The Letter D

D Baking and Culinary Terms Alphabet Blogging Challenge

D is for determination, because that’s what it takes to blog through the entire alphabet. D is also for DISCOUNT! Click here to check out the 45% off flash book sale. Learn more about the A-Z April Blogging Challenge here. All beginning with the letter D, I give you photos of my culinary career creations.

Dacquoise Cake

Chocolate Hazelnut Dacquois Dacquoise is a type of meringue cake layer made with egg whites, sugar, and nuts. This particular version was made with hazelnuts, doused with coffee-amaretto simple syrup, layered with chocolate ganache and mocha buttercream, and topped with chocolate glaze, chocolate shavings, and whole toasted hazelnuts. A naturally gluten-free dessert, this was a popular holiday special sold for Passover at one bakery where I worked.

Daffodil Cake

Daffodil Cake

I made hundreds of these lemon mousse cakes with hand-piped daffodil decorations for the spring season in New England. The edible dirt is made of cake sand.

Daffodil Sandwich Cakes

Daffodil Cakes

Here is another variation of the spring daffodil cake design, this time on top of vanilla sandwich cakes.

Dot Cascade Design in Buttercream

Dot Cascade Piping

Here are some photos of my signature dot cascade design in the making, from inside the book, Cake Decorating with Modeling Chocolate. This piped pattern is made with buttercream frosting.

Danish Pastries


I made these jam-filled danish pastries for homework in culinary school. The rich yeast dough is painstakingly laminated with the same booking technique used to make puff pastry. The secret to delicious danish is cardamom spice.

Decadence Chocolate Cakes

Chocolate Glaze Recipe

I baked and decorated thousands of cakes just like this. A popular gluten-free seller, these flourless decadence cakes are like fudge on the inside, made from only three ingredients: chocolate, eggs, and butter. They are enrobed with chocolate glaze, rimmed with fine chocolate vermicelli, and accented with a piped white chocolate line design.

Dough, Gingerbread

Stacked Patties of Raw Gingerbread House Dough

This pile of gingerbread dough was the start of my Wonka gingerbread house adventure. You can find my gingerbread house dough recipe here.


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The Letter D — 9 Comments

  1. D is for my Doctor Who cake. My very first fondant/modeling chocolate cake.

    This is pretty fun! I LOVE your idea of alphabet blogging!