Caramelized Apple Cupcakes with Spiced Cider Buttercream

September 25, 2013
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For this post, I am going to take a cue from what is now being called “The Best Emmy Speech of All Time.”  Even if you didn’t watch the telecast (which was somewhat depressing–not only because of the excessive time spent remembering deceased celebrities but because neither Aaron Paul nor Bryan Cranston won awards for.. read more →

Fresh Peach Crumb Cake with Vanilla Glaze

July 17, 2013
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The person who invented crumb cake?  Kind of a genius. He or she figured out a way to make it acceptable to eat cake for breakfast AND, should it please you, enjoy a second piece of that same cake with afternoon coffee.  Only in that case, would the cake be considered coffee cake instead of crumb cake?.. read more →

May the Frosting Be With You — Star Wars Cake and the Jedi Master of Chocolate Cakes

June 11, 2013
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A funny thing happened on my way to relocating my blog from Typepad to WordPress:  I found a few old posts that I had started, but never finished.  They were just hanging out in the blogosphere black hole, waiting for someone to care.  Upon finding them, I felt like a deadbeat blogger.  Sorry, guys. So.. read more →

Chocolate Orange Pecan Kugelhopf

November 30, 2012
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In my family, Christmas breakfast is just as important a meal as is Christmas dinner.  This could be because we aren’t usually done unwrapping our gifts until just before it’s time to eat dinner, so we rely on our morning meal to sustain us through the day (along with a healthy dose of snacking on.. read more →

Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake with Toasted Walnut Buttercream

September 17, 2012
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Ah! The circle of life. Last week we experienced a loss in our household. The good news is that it wasn’t a person or a pet. It wasn’t even a plant. It was a treadmill. My treadmill. My BELOVED treadmill. Allow me a moment to compose myself before continuing. I really loved that treadmill. In.. read more →

Coconut Key Lime Pound Cake

May 23, 2012
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Let’s discuss pound cake, shall we? I have a love/hate relationship with pound cake.  The love part?  Well, that should be fairly obvious.  I mean, it’s pound cake, and if successfully prepared, pound cake is not too hard to love. The hate part stems from the myriad of mishaps that inevitably occur when trying to.. read more →

Toasted Coconut and Tangerine Pound Cake

March 21, 2012
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I’d like to take a moment to brag…………about my friends. Somewhere in my 20s, I decided that being proud of my friends’ accomplishments is so much easier, so much more fun, and so much less stressful and exhausting than being jealous of them. And green is just not my color. I mean, sure, I still.. read more →

Meyer Lemon and Blackberry Olive Oil Polenta Cake

January 17, 2012
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20 Random Things That You Never Wanted To Know About Me Now that I have my new Facebook page up and running (thanks to all who joined!), I thought that it would be fun to occasionally post 20 random facts about myself on my blog.  This will allow new readers to get to know me,.. read more →

Sara Foster’s Hummingbird Cake and a Cookbook Giveaway!

November 25, 2011
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Christmas came early this year!! Like many of my fellow food bloggers, recipe contesters, and passionate cooks, I have a cookbook collection that rivals any culinary section in a mid-sized bookstore. What once consisted of a few dozen titles, which were organized neatly in a designated kitchen space, now numbers well into the triple digits.. read more →

Tate’s Bake Shop Giveaway (and their decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake)!

October 11, 2011
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I’ll be honest: As an avid baker with a highly discerning sweet tooth, I make it a rule to almost never purchase packaged desserts. Most of the time I’d rather just make them myself. This particularly applies to cookies. I find that your average pre-packaged store-bought cookie tastes, well, pre-packaged and store-bought. Usually there are.. read more →

A Duo of Pumpkin-Apple Delights

October 11, 2010
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So, my previous post might have been a bit premature.  I truly, truly, intended to get back to a consistent blogging schedule after my summer hiatus.  If you could see the stack of torn out recipes, notes, and cookbooks with dog-eared pages that I have on my nightstand, then you would know that my lack.. read more →

Triple Butterscotch Heart Cake (and cupcakes!)

February 12, 2010
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When I was growing up, February 14th wasn’t significant solely for the fact that it was Valentine’s Day.  No, it was also important because it marked the day-before-my-half-birthday.  Half birthdays are a big deal to kids as a whole, but they are an even bigger deal to kids who were born during the summer, at least those who attended.. read more →

Lemon-Glazed King Cake

February 6, 2010
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Most foodies have some sort of a culinary bucket list, one that is comprised of meals at their dream restaurants, ingredients that they want to try, and recipes that they want to attempt.  So what if dinner at the French Laundry costs them an entire week’s salary?  It’s still probably on every single list.  And in our.. read more →

Chocolate Baby Block Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

January 10, 2010
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As my Sunday gift to you, there will be no typically long-winded post to accompany my photos today (collective sigh of relief.)  You work hard enough as it is, so trying to figure out what on earth my ramblings have to do with the recipe title is probably the last thing that you need. This cake was one.. read more →

English Spice Cake with Cinnamon Rum Raisin Ice Cream

November 24, 2009
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Oh, Oprah!  You can’t leave us.  You mustn’t!  We’re not ready to go on without you and your show.  Who will tell us what to read?  Who will give every member of their unsuspecting audience a “BRAND NEW CAR”?  Whose couch will Tom Cruise turn into his personal trampoline?  Most important of all, who will.. read more →

A Colorful Chocolate Celebration Cake & Red Velvet Cupcakes

July 28, 2009
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O.K.  Show of hands:  At some point during this past weekend, how many of you found yourselves singing the song from the viral wedding video that captivated America via YouTube last week?  In the event that you have been living under a boulder, please click here to catch up with the rest of us. For.. read more →

My Favorite, Most Reliable, and Oh-So-Versatile Chocolate Cake Recipe

June 21, 2009
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Dear Smoke Detector Batteries, Why, oh why must you always decide to expire at 2:30 a.m., precisely during the point in my dream when I am being handed the keys to my newly acquired  rustic chateau in the south of France?  Is there a reason why you can’t hold off until at least 7:00? Sincerely,  Julie.. read more →

Cake and Cookies for a Future Guitar Hero

May 31, 2009
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After my last bruschetta post, which I now realize was posted over a week ago–I have had absolutely no time for blogging/tweeting/facebooking since then, I received what I thought was a very funny comment from one of my friends, Karen (Karen, by the way, also has a blog, Karen Cooks, with oodles of mouthwatering recipes.) .. read more →

Mixed Berry Brown Sugar Tea Cake

May 18, 2009
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Yesterday, Eric and I went to brunch with my good friend Melia, who I don’t get to see often enough.  Brunch is one of those events that I love the idea of: a leisurely Sunday meal filled with champagne-based fruit drinks and plate after plate of hearty foods.  When most Sunday’s roll around, however, taking.. read more →

Fire Engine Birthday Cake and Cookies

April 12, 2009
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When I turned three–or perhaps it was four–my brother and I had a joint birthday party out by the pool.  We both had summer birthdays, and we were only one year apart in age, so it was probably much easier on my mom to throw one party with both sets of friends as opposed to.. read more →