chocolate peppermint cake

Chocolate Peppermint Cake!

Peppermint in December is it. Chocolate is good any time of year, but when paired with the refreshingly cool tones of peppermint, my heads spins a little.  I love taking a breath right after a bite of this cake; the rich chocolate flavor lingers, but the air traveling down my windpipe seems to be coated […]

christmas tree cookie stacks (and a giveaway!)

Christmas Tree Cookie Stack!

Isn’t baking in December some of the most fun baking there is?  I have a few theories on why this is. 1. For the US folks, this is typically one of the cooler months, so being in a cozy kitchen with an oven full of delectable cookies and treats warms the soul as well as […]

2 ingredient decorative chocolate bark~ easy and delicious!

Chocolate Bark with amazing patterns on the back!! SO easy to do!

My friend Joan and I were scrolling through Instagram together (because don’t all friends do this?) and happened upon one of my favorite people ever, Manuela from Passion for Baking. She had a brilliant idea of using silicone fondant mats for her chocolate bark!  I am not kidding you, that very day I put her […]

chocolate dipped ice cream cone cucpakes

Chocolate Dipped Cupcake Ice Cream Cone with Sprinkles!

My little girl has a birthday in a few days which makes her a December birthday.  Ah the December birthday’s.  Those folks who get birthday gifts wrapped in red and green paper and who can’t have a proper party because people’s scheduled are so booked. I try my very hardest to make sure Audrey’s birthday has nothing to […]

french apple-cranberry pie

French Apple-Cranberry Pie!

Confession: This pie sounded amazing for one reason. It had ‘French’ in the title. As far as I know it is just like any other apple-cranberry pie.  But is says french, so it sounds more sophisticated and delightful.  Like, if I eat a piece I will be magically transformed into a tall & skinny well dressed […]

swedish sticky cake {kladdkaka}

Swedish Sticky Chocolate Dessert {Kladdkaka}

Having friends over is a something that I need to do more often. There is not many things I enjoy more than good food, good friends, and great chocolate desserts. One of my favorite people to dine with is Brenda from a farmgirls dabbles.  Brenda is a great friend and who just so happens to […]

butterscotch peanut butter bark

Butterscotch Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Chocolate Bark!

I am in love with this flavor combination.  I have made the Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cake and the Peanut Butter Marshmallow Butterscotch Pizza. This is one of the best ‘chocolate’ barks I have had, and the fact that it never stays around longer than a day in our house is another good indicator of its […]

neapolitan dipped marshmallows

Neapolitan Dipped Marshmallows!

I wanted to make a super fast, easy and yummy dessert.  For some reason I thought, chocolate & caramel dipped marshmallows!  So I googled that, found a recipe and got started. Well.  After an hour of dealing with caramel and dipping marshmallows and it pooling weird and the not setting enough to dip in chocolate […]

chocolate caramel ginger cookies

Chocolate Caramel Ginger Cookies!

Let’s talk ginger. Not the hair (although that would be fun too because I happened to have given birth to ginger baby).  The vegetable.  Or as most refer to it, the herb or spice. Are you a fan? After seeing this recipe you will be, in one form or another.  Of this I am confident. […]

Naked Cakes and Live TV

Naked Fruit Cake!

One of the perks of living in MN is Twin Cities Live.  It is a local show that is nationally recognized for the talent and quality of programming.  I am slightly biased because I happen to adore one of the hosts (well both actually!!) , Elizabeth Ries.  But even if I didn’t know her, I […]

creamy cookie dough frosting

Creamy Cookie Dough Frosting (No Egg!)

UPDATE:  You can see my TV segment here! Today I am preparing some cakes for live TV.  And, as I often do when faced with what to make for the live segments, I decided to make something new. Because we all know that you should experiment and do something different when you are going to […]

HUGE announcement!

Sunset Surprise-Inside Cake!

You love cake.  You love finding new recipes and baking and decorating and licking frosting off of spoons. But most especially, you love the shocked, delighted, even elated look on people’s faces when they see the beautiful cake you have created just for them. photo by Susan Powers Does that describe you? If it does, today […]

bourbon chocolate tipsy cake (and a contest)

Bourbon Chocolate Tipsy Cake!

Today’s post has me in quite an unusual state!  I am a bit flustered and embarrassed and confused.  But there is cake involved so it will all be alright. I was recently asked to participate in a baking challenge with Better Homes & Gardens Magazine.  Since this is not a question I get often, my […]

christmas cookie sandwiches with wondra

Holiday Sugar Cookies!

As a baker there are two things that I value greatly: 1. Time 2. Quality ingredients Sometimes, as much as it pains me, I have to set certain recipes off to the side because of the time involved.  This is never a fun choice because we all know that the care put into a recipe is […]

chocolate pistachio and ginger tart

Chocolate Crystalized Ginger and Pistachio Tart!

Every now and then, I feel like acting as if I am classy. (Be advised, it took everything in me to not write classy with a k.  Just a testament to the fact that classy, I am not.)   Not through what I wear or say or do, but with cuisine. More specifically, dessert. My […]

The Easiest Chocolate cupcakes

The EASIEST Chocolate Cupcake! (that just happens to be vegan!)

I was in a pinch.  Ever since our chickens started laying eggs, I vowed to never buy eggs again. (It’s not for vanity reasons or anything, it’s just that our eggs are so delicious and naturally organic and wonderful, all other eggs pale in comparison.  Literally.) I found myself without any eggs but needed to […]

Buckeye cake and the biscoff book!

Buckeye Cake from The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook!

TODAY IS A BIG DAY! My dear, sweet, loving, kind, wonderful, amazing, beautiful friend Katrina has a book coming out today!  I have been waiting for it for a long, long time.  Let me tell you, it was worth the wait. Katrina wrote the beautiful new book The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook. (go get […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust

Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe with Chocolate Crust!

This is such a classic and great tasting dessert, I am ashamed I never shared it on my blog until now! The recipe I am sharing is a “copykat” recipe, in that it is reminiscent of the Cheesecake Factory’s® scrumptious Pumpkin Cheesecake. While I love eating it there, making it at home has it’s benefits […]

caramel cake with apple cider whipped cream

Caramel Cake with Caramel Frosting and Apple Cinnamon Whipped Cream!

This cake. It’s… well.   It’s one of the best tasting cakes I have ever had the privilege of making. But here is the thing… I am going to share TWO recipes for this cake.  The reason being is that when I made it from scratch I used Rose’s Caramel Cake.  I made it and […]