Chambord Chocolate Cake

What, pray tell, is more perfect than a slice of dark chocolate cake? I can’t think of a thing! I always bake with dark cocoa powder so my cakes are wicked chocolatey. I swapped out vanilla for Chambord liqueur, an infusion of premium raspberries, blackberries, black raspberries, black currant, Madagascar vanilla, and cognac. It somehow makes…

Lemon Blueberry Cake

This really might be one of the most special cakes I’ve ever made. Tart with freshly squeezed lemon juice and bursting with blueberries, this layer cake smells like pure heaven. You don’t have to frost this to be a “naked cake” like I did here but the frosting was gorgeous as-is and I didn’t want…

Cookies ‘n’ Cream Cake

It might surprise some of my loyal readers that I love cookies ‘n’ cream, since I hardly promote processed cookies. What can I say? I’m a sucker for cookies ‘n’ cream ice cream! I decided to turn my love of cookies ‘n’ cream into a cake. Here’s what I came up with: This is a…

Diner en Blanc Cake

Looking for a snow-white cake to take to Le Diner en Blanc? You’ve come to the right place! This is a delicious white cake worthy of any gathering but is particularly appropriate for the glamorous pop-up picnic around the globe best known for the fact that its guests wear head-to-toe white ensembles. Attendees take their…

Captain Jack Sparrow Cupcakes

“I had no idea when you and your brother were small that I was raising pirates.” My mom said that to me just the other day. I’m not sure if she was referring to me and my brother’s affinity for the ocean, rum, swearing, or our general swashbuckling demeanor but either way, it made me laugh!…

Best Ever Banana Bread

I bake this banana bread almost every week. It’s that easy and that delicious. Plus I buy bananas every time I go to the store and, because I live by pirate rules (waste not!), I refuse to throw brown bananas in the trash. Thus weekly banana bread has become a bit of a habit. This quick bread…

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut-Almond Butter Frosting

And the Oscar for most delightful cupcake goes to… DARK CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH PEANUT-ALMOND BUTTER FROSTING! I wanted something special to nosh on during the Academy Awards so I decided to bake cupcakes. I don’t bake them very often so it was quite the treat. I prefer dark chocolate to milk and didn’t have enough peanut butter…

Bananas Foster Layer Cake

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Bananas foster is my favorite non-chocolate dessert. I can’t get enough! I often make traditional bananas foster sauce at home to serve over vanilla ice cream. You can absolutely save this recipe for that OR you can take the sauce and turn it into a frosting like…

Festive Fiori di Sicilia Cranberry Cake

If there is a cake that screams Christmas louder than this one, I would love to taste it. You can practically hear it merrily caroling from its antique cake stand! The cranberries are snowy and festive and incredibly easy to make. (Though you do need to make them the night before so plan ahead.) The sugar…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread with Orange Glaze

There’s just something about pumpkin and orange and chocolate that makes me want to do cartwheels across the living room. I start craving this recipe in July! This pumpkin bread is incredibly moist. The brown sugar gives it a unique depth of flavor, the chocolate chips are a pleasant surprise when you slice into the loaf, and…

Blood Orange Olive Oil Chocolate Cake

One of my best friends gifted me the bottle of glorious blood orange olive oil that inspired this recipe. I felt like eating cake on Sunday – which, if I’m honest, is normal for Sunday – but I didn’t have enough butter to bake a cake. I had one of those, “Ah ha!” moments when…

Opera Inspired Dinner

I adore opera. The first opera I ever saw was Aida in an ancient Roman Theatre next to the ruins of the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens, Greece. Pretty epic way to start one’s love of an art form, don’t you think? I was hooked. For me opera isn’t about the words or even the story, it’s…