Radiant Orchid Mini Cakes

The first thing you should know about me is that I am NOT a design geek or decorating enthusiast. We moved into our current place four years ago, and I literally just hung some art in the living room a few months ago. Before that, we lived with bare walls painted a charming industrial beige. Apparently I save all of my creativity for the world of cakes, because my poor apartment is not getting any decorating love.

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The second thing you should know about me is that I have been obsessed with the idea of making cakes inspired by Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, for months now.* It is a shock that I even know what Pantone is, so I cannot rationally explain how I knew what the color of the year was, or why I was driven to make Radiant Orchid cakes. And what color is Radiant Orchid, you ask? Well, it’s certainly not industrial beige:

Radiant Orchid Mini Cakes | From SugarHero.comSnaps to Trader Joe’s for having orchids in exactly the right color. Awwww yeah.

Honestly, I don’t know what planted the bug in my head. Maybe I was sleep-Pinteresting (hush, you know you’ve done it too) and accidentally clicked on a design blog? All I know is, I saw the bright pinkish purple color, heard the words “Radiant Orchid,” and immediately had to buy all the purple food dye (and nail polish!) I could find.

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Banana Bread Tiramisu

I love banana bread. I love tiramisu. I love making recipes with a bajillion components (although I kind of hating writing out those long recipes…sigh). I really love putting on my fancy pants and going to town with frou-frou decorations. So obviously, these banana bread tiramisus in edible chocolate wrappers are basically my own culinary Mr. Darcy. (Colin Firth version, natch.)

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And yes, you read that right. Banana bread tiramisu. These gorgeous desserts have:

1. Homemade banana bread, soaked in…
2. Dulce de leche soaking syrup, topped with…
3. Caramelized bananas, covered with….
4. Mascarpone cream, finished with…
5. Whipped cream, chocolate pearls, and an edible chocolate shell around the entire thing!

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They’re not for the faint of heart, but they are for all lovers of banana bread, creamy dessert enthusiasts, fearless culinary adventurers, aspiring pastry super stars, and/or those with a lot of time on their hands who prefer cooking projects to sensible hobbies like knitting. (I hear that.)

Chocolate Raspberry Almond Truffle Tart

You guys. It has been so long since I’ve made a chocolate dessert. And by “so long” I mean almost 3 weeks. Sugar heroes cannot live on giant cakes and churros and strawberry bars alone. We need our chocolate too! Consider this Chocolate Raspberry Almond Truffle Tart my humble apology to chocolate. I’m sorry for the neglect. Let’s never fight again.

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I can’t think of a better way to welcome chocolate back to the blog than with this tart! It has a crispy chocolate shortbread crust, with a dense, gooey chocolate truffle filling packed with almond flavor, fresh raspberries, and melty pockets of white chocolate chunks. Since I’m opposed to tart nudity, I topped it with whipped cream, more fresh berries, sliced almonds, and a healthy sprinkle of powdered sugar.

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Let us all take a moment to admire Jason’s hand modeling and sugar sprinkling skills. So glad I listened to my mom when she told me not to marry for money, but to marry for hands instead.

Strawberry Basil Crumb Bars

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I love basil, which is why I have committed to never owning another basil plant. It’s just too painful to watch them enter the house with bright hopes and green leaves, only to see them quickly wither and die under my not-so-watchful eye. I have the best of intentions, I do…but maybe potted basil +…

Exploding Cupcakes

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You know what the Fourth of July needs? More exploding food. We have lots of grilled meat. Plenty of fresh fruit. Loads of lemonade. And heaven knows we don’t need any more ridiculously tall desserts in our lives. But…exploding food? Yeah, I could do with more of that. I’m here to solve all of your not-having-enough-exploding-food-dilemmas. (File…

Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Thank you to Yahoo Food for sponsoring this post and giveaway! It’s time to give churros a makeover. Obviously, as a fried dough enthusiast, I’m fond of them. They’re comforting and familiar and taste like my childhood—warm summer days spent at amusement parks, eating churros between bites of cotton candy and caramel apples. (I was…

American Flag Layer Cake for the Fourth of July

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Last year I only posted one measly Fourth of July recipe on SugarHero. Boooo! Why so skimpy on the patriotic desserts, SugarHero? This year I wanted to make up for that omission, so I decided to go big…really really big. Is there a better way to celebrate our country than with a larger-than-life American flag…

Spicy Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Helloooo, long-lost chums! I just got back from a week in New York City. It was 75% work, 25% play, and 100% humidity fun. (Seriously, though, can we talk about the humidity? I had unsightly sweat stains and Sideshow Bob hair the entire time. NYC, you are not messing around, and for those of you…

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