cinnamon shortbread bars

Cinnamon Shortbread Bars with Chocolate Ganache!

Shortbread, when done right, is one of the my favorite ways to end a meal. The way that a light sweet cookie is infused with a crispy buttery crumb speaks right to my carb loving heart. Top it with the perfect ganache and my eyes are rolling towards the heavens. It’s perfection. The fabulous recipe just happens […]

snickers cheesecake cake

Snickers Cheesecake Cake!

“MOM STOP!!!” “What? What is it?” “IT’S SPILLING EVERYWHERE!” Yes, it most definitely is. But I could not help myself. It was magical, that spilling forth of sugary sweet rich chocolate ganache and Snickers® frosting. Yes, I said Snickers® frosting. Poured on a cake. A cake with a Snickers® cheesecake inside. Sandwiched between layers of […]

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake!

We have discussed these Gooey Butter Cakes before. They are, well, sweet. Actually sweet is an understatement. They are seriously sweet. I am not kidding, every time I try one my teeth actually hurt. This is the one dessert (ever) that I have said, “One bite is enough.” I mean, granted it’s like a super […]

red velvet buttercream rose cake

Red Velvet Buttercream Rose Cake

It’s all about that cake, bout that cake, bout that cake… Sorry. But that song (with my personalized cake-y lyrics) is stuck in my head. Funny thing about it is, it is NOT all about that cake. At least, not for this blog post! It’s all about that buttercream. Red Velvet Buttercream. Deep, rich, vibrant […]

about i am baker

Carmel Brownies with Peanut Butter!

peanut butter brownie caramelita I received this email today: As a professional pastry chef for almost 30 years (and a Journalism graduate who worked in that field for nearly 9 years), I came upon your blog one day and have been enjoying your baking ideas and recipes. You are very creative! However, I wonder if […]

salted caramel peanut butter mousse in a mini chocolate cookie cup

Peanut Butter Mouse in Chocolate Cookie Cups!

As you can tell by my blog posts of late, peanut butter is becoming my favorite ingredient to add to desserts. This amazing mini Peanut Butter and chocolate treat is no exception! Quite frankly, I was really inspired by the peanut butter itself for this particular dessert. Skippy has a limited edition flavor out that is […]

chocolate mug cake (in 1 minute)

Chocolate Mug Cake~ ready in ONE minute!

Delicious chocolate cake made in a mug and ready in just one minute! I was lost in a Pinterest rabbit hole the other day. When this 3-2-1 mug cake was in front of me I was fascinated. I mean, literally in 1 minute the cake was ready. This is a emotional eaters dream come true! I […]

my birthday cake

Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Layers and Chocolate Buttercream!

As is the tradition in our home, I make my birthday cake. Not because others won’t, but because baking cakes is my passion as well as my profession. My birthday is one of the few times a year that I throw all good business sense out the window (easy recipes, easy assembly, less time, etc.) […]

chocolate mint mug cake

Peppermint Chocolate Mug Cake!

Kinda. Don’t you love when I start a recipe off with a “kinda”? I was in heavy experimentation mode yesterday and made this recipe more times than I can count. After much trial and error and vanity (I’ll get to that in a second) I changed up the entire procedure for the cake. While it […]

chocolate beer cake (adult cake)

The PERFECT Super Bowl Cake~ CHOCOLATE BEER CAKE!

I set off to make the perfect Superbowl Sunday Cake. While I have no intention of even watching the Super Bowl, you know I will embrace any excuse to make a cake. Here is the God’s honest truth: This cake tasted way too much like beer for me. I dismissed it and vowed to perfect […]

Cheesy Skillet Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Baked Bread

Cheesy Skillet Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Baked Rolls!

Sometimes a recipe comes along that calls out to me. “Amanda, make me. You NEED me. Your life won’t be complete until you have me…” This is that recipe. I have made it more than once.  I mean, #da. Once you introduce a cheesy gooey fabulous recipe like this into your life, how can you […]

homemade brownies with peanut butter butterscotch ganache

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocoalte Ganache covered these Decadent Brownies!

My obsession with peanut butter & butterscotch has been well documented. It’s like the dream team to me.  Move over jelly, peanut butter has a new BFF. Adding peanut butter and butterscotch to ganache seemed like a good idea because clearly I look to add it to all the foods. All the cakes.  All the […]

skinny chocolate raspberry cake

Skinny Chocolate Raspberry Cake with Raspberry Buttercream!

I will only eat a skinny cake if it tastes like it is a fat cake. Because if I am eating cake, I want a good cake.  I think it’s safe to say that bad cake makes unicorns and newborn babies cry. Unicorns and newborn babies are sensitive to these things, of this I know. […]

peanut butter brownie caramelitas

Carmel Brownies with Peanut Butter!

Not really sure I can call these carmelita’s, but if not I am hoping the carmelita police is busy pursuing other more serious offenders. I kinda love the name ‘brownie carmelita’ and want to keep it so please don’t tell me if it is completely being used out of context. But you can see why […]

old fashioned monster cookies

Old Fashioned Monster Cookies!

These Old Fashioned Monster Cookie recipe is inspired by a love of eating. I wish I had some awesome story about how my grandma made them in 1942, but yeah. It was just me tinkering away in my kitchen and putting together what I envisioned an old fashioned cookie would be like. Seems like that […]

skinny chocolate cake

Skinny Chocolate Naked Cake with Fresh Fruit!

This cake. I am sorta kinda totally obsessed with it. It’s fabulous for so many reasons! The first being is that… well, the beauty of a Naked Cake.  You can see the fluffy whipped cream and glorious fresh fruit and sweet drizzle of a rich chocolate sauce. The second is that is it low in […]

banana muffins with vanilla glaze

Banana Banana Breakfast Muffin with Vanilla Glaze

On a dark and bitterly cold morning, where the only light that filters through the darkness is the soft blue light of an auto-set coffee maker and the only sound I hear is the hum of the furnace, I feel compelled to fill the void. As I brew my first cup I think of the little […]

perfect marble cake and whipped chocolate buttercream

The Perfect Marble Cake with the Perfect Whipped Chocolate Buttercream!

I have been going nuts this week.  For the last three days I have made marble cake after marble cake, trying again and again to achieve the perfect marble.  The perfect ratio of chocolate to yellow.  The perfect looking slice of cake. After three long days of recipes testing and failing it occurred to me […]

breakfast donut ball coffee cake recipe

Coffee Breakfast Cake! A layer coffee cake covered in donut balls covered in glaze!

This decadent breakfast cake made from classic coffee cake recipe and donut balls is a indulgent and beautiful way to start any day! Not really sure why I did this, but I can’t say I am ashamed. I mean, I know it’s wrong. Here it is January and everyone is making green smoothies and eating […]

strawberry lemon cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream!

It’s January 2nd (my mom’s birthday, Happy Birthday Mom!) and I am craving summer.  Not for the reasons you may imagine, mind you.  But the flavors.  The light, warm, refreshing flavors of summer. As much as I love the comforting aroma’s of pumpkin and spice, or the biting coolness of mint, or even the rich […]