Holiday Baking

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate and Almond Witch Finger Cookies

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Happy Halloween! This October has been packed—between making moldy tarts and floating eyeballs, naked spiderweb cakes and sparkling devil’s food cakes, pumpkin patch cookies and pumpkin-shaped cakes, it’s been a month absolutely full of spooky sweets and ghoulish goodies. So what could possibly be left to make at this late date? Four words for you:…

Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

Pumpkin Bundt Cakes | From SugarHero.com

You know what I have zero interest in cooking? A pumpkin. Like a real, actual, grew-from-the-ground pumpkin. You can revoke my foodie card if you want, but I just can’t get excited about adding extra steps to my fall baking, what with the cutting and the roasting and the blending involved in making pumpkin puree…

Pumpkin Patch Shortbread

Pumpkin Patch Shortbread | From SugarHero.com

Good news! I’ve finally found a use for those mellowcreme pumpkins! You know, the cute little pumpkin shapes that are inexplicably sold with the rest of the edible Halloween candy, even though I’m pretty sure they’re made of candle wax and styrofoam and various industrial byproducts? Yeah, those. (Did I just insult half of my…

Floating Eyeball Jello Shots

Floating Eyeball Jello Shots | From SugarHero.com

I like to think that we have an unspoken understanding, you and I. Sometimes I’ll post long recipes with a lot of fiddly steps, and you probably read these while muttering to yourself, “Yeah, like I really have time to make that. I have a life, thank you, unlike some food bloggers I could name.”…

Spiderweb Naked Red Velvet Cake

Spiderweb Naked Red Velvet Cake | From SugarHero.com

Are you hip to naked cakes? Whoa there–I’m not talking about the bachelor/ette party cakes that are anatomically correct to an uncomfortable degree. I still don’t think I’m old enough to view those. No, I’m talking about the latest cake trend of leaving the outside of layer cakes unfinished, so that the layers of cake…

Devil’s Food Cake with Pumpkin Butterscotch Frosting

Devil’s Food Cake with Pumpkin Butterscotch Frosting | From SugarHero.com

A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but glittering black sugar sprinkles and sparkling orange hard candies are a girl’s best friend… That’s right, friends, it’s not all panna cotta skull graveyards and moldy tarts around here—we can do glamorous Halloween food, too! This elegant cake features contrasting black and orange layers of extra-chocolatey…

Matcha Chocolate Tarts

Matcha Chocolate Tarts | From SugarHero.com

These “Moldy” Matcha Chocolate Tarts are inspired by my husband Jason and his impeccable taste. On a trip a few years ago, we stopped by the Vosges chocolate boutique in Las Vegas and bought an assortment of truffles. They were expensive, and we are cheap people, so we decided to savor them and dole them…

Chocolate Orange Panna Cotta

Chocolate Orange Panna Cotta | from SugarHero.com

In the past decade, I’ve transformed from a person who doesn’t really care about Halloween at all to a woman whose closets contain an excess of decorative spiders, fake body parts, and pumpkin paraphernalia. I may or may not have an entire row of Halloween sprinkles in my cupboard, and I’m not saying I body-checked someone to get…

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