Category Archives: Cakes – Frosting

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Perfect Yellow Cake

There are some cake recipes that I go back to again and again, and this simple yellow cake is one of them. Unassuming and almost plain looking, this cake has a great flavor and a soft, tender crumb. It is easy to make and perfect for eating any day of the week in big slices with a glass of milk – rather than waiting for ... Read More »

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Filling

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Filling

Whoopie pies are soft, cake-like cookies that are sandwiched together with a frosting-like filling. If you haven’t had them before, they’re almost like inside out cupcakes in terms of texture and flavor. Whoopie pies are easy to make and easy to transport, so they’re a great snack to make when you need to feed a crowd or want to take a treat to a party. ... Read More »

Dirt Cupcakes

Dirt Cupcakes

What could be more creepy than a pile of dirt full of bugs and worms? Maybe the boogie man, but this year I used that idea as inspiration to create some Dirt Cupcakes as a Halloween treat! Like many Halloween treats, they taste a lot better than they look and they’re a lot of fun to make. These cupcakes start out with a big batch ... Read More »

Zucchini Cake with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

Zucchini and Lime Cake

Zucchini is great for baking because it can add a whole lot of moisture to a baked good. It can show up in cakes and quickbreads, just as carrots can. It is often paired with chocolate and over time I’ve noticed why: green is not a color that blends into a cake that easily (nor is it one that you expect to see in a ... Read More »

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Root Beer Float Cupcakes, in progress

I have been itching to make some root beer cupcakes with my bottle of Sonoma Syrup Co’s Root Beer Syrup because the syrup is so flavorful and seemed like it would pass on a great root beer flavor into baked goods. The syrup has concentrated the root beer flavor and it comes through much more strongly (and more naturally) than using root beer-flavored extract might. ... Read More »

Fourth of July Cupcakes

4th of July Cupcakes

A dessert doesn’t have to be red, white and blue to be appropriate for a 4th of July celebration, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. You can add blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and other fruits to a dessert, or you can take a little more obvious route and opt for food coloring. To make a splash, this year I went with the latter route and baked some ... Read More »

Lemon Frosted Cardamom Chai Cupcakes

Lemon Frosted Cardamom Chai Cupcakes

It’s easy to make filled cupcakes and it’s a handy kitchen skill to have because it allows you to do more with your cupcakes than just frost them. You can improve a dry cupcake by infusing some moisture into it with a creamy filling and you can bring in new flavor to an otherwise plain expanse of cake. I filled up these Cardamom Chai Spiced ... Read More »

Fresh Cherry Cupcakes

Fresh Cherry Cupcakes

Fresh cherries make me think of cobblers and pies, not necessarily of cakes and cupcakes. When I do bake cakes with cherries, I usually default to frozen or jarred cherries because they are so convenient. This time, I got myself out of the rut and used fresh cherries in a batch of Fresh Cherry Cupcakes. At first glance, you might think that putting fresh fruit ... Read More »

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