Cakes, Cupcakes & Brownies

Quick Buttercream Frosting

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

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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Molten Chocolate Cakes

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

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

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

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

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

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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