Category Archives: Cakes

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream Icing

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Mmmmmm, St.Patricks Day. This year, instead of sitting around and thinking about all the delicious baked goods out there with green icing and green sprinkles on them, I decided that I would take action and do a little baking myself. What’s on the menu, you ask? Double chocolate cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream Icing. Now if that doesn’t spark your fancy this St.Patricks day then you are going to be hooped! I mean, out of the loop. Continue reading


Lemon Orange Bundt Cake with Coconut Frosting

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Lemon and Orange, the perfect combination. Do you agree? Whenever I am craving something light and springy, my first thought is usually to grab something with lemon or orange zest. One thing about orange and lemon is that whenever I think about them, spring and summer come to mind. This is probably because they both grow in warmer climates. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s because oranges and lemons make me think of the pick-it-yourself trees in Santa Barbara, and that always brings a big smile to my face and reminds me of many great times! Continue reading


Whole Wheat Flour vs. White Flour

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White Flour OR Whole Wheat Flour???

If you are thinking about changing your diet, and you want to notice some big changes, I suggest you look closer at the flours that you use in your everyday baked goods. One day, while in the kitchen, I asked myself “what if I started using whole wheat flour in some of my recipes?” In an attempt to make my recipes healthier this year, I have had to start substituting certain ingredients to make them friendlier to the health conscious consumer. As I was thinking about how this would affect my baked goods, I ended doing some research into the real differences between enriched white flour and whole wheat flour. The research was eye opening. Some of the following information may effect how you bake from now on, so read carefully! Continue reading


German Chocolate Cake History and Recipe

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People are often misled by the name “German Chocolate Cake.” Many think the cake is a German specialty brought over to North America by a German immigrant, many moons ago. I am here to tell you that story is not true and that in fact, German Chocolate Cake has nothing to do with the country of Germany at all. Continue reading


Upside-Down Caramelized Pear Cake

Wow, it feels good to be back in the swing of baking! I realized yesterday that I have not posted a new recipe in over 2 months! That is one of the longest baking-free stints that I have ever experienced. “Why have you been gone so long?” You may ask.

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Red Velvet Cake Pops

Wanna be a trend setter? If you do, than these cake pops are something out of the ordinary and they are some kind of delicious! After my friend Lauren brought these to my attention, I knew that my sweets addiction would not let me forget about them until I made them. All I could think of  for several days were these cake pops. So I got to work…

I have to say, they were not as easy as I thought that they would be. It went something like this: baking 2 cakes, mixing up some cream cheese icing, mixing it all together, rolling them into little balls, freezing them, coating them with chocolate, decorating them and eating them. Wow, that was a sentence full! One thing I would do differently next time is keep them frozen up until moments before I serve them. If you don’t do this, they will thaw out and fall down the stick, making a not so pretty cake pop.

Adapted from The Velveteen Baker

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