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Currently Browsing: Cakes and Cupcakes

Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

It probably won’t come as a shock, but I used to be a big fan of the Food Network. I’d watch Ina and Giada and Bobby and Tyler all day long, salivating over their dishes, and wishing I could be just like them. As someone who is completely enamored with food, it seemed pretty obvious that that’s how I would spend my idle time — especially in college, when I would rather have done anything than homework. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve grown out of it somewhat, opting for ridiculous reality TV, network shows, and HGTV. When I was going through the home-buying process, kitchen reno’s and backyard re-dos were so much more my jive, so for a long time that’s all I would watch. (more…)

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

It seems that here in New England, most of our native crops are late this year. Given the looooonnngggggg winter, it’s really no surprise. I still feel like I’m thawing from a deep freeze! Usually by now we’d have a bounty of fresh local strawberries, but I only just picked up my first pint this weekend. They looked perfect to the eye — lush and red, and perfectly shaped — but once I snuck a few, I found that their sweetness wasn’t quite all the way developed. I had been eyeing this cake from Joanne’s blog for days, so it seemed the perfect application for the tart, juicy berries. (more…)

Fresh Fig, Walnut, and Rosemary Upside-Down Cake

Hello! How are you?! It’s been a while. Since I last wrote something here, I had my final wedding dress fitting, Kevin and I moved into our new condo, we traveled for wedding appointments, and started condo renovations. To kick it all off, we tore down a wall and painted our bedroom. We also bought 4 new toilets (even though we only have one bathroom…), finally successfully installed one of those toilets that actually fits in our microscopically bathroom, we installed two closet systems, and a shelving pantry area behind out new kitchen, plus picked paint colors for the entire place, painted the pantry, started painting and priming the in-transition living room and made about 1,000 trips to Home Depot. It’s starting to feel more like Home Depot is my home than out condo! (more…)

Honey Lemon Bundt Cake

For the Secret Recipe Club this month, I was assigned Nayna’s blog Simplyfood. She lives in the UK which automatically makes me intrigued since I’ve never been to Europe, and her blog has tons of unfamiliar to me recipes so I had lots of fun looking through them. I haven’t been doing a ton of baking lately, so I really wanted to find something sweet to make and eat for dessert, and when I came across this Lemon and Honey Cake, I was sold!  (more…)

Honey Lemon Lavender Cupcakes

While the weather outside certainly doesn’t show it, spring is just 2 days away! And with the arrival of spring comes a whole slew of new recipes. As each season comes and goes, I always get excited for the recipes that I’ll make, but spring recipes just might be my favorite. We’re all coming out of hibernation and looking forward to a warmer, brighter and cheerier season. As such, for this month’s Secret Recipe Club, I opted for a lighter lemon recipe, but one with a twist. (more…)

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