Chocolate Swirl Babka

Babka is a slightly dry yeast bread (some would argue that it’s cake…I say bread) swirled with chocolate or cinnamon (but I agree with Elaine from Seinfeld…cinnamon is a “lesser babka”). Straight from the oven with a schmear of butter, babka is one of my favorite treats to enjoy alongside a cup of tea. You […]

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Maple Butter Cake

Fall is upon us! This is my favorite time of year and definitely my favorite seasonal flavors to bake with. Pumpkin, maple, cinnamon and more! When I came across a recipe for Maple Butter Cake in my Better Homes and Gardens magazine, I knew it was a must try. It was very easy to put […]

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Star Wars Galaxy Cake

I was recently asked by a co-worker to make a cake for his twin daughters’ birthday party. They are obsessed with Star Wars and he wanted something that would fit the theme. I’m not someone who works regularly with fondant or gum paste…so I thought, perhaps a mirror glaze galaxy cake would be the way […]

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Gluten-Free Banana Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Hey y’all! Sorry it’s been awhile. The summer is such a busy time and the last thing anyone wants to do is be stuck in a hot kitchen baking, am-I-right? However, that being said, I have found time to have a little fun and bake some goodies. My Dad is a major fan of banana. […]

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S’mores Cupcakes

Nothing screams summer like camping! And what do you want most when you are camping? S’MORES! I wanted to recreate one of my favorite treats, but in cupcake fashion. After mulling over some ideas, I came up with the idea to do a graham cracker crust, an ooey-gooey chocolate cake and a marshmallow buttercream frosting. […]

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

I had never eaten this treat prior to attempting to bake it. It feels very retro to me, which makes sense, given that I think its heyday was the 1950’s when maraschino cherries were all the rage. However, given that it’s a piece of American nostalgia and a favorite of many, I wanted to give it […]

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Lemon Meringue Pie

Hello readers! Sorry it’s been awhile…life and work just keep getting in the way…but bakes have been coming out of the kitchen. I thought I’d talk lemon meringue today. Pies aren’t my thing, as I’ve mentioned in this blog before, because I struggle with making that perfect, flaky pie crust that stands up to the […]

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Cannoli Tart

I was browsing through an article of the “50 greatest desserts of all time” and came across a recipe for a cannoli tart. I love cannoli…though they are a great pain in the keister to make sometimes. The recipe seemed simple enough and though I was lacking a tart pan (I just used a regular pie […]

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Easy Key Lime Pie

I have come to a very dangerous realization. Key Lime Pie is insanely easy to make. I’m not sure I wanted to know this. Now that I do, I fear that I will be making it ALL the time. It’s pretty much my favorite dessert of all time and last year,  I trekked to Key […]

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Baking Fails

For every successful bake I have, I have at least two unsuccessful ones. No one is perfect, least of all me. I can post all the pretty pictures of beautiful bakes I want, but the truth is…I fail more often than I succeed. Baking is a science and thus, there are so many things that […]

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Mini Pavlova

I first heard of the pavlova dessert when it was featured on the Great American Baking Show in a showstopper challenge. I thought they were so beautiful and looked incredibly yummy and of course, I wanted to try to make them. I settled on trying a “classic” pavlova (meringue, whipped cream and fresh fruit) to […]

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Irish Cream Cupcakes

I love a festive cupcake – heck, I love cupcakes for all occasions. So, even though I’m not an Irish lass, I celebrated with some green and a nip of Bailey’s to mark St. Patrick’s Day! This super moist cupcake packs a little surprise with the addition of just a few mini chocolate chips and […]

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Nestle®Buncha Crunch Oatmeal Cookies

My local grocer was having a sale on all the specialty baking products they bring in for the holidays. I got my hands on a bag of the Nestle Buncha Crunch Baking Bits. Couldn’t pass up this gem! On the back of the bag was a recipe for oatmeal cookies and I knew I just […]

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Lemon Blueberry Hamantaschen

To celebrate Purim, I always make hamantaschen…one of my favorite cookies! Much like a thumbprint cookie, these jam filled treats are a delectable dessert any day of the week or at your Purim feast. What is Purim, you ask? There was this bad dude named Haman during the ancient Persian Empire. Haman was the royal vizier […]

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Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

I had a great, good ol’ fashion sleepover with a girlfriend last weekend and she told me that the only thing I needed to bring (aside from my PJs, of course) was dessert. I wanted something quick, easy and that I could make with the ingredients in my pantry and I immediately thought of peanut […]

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