Cakes, Cupcakes & Brownies

Glazed Lemon-Cranberry Loaf Cake

Glazed Lemon-Cranberry Loaf Cake

Merry Christmas, y’all! My week to host Project Pastry Queen fell during Christmas so I picked the most Christmasy recipe I could find: Glazed Lemon-Cranberry Loaf Cake. It’s “just” a small loaf cake scented with lemon zest, studded with fresh cranberries, and topped with a lemon syrup that soaks into the cake. I brought the [...]

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Peppermint Frosted Brownies

Peppermint Frosted Brownies

One last Christmas treat. Just one, I promise! Because by the time you read this, I’ll very likely be running around like a crazy woman just before our trip to Indianapolis to see the Texans & Colts play. A trip that heavily relies on the weather to keep us from celebrating Christmas snowed-in in an [...]

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Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies

Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies

I love chocolate with just about anything. With peanut butter, with cherries, with sea salt, with caramel, and with dulce de leche. With bacon. The chocolate + mint combo doesn’t usually send me running for the kitchen but there’s just something about this time of year that temporarily wins me over. It’s 70 degrees today [...]

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Tuxedo Cake

Tuxedo Cake

It’s my turn to host Project Pastry Queen so I chose the very first recipe that I ever baked from the book – the reason I bought the book – the Tuxedo Cake. People have always gone nuts over this cake, even before taking a bite into it. The mile high cake, the fluffy white [...]

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

I know, right? Pumpkin, cream cheese, and fall spices swirled into a moist, chocolatey brownie. Pumpkin cheesecake swirl. Oh, yes. The brownie base is actually my new favorite brownie recipe. It’s a little less fudge-like than I’d normally go for but it’s still on the dense-and-fudgey end of the spectrum. It gets its deep, chocolatey [...]

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Bananas Foster Shortcake

Bananas Foster Shortcakes

For last week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge, the group baked up some Bananas Foster Shortcakes, while I stood by staring at the bunch of neon green bananas on my counter. I have never seen bananas so green! And in typical banana fashion, two days later they were almost too ripe to use. This dish is [...]

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How to fix Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting

How to fix Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting

Before today, I’d copy & paste an FAQ at the bottom of each recipe on this site that called for Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Because as amazingly fluffy and decadent as Swiss Meringue Buttercream is, it’s also the problem child of frostings. That FAQ had a couple of tips to “rescue” a broken swiss meringue buttercream, [...]

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Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cupcakes

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes

I’ve purchased a few bags of cherries this season but you probably wouldn’t know it. The Toddler and I are big fans of just eating them straight out of the bag. But what we did actually cook with, none of those recipes made it to our blog. Oh, they were good (especially the cherry margarita!). [...]

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