Weekly Roundup: Spring Is Coming – Let’s Cook

Elena's Birthday Cake

A secret cake - revealed.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter – you might remember that I was doing a “secret” baking project on Wednesday, which I promised to reveal in today’s weekly roundup. Well this is it – a surprise birthday cake for Elpis and Justice! It’s red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and I was very pleased with how even the cake layers came out. Slowly, but surely my piping skills are improving. Just ignore the writing, please. Also, I’m putting it out there that my cake making skills are for hire. Email me for the scoop.

And, in other news it’s finally Spring in DC.

I know that the conventional wisdom is that people want to hole up in their apartments and cook during the winter, and then go out and party in the spring, but I think it’s the opposite. At least, it’s the opposite at the end of winter, when everyone’s sick of the root vegetables and apples they can get at the farmers market, and can’t stomach the tasteless imported produce in the grocery store. But Spring? Spring brings asparagus. Spring brings rhubarb. Spring brings weather in which we can eat dinner on our balconies and have people over for parties without asking them to trudge through the ice cold  in the rain. Spring is an excellent time to cook.

And I can feel the excitement in the blogosphere this week – Spring is here, and we’re ready to to raise our knives, put our pans on our burners, and get cooking.

Recipes I want to try, from this week’s Internet dabbling:

  • Homemade meatball subs, from The Arugula Files. Man, I love meatballs. Man, I love bread. Meatballs on bread? Heaven.

And in other foodie blog-ish news:

  • Hillary at Lancelot Sturgeon has a roundup of her experience at the Food and Sports blogger happy hour, that, as a co-organizer, totally warms my heart.
  • Melissa McCart, of Counter Intelligence, is back! She’s moved to Tumblr, where she laments the lack of a really good hotdog stand in DC. I was a fan of the Hot Dog at Againn when I had it off the happy hour menu. But that’s not exactly a stand.
  • Oh my god! A comment I made on Young and Hungry about Top Chef (because, you know that Tim Carman plays it all cool like “oh, yeah, Top Chef DC, no big deal” but seriously, he has to be excited about it – who couldn’t be?) actually inspired a post! I feel like this is a special moment in my food-blogger-career – to be (gently) teased by Tim Carman.
  • So, like, there were many reasons to be jealous of all the peeps on my Twitter Feed at SXSW, but the write ups of the Bacon Throwdown over at One Bite at a Time and FloridaGirlinDC really take the cake. Or should it be take the bacon?
  • Tim Carman ponders the beauty of the changing seasons. Yes, I’m talking about the advent of Food Cart season in DC. What splendors will the sunny weather bring to your plate?
  • Executive Chef, Brian Robinson of Restaurant 3 is making homemade peeps for Easter. Get the details on Dining in DC.
  • Endless Simmer investigates a little known farmer’s market find that’s currently in season: the cherimoya, or custard apple. Well, I mean, I am a little tired of apples and pears.
  • Did you read that big article in the New York Times about how Katie Lee, former wife of Billy Joel, is about to become a Food Network Star? Then you’ll enjoy this piece from The Internet Food Association, which pretty much tears the article apart. I’ll admit, I totally forgot until I read the IFA piece that Katie Lee was the awful host on Season 1 of Top Chef in the pre-Padma Days. They want to give that piece of wood a cooking show? Seriously?

Happy Friday!



  1. ooh, gorgeous cake!!!

    I can’t believe I did not make the round up this week: I was so getting used to that good feeling 🙂

    • moderndomestic said

      Oh no! I forgot you! You’ll be back next week 🙂

  2. Laetitia said

    You forgot to mention that your guiness cupcakes were in WaPo 😉

    • moderndomestic said

      Oh that’s right!

  3. K said

    Yum! LOVE red velvet cake- it looks so pretty! Great meeting you at the Blogger HH btw!

    • moderndomestic said

      It was great meeting you too! Hope to see you again soon.

  4. Ohhh that cream cheese frosting looks delicious. Delicious!

    • moderndomestic said

      It is. It is.

      • Not too sour, not too sweet, and it held its shape very well. Delicious!

  5. Alice said

    I’m a *huge* fan of cherimoya – it’s a popular fruit in India (called “sitaphal”). My host mom used to make ice-cream out of it – so delicious. I would really like to try those rhubarb and strawberry hand pies as well.

    • moderndomestic said

      This totally doesn’t surprise me. You should try the hand pies! I really want to.

  6. Martha said

    Thanks for the link. From the looks of that cake you have no need to envy the decorating skills! A giant star tip will cover any cupcake mistake 🙂

    • moderndomestic said

      Of course! So, question miss cake decorator – do you have to have a turning stand to make the cake sides perfectly smooth? That’s something I really have yet to master.

      And yes, I realized when making this cake that the giant star tip rocks.

  7. THANK YOU for the surprise birthday cake!! I never expected to have a Moderndomestic treat show up in Ohio. My family and friends loved it- usually people do their best to avoid taking home cake leftovers, but this one was fought over. Thank you again! You’re such a great friend!

  8. Bonnie said

    I can’t believe you got that cake to Ohio. I assumed you would have a hard time getting it to the office in DC, but Ohio! How did you ship it?

    • moderndomestic said

      Elena had a friend visit her who came and picked it up – it traveled by car (no shipping necessary). I have no idea how people ship cakes – or cupcakes!

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