Friday Foodie – Abeer of Cake Whiz
Abeer of CakeWhiz is a very happy person. She is going to kill me but I edited out several extra smiley faces and “hee-hee's” as she is so exuberant in her writing she just oozes fun! She is infectious and who could not love someone whose goal is to make pretty things that taste good for her friends and family. I am just sad she lives in Chicago and I can't enjoy her happy, pretty, tasty treats!
Let’s meet Abeer!
 Have you always been a foodie, or is that something you grew into?
I have always been a foodie, whether it involved enjoying a fabulous home-cooked meal or dining out somewhere. But, to this day, desserts are my absolute favorite part of any meal! Wherever I am eating, I am more excited about having dessert than the actual meal…lol. I always find myself looking as the dessert section of the menu before the appetizer or main course section! I usually know what I would be having for dessert before I even know what I will be having to drink…hee-hee 😉
 How and why did you begin your blog?
I started my blog after taking Wilton’s cake decorating classes. I was absolutely hooked with this new hobby and I needed a place to document everything I was learning. I also wanted to share everything I was learning with others, hoping it would help them out.
Initially, I was just blogging about cake decorating but then I realized I like baking just as much as cake decorating and I can blog about both.
I also figured out that decorating does not have to be limited to cakes. I can decorate cookies and brownies and anything else I want!
After all, desserts are so much sweeter when they are dressed up and “beautified” 😉
 What’s your favorite thing to make/cook?
My favorite thing to make is this Crazy Wacky Depression Cake. This recipe has been running in our family for generations. Now, when I make it for my own family, it makes me so happy that I am passing this tradition and recipe along to the next generation. This chocolate cake tastes AMAZING and is very soft and moist and it is made with no eggs, milk or butter. So, I can even make it for my little one’s friends who have dairy allergies…YAY!
 What is your favorite thing to eat?
These chocolate date balls, hands down! I have a batch of these made all the time now! These little cuties give me a boost of energy to keep up with my hectic life and my super active 2-year-old. These balls are healthy but don’t taste healthy which is why I love munching on them all the time!
 What is your comfort food?
My comfort food seems to change according to my mood. Lately, I have been obsessed with my Rose syrup chocolate bark cake. It’s beautiful and tastes heavenly!
I am also very fond of my gold halva cake. I think it’s fit for royalty and I feel so fancy, eating it…hehe.
 Describe your perfect food day?
Touring all the bakeries in Chicago. There are SOOOOO many wonderful bakeries here. I want to visit all of them and sample their cakes, cupcakes and everything else they make! I am sure I would need to hit the gym daily for months after that tour but it would be completely worth it! Haha 😛
 What are three other blogs that inspire you?
1) Sprinkle Bakes: Lots of creative recipes and breathtaking photography.
2) The Cake Blog: There are some great cake decorating tutorials here along with some posts about the science of baking.
3) I am baker: Such a fun and witty blog with lots of easy cake decorating tutorials, using buttercream plus some mouth-watering recipes.
 Do you have advice for bloggers just starting out?
Blog about whatever you are most passionate about and use all the social media out there to stay in touch with your fans and readers!
Keep up with Abeer’s tasty tidbits on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest and of course by visiting Cake Whiz.
How about you? What would you like to ask Abeer?
What’s your perfect food day?
Okay, so first, she is beautiful. Second… that chocolate bark cake looks wonderful!
@Tiffany, totally agree on both counts!
Hahaha I love the name of that chocolate cake! Definitely going to give it a try and check out her blog.
@Chrissy, I hope you do on both counts!
What a great way to share the love! Abeer is beautiful and those date balls as well as all the cakes/bar look scrumptious ;o)
As a lover of anything chocolate bark, I would love to try that cake one day! Yum. Thanks for sharing! <3
@Shipra, I’ll take a piece!
wow! seriously everything looks so amazing and I totally hear Abeer on the eating desert over the main! Deserts for me anyday too!
I am impressed with Abeer’s contribution. She has created several desserts of my choice. I love her web site.
Wish her good luck !
Wow! Abeer’s story made me want to get back into the baking bandwagon. I didn’t learn through Wilton like she did, but I joined a craftsy class and loved it. Your post is inspiring me to rekindle that hobby! 🙂
@Cara, I had not heard of Wilson’s before and I think it is really interesting and I wonder if I could handle it!
What a fun interview! I love Abeer and it was neat learning more about her!!
@Rose, so glad you got to learn more about Abeer!
What beautiful desserts! I am a much better eater than I am a baker, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate hos pretty these are!
I could read her smile in that interview. I love that she knows what dessert she is ordering before even putting the appetizers in. Her pictures are gorgeous. Going to go check out those date balls – yum!
@Kelly, she is delightful!
that cake looks good
Everything looks so incredible!!! Great interview! Thank you for sharing.
Now the Rose syrup chocolate bark cake is my favorite.!
What beautiful desserts and I bet so tasty.
YUM YUM YUM!!!! What beautiful delicious amazing looking food…chocolate is my friend right now! 🙂
i feel like i was smiling the whole time i was reading this. i’m glad you left in the LOLs even if you took out the hehes 😛 hahaha Ooh i want to take that wilton’s cake decorating class now!
@Esther, she is so infectious! I have never thought about a class like this, it would be fun!
I’ve never heard of Halva. It sounds tasty. She has a nice blog! I love her header/colors. Also, I love her favorite blogs and saw some fun things on them.
@Jen, she is adorable isn’t she?
I am drooling over those desserts. It looks unreal because of the rich quality and beautiful look of the desserts… D:
I love to bake, but I’m not much of a decorator, so I just love seeing all of Abeer’s beautiful creations! Those date balls sound like something I want to have in my kitchen all the time, too. And what I wouldn’t give for a slice of that Halva Cake!
@Heather, I can’t bake or decorate so I am impressed with you both!
Woah those look all super delicious! And I mean super super delicious.
Alex – Funky Jungle
I am impressed with Abeer’s contribution. …..What beautiful delicious amazing looking food.. i highly appreciate herr work 🙂 Wish her good luck .. may ALLAH bless her always 🙂
I love to decorate cookies minus the baking! Her creations are awesome!
Crazy Wacky Depression cake? That sounds awesome!
@Brenda, I know, it has to be crazy good!
omg…i just started the whole30 today and all those sweets are calling my name!
Crazy Wacky Depression Cake is definitely something I’d love to try. I’m sold at its name already.
@Mai,I know, I am totally convinced that it is awesome!
OMGosh, everything looks so good. I wish I could just reach through my computer and try them all!
Abeer sounds like such a fun person! I LOVE those frosting roses on the chocolate cake–beautiful!
Wow! Her pictures look amazing! Great post!
Oh my I just want to eat it all. I love sweets and the way Abeer describes sweets is so lovely. Let’s tour Chicago bakeries together!! Hehe 😉
@Iris, seriously! I think she should start the tour!
All those recipes look amazing! I’m a big time dessert lover too, and what’s wrong with a few more smiley faces and hehes :-)?
@Angie, nothing, I love Abeer’s approach to life!
Oh my goodness all these desserts look out of this world but the depression cake is what had me at hello! So good to meet you Abeer. Thanks for telling us about yourself and sharing these recipes!
@Corina, I love its name! If you had depression, you definitely wouldn’t have it after eating that cake!
Thanks for the post! I checked out your friend’s website. Her cake creations are amazing! She should have her own show on the Food Network.