Strawberry-Chocolate Icebox Cake

I’ve been buying massive quantities of fresh strawberries lately, but they usually don’t last long enough in the house to bake with. This week I bought a half flat, determined that some of them would actually make it into a dessert rather than just being consumed fresh by the [...]

Orange & Olive Oil Tea Cake

I feel kind of sorry for loaf cakes. From a purely superficial standpoint, they can’t compete at all with layer cakes. No filling. No frosting. Kind of a blah shape. For a long time, I thought they were a waste of dessert. OK, for a long time I thought [...]

Apple Cheesecake Brulee

If you like apple pie, cheesecake, and creme brulee, this is pretty much your dream dessert. My friend Brigitte loves all 3, so it seemed like the perfect thing to make for her 28th birthday. I just wish it were more photogenic. This was only my second attempt at [...]

Tres Leches Cake

I never really understood the concept of evaporated milk. To me it doesn’t really taste like milk at all, and in this modern era of refrigeration, what’s the point? When a recipe calls for it I tend to sub half and half or heavy cream, because they taste better [...]

Blueberry Cupcakes

Sometimes I have a really hard time deciding what kind of cupcakes to make. There are just too many options out there, and it kind of stresses me out, so I tend to just go with basic chocolate or vanilla. It absolutely thrills me when someone requests a flavor [...]

Chocolate and Salted Caramel Cake

I love baking for people when I know what they like. For my dad and grandmother, it’s easy – just include chocolate and coffee. For my mom, I know she’ll go for just about anything but chocolate never hurts. For my five year old niece, whose birthday is still [...]

Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

I didn’t set out to do a yellow cake recipe comparison, but when my first batch of cupcakes had an odd crumb and tasted like cake mix, I wanted to find a better recipe and see what it was that made the first recipe so poor. The first recipe [...]

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

When I found out my former roommate and sorority grand-big-sis was engaged, I was obviously really excited for her. When she asked me to make the cupcakes for her wedding, I got even more excited. This weekend she and her fiance came to my town to do some wedding [...]

Strawberry Cupcakes

It seems like every morning I wake up, look out the window, and fall in love with California all over again. Where else do you get sunny, seventy degree days in the middle of January and a summer and fall free of hurricanes or tornadoes? Yes, we miss out [...]

Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes

I think my sister likes to bake even more than I do, so when she was in town for a few days, cupcake-making had to be on the agenda. Although she doesn’t like coconut, she figured this recipe would be a crowd-pleaser and it definitely was! I was a [...]

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