Birthday cake icing

For years I have owned a checkerboard cake pan and finally decided to attempt to make this layer cake.  First and foremost, I want to emphasize–this takes time.  I planned two days to prepare the cake, chill the cake, and make and decorate the cake. And by no means, am I any sort of expert. …

Ginger Walnut Bundt cake

After seeing so many beautiful cake pans displayed from Nordicware, I just had to prepare an old-fashioned bundt cake at home.  This cake was super delicious, with the recipe coming from the pages of Taste of Home, November 2015.  Even though I often adjust other cookbook recipes, for baking, I always follow the recipe exactly…

mummy cupcakes

For a couple of years I have seen photos of different mummy cupcake designs either on the Internet or in food magazines.  I decided to try them out this year for a quick sweet treat. I used a box cake mix to make some carrot cake cupcakes.  I made only 12, and used the other…

Easy Holiday Petit Fours

Years ago I found this recipe for easy petit fours.  This is a “go-to” recipe that can be made for just about any holiday.  It uses the standard frozen pound cake, which is thawed overnight in the refrigerator.  Then, after cubed, the pound cake squares are glazed with a typical confectioners’ sugar mixture.  During the…

one pan cake with fruit

I am becoming a fast fan of Martha’s cookbook  One Pot.  I have been trying recipes in every category with outstanding results.  Even in her dessert chapter, all of the selections are made with just one type of pot, pan or skillet.  So, I would call these quick and easy desserts.  Reading through the recipes,…

Las Vegas food

As I have been reviewing my photos taken on my recent vacation to Las Vegas, I am appreciating the artistry of the pastry chefs and food teams at many of the hotels on the strip.  We enjoyed sampling meals from many of the hotels, which have hundreds of choices of types of offerings.  I wanted…

brownies in a slow cooker

After experimenting with a few different slow cooker recipes for a chocolate fudge brownie dessert, I created this recipe for brownies in a slow cooker. The closest recipe came from an online recipe found at Taste of Home.  Although I have several different types of slow cookers, many of them larger than what is needed…

raspberry breakfast muffins

Fresh raspberries are plentiful at the market, and I just couldn’t resist purchasing several packages.  Muffins made with fresh berries are sometimes a bit tricky, since there is so much moisture in the berries.  I looked through some of my cookbooks to find a recipe using fresh raspberries, and decided after some time to look…

raspberry fruit tarts with ground sugar

  sometimes i need a quick dessert to offer at the last-minute.  i usually keep pre-made tart shells on hand for those occasions.  i have found that sometimes these quick desserts are most welcome. for the raspberry fruit tarts, i use either a bit of whipped cream or lemon curd from the jar–adding a couple…

carrots in the garden cake

  the weather was lovely in Michigan yesterday.  it really seems like Spring is here.  of course, the season of chocolate came as well, with another round of chocolate bunnies and just about everything dipped in chocolate in the stores.  it is certainly difficult to resist all of the temptations at the market.  my husband…

cupcakes from the store

  last week i wrote about baking inspiration.  i love to visit bakeries.  probably, i should not be visiting as much as i do, but nevertheless, i am inspired by bake shops.  a couple of weeks ago, i visited Ann Arbor, Michigan and happened upon this very cute bake shop which is not located near…

visiting an old fashioned bakery

  some of my best baking inspiration comes when i travel out-of-town and visit bakeries in other cities.  this bakery was so cute.  the atmosphere was super hometown.  all the baked goods looked delicious.  the feel of this bakery was like nothing i have seen in many years. the baked goods were on a table….