Cakes

Violet Velvet & Fondant Flowers

This weekend I made a violet velvet cake for a friend of a friend’s bridal shower. What is a violet velvet cake, you ask? Well, it’s just like red velvet, only it’s purple. Duh. I wish I had a picture of the cake when it was cut, because it was this deep dark purple color…

TWD: Double Apple Bundt Cake, Drenched in Deliciousness

If you were around these parts for last week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, you may recall some apple-pickin’ shenanigans that resulted in a half-bushel of apples taking up residence in my kitchen. Yes, my friends, they are still with us. [looks guiltily in the direction of the kitchen, overflowing with apples] Fortunately I’ve had a…

TWD: Summer Peach Upside-Downer

The house I grew up in had a wonderful backyard full of fruit trees, including two peach trees that produced pounds and pounds of peaches during the summer months. I took this for granted, in the way that children do, and didn’t appreciate the blessing of having so much fresh, delicious, free fruit growing at…

Things I Have Been Doing Instead of Blogging Here

I have to tell you a secret, but you have to promise to not get mad. The truth is, I make a lot of things that I never get around to blogging about. I know, shocking. It’s not that they’re not good, or that the photos didn’t turn out, it’s just that the act of…

Fun in the Sun cake

Meet Shelby. Shelby & I go way back. In fact, I knew her when she was just a twinkle in her parents’ eyes, back when I was making these butterfly cupcakes for her mom’s baby shower. Shelby & I are tight. So how else to celebrate her first birthday but with an adorable Shelby-sized cake?…

TWD: Non-Rum Non-Drenched Vanilla-Cherry Cakes

This week’s TWD recipe was for “Rum-Drenched Vanilla Cakes,” described as a pound cake soaked with vanilla-rum syrup. Now that’s all well and good, but I’m not a drinker, so I had to find something to replace the rum in the recipe. We’ve had a lot of amazing cherries around the kitchen lately, and I…

TWD: Dressy Chocolate Loafcake

This week’s TWD recipe, Dressy Chocolate Loaf Cake, got me all excited. It’s pretty much the fanciest-sounding dessert I’ve made all month. How fancy did it sound? I put on my finest petticoat and my leather kid gloves just to read the recipe. I gave myself a crink in the neck practicing holding my snooty…

Strawberry Babycake

Believe it or not, my brother’s wedding cake wasn’t the only cake I made last weekend. My other brother Ian has a (completely adorable) daughter who was turning one around the time we were all together for the wedding, so we decided to have a little party and celebrate her. Meet Madeline: What did I…

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