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 […]

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 […]

No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

I want to preface this post with an acknowledgement. Yes, I realize I WAY over-edited that photo. My new camera and my recently downloaded copy of GIMP 2.0 have been so much fun to play with, I haven’t really figured out when to cut myself off. The good news […]

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 […]

Candy Cane Fudge

It’s not uncommon for my sister and me to have pre-Christmas baking marathons where we churn out a dozen or more different kinds of Christmas cookies for family, friends and neighbors. This year, though, she’s in New Zealand, and I just moved back to California a week ago, so […]

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, […]

Peanut butter-filled Chocolate Cookies

How is it possible that I’ve been married for TWO YEARS? I’m really starting to feel like an old lady! We’re not big on lavish gifts, and now that we’re living so far from home, we really don’t need to buy each other any more stuff, because not a […]

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 […]

Bûche de Noël

My mom always used to make Buche de Noel for Christmas, and this year she passed the torch to me.  I am glad I made a rolled cake this summer – it made this recipe a lot less intimidating.  There are quite a few components to put together, but just […]

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