Holiday Baking

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…

Apple Cider Fritters

Apple Cider Fritters | From SugarHero.com

Bless me, readers, for I have sinned. It has been only four days since my last doughnut post, and I have again deep-fried dough for this blog. Forgive me. Forgive me for making these apple cider fritters, so tender on the inside, crisp on the outside, dripping with apple cider glaze and bursting with caramelized…

Pumpkin Bread Truffles

Pumpkin Bread Truffles | From SugarHero.com

It’s October 1st! (Cue the clichéd “oh where does the time go” monologue.) I am officially putting away the pastel food coloring and ice cream maker, and busting open the industrial-sized can of pumpkin puree. Since pumpkins are the undeniable star of October food and decor, it seemed only appropriate to start my love letter to fall…

Easter Cake Push Pops

Easter Cake Push Pops | SugarHero.com

First of all, thank you all so much for the kind words when I indulged in some navel-gazing in my last post. It was really reassuring to hear that everyone wrestles with the same questions about writing for others versus writing for yourself, and it sounds like we’ve all come to similar conclusions. (Besides, who even wants…

Easter Polka Dot Cake

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My parents were in town last week for my son’s birthday party, so they were around when I was making and photographing some SugarHero desserts. When my mom walked into the kitchen and saw this cake, she stopped, smiled and said, “Oh honey, everything you make is so—” A pause. What was she going to…

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