Hi there! I’m Zainab, the shoe-a-holic baker behind the camera. Thank you for stopping by! I live in Upstate NY with my husband and son where I am a scientist by day and bake-a-holic by night. Can you tell baking and shoes are my two passions?

Originally born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, I didn’t grow up baking with my grandmother or mother. In fact, I had never baked before 2012 when I decided to bake a heart-shaped cake for my then fiancé on Valentine’s Day (romantic right?). Needless to say, it was an organized disaster but I was determined to learn.

What started as a graduate school hobby to catalog recipes as I taught myself how to bake has since turned into a destination for thousands of people a month who bake and share Blahnik Baker recipes with their families around the world. Today, Blahnik Baker is a community of avid bakers in search of classic family dessert recipes that look effortlessly elegant.

Here you will find easy yet elegant everyday dessert recipes made with seasonal ingredients and flavors perfect for your family celebrations. I share recipes I create for my family so you will find everything from classic cupcakes, celebration cakes, cocktails and a sprinkle of healthier desserts per request of some readers with dietary restrictions. And as a fashion enthusiast, all desserts are served up on a stylish platter.

Visit my recipe index for all the recipes and browse my fashion index for fashion, lifestyle and travel posts. My hope is you will find family friendly recipes here to celebrate everyday life moments.


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I’d love to hear from you! If you have any questions, comments, thoughts on the recipes or just want to say hello, please feel free to message me on Facebook, shoot me an email at blahnikbaker@gmail.com or send me a tweet or tag me on a picture on Instagram. I love hearing from you!

To work with me, check out my WORK WITH ME page for ways we could work together.