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Old Fashioned Chocolate Sheet Cake with Mocha Buttercream

Old Fashioned Chocolate Sheet Cake with Mocha Frosting

There are plenty of great chocolate cake recipes out there, but if you are a chocolate cake fan, you will know that chocolate cake recipes are not one-size-fits-all. Chocolate cakes can range from dense and fudgy cakes that aim to pack as much chocolate into every bite as possible to light and airy – and everything in between. This cake is one of the inbetween ... Read More »

Sweet Sherry Panna Cotta with Caramel Raisin Sauce

Sweet Sherry Panna Cotta with Caramel Raisin Sauce

Pedro Ximénez is the name of a white spanish grape varietal that is used to produce an intensely sweet sherry that is typically served as a dessert wine. The grapes are dried in the sun before being juiced, so the resulting wine – which is fortified and aged before being bottled – has a strong taste of raisins and molasses/brown sugar. I happen to enjoy ... Read More »

Thin, Chewy Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Thin, Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

This is a simple cookie recipe that yields delicious, chewy chocolate chip cookies, but I struggled a little bit with the title of the post. The cookies are dairy-free, meaning that they aren’t made with butter. Instead of butter, I used a vegan cultured “butter” that has a similar flavor, but contains no dairy. The spread is primarily made with coconut oil and, though it ... Read More »

Cherry Pie Frappuccino with Pie Dome Lid

Baking Bites' DIY Cherry Pie Frappuccino with Pie Crust Lid

The other day, I saw that Starbucks Japan was launching a limited edition Cherry Pie Frappuccino that not only contained a cherry pie syrup/filling to accent the vanilla Frappuccino, but it was topped with a dome of pie crust instead of the usual plastic dome that is found on Starbucks cold cups. I wanted one immediately. Unfortunately, these wonderful drinks are only available in Japan ... Read More »

Triple Coconut Custard Pie

Triple Coconut Custard Pie

As a fan of coconut, I’m always interested when I see a coconut pie on a dessert menu. Recently at a restaurant known for their pies, I had a very disappointing slice of coconut pie that had almost no coconut flavor to it. The texture of that pie left something to be desired, as well, but I was mostly put off by the lack of ... Read More »

Hot Cross Bun Muffins

Hot Cross Bun Muffins

Hot cross buns are an Easter tradition for many. The fluffy, spiced buns are made with a yeasted dough and typically include mix-ins like currants, raisins and candied citrus. They are one of those recipes that I only make once every year – and there are times that I skip them because I just don’t have the time. These Hot Cross Bun Muffins are a ... Read More »

Sugared Lavender Almonds

Sugared Lavender Almonds

Sometimes the best things are also the simplest ones. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine brought out a jar of almonds and encouraged me to try one. The nuts were shiny, well-toasted and appeared to have been tossed with coarse sugar. They were Sugared Lavender Almonds and they certainly prove that delicious things come in simple packages. These nuts are easy to make ... Read More »

Fudgy Coffee Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fudgy Coffee Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies may look like they’re made with cocoa powder, but they’re actually made with coffee flour! Coffee flour is made from the fruit of coffee berries, a byproduct of the coffee industry. The pulp is often used as fertilizer, but turning into flour gives us yet another use for this unique product. The flour has a fruity, tea-like flavor but has the consistency of ... Read More »

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