Momofuku Milk Bar Birthday Cake Truffles

The first time I heard about the Momofuku birthday cake was when I went to pick one up for a friend's birthday last year. While doing so, I noticed that there were packages of three truffle versions of the cake. The truffles are perfect if you want to indulge in the delectable dessert without having a whole slice of cake - brilliant!

I love the idea of recreating recipes from popular restaurants and cafes, so during my fall baking this year I decided to make an attempt at the birthday cake truffles. They were such a hit that I just had to make them again this holiday season. Perfect for any party or celebration, I promise that these truffles will be a crowd pleaser.

The recipe below was borrowed from the Momofuku website with a few of my own modifications. On most of the sites I found the recipe on, a couple important steps were left out. I've added them so that you don't have to scroll through endless comments on blogs to solve the kinks in the original recipe. Since I was serving these to a few people with dairy allergies, I also made the birthday cake dairy free. The only part of my recipe that includes dairy is the white chocolate, so I just skipped the coating step for the dairy free truffles. For additional help, leave me a comment down below!

Finding Love in a Big City

No matter where you live, you'll always be faced with a unique set of obstacles when it comes to finding love. If you're from a small town, the complaint is that there aren't enough people to choose from. When it comes to living in a big city, the problem is the exact opposite. In a city like Toronto, there are so many places to meet people that the hunt to find 'the one' becomes less fun and more frustrating than it should be. Apps, such as Tinder and Bumble, provide us with endless dating options. Between social media and a city that is full of young singles looking to mingle, finding a respectable partner should be an easy task, right? The problem with having all these people to choose from is that nobody knows where to start and how to narrow them down. Could there be such thing as too many options? My answer is yes.

I was fortunate to find my boyfriend on a normal girls night out, just outside of the club we went to. Unfortunately, this is less common than it should be. In theory it makes sense to go out to a club and explore dating options. In reality, you are putting yourself into a dark, loud, crowded room full of drunk people. A few months ago I read Aziz Ansari's book, Modern Romance, and he pointed out something that should really be an obvious factor when it comes to meeting people at clubs. He was looking for someone to date, but the kind of person he wanted to date was not someone who was still out at 3 am partying. The point is, if you have an idea of the kind of person you want to date, you need to put yourself into settings where you might find them. I would barely call myself an expert when it comes to finding love, but I would consider myself someone who is comfortable dating and meeting people in a big city. I came to Toronto around six years ago, and since then have made a huge group of friends, gone on several successful dates, and have found an amazing boyfriend. Suffice to say, I know what to look for when it comes to finding a good person, and more importantly where to look.

Stocking Stuffers Under $100

When it comes to Christmas shopping, finding an affordable yet interesting gift can be a challenge. Most people have more than a few people to shop for and don't want to go spending hundreds of dollars per person. Though they may not all be able to fit into a stocking, these gifts are all under $100. I own many of the items on this list, and can guarantee that they are not only practical, but fun presents any girly girl will love.

1. Kate Spade Accessories

Kate Spade never ceases to amaze me when it comes to producing the most adorable accessories. Her pieces are unique, practical and consistently affordable. Last year I purchased the 'Glitter Bug Stacy' wallet, and I have received endless compliments on it. It is sparkly and festive - perfect for any holiday party. It comes in a larger size, a mini wallet, and a wristlet. 
$98.00 for Large/$78.00 for Small

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Another Kate Spade item I think is incredible is the self-charging phone case. I own a few portable chargers and I find it a bit awkward to bring them out to charge my phone in a club or social gathering. The built-in charger is more discrete, and will do the same job as any portable charger. The one listed below just makes the list at $100. Before you make the purchase though I will give you a tip: I was at Winners just the other day and saw a few for half the price.

$100.00

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