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Blackberry Jam Cake, otherwise known as Woodford Pudding

April 28, 2014
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This blackberry jam cake, otherwise known as a Woodford Pudding, is made from scratch but is super easy and served with a fast bourbon butterscotch sauce! I have little to no connection with Kentucky. I’m not a huge fan of the derby, much less horse racing in general. I certainly don’t drink mint juleps (as […]

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Pear Cake with Honey, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

March 17, 2014
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If you’re looking for a sophisticated dinner party dessert, check out this gorgeous upside-down pear cake made with honey, walnuts and optional blue cheese! The winter months can be a bit hard for someone who loves fruit as much as I do. With spring just around the corner and early strawberries starting to appear at […]

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Irish Drunken Cake, a chocolate Guinness cake with Irish whiskey and Irish Cream Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

March 3, 2014
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Inspired by the American boilermaker-like drink made with Guinness, Irish whiskey and Irish Cream named the Irish Car Bomb this impressively rich, moist and densely chocolatey cake is sure to impressive! [Editor's note: Several people have commented that they were offended by the name of this recipe. The drink The Irish Car Bomb is an […]

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Chocolate Marshmallow Cake, inspired by the Hostess™ Cupcake

February 17, 2014
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If you love the classic Hostess™ Cupcake treats, you’ll love this homemade chocolate marshmallow cake, with step-by-step instructions on how to make it! There’s a reason why you don’t see me making cute little cakes and precious little treats here on the blog. I like to pretend it’s because I’m super sophisticated and eschew the […]

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Marble Cake Recipe, with Meyer Lemon and Chocolate AND a Major Announcement!

January 27, 2014
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This easy marble cake recipe is one of the best ever. I should know. I’m about to write a book on the subject of marbled, swirled and layered desserts. If you haven’t figured it out by the title of the blog post or by my summary sentence above, I’ve got a major announcement. I’m writing […]

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Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Butter and Bay Leaf

November 11, 2013
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So are we all tired of pumpkin yet? Last year I found myself dreading November as I felt like everything out there was pumpkin this and pumpkin that. I had absolutely no desire to make anything pumpkin at all, though in the end, I did create a popular Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bar with White Chocolate […]

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Gluten Free Cake Recipe – featuring Dark Chocolate, Butterscotch and Vanilla Bean Ombré Cake

September 30, 2013
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“Don’t take this the wrong way, but I will re-plate everything you bring to the party. It’s not you, it’s just a thing I do.” said my friend Sang who was hosting the party. Sang’s a bit particular about how things look, especially when it comes to food. But what else would expect from a […]

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Getting my Baking Groove Back: Peach and Blueberry Coffee Cake

September 2, 2013
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Surprisingly, after I got back from our summer road trip, it took me awhile to get into the kitchen to bake. Sure there’s was the little pesky issue of our refrigerator breaking while we were away for seven weeks that put a damper on baking. The heartbreak of tossing out bricks of Kerrygold butter, INNAjam preserves […]

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Cherry Buckle with Cocoa Cinnamon Crumb Topping

August 19, 2013
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“I can’t stop eating this!” exclaimed AJ as he took another bite of my Cherry Buckle with Cocoa Cinnamon Crumb Topping. I looked inquisitively at him as he sat at the round wooden table in his parent’s tiny kitchen. He explained himself, with his mouth half full and crumbs in his beard “You KNOW I […]

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Blood Orange & Coconut Velvet Cake with Whipped Cream and Cream Cheese Frosting and DIY Desserts at 18 Reasons

April 1, 2013
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“Who made this cake, the one with the coconut?” asked someone at the 18 Reasons DIY desserts event that I was hosting a few weeks ago. I fessed up that it was mine and she gushed that the flavors were fabulous. I had based it on my favorite Red Velvet Cake recipe, but instead of […]

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Seville Orange & Noyaux Semolina Pound Cake and Never Being Alone in the Kitchen

March 18, 2013
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“I’ve been saving this for you all year long…” explained my friend Sean, of the fabulous blog Hedonia, as he handed me a package during my hectic, crowded holiday party. I opened it up and pulled out glistening bottle of amber liquid. “It’s Extrait de Noyaux. You know what that is right?” I squinted my […]

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On Jealousy and Chocolate Cake (some musing after 3 years of blogging)

March 11, 2013
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I am writing to announce that I was NOT nominated for any awards today. In fact, I was not nominated for any awards, nor was I signed for a cookbook deal today. There is no award announcement, no cookbook, no upcoming TV show where I will be featured on, no contests that I won, no […]

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Sour Cream Blood Orange Bundt Cake with Cocoa Filling and a late Christmas dinner

January 14, 2013
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Even though Christmas was three weeks ago, the season always gets extended in my household because my own family tends to celebrate the holidays in January when we can all get together. I’m usually in Indiana with AJ celebrating Christmas on December 25th, while my sister and her husband are out in the [...]

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Triple Layer Holiday Spice Cake with Eggnog Frosting and our annual Holiday Party

December 24, 2012
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“That one. That is my favorite of all the desserts!” proclaimed a friend of mine, waving his hand in the general vicinity of the table of desserts I had created for my annual holiday party. I laughed, as he seemed to be indicating ALL of my desserts, as opposed to singling one out. [...]

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Chocolate Rolled Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream and Pistachios for my partner AJ’s 40th Birthday

November 12, 2012
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“I dunno, when I eat a cake, I usually like it fresh, not old or vintage” quipped AJ as I unwrapped a review copy of Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson that Ten Speed Press had sent me. I mentally rolled my eyes, but really I found AJ’s bad jokes to be endearing. After all, he […]

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