TWD: All-in-One Holiday Bundt Cake

Dear Inventor of the Bundt Cake Mold, What is the deal with all of the ridges? Why would you purposely create more nooks and crannies for my poor cake to stick to? If I wanted to spend an hour scraping cake from the inside of a pan and then painstakingly cleaning it with a toothbrush,…

Beach Baby Shower Cake

We are still in the midst of baby shower season around here, and the most recent honoree was my friend Meghan. Her shower had a beach theme (perfect for our warm LA winters!) so I made her a seashore cake to celebrate. I found a great seashell candy mold at Michael’s that had 5 different…

Molasses Cookies and DSLR Camera Recommendations

Oh friends, I have a serious problem. My beloved digital camera, she of ancient years, scratched body, and pitiful megapixels, has finally bitten the dust. She has been on all my vacations, been present at weddings and funerals, and taken thousands of food photographs. A moment of silence, please. At first I was not too…

TWD: Apple Cranberry Crisp

This week’s TWD pick, Apple Cranberry Crisp, was just about perfect. Juicy chunks of Honeycrisp apples (my fave!), tart fresh cranberries, and a streusel topping packed with coconut and ginger. It practically screamed EAT ME. Yes, it was aaaalmost perfect… But it was missing something: That’s better! What’s a warm fruit crisp without a big…

Healthy Cookies–Not Quite An Oxymoron

It may not be obvious to readers of this blog, but I am actually something of a Sporty Spice in real life. I love making and photographing and writing about pastries, so that’s what I focus on in this little world, but as the saying goes, woman cannot live on butter and sugar alone…or at…

TWD Brownie-Cherry Torte and DB’s Macarons, oh my

It has finally happened…the perfect storm of blog posting. Two of the baking groups I belong to, Tuesdays with Dorie and The Daring Bakers, have challenges that have to be posted today. As George Costanza would say, “worlds are colliding!” So rather than make 2 separate posts, today’s blog will be a super-duper-mega-big post about…

TWD: Allspice Crumb Muffins

These Allspice Crumb Muffins looked great, but they really, really did not work for me. And I love muffins! And I love crumb topping! And I love spices! I even added some diced pears to the batter to give it a nice fall, fruit-and-spice-and-everything-nice flavor. However, all the pears in the world couldn’t help these…

TWD: Mint and Chocolate Split-Level Pudding

Originally, I wasn’t going to make these split-level puddings. We’re not…how you say…pudding people around my house, and it seemed like a waste of time and energy to make something no one would really eat. But then, my friends, I had a vision. A vision of adorable mini pudding glasses filled with rich chocolate ganache…

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