Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Filling

devil's food cupcake cream innards

Who can resist a cream filled chocolate cupcake? It brings back childhood memories for almost everyone, whether your parents let you eat them or you bartered for them with other snack items in the lunchroom. The cream filling recipe I used was given to me a long time ago by a lovely (former) food blogger, Alice (of “My Adventures in the Breadbox” if any of ... Read More »


cupcakes! cookbook

I think that we can safely say that the peak of the cupcake craze is past us, considering that we’re no longer hearing about “that cupcake fad” or every new cupcake bakery in the newspaper each week. But that doesn’t mean that cupcakes are any less popular. In fact, they might even be more popular now than before as more people take an interest in ... Read More »

Grape and Raisin Bread

grape and raisin loaf

Of all the fruits out there, grapes must be one of the most under-utilized when it comes to baking. I’ve probably seen only a handful of grape pies and tarts, and things like grape breads and grape cookies are far less common. Perhaps the reason for this is that raisins are an incredibly popular ingredient for baking, and unlike fresh fruits, will conveniently keep for a ... Read More »

Chocolate Chipper

chocolate and chipper

At first glance, the tool is small and unremarkable, resembling a miniature rake or pitchfork with its wooden handle and metal prongs. Lightweight, but very sturdy, it seems useful and easy to handle, but based on appearances alone, it is hard to figure out what it is for. The tool in question is a chocolate chipper, pictured above with some chipped-up chocolate that makes its purpose ... Read More »

Honey Cake with Lemon Glaze

slice o' honey cake

 It’s Rosh Hashanah and you need something to take to a little new year celebration that your friends have invited you to. What should you make? My vote would be for a honey cake, as they are fairly traditional, easy to make and very tasty. I first spotted the recipe for this Ukrainian Honey Cake at The Wednesday Chef, where I was inspired to give ... Read More »

Accent your food – using gold flake chopsticks

Edible gold leaf is one of the most elegant ways to top off a dessert, especially one made with dark chocolate where the little golden flecks can really pop out. Since it’s fairly easy to find at craft and specialty food stores, you can keep some on hand so that it is available when you want to take a special dessert (say, for an anniversary ... Read More »

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread with Sugar Crust

When I first glanced at this Starbucks recipe and read the name, I assumed that it would come out as a kind of quick bread, the sort of loaf that is slightly dense and goes splendidly with a cup of coffee. Now, I won’t argue that it doesn’t go well with coffee (it does), but it is most certainly not as much a bread as it ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

There were a lot of great recipes out there on the blogs this week and I’m not going to keep you in suspense any longer. Here are this week’s Bites from other Blogs: Baking and Books has an outstanding looking Apple Honey Challah, made with dried apples and a touch of honey for sweetness. It looks like it would be good any time, but is ... Read More »

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