Cakes, Cupcakes & Brownies

Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies

November 30, 2011
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

October 2, 2011
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

September 23, 2011
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

September 21, 2011
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

September 14, 2011
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

September 13, 2011
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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Turbo Charged Brownies with Salted Caramel & Walnuts

August 8, 2011
Turbo Charged Brownies with Salted Caramel and Walnuts

That’s a big title for a dessert with big flavors. This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was selected by Tara of Smells Like Home: Turbo Charged Brownies with Praline Topping. The brownies are moist, light and fluffy. They’re not overly dense or fudgey, which is how I typically like my brownies. They have just a [...]

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Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

August 5, 2011
Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

If I had to describe these dulce de leche cupcakes in a single word, I’d have to go with, “excessive.” Excessively sweet. Excessively named. (No really, look at the recipe title below. That’s 11 words.) Excessively indulgent. Excessively delicious, if there were such a thing. We’ve been on a toothache-inducing dulce de leche kick lately, [...]

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