pretty cool guy. And even better, his wife Erin is even cooler. So when she asked me to make Joe a birthday cake for his surprise party, I was completely on board. Now it was just a matter of figuring out what he’d like.
Because of my weekly baking at work, it wasn’t too hard to find out what Joe’s opinion was without giving away the surprise. I just told him I’d be customizing the weekly baked good to his preferences for his birthday. His response was quick.
Joe is a huge fan of cream soda. However, neither of us were entirely sure how to apply cream soda to a baked good. Joe gave a few more ideas, but the cream soda idea stuck with me. After a few internet searches, I discovered that cream soda in a baked good was relatively uncommon, with one exception. Cream Soda Cake.
When you live in Seattle, sometimes you have to insert your own sunshine into your days.
Especially when September rolls around and gorgeous summer days turn into gray rainyness. Rainyness that lasts for at least the next 8 months.
Don’t get me wrong, I love living here, but sometimes you just need some sunshiney yellow.
In the form of a soft, pillowy cookie, delicate like a tender cake.
I’m still thinking about what happened between us last week. How I was neglectful.. and when I finally returned, it was only with a failure.
I need to make it up to you the best way I know how. With one of my favourite recipes. One that I’ve made more times than I can count, and iterated on and refined almost as many times.
It’s time for some Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I apologize for the absence, I wasn’t trying to stay away, I promise.
I even made these cookies a whole week ago, I just hadn’t put them up on the blog yet.
The reason for the drawn out silence is two-fold.