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Chocolate and Pistachio Cake. Guys, it’s official.

Chocolate and Pistachio Cake

I am a homeowner. It’s scary and exciting, but mostly scary. Because truth be told, the house right now is far from perfect. The reality of homeownership is sinking in as I discover hidden corners of mold in the house, broken door knobs, and large gaping holes left over from the previous owner’s various wall hangings. Not to mention the fact that both the dining and living rooms are incredibly dark — it’s where light goes to die, and where I go to sit when I’m feeling stressed out by all the work I have to do.

White Chocolate Espresso Cake. I have long believed that celebrations should involve cake and plenty of it.

White Chocolate Espresso Cake

I think three years are worth celebrating, don't you? This cake went through a couple iterations before it reached this final product, but friends and family have all agreed that it is incredible. White Chocolate Espresso Cake is on the list of my favorite cakes to date. Earl Grey Tea Cupcake. I am not a big fan of tea.

Earl Grey Tea Cupcake

Sweet & Salty Cupcakes: chocolate & salted caramel cupcakes with whipped caramel ganache frosting. Sweet and Salty.

Sweet & Salty Cupcakes: chocolate & salted caramel cupcakes with whipped caramel ganache frosting

I know, at first glance, that doesn't sound like the nicest of combinations. Initially for me it conjured up horrific experiences at asian-style bakeries where the seemingly delicious looking pizza bread is actually made with a sweet bun and sugary glaze, or a tempting sweet looking bun turns out to have ham or some other savoury meaty filling....savoury and sweet baking is just not my cup of tea. But sweet and salty is a whole other ball game: think salted caramels, sea salt toffee and thai mango sticky rice. That little bit of salt with a very sweet item takes the whole experience from merely wow to awesome to the power of rad.

Sweet and salty seems to be the flavour of the month with the Sweet and Salty Cake being raved about all over the food blogging world. Going nuts over chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with caramel peanut glaze. FACT: Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one's mouth.

Going nuts over chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with caramel peanut glaze

Peanuts are so underrated. Almonds are sexy thanks to macarons and friands. Pistachios are oh so exotic when doused with rosewater and honey in baklava. But the poor wee peanut doesn't have such a glamourous rep. They're always the ones left uneaten in the roasted nut mix and unlike delicious pecan pie and chic frangipane tarts you don't hear anyone sing the praises of a peanutty pastry creation. It seems the humble peanut is relegated to being the boring forgettable nut-cousin. Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Frosting. I had almost started making these when I realized I was out of praline paste. I did want the frosting to be caramel, but I didn’t have neither intention nor time for making praline at that moment.

Instead, I quickly fixed caramel crème anglaise and then turned it into the buttercream. I liked the outcome. The caramel flavor was there, and the texture was perfect for piping – soft, but also very stable. Makes 12 regular-sized cupcakes or 24 mini ones For the cupcakes: Triple Banana Double Caramel Mini Cupcakes. This is my basic and the most often used banana-bread formula.

Triple Banana Double Caramel Mini Cupcakes

I do vary flavors, play with different flours, but I usually keep the proportions of the main ingredients the same. The bread is moist but not wet or sticky, just as good as any banana bread should be. I bake this batter as a loaf, cake layers or cupcakes, according to my mood or need. Let me explain the cupcakes’ weird name. How you like them apples: Apple & Olive Oil Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting. Dorothy: [Reaches to pick an apple from the apple tree, the tree grabs the apple and slaps her hand.] Ouch! Apple Tree: What d'ya think you're doing? Dorothy: We've been walking a long ways and I was hungry and... did you say something?

Apple Tree: She was hungry! Well, how would you like to have someone come along and pick something off of you? Coffee Cake Recipe. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven.

Coffee Cake Recipe

Butter (or spray with a non stick vegetable spray) a 9-inch (23 cm) spring form pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a circle of parchment paper. Crumb Topping: Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for 8 - 10 minutes or until fragrant and lightly browned. Let cool and then coarsely chop. Then, in a small bowl, stir together the chopped nuts, sugar, chocolate chips, ground cinnamon and flour. Coffee Cake: In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter until softened (about 1 minute). Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with an offset spatula or back of a spoon.

Chocolate Chips Streusel Pound Cake. My oven is back in action again.

Chocolate Chips Streusel Pound Cake

Bake this simple cake for our breakfast. Cheesecake Brownies Recipe. Mocha Coffee Coffee Cake. This breakfast cake is a bad influence.

Mocha Coffee Coffee Cake

Not possible, you say? Well, when chocolate and coffee join forces against me, I crumble. This cake made me want to call in sick to work this morning, and just spend the day on the couch with cake. I didn’t, but oh, oh the temptation! Chocolate chip sour cream coffee cake. Blueberry Crumble Slice. Blueberry again?

Blueberry Crumble Slice

Cranberry Coffee Cake. I feel like I’ve been haunted by the three bags of fresh cranberries I bought about a month ago. You’d think I’ve baked enough cranberry filled goodies to make these cranberries a thing of the past. Nope. Fruit Pastry. This is a really simply and delicious cake. Thanks to Vi at IK forum (a food forum I visited daily) for her recipe. Here is her recipe. Ingredients : 113g/1 stick butter, at room temperature 1 cup castor sugar 50g sour cream 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Pinch of salt 1 teaspoon orange zest 3 large eggs, at room temperature 210g plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 500g fresh fruits (I usestrawberries, handful of blueberries, mandarin orange and canned peach slices) Cranberry Nut Coffee Cake. A basic cinnamon streusel is a classic topping for coffee cake, but coffee cakes, like muffins, are things that can easily be transformed by the addition of a few flavorful extra ingredients.

Blueberry Muffins Recipe.