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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…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Carrot Cake Cookies

Huzzah! After a week of frantic unpacking leisurely opening a box or two at a time, the new kitchen is finally in workable condition. The best part is, it has a big window and enough room for a wee table on which to take photographs, so there’ll be no more carrying food from the kitchen…

Red, White, and Blue Velvet Cake

Some people celebrate the Fourth of July with picnics, or barbecues, or fireworks, to which I say, fireworks, shmireworks! Let’s celebrate with cake instead. Red, White and Blue Velvet cake, to be exact. It looks super-impressive when it’s cut into, but it’s not any more complicated to make than a regular red velvet cake. The…

Daring Bakers Challenge: Just Say Cheesecake

Lately I have started to suspect an ugly truth about myself. No matter how much I like to think the opposite, it is possible that my heart is not into being a Daring Baker. (Note the very important capital letters. I will forever be a daring baker–many burned pans and discarded desserts will attest to…

Thankful for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies were a holiday tradition around my house, so imagine my surprise when, in my adulthood, I encountered those unfortunate souls who had never had a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie. (Some even went so far as to gag at the thought of pumpkin and chocolate combined, and to them I say: fools!)…

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