Cakes, Celebrating, Chocolate, Frostings, Holidays

How To: Pinch Roses and Southern Red Velvet Cake

I absolutely love Halloween! Positively can’t get enough of it, in case you couldn’t tell by the insane number of posts I’ve been doing lately. Everything about it is fantastic–the thrills, the sugar rushes, the chilly nights.

So far, I’ve made you graveyard cookies and a tombstone cupcake, but my confectionary cemetery is missing something. Hmmm . . . Ah! Yes! What’s a grave without flowers?

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Cakes, Chocolate, Frostings

Cheater, Cheater Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Mmmm, chocolate and peanut butter. No better culinary combination exists. We’ve been mashing it up in our candies, our cakes, our waffles for decades, and really, who am I to monkey with tradition?

So what makes my Cheater, Cheater recipe so great? This bad boy is bakery quality–I’m talking moist, soft, packed crumb paired with a smooth, light, palate-pleasing frosting that has an unmistakeable yet non-overwhelming peanut butter flavor. To put it simply, this cake is a God-send.

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Peaches in Elderflower Cake
Alcohol, Cakes, Frostings, Fruit

Peaches in Elderflower: A Titanic Inspired Dessert

As you are slowly finding out, I am obsessed with sunken ships. Every year, I plop down in front of the TV, pop in my VHS of the 1997 film, and snack on Titanic-shaped cookies. This year, I decided to do something new. I wanted to make a different dessert, maybe even one that was served on that fateful voyage. After several Google searches, do you know what I learned?

People did not know how to eat dessert in 1912.

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Cookies, Frostings

Titanic Sugar Cookies

What none of you Internet friends of mine know that my real world friends know too well is that I am obsessed with sunken ships. Especially Titanic. I’ve seen every film adaptation of its sinking (even the dreaded “Titanic II”), and don’t even get me started on how many times I’ve seen the James Cameron adaptation!

I remember being mesmerized the first time I watched it. The scenes where the ship would degrade and then restore, from its wreckage to pristine condition–they took my breath away.

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Alcohol, Cakes, Frostings, Holidays

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Guinness Buttercream

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and my house is overflowing with Guinness!

While my family loves sweets, we also love a good beer. We rotate brews with the changing seasons. Sometimes we get a little overzealous, and I’m left to think of crafty ways to get rid of the excess beer. I’m already working on a few more St. Patrick and Guinness themed recipes, but this one is one of my top favorites!

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Cakes, Frostings, Holidays

The BEST Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my loves!! As many of you know, I have a tendency to over-celebrate the holidays, even relatively tiny ones, like Valentine’s Day. It’s something I get from my mom. She would always decorate the house in sparkling red hearts, hang up streamers, and give each of us kids a special present to show how much she loved us. In my house, Valentine’s wasn’t really about romantic love, it was about all kinds of love, and it still is today.

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Frostings, Holidays

Granbaum Sugar Cookies

I’m not sure if “Granbaum” is the actual name of these cookies (and after several Google searches, I think not), but they taste so good, I don’t think it really matters.

Granbaum sugar cookies are a soft, almost chewy, subtly sweet cookie that really shines with a big dollop of buttercream. They’re a holiday staple in my family, have been for years, which might be the source of the garbled name. A bunch of sugar-crazy toddlers screaming for more of Grandma’s cookies, maybe? Who knows.

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