Charlotte Royale Cake

It’s absolutely gorgeous.

For some reason, I’ve been really fond of “naked” cakes lately. Ones that aren’t perfectly covered in a thick layer of frosting or icing, that really reveal the texture of the cake. I’ve never been really fond of thick frosting or icing in the first place, and I prefer the stabilized whipped cream they put on Chinese-style chiffon cakes with the chestnut/red bean mousse (the best stuff), melon balls and strawberries, and I want to eat it with the cake, because by itself it’s just weird.

The Rise of the Gourmand

https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/heres-why-women-want-to-smell-like-dessert-100766803358.html

Here’s Why Women Want To Smell Like Dessert

You might not know the term, but everyone’s smelled a gourmand before. Just step into Bath and Body Works for titles like “Warm Vanilla Sugar” and “Winter Candy Apple” to get a sense of the category. Gourmands are fragrances reminiscent of sweet foods, like desserts.

This category is still a fairly tween/teenager-run show, but I haven’t necessarily seen a big change in what people like as I’ve gotten older. Now I buy Philosophy gifts for my friends instead of Bath and Body Works sets, but they still have names like “Vanilla Birthday Cake”, “Almond Glazed”, and “Sugary Cinnamon Icing.”

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