Red Velvet Cake

My instinct when asked to bake a red velvet cake is to immediately head for the boxed cake mix.  Just the thought of balancing vinegar, the “right” type of cocoa powder, and copious amounts of red food coloring into a single cake made my head spin.  Also the overall concept of a red velvet cake…

Beet Crumb dusted Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

Moist dark chocolate mini cupcakes coated in a honey infused chocolate ganache and sprinkled with brown butter suffused beet crumbs.  I thought these cupcakes would make for a great pre-Halloween post.  There is something delightfully spooky about topping a chocolate cup cake with beets. My wonderful work colleagues gifted me with a couple of cookbooks…

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…