You’re going to love this decadent Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake. No stand mixer required! Blood oranges add a beautiful visual element, but regular oranges can easily be substituted. When I received blood oranges in my farm box last week, I immediately knew I wanted to bake a cake. Lately I’ve been opting for more simple recipes– classics like bread pudding, tomato bisque, and chili. However, when I see blood oranges, I always love to think outside the box. Why
This foolproof, easy bread pudding is made using kitchen staples: bread, eggs, butter, cream, cinnamon, vanilla and raisins. The results are buttery but not too heavy. It’s a classic dessert that’s great for parties! I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but I technically only prepared bread pudding from scratch for the first time a few months ago. I say technically because once I got started on this recipe, I realized it was almost identical to the baked French toast variations
These moist, dark chocolate cupcakes are incredibly soft and rich without being overly sweet. Chocolate meringue buttercream frosting keeps them from feeling heavy, making these a wonderful romantic dessert option for Valentine’s Day, or for any special occasion! While I love experimenting with creative desserts, chocolate cake is a classic recipe that I never grow tired of baking. My chocolate espresso layer cake continues to be a favorite. The great thing about cupcakes is that they come together faster than
This Rum Cake Recipe is made completely using from scratch ingredients (no mixes!) and is then SOAKED in a dark rum butter syrup that keeps it incredibly moist and bursting with rum flavor. While it’s perfect for serving all year, this rum soaked cake will be an absolute show stopper at holiday gatherings. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Bermuda. We were lucky enough to stay at a gorgeous resort called The Reefs, with one of
This decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake has a chocolate graham cracker crust, peanut butter filling, and a bittersweet chocolate ganache topping. I’m always a big fan of chocolate and peanut butter together. This cheesecake is no exception. There’s something about the combination that’s absolutely perfect, in my opinion. I often find cheesecake heavy, so I prefer using a 10-inch springform and making a thinner cake. I also use sour cream to lighten up the texture of filling and make it less
Salted Caramel Apple Cake is a perfect fall treat! No stand mixer is required for the cake, which makes it a great option for novice bakers. A few weeks ago, I was on a retreat in Columbus with some friends, and we stopped at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. It was insanely good, and I’m excited to see that she’s planning to open up a shop in DC soon. While I was there, I sampled a ton of flavors. One of
This Sour Cream Coffee Cake is incredibly soft and moist! It comes together in no time, and is perfect for parties. Growing up, there were a few baked goods I didn’t like. More accurately, I thought I disliked them because I had only tasted poorly made versions. Coffee cake is a perfect example. As far as I can remember, the first coffee cake I tried was one of those boxed grocery store varieties with the see-through top. The cloying white
Chocolate Malt Layer Cake is dense, moist and totally decadent. Chopped malted milk balls add flavor and crunch. You need this dessert! There are many sweet flavor pairings I adore, and chocolate + malt is right at the top of that list. Maybe it’s the nostalgia factor, because I can still clearly remember the first time I tried malted milk balls in the fifth grade. There’s something about childhood food memories that makes the flavors taste that much better, you
These Vanilla Maple Whiskey Cupcakes are a boozy delight, with a buttery maple center and a vanilla whiskey buttercream. I often get questions about my boozy desserts. Can the alcohol be removed? Is this ok for a child’s birthday party? (That’s my favorite). Since alcohol plays such a prominent role in these vanilla maple whiskey cupcakes, I figured it might be a good topic for discussion.
You’re going to love this decadent chocolate cake with macerated strawberries! Talk about a special treat for your next dinner party. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! California Strawberries asked me to created a classic, decadent chocolate layer cake that was bursting with fresh berries. How could I say no to that? If you’re looking for a showstopper, look no further. This cake isn’t just perfect for February 14th. It’s perfect all year round for chocolate and strawberry lovers.