Chocolate Espresso Dacquoise

  For this week’s technical challenge (a little GBBO reference for all you fans out there), I decided to commit to trying something I’ve never made before. A dacquoise. Not unlike many of the technical challenges I’ve seen, I’ve had experience with particular elements of the dacquoise, but I’ve never put them all together. To […]

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Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

For an Easter dessert, I wanted to create a yummy, sweet treat to serve after supper. I have made olive oil cakes before, but never a chocolate version. I’ve had a subscription to Bake From Scratch magazine for awhile now and I had come across a chocolate olive oil recipe that I had set aside […]

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Best Banana Bread

I had heard tell of Chrissy Teigen’s Banana Bread recipe thanks to her antics on Twitter a couple years back (I wish I lived in the LA area so that I could be trading ripe bananas for John Legend’s underwear, LOL).  Then, more recently, I had seen her trade some of her famous banana bread […]

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Baby Shower Cupcakes

Recently, we celebrated a happy occasion – the upcoming birth of a baby boy! – for one of my co-workers. I actually scoured local Michael’s, Targets, and Wal-Marts for baby themed cupcake toppers (didn’t have time to order anything online) and when I couldn’t find anything in stores (I mean nothing…not even a rattle mold, […]

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Take-Home Chocolate Cake

I was in Barnes & Noble the other day (I know, how quaint, right? I actually like to buy books IN the bookstore…RIP bookstores) and I saw this beautiful cookbook called Sweet. I knew I had to have it based on the cover alone (yep, I judged it by its cover…and I’m glad I did). […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Apple Crumble (aka French Apple Pie)

With all the snow blanketing New England, I felt the need for a warm, homey slice of apple pie. New Englanders will tell you that apples are “out of season”, but really, with produce shipped in from all over…you can get great quality apples no matter the time of year and, personally, I think a […]

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“Where The Wild Things Are” Cupcakes

My beautiful and wonderful best friend just recently had her first child – a gorgeous baby boy whom she named Maddox…”Max” for short. For her shower, her very creative (and very talented in their own right), MIL and step-MIL hosted a Where The Wild Things Are themed event. Her step-MIL sent me a note and […]

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