Bites from other Blogs

  • Since I just baked myself a batch of German Chocolate Brownies, it’s not surprise that Playing House Blog‘s German Chocolate Cupcakes jumped right out at me. These are chocolate cupcakes that are frosted and filled with a chunky, coconut pecan frosting. Actually, the frosting is so thick that I’m not sure that the word does justice to the topping. Maybe we should call it sweet, gooey, nutty over-the-top topping that goes well with chocolate cupcakes – just to be a little more accurate.
  • Many bakeries have a signature dessert or two that keeps customers coming back and Bourke Street Bakery (which I’ve visited in Sydney, Aus.) has a flourless chocolate cake on their list of must-have’s. Fortunately, the recipe is included in their cookbook, so Almost Bourdain was able to make Bourke Street Bakery’s Flourless Chocolate Cake at home. Unlike some flourless cakes, this one is light and mousse-like, although it has a lot of chocolate flavor to it, both from cocoa powder and dark chocolate. It takes a little time to put it together even though the steps are striaghforward, but the results are worth it.
  • I’ve played poker by betting everything from chocolate candies and pretzels to real poker chips, but I’ve never played with cookies – let alone anything as impressive asBaking Obsession‘s Chocolate Match Poker Chip Cookies. These carefully crafted cookies look like poker chips, can be used as poker chips (if you don’t mind people putting their fingers all over your cookies, that is) and taste a heck of a lot better than the real thing. Follow the instructions carefully and take your time to get the same poker-perfect look in your cookies if you try this recipe. Patience will ensure that your chips come out looking just like the originals, and once you’ve mastered the technique, you can use different cookie dough flavors for different chip values!
  • For a little bit of indulgence, a pot de creme is the perfect dessert choice. They’re very rich custards that are served in very small portions. They’re baked in an oven to set up, but most of the cooking is done on the stovetop. I see chocolate variations quite often, but the Butterscotch Pot de Creme that Cannelle et Vanille tried sound like a lovely flavor contrast to the more common chocolate pots. The butterscotch flavor is achieved with a caramel made of muscovado and demerara sugars, enriched with cream, milk, vanilla and sea salt.
  • The Harvest Grape Bread from The Italian Dish Blog doesn’t use any grapes in the recipe. The name comes from the fact that the bread is shaped like a cluster of grapes. The design is stunning, but it also makes the bread easy to eat, since roll-sized “grapes” can be plucked off the main loaf and eaten. The bread is slightly sweet and flavored with orange liqueur, along with a bit of nutmeg and cardamom, and it will go well with a wide variety of both sweet and savory accompaniments. It’s also ideal for serving with wine, cheese and other appetizers because it is so easy to eat.


  1. Hi Nicole! I’ve been reading your blog for years and have so enjoyed the sweetness you share, both from other blogs and your own kitchen. I’m so thrilled to have been included on your list today; glad you liked the cupcakes :) Cheers!

  2. Dear Nicole…

    It is great to read your blog because you love to share other peoples fine work to… Love it !

  3. This is very kind of u.
    Just hopped by to baking obsession and am totally in love with those wonderful cakkeys…..the winnie de pooh is awesome….am so in love….

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