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April 4, 2020

Last week I bought sour cream intending to use it for a cheesecake recipe. While I did made a cheesecake, I ended up using a recipe that didn't call for sour cream.... poor planning on my part. Anyway... I was determined to use that sour cream for something else becaus...

April 26, 2019

What you need: Makes 1 9-inch round cake

For the Carrot Cake:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (measured via spoon and level method)

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 10...

December 2, 2017

What you need:

  • 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus melted butter for brushing

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 6 ounces dark chocolate (70 percent cacao), chopped

  • 3 tablespoons creamy p...

November 9, 2017

The perfect combination of pumpkin pie and cheesecake to satisfy all your pre-thanksgiving desires. 

What you need: Makes 1 9-inch cheesecake


  • 1 1/4 cup graham crackers & ginger snaps crumbs

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 

  • 1/4 cup melt...

September 13, 2017

It was a good thing we gave most of our figs away before I made this recipe because I would have made 10 more if I could. Just like our surplus of plums and tomatoes, it was finally fig time. A year ago I would have ignored this recipe because I was not a fan of figs,...

July 24, 2017

This recipe has come to be one of my favorite and fastest cake recipes. We have a plum tree in our yard and after a while eating plum after plum can get tiring. I needed to make eating plums more fun! I make this about five times when our plum tree is full, yet I still...

July 16, 2017

 It was my parents anniversary today and of course I had to make them something, and what is more perfect than a cake! Since my dad really likes lemon I first thought about making a lemon tart or lemon bars but then I remembered this cake recipe. What I liked so much a...

July 5, 2017

This was one of two cakes I made for my grandmas birthday, the other was a chocolate raspberry cake. I baked the cake in two 8-inch pans and then cut them in half and filled with swiss meringue buttercream. When I made this I didn't have access to a stand mixer so I ha...

July 2, 2017

What you need:

For the cake:

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 lar...

June 27, 2017

As you can see from my previous post – apricot pistachio bars – I still have an box of apricots in my house that need to be used. This cake is great to eat with coffee in the morning or with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert. While the apricots do look prett...

May 19, 2017

I was given the request of making a cake for my mom's birthday, and of course I had to accept the offer. However she didn't want just one nice big chocolate cake, she wanted two cakes, one chocolate and the other coconut. She was being nice and thinking about other gue...

May 15, 2017

I wanted to make a simple dessert for Mothers Day but I didn't want to just make cookies or brownies. I decided to make a naked cake because it still has that special event appeal that a birthday cake would have, yet it has less frosting. Seeing the layers of the cake...

April 17, 2017

As per usual, I decided to make a dessert for an upcoming holiday– Easter. I thought of making a variety of cookies and then I realized that carrot cake would be perfect. You know the Easter "bunny" eats carrots, and a dessert that incorporated that would fit the theme...

April 14, 2017

Ever since I had my first s'more cupcake at Kara's Cupcakes, I was in love. I'm pretty sure one summer I got one every week, that is how obsessed I was. Here I am a few years later recreating that cupcake and I have to say it was a success. Normally s'more are somethin...

April 1, 2017

What you need:

For the cake:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened

  • 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 4 eggs or 6 egg whites*

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 2 and 3/4 cups cake flour **

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ...
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