Vanilla Pound Cake

I have heard that the old rule of thumb behind pound cake is that you combine together four simple ingredients; a pound of flour, a pound of sugar, a pound of eggs, and a pound of butter.  Just that simple, right?  In all my years of baking pound cake, and the countless recipes that I’ve…

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…

Brown Butter Cake with Dulce de Leche, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Figs

In the past I have been forbidden from baking my own Birthday cakes, something about not laboring on your special day and letting others do all the work in preparation for your birthday celebration.  Generally I would agree with the sentiment. It’s the one day out of the year where you should automatically get a…

Bourbon Butterscotch Peach Cakes

I have really been slacking on my blog posts lately.  There is just something about these lazy summer days that keeps me out, about, and away from my computer.  The garden, the lake, even laying out on a blanket in the grass seems to be a better draw to me then the kitchen these days….

Mocha Ice-Cream Cake

My Mother put in a request for a Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream cake for her birthday this year, and while I love the ice-cream and cake combo, I have found that most commercial ice-cream cakes fail dismally when it comes to the cake side of the equation.  If I wanted ice-cream in the shape of…

Pastel de Tres Leches

Pastel de Tres Leches or three milks cake is a personal favorite of mine, and has, surprisingly, not made to onto this blog yet.  Shocker! and past time to remedy that.  Tres Leches is a light sponge cake that gets soaked through with a mixture of evaporated milk,  sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream.  How…

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…