Red Velvet Cake

Last weekend I made a large Red Velvet cake for a friend’s milestone birthday.

The Daring Bakers Challenge: Opera Cakes

May was my first month as part of the Daring Bakers group, and what an introduction! Our challenge this month was to make an opera cake. Opera cakes usually involve thin layers of sponge cake alternating with chocolate or coffee buttercream and mousse, but the challenge specified “no dark colors or flavors,” so I decided…

Chocolate-Orange Petit Fours

I devised this recipe for a recipe contest sponsored by Green & Black’s Chocolate. I gave them awesome chocolate-orange cakes, they gave me the proverbial hand. Now I give YOU the recipe, in the hopes that you will appreciate it more than they did. The rules were that entrants could only use five ingredients, and…

Let’s All Eat Cake

Last week was Cake Week at work: I had just a few days to create and design a new cake menu for our wholesale and catering books. We’ll still do lots of custom cakes, but these are our new standard offerings, with apologies for the poor lighting and ugly set-up: Carrot cake Triple Chocolate Coconut…

Gooey Chocolate-Caramel Bars

I made these awesome soft caramels last week, and after making the Girl Scout cookies I still had almost a pound of caramels left over. An upcoming potluck was the perfect excuse to put this caramel to good use. I made a decadent flourless chocolate cake base, topped it with softened caramel, and finished the…

Pudding with your cake?

I was creating a tutorial on using chocolate transfer sheets for the website yesterday, so I made a little cake to demonstrate on. Since it was only for show I didn’t want to spend much time making it, so I used a cake mix and a new easy frosting recipe. (Side note: not to be…

These are a few of my favorite things

This is one of my favorite things I have made recently…maybe ever: It’s not much to look at, but it tastes fantastic. It’s an apple caramel trifle: layers of spice cake, creamy caramel sauce, ginger-cinnamon pastry cream, and caramelized apples cooked down so that they barely held their shape. Topped with whipped cream (of course)….

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Jason & I enjoyed our first Thanksgiving alone this year, which was seriously fantastic. Since I had to work the day before and the day after, we figured traveling or hosting would be too overwhelming. In addition to the obvious benefits of not having hosting duties (didn’t shower till 2pm, yesssss) I was also free…

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