Snickers Cheesecake

September 18, 2010

I know someone who loves Snickers and cheesecake, so I decided to take a stab at combining the two into one decadent creation.  Here is the result!  I started out by combining chocolate wafer cookies and roasted, salted peanuts in the food processor to form the crust instead of just cookies.  For the batter, I […]

Giant Cupcake Cakes

May 7, 2010

I had to make a cake to celebrate the birthday of little Sara who was born premature and was turning ‘1’ this last weekend. 40 people were coming and I wanted to find a way to capture the innocence of a little girl and yet feed the masses. Why not giant cupcake cakes? Vanilla Bean […]

Coffee Cardamom Cake w/Coffee Cardamom Buttercream

February 12, 2013

Cardamom is a spice I remember fondly from my childhood, growing up in a Scandinavian household. Here I took this familiar spice and created a cake by blending it with instant espresso, nutmeg and fresh-ground pepper. The recipe below is for a tiered wedding cake (4-6″ & 4-10″), yet you can easily half this recipe […]

Mini Dutch Chocolate Marble Poundcakes

June 21, 2012

As soon as you put something into miniature, I want it all the more.  I found this amazing mini, mini loaf pan at Williams-Sonoma, which is made in the USA.  For me it’s like having a brownie bites pan only for quick breads and poundcakes.  I love having that crunchy edge and the loaves frankly […]

Lemon Meringue Mille Crepe Cake

April 1, 2012

Spring is here and as usual the taste of lemon is biting at my heels to come in the kitchen. I infused two classic desserts together to create a showstopper for any Spring or Summer gathering. With lemon meringue pie on the mind, I was inspired by the French cake mille crêpe, which made of […]

Cakewalk…. Not today!

December 4, 2008

I had two number cakes requested and I basically reserved the day to make them. I had a #11 and a #2 to make. I figured this would be easy, no problem. Everything started out fine, things mixed well in the Viking, the came out of the oven well. I then did the crumb coat […]

Orange Poppy Seed Cake w/Orange Blossom Buttercream

February 18, 2013

My inspiration for this cake came from the Eva Zeisel Century Tabletop Collection. I love the lines and whimsy of each piece. It was important for me to have the cake’s appearance be subtle, yet the flavor be the big profile. So here orange is paired with poppy seeds to bring your full attention forward. […]

Chocolate Blackout Cake

December 10, 2010

Making a cake from scratch requires a little more effort than one from a box.  I would guess for most people it is about having the ingredients on hand that is the problem as opposed to the effort.  For this recipe, the ingredients that are not common in a lot of kitchens are buttermilk and […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

October 9, 2011

24 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup sour cream 1/3 cup corn starch 3 eggs 1 15-oz. can pumpkin puree 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice OR 1 tsp cinnamon & 1 tsp. ginger 2 tsp vanilla-bean paste Toppings 1 1/2 cup pecans, chopped & toasted 1/3 cup white chocolate chips […]

Sprinkles Cake

June 22, 2012

I made this cake for my nephew’s birthday since I have been obsessed with tinting lately and figured a cake laden with sprinkles was sure to be a hit. I used my basic vanilla-bean white cake recipe and tinted six layers the various colors of the rainbow (bottom – up) red, orange, yellow, green, blue […]

The Best Hummingbird Cake Recipe

August 15, 2011

I love this cake, it is somewhat reminiscent of carrot cake with a twist.  If you aren’t from the South, you’ve probably never heard of it – sometimes I think Southerner’s want to keep this treat a secret.  I had never had Hummingbird Cake before until I was in Chicago having dinner with my friend […]

Spring Carrot Layer Cake

March 5, 2012

Spring is the inspiration for this cake.  Iced in a Spring green and embellished with tender vegetables, this is sure to be a hit at your next event.  The decoration on this cake is not for the beginner – it does take a bit of practice.  Remember to always use the best ingredients you can […]

Wonderful Fruitcake

November 16, 2010

1 lb. butter, room temperature2 cups granulated sugar1/2 cup dark brown sugar9 eggszest of one orange1 tbsp. all spice1 tbsp. vanilla-bean paste1/4 cup candied ginger pieces2 1/2 cup flour1 lb. dried fruit (see below for what I use)1/3 cup Remy XO1/2 lb. assorted nuts (see below for what I use)

BIRTHDAY CAKE 2 year old

Let them eat cake!

November 3, 2008

This past weekend I made a birthday cake for someone I know. Their son was turning two and I offered to make a cake on their behalf as anyone with a two-year-old knows, you don’t have time for anything. Here I made the cake in the shape of the Number 2 out of devils food […]

Crumb Cake 101

May 26, 2010

  I love crumb cake. I find that too many of them are too much cake and not enough crumb. There needs to be a balance between the two, and of course what would this cake be without a great cup of coffee! Here is my recipe for coffee cake. I make this in a […]

Lemon-lavender Poundcakes

July 15, 2010

I love the versatility I get out of my Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Drop Biscuit Pan.  From making brownies in the oven or grill, to cornbread.  One of the reasons I like it is because I get a miniature cake shape out of it, the size of a muffin but in the shape of a cake.  We […]