I don’t know why, but just the name hot milk made this cake sound so appealing to me. Images floated in my head of a simple, soft and delicious sponge cake.

I tried making a hot milk sponge cake once before. I was disappointed with the result. It looked so beautiful but it tasted dry and not at all like I imagined.

This recipe seemed promising so I tried again. I was a little sloppy making it so my cake didn’t bake up as pretty as I wanted, but it tasted as wonderful as I imagined. I won’t share how much of the cake I ate myself in one sitting. I’ll just let you know it was a lot…

Recently I had a chance to sample blink Energy Water, a caffeinated flavored water beverage.

The company is based in La Jolla and the drink currently comes in two flavors: Zesty Lemon Lime and Brisk Blueberry Pomegranate. Each bottle contains two servings of water, 150 mg of caffeine and only 10 calories.

I’m not nutrition expert, but the energy water seems like a healthier alternative to other energy drinks out there, especially since there are so few calories and two servings of water.

I sampled both flavors. Each one had a pleasant taste with no carbonation. The waters are slightly sweetened with sucralose, so if you’re not a fan of artificial sweeteners, you may not enjoy the taste as much.

My mom recently gave me a bottle of hazelnut creamer which I find every excuse to use. The other morning, while pouring some of the creamer into my coffee, I had a thought. What if I could make a Nutella-like frosting by making a chocolate ganache with hazelnut creamer instead of heavy cream?

I haven’t had much success frosting with regular Nutella because of the consistency. The closest I’ve done is a Nutella whipped cream frosting. It’s really good, but I loved the idea of a chocolate hazelnut ganache idea even better.