Feb16

Jam Filled Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Oh how I love overripe bananas. I do not often have them, we are prolific banana eaters in my house, but when I do I like to bake them into breads and cakes.  So does my husband, so it typically works out pretty well for everyone.  This time around I was thinking about peanut butter and bananas.  When I explained my vision to hubs he suggested that some grape jam filling might be a good idea.  He was right. Ultimately these are like...

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Jan07

Chocolate Chip Banana Blondie Cake

Once again, a culinary accident has become something beautiful. I set out, the other evening, to make some chocolate chip banana blondies.  One thing led to another (as they usually do while baking) and what emerged from the oven was … light and fluffy?!  Filled with despair, since these were not the chewy bars I had been craving, I was tempted to throw the whole pan in the trash, but I decided to try a taste.  Boy am I glad I...

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Sep07

Orange Chocolate Stout Cake

I love beer. I know, not exactly shocking if you know me.  So many of my recipes are born of the odd craving, and this one is no different.  One afternoon, during a particularly stressful day at the office, I found myself craving a nice, stout beer.  I was also thinking how nice a slice of chocolate cake would be, because nothing takes the edge off a bad day like cake.  Of course, this led me to think about stout cakes.  I love them,...

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Aug06

Japanese Shortcake Jelly Roll with Chocolate Whipped Cream

I spend a fair amount of time shopping in Asian markets. I love the fresh produce, meat and fish.  The whole experience is an adventure for me as I discover new ingredients, flavors and snacks.  One of my favorite discoveries are Japanese Cake Rolls.  They are soft sponge cake filled with a delicate layer of lightly sweetened creamy filling.  My husband, in particular, enjoys these and had been asking me to find a way to make them at...

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May28

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Bundt Cake

I love bundt cakes! I think it is the fact that they could go right out of the pan and need little more than a glaze, or a dusting of powdered sugar, to be ready to serve.  Growing up we used to have bundt cakes at most family gatherings.  At some point they fell out of favor with the members of my family.  Not, of course, that we would not eat one right up if you served it to us, but we never seemed to make them anymore. It is a real...

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