Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

oreo cheesecake

I may spend the majority of my time in the kitchen figuring out how to pack lots of vegetables, whole grains, and legumes into a simple yet flavorful dinner, but I can’t pretend that packaged food never makes an appearance in our house. There’s just something about Oreos I […]

Chocolate-Cardaomom Torte

I love baking cakes for friends’ birthdays, especially when the person whose birthday it is has a unique request. In this case, my friend Steve wanted something with cardamom and chocolate, which I was excited about because it’s not a combination I’ve made before. I browsed through a bunch […]

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

I am one of those people that will find a song I like and play it until I literally cannot stand to hear it another time. It usually entails about a month of constant play, during which time Mike reminds me dozens of times that I’d be able to […]

One-bowl chocolate cupcakes with milk chocolate frosting

I know it’s hard to have a bad chocolate cupcake, but some are definitely a lot better than others. This recipe not only dirties just one bowl, but it makes perfectly textured cupcakes with big chocolate flavor. The creamy milk chocolate frosting on top is a nice contrast to […]

Guinness Chocolate Cake

It seemed only logical to follow Guinness Beef Stew up with Guinness Chocolate Cake for dessert on Christmas Eve. I couldn’t really taste the Guinness, but the cake was very rich and dense – just a sliver was perfectly satisfying! Because the cake uses butter that’s melted and not […]

Black and White Chocolate Cake

Christmas Day at about 1:00 PM is not the time to be looking for heavy cream in San Luis Obispo. When my first attempt at the white chocolate cream for this cake (at about 8:00 AM on Christmas Day) turned into butter, I was mildly panicked. After finding that […]

Espresso Cupcakes

Our international adventures have come to an end, at least for now. While I was really sad to leave Thailand behind, I was unbelievably excited to get back into the kitchen. Cupcakes seemed like a natural thing to bake since I haven’t eaten too many in the past year, […]

Apple Upside Down Cake

Humidity and I are not friends. Sure, I love visiting tropical places and can deal with humidity just fine on a short term basis, but this summer in Seoul has been pretty unpleasant, with all the heat and humidity of the tropics, but none of the beach and fruity […]

One-bowl Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Simplicity is underrated. Fancy, complicated, multiple-component, dirty-the-mixer-and-every-bowl-in-the-kitchen desserts can be incredibly satisfying projects to take on, and they are certainly wonderful for impressing friends and family, but sometimes all I want is a nice simple cake without the sink full of dishes. That’s where this recipe comes in. A […]

Black Forest Cake

As soon as we got back to California, I was desperate to bake something, and for some reason I was stuck on Black Forest Cake. I hate the goopy, overly sweet cherry filling that you find in grocery store black forest cake, and I wanted something a little more […]

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