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Jul21

Chocolate Italian Wedding Cupcakes with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

These cupcakes were born of necessity. Originally this batch of cupcakes was intended to be a full fledged cake, but due to my rather appalling laziness the pans I had intended to use were dirty when the urge to bake struck.  When I say dirty I mean stuck on, needing a good soak, burnt on sugar dirty.  I was forced to formulate a plan ‘B’ as I was not in the mood to wait until the pans were clean.  Digging through my pans...

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Jun27

Quick Sour Cream Cinnamon Rolls

Boy, has it been a LONG week … For the second time in three weeks I have gone AWOL, and I am sorry for that.  I was hoping that after my last bout of family related drama things would quiet down, but it was not to be.  Last week my father was feeling a little funny, and his blood pressure was pretty high, so he went to the hospital.  After testing they found that he would need bypass surgery … sooner rather than later.  He...

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May28

Grilled Peach and Vanilla Cake Trifle with Golden Syrup Whipped Cream

I guess you could say I have Georgia on my mind. It makes sense considering I was in Atlanta last weekend for BlogHer Food.  Now, I could use this space to discuss the actual event, but I don’t think it is necessary.  So many bloggers have posted their thoughts, Linda and Dianne for example, and I would rather share with you a craving that is directly linked to the conference.  During lunch on the first day we were served what...

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May17

Cornmeal Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting

I am the kind of person who appreciates texture. Texture is a make or break for me, particularly in food.  Example – I love the flavor of pears but the grainy, sandy texture is a real turn off.   On the other hand, a plain hamburger bun is fine, but sprinkled with crunchy little poppy seeds I find it hard to resist.  My first experience with a cornmeal cake was one filled with trepidation.  I had it firmly set in my mind that a...

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Apr05

Almond Apricot Cake

I am in love with almond flour. I discovered almond flour during the holidays while trying to find a way to make some low-carb cookies and cakes for my father.  Not all almond flour is created equal.  There are some brands available in the grocery store that have a very gritty texture which I do not enjoy.  A gluten-free friend of mine suggested I try the almond flour from Honeyville Farms and I am so glad she did.  The texture is...

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Mar21

Chocolate Banana Bread

I’m a bad baker. Over the weekend I discovered, much to my shock and horror, that I had run out of butter.  It does not happen often and I actually buy two or three pounds at a time as to have plenty on hand at all times.   When I do run out I usually discover it while in the middle of baking something and it honestly makes me feel a little edgy.  For the most part butter is my fat of choice for baking, but in cake baking oil...

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