Cakes, Cupcakes & Brownies

Molten Chocolate Cakes

February 11, 2011
Individual Molten Chocolate Cakes

This is the final recipe of two weeks of Valentine’s Day chocolatey desserts. And, personally, I think we saved the best for last (although the Dark Chocolate Mousse is a very, very close second). The people who have opinions on these sorts of things say that molten chocolate cakes (or chocolate lava cakes… whatever you [...]

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Red Velvet Cupcakes and Cream Cheese Frosting

February 10, 2011
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

How perfect are red velvet cupcakes for Valentine’s Day? They’re strikingly dark red, the color of love. And not coincidentally, the color of food coloring I’ve tried other recipes but I still always come back to The Pastry Queen’s cupcake as my favorite. It’s the way a buttermilk cake is supposed to be: moist, tender, [...]

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Black & White Angel Food Cake

February 4, 2011
Black and White Angel Food Cake

We interrupt your regularly scheduled rich & decadent chocolate desserts with something lighter: a pretty angel food cake. Half vanilla, half chocolate. My favorite part of this cake is that each slice of cake comes with a surprise: what will the chocolate layer look like in this slice? Angel food cake is one of those [...]

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Chocolate Overdose Cake

February 1, 2011
Chocolate Overdose Cake

The name says it all. A rich brownie base topped with an indulgent mousse layer, topped with chocolate cake, covered and decorated with ganache. It’s chocolate-filled chocolate, covered in chocolate. With almost 2 lbs of melted chocolate, Happy Valentine’s Day, indeed! Get the recipe!

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Tiramisu Cupcakes

January 4, 2011
Tiramisu Cupcakes

When we go to a new Italian place, my husband always orders lasagna for dinner and I always order the Tiramisu for dessert. It’s our way of testing the waters: if they can’t get those two things right, we don’t go back My favorite Tiramisu (and my husband’s favorite lasagna) is at Patrenella’s on Jackson [...]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

June 6, 2010
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

I don’t have a whole lot to say so I’ll stick to the facts: I like chocolate cake. Cook’s Illustrated Chocolate Cake is one of my favorites. If I’ve ever made a chocolate cake for you, that’s the recipe I always use. This recipe uses sour cream and makes a very dutch cocoa-y, incredibly moist [...]

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Blackberry-Lemon Buttermilk Cake

May 23, 2010
Blackberry-Lemon Buttermilk Cake

About a year ago, I flipped passed a recipe for Raspberry Buttermilk Cake in Gourmet. It wasn’t really my kind of cake. 1 layer? No frosting? No thanks. And then I found myself with a mountain of blackberries and few new ideas so I gave the cake a chance. I love the simplicity of this [...]

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Blackberry Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream Frosting

May 12, 2010
Blackberry Cupcakes

Growing up, blackberries grew wild in the wooded area across the street and all along our fence line. My mom would send my sister and I outside with a couple of bowls and a job – step 1 for blackberry cobbler. Warm blackberry cobbler with a melty scoop of Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla on top [...]

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