Cakes, Cupcakes & Brownies

Turbo Charged Brownies with Salted Caramel & Walnuts

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

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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Peach Queen Cake with Dulce de Leche Swiss Meringue Buttercream

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

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

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

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

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

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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