Cakes, Cupcakes & Brownies

Fresh Cherry Cupcakes

Fresh Cherry Cupcakes

Raise your hand if you have been hoarding cherries! [raises hand] [shoves cherry in mouth, wipes fingers on jeans, raises other hand] If you’ve ever wanted to make fresh cherry or strawberry cupcakes, you’ve probably run into similar problems: the surprising lack of recipes out there with natural ingredients and real fruit. Because if it’s [...]

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Triple Chocolate Cookie Dough Brownies

Triple Chocolate Cookie Dough Brownies

I hope you get a chance to thank a serviceman or woman this Memorial Day weekend. And buy them a drink. Because there’s no such thing as too much appreciation when it comes to our veterans and service people. Our freedoms aren’t by any means free. And without those fine folks, life would look a [...]

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Chocolate Cupcakes for My Little “Balemtime”

Chocolate Valentine

“Is it Balemtime’s yet?! Can we make chocolate tweats?” I didn’t think a 4-year-old could get more excited about something that wasn’t Christmas- or dinosaur-related. But I was wrong. It’s because there’s chocolate. And Master Yoda. She is my kid, after all. Although only one of us would choose broccoli & ranch over chocolate. Spoiler: [...]

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Dinosaur Train Fondant Cupcake Toppers

Dinosaur Train Fondant Cupcake Toppers

Those are the fondant cupcake toppers from Landry’s Dinosaur Train birthday party. And the photo on the left was the inspiration for those cupcakes: Seriously, I was this close to making the “Tiny” cupcake, too (the topper on the bottom left). And the fact that I am still alive today tells you that someone in [...]

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Let’s Talk Leftovers: Cranberry Sauce Brownies

Cranberry Brownies

Have leftover cranberry sauce? Me, too. Already. In addition to the cranberry-apricot chutney that I’ve put on everything that was slow enough for me to catch, I also tested out a new port-infused cranberry sauce recipe for Thanksgiving. It was simple and boozy. And beautiful. And boozy. In trying to brain storm a way to [...]

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American Beauty Cake

The Pastry Queen's American Beauty Cake

Today is the very last Project Pastry Queen challenge. Over 2 years ago, Ashley and I met up in Austin to attend a cooking demo with The Pastry Queen, Rebecca Rather. I’d forgotten about several great recipes in the book and decided that I’d cook and bake all the way through the book. 100-ish recipes [...]

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Roasted Cherry Brownie Sundaes

Roast Cherry Brownie Sundaes

Has any single pound of cherries ever been so decadent? I’m not so sure. And I’m not so sure it should ever be again. The hardest part of buying cherries is not polishing off the entire bag before you even get to your bookmarked recipes. It’s a difficult race to pit the cherries fast enough [...]

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Roasted Cherry Chocolate Cake

Roasted Cherry Chocolate Cake

This week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe was selected by Amanda of Homekeeping Adventures: Mahogany Cake. What you’re looking at up there, that’s not really a Mahogany Cake. Mahogany cakes usually have coffee or espresso and I skipped on the coffee this week. Because I was excited that I could afford fresh cherries! And I got [...]

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