Baking for a Cause

When Hazel of Tasty Pursuits first asked me to participate in the upcoming Sweet Sensations dessert benefit, I jumped at the opportunity. With a new website in the works and a new job on the horizon, I thought it would be the perfect time do something out of my comfort zone. Then, after a few days, it really sunk in — how was I, a reporter and amateur cook at best, going to fare baking alongside a group of talented food bloggers and dessert aficionados?

Jitters aside, it's a great event for a wonderful cause and one I'm truly proud to be a part of. As someone who has covered how the culinary arts can make a difference in the lives of New York City school kids, it's exciting to see an organization like C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) support their culinary endeavors.

So, come out to The Old Bowery Station on April 21st to sample some of our desserts and catch demos by the pros: Colicchio & Sons pastry chef  Stephen Colluci (check out the cake he made for his own wedding) and master chocolatier Mehdi Challaoui.

I'm still playing around with some recipes — including the grasshopper bars from over — but whatever I end up baking, I'll try my best to make them delicious.

For a sneak peek at what everyone else is making, head on over to their blogs.

UPDATE: Check out photos from the event here!