Ugly Sweater Cake

It’s time again for my sister’s annual Ugly Sweater party!  Last year I made her an Ugly Lime Cheesecake. Trust me, it was ugly.  This year I decided to go the more traditional birthday cake route, and decorate it as an ugly sweater.  My sister’s loves funfetti cake. I’ve posted a funfetti recipe in the past,…

Mini Holiday Cupcakes

One of the upsides of holiday baking is the revisiting of old recipes.  Recipes you hoard, covet, and savor during this celebratory time of year.  Recipes I posted a year ago, and am now revisiting for the first time since the original post.  Recipes that leave me second guessing myself, and wondering “wait? really?” “that…

Coconut Cake

Another dinner party.  Another cake.  A light, fluffy coconut cake with chocolate buttercream and a chocolate ganache filling.  The coconut cake is one of my Mom’s favorite recipes, and the one and only time I attempted to bake this particular cake, prior to this, resulted in one of my most memorable baking disasters.  My family…

Mini Victoria Sandwiches

Lately I have been binge watching old BBC murder mystery series, and one of the recurring themes, aside from the copious amounts of tea and beautifully manicured cottage gardens, are the town bake-offs.  I have lost count of the number of people that have keeled over dead after eating a heaping forkful of Victoria Sponge….

Coconut Sugar Cookies

My Coconut Sugar Cookies are not as coconut-ty as they could be, in fact, the only coconut I use in my dough is coconut extract.  Normally I would top my buttercream with shredded coconut, but as I am baking these cookies for Easter, I decided on pastel piped buttercream instead. I confess to owning a…

Garden Gnome Funfetti Cake

My sister was born on the Day of the Three Kings, the Feast of the Epiphany, or the Twelfth Day of Christmas also referred to as the Twelfth Night, not that any of that really mattered when it came to this year’s birthday cake.  It has been a long running family joke that the shortest…