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Bourdain Day

This is probably not the space to write about Anthony Bourdain. He notoriously did not care for desserts—no cakes, no pastries, sometimes chocolate, but usually stilton, his preferred way to end a meal. In his final cookbook, Appetites, he dedicated one chapter to dessert: a one-page explanation as to why he will not take up any additional space in his cookbook for dessert.

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Joyce Ng
Goals? Goals!

There are fewer things that make my eyes roll harder and farther to the back of my head than New Year’s Resolutions. Ugh. There’s something so daunting about them because, for some reason, that last word only sets you up for failure. Is this just my experience? Maybe? Okay, whatever.

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Joyce Ng
Some Christmas thoughts, some Christmas songs

I freakin’ love Christmas. I love the decorations. I love all the cozy activities. I love how everyone wants to hang out and just enjoy each other’s company. I love all the Christmas gatherings that surround food, and above all, I love Christmas baking.

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Joyce Ng
November playlist: A little late but worth the wait

Between work, planning a wedding, and trying to figure out last-minute things for our engagement party, I’ve been knee-deep in… well, not even work, just other shit. But! I have had this November playlist drafted for so long, and yes, it’s already November 22. This playlist is good, I promise.

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Joyce Ng
1am thoughts and a recipe for chocolate cake

I have been sick for almost a week, but because I am a giant baby, it has felt like an eternity. Illness breeds hyperboles, and I am not above making them. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been this sick, and it’s been accompanied by a sore throat are chills, aches, and major congested everything. Y’all, I don’t remember what it’s like to breathe with my nose. 

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Joyce Ng
Paris, engagements, playlists

Alright, so I dropped the ball a bit on the whole blogging thing, but I’m really determined to keep this going. With that said, a whole bunch of things have happened since I last posted.

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Joyce Ng
Baked goods: a September playlist

Even though I haven’t attended school in over six years, it’s still really hard to separate the nervous, excited anxiety of September. Back-to-school was my favourite but also the most stressful time of the year. Teachers, professors, friends, crushes, classes… it’s a lot, and I seem to keep that same energy every September, no matter what’s going on in my life.

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Joyce Ng
How to cut a cake

Cake cutting is always my least favourite part of any cake baking operation. The obvious reason is that I’m literally cutting into hours and hours of work and blood, sweat, and tears (figuratively). 

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Joyce Ng
Paris, LA, and vanilla layer cake

I’m going to Paris in September! It’ll be my first time, and I can hardly contain my excitement. I’ve been researching restaurants, and more importantly, patisseries, to visit, but it’s pretty overwhelming—Paris is e n o r m o u s. Holy. 

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Joyce Ng
Baked Goods: a little playlist

I listen to a lot of music. I’m not going to say that music is my life or whatever, as I don’t play any instruments and I feel like unless I understand the inner workings of the art, I can’t really claim that I dedicate my life to it.

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Joyce Ng
Weekends / swiss meringue buttercream

Similar to how people say “life is what you make it,” so are weekends. I’m a freelance copywriter/content writer, which means I’m essentially glued to the computer around the clock. When you pair that with baking, it means that weekends don’t… really exist. Friday is a cake baker’s Monday. Sunday is Friday. But Monday is actually Monday, too, because that’s when the rest of the world works and will reply to emails. 

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Joyce Ng
The first slice

I had been resisting writing blogs for Cakes in a Box for a very long time now. My little cake operation has been up and running for a little over four years at this point, but as someone who writes a lot—especially blogs—for a living, it’s hard to be motivated about creating my own.

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Joyce Ng