Baked Chocolate Doughnuts

I understand that you try to have a healthy breakfast most days.  Really, I do.  Monday through Friday is all about high-fiber cereal and green smoothies.  But when the weekend rolls around and you just want to have cake for breakfast, I’m here for you. Baked Chocolate Doughnut

This recipe for baked chocolate doughnuts is another winner from Tracy at Shutterbean.  Imagine soft, chocolaty cupcakes topped with a rich espresso glaze, and baked in a pan with holes in the middle.  There you have it.  It helps that they’re so easy to whip together.  Perfect for mornings after you’ve slept in (just a little).  [Read more…]

Maple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Everywhere I look, I see another recipe I want to try that is all about pumpkin.  Seriously, they are everywhere.  I know that I just made pumpkin snickerdoodles, and they were great. But what about pumpkin English muffin bread, pound cake, or even ice cream?  Even the new book from the boys at Baked has a section dedicated to this favorite ingredient of fall.  I don’t even know where to start.

 

I’m sure there is some kind of rule about posting two, three, or five recipes in a row that are all about pumpkin.  So I’ll wait.  But speaking of the boys from Baked, they have a maple cupcake in Baked Explorations that is perfect for this time of year.  They are really good, though they are crazy sweet.  Not that it’s a bad thing.  [Read more…]

Celebrate with Cake!

We have a lot of celebrating going on in this part of the world.  Someone persevered through high school and was able to walk across the stage and turn that tassel with the biggest grin I’ve ever seen.  You know who you are.   Someone went in for big-time surgery and came out kickin’.  Go you!  One amazing athlete went to San Francisco to swim with sharks, bike up and down mountains, and run her butt off.  On purpose.  You rock.  We successfully hauled a bunch of people across the country to the beach and back without anyone getting seriously hurt or lost.  Apalachicola!

 

It seems like forever ago that I made this cake, but I still remember how good it tasted.  Some celebrations require fancy cakes with tiers, fillings, and decorations.  And sometimes a white cake frosted in the pan with creamy vanilla frosting hits the spot, and that’s exactly what this is.  I complicated matters by lining the pan with parchment, removing the baked cake to cool, and inverting it back to the pan to frost.  Don’t do that.  It’s completely unnecessary unless you want to frost the sides and you have a platter large enough to hold a 12 x 18 cake.  Again, sometimes simple hits the spot.

 

What are you celebrating?  You don’t have to look far for a reason to celebrate with this cake.  Just be sure to invite everyone over when you do, because it feeds a crowd.  And please, don’t forget the sprinkles.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Orange-Cream Cheese Frosting

Where I live, spring doesn’t seem to exist for more than a few days at a time.  We get a mix of winter and summer back and forth until summer sticks around for a while.  Last week, it snowed four inches one day, and by the next afternoon it was nice enough to enjoy a family party outdoors.

One of my favorite moments at the party was watching my little cousin enjoy one of these cupcakes.  I wish that I had been able to snap a picture.  As she held a mini cupcake in her hands, she proceeded to lick the frosting off the top before biting into the cake.

These carrot cake cupcakes are all about spring.  They are light and moist, with just enough orange in the frosting to add a bit of citrus sunshine.  I like that they have enough carrots so they don’t disappear while they bake.  They are a breeze to mix together, and can be in the oven in no time.

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Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Salted Dulce de Leche Frosting

Happy Friday!  I don’t have a list of Friday faves today.  I’ve wanted to share this recipe for a week, but I’ve spent much of the week fighting with my computer.  Call me crazy, but I feel like power struggles with electronic devices should be won by the human.  I’m learning that it’s not always the case.  Oh well.

 Are you familiar with whoopie pies?  I’m sure you are.  Though their name suggests it, they have nothing to do with pie.  Many thought these hand-held desserts that look like a cookie and taste like cake would become the “new cupcake.”  While I don’t think anything will take the place of cupcakes, I do think you should give these a try. 

 When I spotted the recipe for chocolate whoopie pies in One Girl Cookies, I thought they looked like a pretty good treat to take to work.  Since whoopie pies are made with two soft cookies sandwiched together with frosting, they are perfect for taking along places.  You can pile them into a container and not worry about them moving around and losing their frosting.  In the book, the cookies were paired with peppermint frosting.  I’m sure they would have been good, but the dulce de leche frosting with the preceding recipe caught my attention.  I can tell you right now that I was very pleased with this substitution.  When I tried the frosting, I was pretty sure that I wanted to eat it out of a bowl for dinner.  It was that good. 

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