Lavender Frosting

Looking for the best lavender frosting recipe on the internet? You’ve found it! I spent hours researching methods for making lavender frosting before my Midsummer Night’s Dream party and didn’t like any options I saw online so I decided to try what made sense to me and it’s the most incredible frosting. My mom quite dislikes…

Chocolate Lavender Dream Cake

Layers of dark chocolate cake and lavender frosting piled high with blackberries and fresh cherries This is the dreamiest cake you’ll ever have. I came up with this show-stopping cake for A Midsummer Night’s Dream dinner party. I wanted lavender for the “dream” angle since lavender helps you sleep. I did hours and hours and days…

Rosemary Focaccia

Is there anything better than warm focaccia straight out of the oven? I think not! I hesitated posting this because there are a million focaccia recipes on the internet and they’re all mostly the same BUT my dad kept raving about how this was the best focaccia he’s ever had and I think that’s largely…

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

It’s a bold statement, I know, but these are in fact the best chocolate chip cookies ever.  They’re soft and gooey and they stay soft for days. They’re filled with dark chocolate, Mexican vanilla, and a sprinkling of sea salt on top. They’re the perfect chocolate chip cookies! The key here is really in knowing…

Dark Chocolate Doughnuts

These super soft doughnuts pack a ton of dark chocolate flavor  I tested so many chocolate doughnut recipes before settling on this one. It’s light and fluffy with a deep, dark chocolate flavor. These are baked, not fried, so they’re much healthier than your average doughnut and super moist from the buttermilk. Little known fact:…

Coconut Muffins

I don’t want to be hyperbolic here, but this is the best muffin recipe on planet earth. I first ate this perfect morsel of coconut goodness at beautiful Montpelier Plantation and Beach on the Caribbean island of Nevis. I loved them so much that I begged my friends at Montpelier to give me the recipe,…

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…

Cranberry Vanilla Buttermilk Scones

Heaven only knows why our founding fathers didn’t carry Britain’s tea time tradition overseas. I’m not a huge tea person but I’m a tremendous fan of afternoon pastries. On this  particular afternoon I hit a slump and needed a snack. (After all, it had been a whole two hours since lunch.) A craving for scones railroaded me. I…

Strawberry Galette with Vanilla Bean Crust

The funniest thing happened the other day: I was positively craving a strawberry galette even though I’ve never made nor ever EATEN a strawberry galette before. It just sounded like the perfect, lazy summer day dessert. This was just so simple to do. I can’t believe I’ve wasted this much time not eating galettes. I…

Warm Up With Fabulous Focaccia

When it snows (or more accurately, ices) in Dallas-Fort Worth, the metroplex shuts down. We all snuggle up with mugs of hot chocolate and don’t move until the ice melts. What was supposed to be a busy week of holiday cheer quickly became a keep-your-Jammie’s-on-until-3PM snow day. (Well, sort of. I did work, but from…

Quick Tip: Cocoa Powder Cake Pans

Is there anything more frustrating for chocolate cake bakers than having visible flour stuck to dessert? Easy solution: Don’t use flour to “flour” the pans. Use cocoa powder instead! It works just as well as flour but will blend in with your cake.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Pistachio Cookies

I spent the evening baking cookies to take to my family’s lake house. I chose this recipe because it’s chocolate, so the females will like it, and it’s salty, so the males will like it. Dark Chocolate Fudge Pistachio Cookies 1 cup butter, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs, at room temperature…