Buttermilk Genoise Cupcakes with Chocolate Raspberry Ganache

This probably means my weekends are lame, but one of the highlights of this past one was finding big containers of fresh raspberries at the store (another was finishing a hat I was knitting for the baby… yes I’m 86 years old). As soon as I got them home [...]

Turtle Brownies

Brownies + Pecans + Caramel = One pretty amazing dessert. And I usually HATE it when nuts come anywhere near my brownies, but if caramel is involved, it changes everything! I really hope the pregnancy talk isn’t getting old…skip ahead if it is. But we went to the doctor [...]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were always my favorite. I happily ate PB & J day in and day out from first grade through high school, and I’d still choose it over most other sandwiches even today. The concept of putting peanut butter and jelly together in dessert form? [...]

Maple Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream

I recently discovered there is an AMAZING cake decorating supply store about a mile from my house. I’m going to need to find some serious self-control so that I don’t end up spending every paycheck there, but I stopped in this weekend and was amazed by the variety of [...]

Lemon-Lime Bars with Gingersnap Crust

The guys who put together the awesome dessert book Baked are completely right when they say “curd is an ugly word for a delicious dessert.” Why is this magical, velvety, citrusy better-than-pudding substance called something that sounds so gross? The guys who put together Baked are also not afraid [...]

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

You know those articles about people who find their dream job and get to spend every day doing what they love? I thought it was all just a bunch of crap, until I got this job. Yes, teaching middle school definitely has its moments, but I honestly feel like [...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

I will never get sick of the chocolate and peanut butter combination. I was reminded of this fact the other day at Trader Joe’s, when they were sampling peanut butter cups that were about fifty thousand times better than Reese’s. We almost bought some, but baking whoopie pies just [...]

Lamingtons

I was first introduced to lamingtons when my family lived in Australia for a few months. I was 12 and had a raging sweet tooth, but ended up being pretty disappointed by them. Far too often, they were dry and bland; far less appealing than they looked, all covered [...]

Hummingbird Cupcakes

Two of my favorite things about visiting my parents are my mom’s fully stocked pantry for baking and my dad’s willingness to run with me (pretty much any distance and at any time of day!) My parents had a stack of Listener magazines sitting on their coffee table, and [...]

Dark chocolate mocha cupcakes with coffee buttercream

I wasn’t going to bake for a few weeks. I made those Double Ginger Cookies a few days ago, ate way too many of them, and realized it would probably be best for that marathon I’m running (in 11 days. OMG.) if I didn’t go crazy with sugar for [...]

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