Making Do: Buttermilk Vanilla Bean Mini Cakes

April 9th, 2013 · 14 Comments · Cakes, Recipes

Buttermilk Cupcakes with Lemon Glaze

The days are starting to fall into some semblance of a schedule, albeit a very flexibly-written one. For example, baby is in her best mood in the morning, which means I usually spend that time interacting and playing with her, since she’s at her most adorable and responsive. Afternoons are more of a mixed bag: if she’s napping well I get some time to work on things, or, more usually, clean things up. If she decides she’s not into napping, the day kind of devolves into a cycle of rocking/walking/feeding/whatever quiets baby down. As with every parent before me, I’m sure, the importance of maximizing every scrap of free time becomes utterly paramount.

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An Easter Egg Cake for Easter

March 30th, 2013 · 11 Comments · Cakes, Cookbooks, Recipes, Reviews

Chocolate Easter Egg Cake

Ok, this post is going up a little later than I wanted but at least I made it before Easter – why is it when you *have* to get a post up on time that things invariably go wonky? I wanted to share this cake that I picked out from Martha Stewart Living’s special Cakes and Cupcakes edition, as it’s so apropos for the holiday.

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A Sunshine-y Cake for Spring

March 7th, 2013 · 22 Comments · Cakes, Recipes

Triple Vanilla Cake with Meyer Lemon Curd on dessertfirstgirl.com

Thanks to everyone who commented on last week’s post with their favorite pie. I have about a hundred pie ideas to make now!

The two winners of a copy of Pieography are:

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Commenter #3, ladywild

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and commenter #6, Sarah! Congratulations! For the rest of you, remember my pie recipe is available on my site.

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Now for Something a Little Different

October 22nd, 2012 · 4 Comments · Cakes, Cookbooks, Recipes

lucky peach cake

I’m working on a full-size post (with Halloween around the corner, is everyone automatically thinking of candy in “full size” and “fun size”? and how when you were a kid, you always knew which houses gave away the full size candy bars on Halloween night?), but in the meantime here’s a little update.

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Looking for Sunshine: Apricot Crumb Coffee Cake

March 30th, 2012 · 16 Comments · Cakes, Fruit, Recipes, Reviews

apricot coffee cake

It’s been raining a lot over here. April showers have come early, or maybe they’re winter rains that lost their way. Normally I like rain, especially after a dry winter that made me think I’d forgotten the sound of rain on the roof. In typical be-careful-what-you-ask-for-fashion, I am totally re-familiarized with rain. I still like the rain, particularly when I’m inside reading a book in my favorite spot on the couch. I’m not such a big fan anymore when I have to take my apparently hydrophobic dog out three times a day and stand for about 10 minutes outside convincing her to do her business.

So I’m ready for spring. And what better harbinger of sunshine than this package of dried apricots I got on my doorstep from Enduring Sun?

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Happy Valentine’s: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Chocolate, Framboise

February 14th, 2012 · 18 Comments · Cakes, Chocolate, Recipes

molten cake unmolded

Happy Valentine’s Day! This dessert is a little brainstorm I got last weekend when I realized it was three days from Valentine’s Day and I hadn’t thought of anything to make yet. I wanted to take a classic V-day dessert and give it a little modern spin. Molten chocolate cakes came to mind…perennial lurkers on Valentine’s “romantic” menus.

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