Cakes, Cupcakes & Brownies

Peach Queen Cake with Dulce de Leche Swiss Meringue Buttercream

July 24, 2011
Peach Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting

It’s my turn to host Project Pastry Queen this week so I picked cake. But that’s not just any cake, that’s a birthday cake! A 50 something-th birthday cake for the man who made sure that I knew more about football at 11 than most grown men. The man who searched the entire neighborhood for [...]

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Buttermilk Cake with Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream

July 10, 2011
Buttermilk Cake with Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting

This week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe was selected by Beth of Powdered Plum – White on White Buttermilk Cake with Jack Daniels Buttercream. It’s a moist white cake topped with a whiskey-spiked Italian meringue-style buttercream frosting. I didn’t have any Jack Daniels so I went in a different direction: – I only made half the [...]

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Citrusy Angel Food Cake

May 25, 2011
Citrusy Angel Food Cake

I’ve never been that big a fan of angel food cake. Not much flavor, weird spongey texture, and it’s usually too dry. Or worse, gummy. My favorite part of angel food cake is usually whatever is served on top Whipped cream, a big spoonful of berry sauce, or lemon curd. But I think I have [...]

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Salted Caramel Brownies

April 17, 2011

This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was hosted by Beth of Powdered Plum: Caramel Filled Brownies I have purposely flipped passed this recipe for all the years that I’ve had this cookbook. The picture in the cookbook is of a stack of fudgey, gooey brownies in a drippy caramel mess. My reaction has always been [...]

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Strawberry Ricotta Cake and Scott’s Strawberry Sauce

April 10, 2011
Strawberry Ricotta Cake with Scott's Strawberry Sauce

Amanda chose this week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge, Strawberry Ricotta Cake. A trifle of angel food cake and a sweet ricotta filling, covered in whipped frosting and sliced strawberries. I have no idea how I’ve skipped over this recipe the countless times I’ve flipped through the book… but I heard angels singing the second I [...]

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Toffee Bar Brownie Torte

March 27, 2011
Toffee Bar Brownie Torte

This 4-layer, fun-sized insanity was Sarah’s selection for this week’s Project Pastry Queen Challenge: Toffee Bar Brownie Torte. Chocolate. Espresso. Mascarpone. Heavy whipping cream. I feel like I’m forgetting something. Oh yeah. Almost an entire package of fun-sized Heath Bars. As published, the recipe yields the Texas-sized dessert we’ve come to expect from The Pastry [...]

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Quick Buttercream Frosting

March 24, 2011

My favorite frosting is Swiss Meringue Buttercream. It’s velvety smooth and beautifully balanced – if you ever find yourself craving a frosting that’s not “too sweet,” that’s the one you want to make. Swiss Meringue Buttercream can be a tad fickle – I’ve had frosting that comes together in perfect time and then I’ve had [...]

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies

March 22, 2011
Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies

What’s better than a warm, fudgey brownie? A warm fudgey brownie with a kick, covered in ganache. I’m not usually about messin’ around with brownies. Hold the nuts. Hold the fuss. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make perfect even better I took our favorite basic brownie recipe and added a hefty dose of ground [...]

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