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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Graveyard Dirt Cookies with Peanut Butter

Cookies have never been my specialty. I have very few recipes for cookies, and the ones I do have are strict classics–chocolate chip, oatmeal, shortbread. My sister is a fantastic cookie maker, so I’ve never needed to be good.

These babies, though! I am so proud of these little clumps of dark chocolate dirt. These guys are all mine! Nothing made me happier than when I handed my sister one of these chocolate-peanut butter cookies and saw her eyes light up like a Jack-o-lantern!

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Bread, Cakes, Caramel, Holidays

Pumpkin Roll Stand-up Cake

Nothing says fall quite like pumpkin. When late September hits, so does the flood of pumpkin-flavored goodies, and we just can’t get enough!

I was inspired by an image I saw on Pinterest (of course) for a Valentine’s Day chocolate cake roll. I’ve made dozens of pumpkin rolls for the fall, and I’ve had chocolate cake rolls before, but this one definitely stood out. Or should I say, stood up!

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Cakes, Celebrating, Holidays

Candy Corn White Cake

What a strange candy. Nothing divides Halloween lovers quite like the candy corn: you either love it or hate it. I personally love everything about it! The colors, the shape, the flavor–I can’t get enough of those little guys.

I started craving a candy corn fix earlier this month and thought what would be better than a candy corn cake? Nothing, but it turns out the internet does not share my same fervor for the candy. All the candy corn cakes I could find were either colored orange and yellow or decorated with the candies, but didn’t actually taste like them. What a shame. Good thing I had bags full of candy corn and nothing better to do this week!

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How-To: 3 Easy Ways to Decorate Halloween Cupcakes

Oh, it’s that most wonderful time of the year! I’ve been going absolutely bonkers in my kitchen cooking up all sorts of Halloween tricks and treats, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

The post I want to start this witching season off is one I find the most valuable. Look, Halloween is a holiday all about rushing. It’s about getting in as many houses before bed time; it’s about getting as much candy as you can in this one night; it’s about getting your treats ready before the ghosties and ghoulies come knocking on your door. These easy cupcake decorations are speedy and spooky–exactly what the holiday calls for.

Since there’s no time to waste, the midnight hour approaches, let’s get started!

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Cakes, Celebrating, Holidays, Savory

The Ultimate ‘Psych’-Themed Bridal Shower (Or Party)

Have you ever been in charge of planning a bridal shower? It can get overwhelming pretty quickly, I hate to admit. I mean, just look at the concept of the theme. There are millions of bridal shower themes; storybook, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, fall-ing in love, kitchen-theme, shower-theme, lingerie-theme . . . It’s all a bit much! With all those options out there, it’s understandable that someone might struggle to narrow it down.

Not me, though. When my lovely MOH came to me and asked what theme I would like for my bridal shower, there was really only one answer I could give: “Psych.”

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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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