Chocolate Pistachio Cake

This chocolate pistachio cake is a dense, moist treat that’s adapted from my grandmother’s “famous” recipe. I haven’t had a ton of family recipes passed down to me. When I was growing up, one of the most requested recipes was my Grandma Zelda’s pistachio cake. It was this beautiful loaf cake with a layer of green-tinted pistachio cake on the bottom and decadent chocolate cake on top. The cake was rich, moist and we begged her for it at every occasion.

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Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes – These rich chocolate cupcakes are topped with a light meringue-based cherry buttercream. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Does this old saying count if I’m fooled by two separate people at the same time? I learned some hard lessons about myself and about other people late last year and I’m still struggling to make sense of it all. The internet is creating this detached universe where we nurture artificial long distance friendships instead of focusing

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Super Moist Pineapple Cake

This Pineapple Cake needs no frosting (though it’s amazing with freshly whipped cream). It’s soft, eggy and delicate. When I first began making layer cakes, I was a nervous wreck. They used to scare me to death because I was always worried about messing up. But overtime with patience and practice I grew more comfortable with the process. Now, I actually really love making layer cakes with buttercream (there are links to several at the bottom of this post). The

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Pumpkin Spiced Buttermilk Layer Cake with Maple Buttercream

This Pumpkin Spiced Buttermilk Layer Cake with Maple Buttercream is a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving or Christmas! I’ve never been very good at creating a work/life balance. It was easy when I worked for someone else. Every week, 40 hours were spent mostly sitting in front of a desk with breaks for lunch and meetings. Now that I work for myself, my weekdays and weekends are very similar. My mornings and evenings are very similar. I space out the work, but it’s

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Peach Bourbon Cupcakes

Summer peaches, boozy buttercream… what more does one need in a cupcake? You NEED these Peach Bourbon Cupcakes! I have always had a very difficult time with jet lag. It was a struggle for Jeff and I early in our relationship. We both love to travel and took several international trips together before getting married. He’s the type of traveler I always wanted to be; he can hop off a red eye flight, force himself to stay awake after we land and then wake

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Fromage Blanc Cake with Berry Compote

This Fromage Blanc Cake (aka yogurt cake) is similar in taste and consistency to pound cake but much easier to prepare! Berry compote adds a seasonal touch. I was first introduced to fromage blanc at culinary school. It sounds so fancy, doesn’t it? Before anyone gets all huffy with me for using fussy ingredients, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Fromage blanc is basically French yogurt. This is yogurt cake. And you know what else? It’s really easy to make.

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Vanilla Cream Cakes

These mini Vanilla Cream Cakes are a soft, dense and perfectly portioned dessert. Hello, I’m Jen Farley and I’m a sugar addict. If you’ve been following along with my journey this year you are probably aware of my struggle to find a balance between working full time as a food blogger and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In January I went on a five day juice detox and then began transitioning to an 80/20 paleo lifestyle. I started writing a column over

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Eggnog Poundcake with Rum Glaze

This  heavenly eggnog cake is a perfect dessert for Christmas! I’m a bit late getting this recipe to you. It’s unfortunate because this eggnog cake is a perfect dessert for Christmas. Alas, vacation has been distracting and my blog has taken a backseat. The good news is that this cake will also be a fabulous addition to any New Years Eve party! 

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Mini Dark Chocolate Chambord Bundt Cakes

These Mini Dark Chocolate Chambord Bundt Cakes are so rich and velvety you’ll only need a few bites to satisfy your sweet tooth! Watching your loved one in pain is one of the most helpless feelings in the world. The good news is that Jeff’s neck surgery was a success and he is on the road to recovery. It’s an uphill battle from this point forward. But the week has been absolutely exhausting. I can’t even express how touched I

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Cardamom Vanilla Bean Layer Cake

This is a delicious twist on your classic vanilla cake. Cardamom has a heavenly scent that will make your kitchen smell wonderful! My two absolute favorite spices are cardamom and vanilla. How it has taken me this long to combine them into a cake is beyond me. This cardamom vanilla bean layer cake has so much vanilla in it you can see the seeds speckled throughout both the cake and the Italian meringue buttercream frosting. 

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