Category Archives: Cakes & Cupcakes

Jicama Lime Cake with Tequila-Glazed Nectarines

The first time I ever had jicama, it was cut into spears and served alongside a salad. A child then, I was excited for its newness, and I loved the way it added a sweet and mild crunch to my … Continue reading

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Violet Candy Cupcakes

Lately I’ve been yearning to return to my site’s namesake and bake with flowers again.  It was the cookies with nasturtiums that started it all, followed by recipes with lavender, rose, hibiscus, and even petal-flecked tea (both herbal and black).  … Continue reading

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Cherry Sorrel “Shortcake”

When I recently came across a great article about the lovely green herb, sorrel, I became intrigued.  I admit I couldn’t remember exactly when I’d had it — but after reading that its nickname was “lemonade in a leaf” and … Continue reading

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Cardamom Banana Bites

The banana bread of my childhood was my dear grandma’s crumbly and walnut-laden loaf.  I can still taste it now, slathered with the synthetically smooth margarine she always stocked.  Being the only banana bread I knew, I really enjoyed it … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Rum Sandwich Cakes

Whenever I see the word rhubarb, I hear it in my sweet paternal grandmother’s voice. I don’t have a distinct recollection of her making a rhubarb dish, but she was a prolific pie and candy maker, so it’s certainly possible.  … Continue reading

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Brown Sugar Soy Sauce Cake: Sweet Citrus and Spontaneous Butterscotch

Inspiration for my next dessert recipe usually comes unexpectedly.  This time, I was just poking around at one of my favorite markets and came across a beautiful little bottle of soy sauce.  The decorated label magnetized me with phrases like … Continue reading

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Blueberry Basil Bourbon Cupcakes

Blueberries, bourbon, basil.  It might sound like a tongue-twister, or an odd amalgamation at best.  But please trust me: this trio of flavors is a sweet symphony of complementary bliss.  While I’ve made plenty of desserts with liquor and occasionally … Continue reading

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