Easter Nest Cake

Easter has really snuck up on me this year! I like it when it’s toward the end of April, so I have plenty of time to get out the decorations, dye eggs, buy fun things for baskets, eat lots of Cadbury mini eggs…okay, mostly I’m concerned with that last one. When it’s in the beginning of April, like it is this year, I always feel like I’m scrambling (and failing) to keep up.

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There’s a lot going on behind the scenes right now, including working on a major site redesign. This isn’t like all of those other times I talked about a site redesign (oh, endless optimism of my past youth)—this is currently in-progress and is really really happening. It’s super exciting, and I cannot wait for you all to see it and experience the major improvements yourselves. Unfortunately there’s still a lot of work to be done, so I’m trying to balance (boring) computer stuff with (fun and delicious) baking and blogging stuff. You can tell where my heart lies in this debate!

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Creme Brulee Doughnuts

I first tried crème brulee doughnuts on a trip to New York City’s Doughnut Plant a few years ago. This would be the same Doughnut Plant trip where Jason & I bought 6 (or was it 8? Definitely no more than 10) doughnuts and ate them all ourselves…in one morning. In our defense, it’s a scientific fact that fresh doughnut smell weakens willpower and lowers defenses. I’ve heard interrogators use doughnut air fresheners to get people to start talking.

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We tried a lot of delicious things from the Doughnut Plant (see above re: pigging out) but our hands-down favorite was the crème brulee doughnut. One bite and I was hooked! I’m usually a chocolate girl, but there’s no need for chocolate in this doughnut. It’s all about the smooth vanilla pastry cream, the fluffy dough, and the ultra-crispy layer of deeply caramelized sugar on top that crackles and breaks into shards when you take a bite.

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Rainbow in the Clouds Cake

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We’ve done the green foods thing. We’ve done the other green foods thing. We don’t mess with corned beef, potatoes, or cabbage of any sort around here, so the only thing left to do to get us in the St. Paddy’s Day spirit must be a rainbow dessert!

Okay, fine, if I must. Twist my arm already. It’s not like I’m obsessed with rainbow desserts or anything….oh wait.

Rainbow in the Clouds Cake - with rainbow buttercream and fluffy cloud frosting | From SugarHero.com

This time around, I’m leaving the cake alone—no more bazillion layers of multi-colored cake for me. Instead, this is a “Rainbow in the Clouds” cake, with swirls of cloud-like vanilla meringue frosting, layers of fluffy yellow cake, and a surprise rainbow of gorgeous multi-colored buttercream frosting hiding between each cake layer.

Rainbow in the Clouds Cake - with rainbow buttercream and fluffy cloud frosting | From SugarHero.com

Fresh Mint Grasshopper Pie

Fresh Mint Grasshopper Pie | From SugarHero.com

I’ve got your perfect Friday night right here. Check the ingredients: 1. You, relaxing in comfy loungewear after a long day of [insert your noble profession here] 2. A piping hot pizza with plenty of crushed red peppers on top 3. Your entertainment of choice—might I suggest Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? 4. A big slice of…

Pistachio Orange Cake

Pistachio Orange Cake | From SugarHero.com

Because it’s almost spring. Because St. Patrick’s Day is next week. Because we could all use a mid-week pick-me-up. Because I can’t stop buying bags of pistachios. Because you never really need a reason for a beautiful layer cake. For these and many more reasons, say hello to Pistachio Orange Cake! I know layer cakes…

Mascarpone Rhubarb Stuffed French Toast

Mascarpone Rhubarb Stuffed French Toast | From SugarHero.com

Oh Friday, it’s so good to see you. It’s been a rough week. My son—overachiever that he is—is apparently getting an A in Germ Theory at preschool, because he managed to contract both Scarlet Fever and one of those weird toddler viruses at the same time. He’s been a coughing, congested, rashy, hive-y, fevery mess for…

Salted Honey Walnut Bars

Salted Honey Walnut Bars | From SugarHero.com

Are you on board the salted honey train? Thinking about hopping off? In the dining car, reading a newspaper and looking dapper? Or are you in favor of salted honey but tired of tortured food metaphors? Whatever your position on the salted honey trend, I hope you’re open to one more variation on the theme. You…

Beyond Truffles: Four Fantastic Ways to Use Ganache

Four Fantastic Ways to Use Ganache | From SugarHero.com

Thank you to HP for sponsoring this post. Today’s an extra-special day here at SugarHero HQ. For one thing, it’s Friday (yesssssssss!) and for another, today I get to share not one, but four (actually, FIVE!) chocolate recipes with you. Stellar, right? So let’s gorge ourselves on chocolate loveliness before collapsing slack-jawed in front of…

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