Got Kosher?

Got Kosher, anyone? Well if you don't, then you should. Got Kosher isn't your typical kosher restaurant, its a step into Tunisia and embodies the flavors of the owners best childhood memories. First known for his incredible challah, as a connoisseur of challah myself I don't know that I have ever had such a fluffy, melt in your mouth challah before. Imagine Grandma's Challah marrying Rockeninweagon's Pretzel Bread...a pretzel challah in a variety of flavors that will forever change your Shabbat table and Sunday morning French toast. With a variety of flavors from fennel and salt to a Kalamata Olives & Rosemary Pretzel Challah your palate is sure to thank you!

Got Kosher doesn’t stop with Challah, they impressed me with their AMAZING sandwiches. Their best seller is the Assuette Tunisienne which is Tunisian Tuna Plate with Harissa, Mechoula, potato, hard and soft boiled eggs, olives, capers, perpperoncini and perseced lemons. After one bite I felt like I was in Tunisia with all of its rich flavors and savory aromas. I understood exactly why this is their best seller. Its a MUST TRY!!!

Got Kosher is a deli style restaurant allowing you to order at the counter and take home or dine in with friends. They have a few tables inside and several on the sidewalk allowing you to really feel like you have stepped into another world. Got Kosher is located at 8914 West Pico Blvd just west of Robertson.


This is a special post to wish the Beautful Nora Marsh and very happy birthday. Nora is the grandmother of close friends of mine who won my heart the first time I met her. She embodies the beauty and grace of a strong successful woman. Today I honor Nora Marsh and celabrate another blessed year of her life!

Love you!!!

Happy 6th Birthday...

Another delicious Kosher-Parve cake. The top tier was choclate with filled with two layers of pure vanilla flavored icing and the bottom tier was chocolate cake with my popular mint chocolate chip flavored icing.

I had a lot of fun designing this cake. This was the first time I tested shooting stars and will make a few changes next time but really like the added flare it gives the cake.

NY Cake West...

NY Cake West is a baker's heaven-a cake (and much more) supply store in Los Angeles, CA that recently opened. I visit the store at least once a week, spend no less than 45 minutes and when I walk in NY Cake West it seriously feels like a real live version of Candyland! My eyes get wide and my wallet gets emptied...

A special congratulations to NY Cake West as they have begun manufacturing some amazing products. In the upcoming months I will be showcasing some of their newest products. Testing them out and will let you just how well they stack up.

Sweet Treats will hold contests where you could win some NY Cake West products. Stay tuned!

Happy Challahween Shabbat!

Happy Challahween... This year I hosted a Callahween shabbat dinner for my parents...Mom and I made two amazing sweet challahs and tried a few new recipes. One of them included another Paula Dean favorite! Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus...For dessert, it was sweet sugar cookies, of course in the shape of little pumpkins. Notice the little halloween napkins-Nordstrom Rack $1.99...I couldn't resist myself.

The Story behind the phyllo wrapped asparagus: My mom was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in August so needless to say she hasn't had a lot of energy nor has she had a desire to cook. One day she was watching the Food Networks, Homecookin' with Paula Dean, and saw her making this recipe. She called to tell me that seeing Paula make these asparagus bundles made her want to cook again. When we decided that mom and dad were going to spend the weekend with me I knew we had to make this dish. So Mom sat on a stool and brushed the Phyllo with butter while I wrapped the asparagus inside the dough, when I finished wrapping all the stalks, mom topped the bundles off with some extra freshly grated parmasean cheese. Together we made these tasty little bundles and they were Mmmm Mmmm Good! Thanks Mom and Dad for a wonderful stayvcation at my new home! I love you both.


  • 8 or 9 asparagus spears, depending on size (We used the thick ones)
  • 1/2 (16-ounce) package frozen phyllo dough sheets, thawed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan (We used probably a cup and doubled the rest of the recipe)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus. Unwrap the phyllo and cut the stack in half lengthwise. Reserve 1 stack for later use. Cover the phyllo with a damp towel to keep it from drying out. Take 1 sheet of phyllo and brush lightly with some melted butter. Sprinkle with some Parmesan. Place 2 to 3 asparagus spears on the short end of the sheet. Roll up, jelly-roll style. Place each piece, seam side down, on a baking sheet. Brush with more melted butter and sprinkle with more Parmesan. Repeat until all the asparagus spears are used up. Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

Tory Burch's Newest line...

Can you say The Tory Burch Smore's Choclate Cake with a Graham Cracker Crust...This 30th birthday day cake can and did!

30 is the new 20...


Jay-Z has coined the statement "30 is the new 20"- even if you dont know who Jay-Z is, my guess is-if you are 29 to 39 years of age you would agree with this statement...I most certainly do. Who wouldn't want to be in their twenties again but with the wisdom and knowledge of their 30's!
New: Cookie Platters prices vary depending on size of cookies 10-12 cookies $26.00

Noah's Vader...

About a week ago a girlfriend of mine called and asked me to make her son's birthday cake. I said sure no problem! Well I had no idea what I was getting myself into but after it was all said and done I had the best time. This was the first time I had baked in a long while and boy o boy did it feel good to be back in the kitchen. With a little help from a fellow caker and my friend Natalie, Vader was a hit!

Darth Vader Cake,Fondant,black fondant cake board

Here comes the bride...and her cake!

This past Saturday I completed my first wedding cake...I have to say for someone who has never stacked a cake before I did pretty well-THANK YOU EDNA FROM YOUTUBE!

Cake was chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet with traditional buttercream icing.

The torte (which for those of you who were once like me and clueless as to what "to torte" means, it just splitting the cake into its layers) and icing process began on Friday at about 2PM and concluded Saturday morning at 1:30AM. The final touches were completed Saturday between 6AM and 12PM before the 1PM wedding.

I had a few Opps moments during this process. The most memorable was realizing that my bottom tier was 2 inches too short. Industry standard for a wedding cake are a minimum of 4 inch tiers. I had almost two and one eighths with icing in the middle...So in the middle of everything I had to make another 14 inch round chocolate cake.

It all came together including the Monogrammed pearl cake topper that I make minutes before the wedding. All in all it was a success. The bride and groom were so happy which made every minute worth it.

Now all I need is a picture of the actual camera died as soon as I finished stacking the tiers.

Here's one that I took with my phone before the final touches!

Baby takes the cake!!!

I wanted to do something special for our friends Joanna & Jay in honor of their wedding and the coming of their unborn blueberry (AKA baby). Their gift basket included white onesies accented with green sanding sugar. Also included in the basket were three-tiered wedding cake sugar cookies that had piped ribbons on the top two tiers and their initials monogrammed o the bottom tiered also accented with clear sanding sugar crystals. The outer rim of the basket held 16 devils food chocolate cake pops with a vanilla shell and green squiggles to finish off the pops.


For Joanna, Jay, Jet, Elle, and the little blueberry who has yet to arrive.

Happy Birthday Sara!!


It is always a pleasure to make sweet treats for friends and family. This weekend I had the pleasure of baking for two special occasions. First, was Sara's 29th birthday dinner and the second was a bridal/baby shower.
The cat you see in the picture above was on the
evite Sara sent out. I was asked to make the cookies on Tuesday and since the party didn't have a specific theme I was originally going to make three-tierd birthday cake cookies but it just didn't speak to my soul so I slept on it...the next morning at about 5:45AM while I was RSVPing to her dinner I saw the cat and the rest is history. I made my own cookie cutter that morning and the cookies were delivered first thing Friday morning!

I was unable to attend the dinner but late that evening I received the following text message "Thank u so much for the amazing COOKIES!!!!! They were a huge hit!!!! They not only looked incredible but they tasted amazing too!" -Sara

Your welcome Sara-Happy birthday!

Bridal Shower Mini-Dessert Bar

Congratulations to my friend, Meghan, who is getting married at the end of August. Meghan asked me to bake her dessert for her bridal shower. Meghan's mom gave me carte blanche to be as creative as I would like. I was honored and decided to take a stab at a mini dessert table inspired by AmyAtlas.

White chocolate and Milk Chocolate dipped pretzels with pink and blue squizzles to match the invitation.


Mini Dessert Bar Menu: Chocolate and vanilla cake pops coated with white and milk chocolate bark sprinkled with hot pink non-pareils or blue chocolate squiggles. Each cake pop was accented with an individual tag matching the front of the invitation. These beautiful cake pops were inspired by Bakerella's red velvet cake pops. Chocolate dipped pretzels as featured above. My no fail sugar cookie recipe adapted from Elisa Strauss' Confetti Cakes Cookbook with traditional royal icing in the shape of a wedding dress. At the last minute I added the time treasured rice crispy treats made Alexis' way with just a little extra marshmallow on top of each square and sprinkled with the hot pink non-pareils.

My humble beginnings with Fondant...

The purple boxes (my first fondant cakes) were made for one of my best friends 30th birthday dinner.

The purple bow cupcakes and purple Orchid cake were my 1st fondant covered cupcakes and my second fondant cake which I made for another best friend's 30th birthday. I also made the cupcake tower out of Styrofoam and ribbon.

My third fondant cake was the blue "Tiffany" like box which was made "just because" I wanted to test out my newly arrived can of Choco-pan. I had never used cocoa-pan fondant before and couldn't wait to test it out. I think I received it in the mail from my favorite online shop Global Sugar Art the night before I made the cake.

Finally the pink and brown cake was made for another one of my best friends' baby shower. The gal was made out of fondant and her dress was hand-painted to match the dress my friend actually wore the day of her shower.

This was too cute not to share.

Welcome New Ones!

I have been dying to try onesie sugar cookies and today I gave it a go. I used the sugar cookie recipe from Confetti Cakes (which I love) and Joy of Baking's royal icing recipe. In honor of Aidan born 9/08, Mari born 4/09, Chloe born 6/09, and Doran born 7/09... thank you for giving me a reason to bake today.

Thank you Amy for letting me borrow the onesie cookie cutter!

And a special congratulations on Mari's upcoming baptismal.

NOW that is a peach cobbler!!!

Teddy has been asking me to make peach cobbler for as long as I could remember so last Sunday I went to the Santa Monica Main street Farmer's Market and got the sweetest and Juiciest peaches I could find and adapted one of Paula Dean's Cobbler recipe's. What followed was a shower of compliments from a true cobbler connoisseur who called again this morning to tell me that "This is the BEST cobbler [he has] ever had"


* 5 Large fresh peeled and sliced peaches
* 1 1/2 cups white sugar,(set aside 1 Cup for later use)
* 1/2 cup light brown sugar
* 1/2 cup water
* 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
* 6 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks but I think 1 stick is fine)
* 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
* 1 1/2 cups milk
* Dash or two of Cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the peaches, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, nutmeg and water in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt.

Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk VERY slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir. Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup. Sprinkle top with ground cinnamon, if using. Batter will rise to top during baking. Bake for 45-55 minutes.

Paula Deen meet Gluten Free

There is nothing like a July 4th BBQ with Fried Chicken and watermelon. This year I adapted Paula Deen's famous fried chicken recipe to make it Gluten Free so that I could enjoy it too. I have never made fried chicken before so this was an entirely new experience. I used coconut oil which is said to have many health benefits and Bob Mills Gluten Free Flour. The results-DELISH!!!!


* 2 eggs
* 1/4 cup water
* About 2 tablespoons hot red sauce
* 1 1/2 cups Gluten Free Flour
* 1 teaspoon pepper
* Pepper, salt, garlic poweder
* 1.4 lbs chicken skinless breasts
* Coconut Oil, for frying, 1/2 jar Spectrum brand


In pie plate, beat the eggs with the water. Add enough hot sauce so the egg mixture is bright orange. In pie plate, combine the GF flour and pepper. In a seperate bowl season the chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder (Be generous). Once the chicken is coated with salt, pepper, and garlic powder dip the seasoned chicken in the egg, and then coat well in the flour mixture.

Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a medium sauce pan. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil.

Fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. For dark meat about 13 to 14 minutes, white meat around 8 to 10 minutes.

Thomas the Train Cookies

As a single lady without children I had no idea how popular Thomas the Train was until a friend ask me to make Thomas the train cookies for her daughter's 3rd birthday party. I had 4 days to get the job done while packing for my trip to Israel. I thought "No Problem" finding a train cookie cutter will be a snap-WRONG! I spent a day calling every store, shop, and friend that I thought might have a train cookie cutter large enough for cookie favors. I drove to the Valley and back and still no train cookie cutter. 3 days remaining and I have to get this done so what does every daughter of a retired contractor do? She makes her own. Using FDA approved wire from the home depot and tape I made Thomas the Train!

Thank you to KitchenGifts for the most unbelievable sugar cookie recipe

This recipe is GREAT when using complex cookie cutters. The dough holds its' shape and won't spread during baking. Make sure you let your oven preheat for at least 1/2 hour before baking these or any other cookies.
6 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract or desired flavoring (I like almond myself)
1 tsp. salt
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.

Chill for 1 to 2 hours (or see Hint below)

Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350
degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges. This recipe
can make up to 5-dozen 3” cookies.
HINT: Rolling Out Dough Without the Mess -- Rather than wait for your cookie dough to
chill, take the freshly made dough and place a glob between two sheets of parchment paper.
Roll it out to the desired thickness then place the dough and paper on a cookie sheet and pop it into the refrigerator. Continue rolling out your dough between sheets of paper until you have used it all. By the time you are finished, the first batch will be completely chilled and ready to cut. Re roll leftover dough and repeat the process!
An added bonus is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies.

Awww, Firsts...

I likened my next journey with sugar to all those first's in my life. Do you remember your first day of school? Or how about your first kiss? The anticipatory feelings of not knowing what the outcome will be but excited to get there. Sometimes your disappointed and the kiss just isn't that great or that first day of school felt more like prison than the fun place you expected. However on the other hand you may just be pleasantly surprised and your first kiss 20 years later still brings butterfly's to your stomach and perhaps your best friend today is the girl you sat next to on the first day of school...So what does all of this have to do with baking? Two words: CUPCAKE POPS!

I saw them on Bakerella's website and thought they were the cutest little things. I, like many before me, had some hesitation at first. I didn't know what to expect. Where they going to be perfect and taste as good as they looked? I didn't know but was about to find out...the result ladies and gentlemen was 'asi asi' or okay okay in english. They tasted great according to a trusty taste tester and as for how they look, I have a few techniques that I am looking forward to trying the next go around.

The lovely neighbor whom Teddy and I both have become friendly over the last year is moving :-( We sent her off right...with a sweet treat in hand!

Happy Birthday Daddy & Gramdma

Today is both my dad and grandma's birthday so I decided to bake them a cake. My dad's a little old fashion in that he loves a moist yellow cake with real chocolaty frosting, usually the kind in the box. I have been in search of a moist yellow cake for a long time and found a recipe on bakerella's blog that look absolutely delicious. I made two 8 in round cakes even though the recipe calls for three- I didn't have three 8 in cake pans so two it was. Once the cakes were out of the oven and cooled I decided to make two mini individual cakes. My dad is a MAC addict so using white satin ice rolled fondant I cut out the Apple Logo to grace the top of his cake. For my grandma I decided to keep it pretty-in-pink and gave her mini cake a pink bottom border and a banner wishing her a very happy 86th birthday. I love you both!

Moist Yellow Cake with chocolaty chocolate frosting 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter (room temperature) 2 cups of sugar 4 eggs (room temperature) 3 cups of sifted self-rising flour (White Lily) 1 cup of whole milk (room temperature) 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (McCormicks) 1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour (3) 8 inch cake pans.
  • Using a mixer, cream butter until fluffy.
  • Add sugar and continue to cream for about 7 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time. Beat well after each egg is added.
  • Add flour and milk (alternating to creamed mixture), beginning and ending with flour.
  • Add vanilla and butter flavoring to mix; until just mixed.
  • Divide batter equally into three cake pans.
  • Hold each layer about 3 inches above your counter and carefully drop the pans flat onto counter several times to ensure release of any air bubbles. This will help you have a more level cake.
  • Bake for 25 - 30 minutes (depending on your oven) until done.
  • Cool in pans for 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Remove and immediately wrap each layer in plastic wrap to seal in moisture. Cool completely on wire racks.
  • Once cooled, you are ready to assemble your cake

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

Almost Gluten Free Vegan Cupcake

Most people know that I love to bake but few know that I have an allergy to flour, wheat, etc. That's right, I bake and never actually get to taste my sweet treats. I am blessed to have a wonderful BF and plenty of friends who serve as my taste-testers (none of them seem to mind the daunting task).

I received the Babycakes NYC cookbook for my birthday and couldn't have been more excited to get started with my gluten free(GF) baking. I started with the red velvet cupcakes which believe it or not turned out pretty good. Some of my taste testers weren't very keen on the idea at first but after one bite I had them sold. I do have to say that this cupcake isn't exactly gluten free because the recipe calls for whole spelt flour. Some people with wheat allergies can handle spelt but I know for most, the spelt flour just wouldn't make the cut as being GF. Never the less I tasted the cupcake and much to my delight I enjoyed my first two cupcakes since learning of my allergy.

Babycakes Red Velvet Cupcake

Popcorn-Smile for the Camera

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What's Star Trek the movie without some popcorn...

Birthday celebration number two...Star Trek with the parental's (my parent's and Teddy's parents) and dinner with my oldest and dear friend, Lisa, and her family and the parental's. I had a great time and to my surprise, I LOVED Star Trek. At 31, Star Trek didn't bring back the same nostalgic feelings that it did for my parents but it was great to share in their joy and it was a great movie!

But what is a movie without popcorn?

In keeping with the movie themed birthday I decided to make cupcakes that resemble little popcorn bags. I found little Wilton nut cups at Micheal's. I think for 24 it was $1.49 and I used a 40% off coupon which you can't beat. I used a red marker to color the sides of the nut cups and printed the popcorn labels. I baked Vanilla bean cupcakes in regular muffin cups which I transferred into the nut cups and covered them with a thin layer of vanilla butter cream (I used the leftovers from my cake). Several days in advance I cut the top of each mini-marshmallow in a criss cross pattern to get the effect of a kernel. After the cupcakes were frosted, I placed each kernel on top one by one...and finished off the top with lightly brushing lemon yellow-food coloring gel over the tops to give the effect of butter.

They were a hit!

Happy Birthday

So today is my 31st birthday!! I can't believe it has already been 365 since my 30th. Last year I did a big to-do so this year I am keeping it mellow. Tonight I am taking a cooking class at Sur La table with 8 of my friends. In honor of the cooking themed party I made a fork & spoon cookie cutter for both my fondant decorations and cookies that I planned to give each guest. This was my first time using royal icing in an attempt to make the icing flow. I didn't realize that I needed two different consistency's so the icing is a little messy on the cookies. For the cake I made 5 fondant forks and 5 fondant spoons a couple of days ago that I was planning on putting on the sides of the cake. (I will come back to this)

No everyone I know likes the taste of fondant which is a very common thing here in America so I thought I would try icing the cake with butter cream and then using fondant decorations. You tuber, Edna, from design me a cake has an excellent tutorial online for making and using butter cream. So crusting butter cream is what I used to ice the cake. I finished last night at 12:38AM and told myself that I would adhere the decorations in the morning. 5:30AM and I was in the kitchen but to my dismay the fondant decorations that I made were too large and ended up cracking when I tried to pick them up-URGGGG!!! So I pulled out my extra pink fondant and started cutting away to make little tiny forks and spoons. I just drew and pattern on a piece of paper and traced around the pattern with a small blade.

So the final product: Magnolia's birthday cake recipe from their cookbook, Edna crusting butter cream icing, and fondant forks, spoons, bow, and "born to bake" label.


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