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Chocolate Rainbow Cake

My daughter's birthday comes very quickly after Christmas, so its hard to muster up the energy to plan her party, let along her birthday cake. Well, its hard for me. My daughter had a million ideas. This year she turned five and was extremely insistent that I step up and pull all the details together. The party was easy enough (ballerina princess party, of course) but for the cake she wanted a rainbow cake. No problem enough I thought, I have made a couple before. Except, she wanted a chocolate ...
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Spiced Pumpkin Bread

​I love good pumpkin bread, especially with some spice behind it. I know, I know – some people have already moved on to Christmas, but not me. I hang on to fall for as long as I can and I just love Thanksgiving. All that cooking and bread and all those desserts? How could I not? I am still in pumpkin mode and this pumpkin bread returns many times in a season.Even my daughters like this one and if you are familiar with this blog you know that is saying something. I'm making another round so I can...
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Red Velvet Brain Cake

Sometimes I am reminded that baking is really hard, that you can't take it for granted. A little mistake here, waiting too long or not long enough - heartbreak. I thought I was going to write a sweet little post about a cake for my daughter's school, but this cake had other plans. I started questioning my skills about halfway through and I almost gave up on the whole thing. But I had made a commitment, so I stuck with it. In the end I was happy with the results. Alls well that ends well, right?...
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End of Summer Pesto

The end of summer is here. Sigh..Yay! Eh, I never know just how to feel. The kids are back in school, the weather is getting cooler, and my garden is thankfully full of deliciousness. I purposely plant a few basil plants when I am planning my garden so that I have a mountain of basil by this time of year. (Well, as long as the slugs don't eat it all that is). Luckily, I had enough to make not one but two batches of this amazing basil pesto and I might even be able to squeak in a third.Pest...
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Dark Knight Marble 1/4 Sheet Cake

Sometimes you make something so cool you simply must share. My daughter's birthday cake definitely qualifies. I mean, I usually try to make birthday cakes pretty epic - it is a birthday celebration after all. But this one was special. I'm proud of the way it came out and it was relatively easy to do. Miracle of miracles – I was also done hours before the party, a personal best for me (and if I'm being totally honest, a first.) My daughter wanted a Lego Batman themed party. My absolute favor...
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Review of the Big Chocolate Show, NYC

I love chocolate; I mean capitol L love chocolate. I've been on the lookout for a chocolate conference like the one I stumbled across a few years ago. I especially love speaking with artists who make their own chocolate and trying out new brands that I've never heard of. I've been a little tentative though since my last outing was such a spectacular failure. But, when I heard about "The Big Chocolate Show" through a chocolate blog I read (Chocolate Noise, check it out) I thought I would gi...
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Buttermilk Pancakes

Hi everyone, I'm excited that Rosie is letting me muscle in on the bakery to pass along some of my own culinary fun. There hasn't been a Saturday or Sunday morning lately without the stereo chime of "We want Pancakes!!" coming from both our girls. When you have young kids, it's very satisfying as a parent to find a food you cook that your kids nearly beg for, at least one that isn't cookies or cupcakes (no offense to my host here). While our youngest usually adds "…with SYRUP!" to...
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Pumpkin Butter

Is it fall yet?!? Maybe it isn't technically (and the weather certainly doesn't feel like it), but you wouldn't know it from all the fall food favorites posts out there. Pumpkin or apple everything, right? I'm not immune – I love love love fall.It is my absolute favorite time to be in the kitchen. So sure, as soon as we pass Labor Day and the kids are back in school – pumpkin time is here. (And apples of course, but that's another post ;) My favorite pumpkin dish to kick off the s...
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Golden Potato Hamburger Buns

I know it has been a bit quiet on the blog lately but that is because - we've moved! Bye bye, NYC, no more city life for me. It's time to get used to the suburbs. Well, and living out of boxes, lots and lots of boxes. I'm honestly not sure how all of this stuff fit into my tiny kitchen in the first place. My new kitchen is bigger and I can't seem to find a spot for all my pots and pans and what nots. All is not lost, however, we have our grill set up on the deck and I ha...
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Buttercream Transfers

Oh my goodness, we just moved!  Our kitchen is now in Westchester, although still in many many boxes. I've gotten pretty behind on my posts and until Io find my Kitchenaide again things will be a bit sporadic. But before I got everything boxed up, I managed to eek out a cake for my daughter's birthday (since birthdays care nothing for whether you are moving or not). She was very specific in her request, she wanted a unicorn with a rainbow – no make that an alicorn, but d...
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Frosted Chocolate Sugar Cookies

The end of the school year is here! I like to thank people with cookies rather than cards (this should totally be a thing) so I made my daughters' teachers cookies as a thank you for a great year. I had an apple cookie cutter (ya know, apple for teacher) that I thought was cute. I knew I wanted to frost them so that could be red - my daughter's favorite color - and I also wanted something I could roll out. There would be some leftover too so I wanted something my girls would eat. It's ...
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Maple Cinnamon Swirl Bread

I have a confession to make. While I like the idea of Cinnamon Raisin Bread, I'm not wild about the raisins inside. I don't really know why, but I would rather not have any dried fruits or nuts in my bread. I guess it is something to do with breaking up the texture. I don't loathe it or anything and I actually really enjoy dried fruits and nuts in muffins and quick breads. But with sandwich bread, I just want bread without fuss. Sugar is ok, spice too, and definitely some egg in the dough now an...
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Gluten-free Cheesecake w/ Almond Crust

Whenever I visit my parents I try to make my mother something that is gluten-free. Usually we are up there for a holiday or a party – so it tends to be some kind of dessert. She has celiac so she can't eat anything with gluten in it without being very, very sick. Celiac tends to run in the family so my brother and my niece have it too. Celiac (in case you haven't heard) is an autoimmune disorder involving intolerance to gluten, so they can't eat a protein found in wheat, barley, and r...
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Chocolate Raspberry Mini-cupcakes

Sometimes the best ideas come from requests from friends. I have my preferences or get stuck in my ruts and it takes a little push for me to try something new. That was the case with these cupcakes.It's not that raspberry and chocolate isn't one of my favorite combinations, but my kids don't like raspberries so it wasn't something I was going to do on my own. (I know, but the list of things my kids don't like is long, I don't understand it either). Luckily, my friend asked me to make these for h...
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Chocolate Wafers

This week's post is perhaps a touch boring. Chocolate wafers. You could absolutely eat them by themselves, but mostly I think of these as an ingredient for something else. Usually that something else is pretty amazing, in fact, I can't think of anything that I wouldn't want to make this afternoon. Yet, taken by themselves, they might seem like a bit of a chore. I have to admit, I used to buy my wafers. But, it has gotten harder and harder to find them in the store and mo...
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Mama's Moon Pies (Lactation cookies)

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers, Grandmothers, Caretakers out there. I thought today was the perfect day to leave you with a recipe for lactation sandwich cookies, or as my friend likes to call them: Mama's Milk Moon pies. Being a Mom is hard work, especially for a new Mom. (My kids can at least say thank you or I love you with a sloppy hug. That's them in all their face painted glory.) These cookies are for the new Mom, although you definitely don't have to be lactatin...
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12" by 18" chocolate sheet cake or Lory's cake part 3

So at long last, here we are at the third part of the series that is Lory's cake. Oh what's that, maybe I didn't mention that this was a three part series? My bad. Well it is and it's time to talk about the cake! A really, really big cake, a cake that feeds a crowd with a couple of pieces to spare, a cake with a capital C CAKE!. Let me back up a bit - this story actually begins a year ago Christmas. I know, but bear with me. My Mom took me shopping for my gift – a s...
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French Meringue Buttercream

Sometimes people tell me that they don't like buttercream, that it's too sweet or too rich. I get that; many times I find that same thing, especially with American buttercream. (I think I've told you before I am a buttercream snob.) If the frosting is too sweet it almost makes the cake not worth eating. If the cake is too sweet as well – then – I have been known to throw it away rather than eat it. Which, I am pretty sure is a misdemeanor in some states. Before you write...
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Decorating with edible flowers and berries

I just recently made a cake and decorated it some pansies and berries and I gotta tell ya - I'm in love. I wanted the cake to reflect my friend with something that was simple but not simplistic, rustic and natural but still delicious. What I didn't expect was that it would also be so easy or look so elegant. The flowers and the berries do most of the work themselves. I was inspired by this beautiful cake at Sugar and Charm: http://sugarandcharm.com/2016/01/pink-velvet-cake-recipe-and-e...
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Strawberry vanilla mini cupcakes

I like to tinker with food. I have a terrifically hard time simply following a recipe without changing it in some way. (Which makes me laugh a little that I am sharing my recipes with you. But don’t worry, I won’t be offended if you change things up a bit too.) When I land on a recipe that I like, my mind immediately starts working on finding more uses for that recipe.  How else can I use that xyz – what else would make a good pairing? This was the case with that mascarp...
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