Category Archives: Cakes & Cupcakes

Buttered Rum Cake: Crispy, Gooey, Buttery and Boozy

When my husband and I took a little getaway recently, we left without any set plans except to explore.  The trip worked out wonderfully; we found ourselves refreshed by easy discoveries of countless charming shops, festive neighborhoods, and beautiful bridges … Continue reading

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Orange and Black (Olive) Cake: A Dark Chocolate Delight

Like many kids, I was known to stick black olives on my fingertips at holiday gatherings, joyously waving my hands until I popped them into my mouth one by one.  I loved the way the olives transformed my hands into … Continue reading

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Lemony Fennel Cupcakes

Before she left town for a new job in a new state, my kind friend had me over for dinner earlier this summer.  It was a dreamy evening filled with playing with her little son, picking figs from her neighbor’s … Continue reading

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Lavender and Blue(berry) Cake

I’ve always been rather skeptical about treating lavender as an edible.  Sure, it’s a relaxing and wonderful scent in bath products, perfumes and sachets, and it’s just lovely when growing outside.  But it’s taken me awhile to enjoy it in … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Peach Sandwich Cakes

Peach season is almost over, and I have to say, I can’t get enough of it.  I hardly ever do.  There’s something that sings summertime when I bite into a fresh, ripe peach.  Tart, sweet and juicy, the fruit is … Continue reading

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Lemonade Cake, two ways — A Perfect Summer Treat

Lemonade is a quintessential summertime drink, and it’s hard to imagine a barbeque without it.  I recently found myself with a jug of leftover lemonade in my fridge, luring me in with its tart sweetness every time I opened the … Continue reading

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Fresh Cherry Cupcakes with a Bit of Rosemary

The past few weeks have been very full: full of loveliness, busyness, uncertainty, eventfulness… and no lack of baking.  First, there was the wedding of a longtime friend of mine, Julie. Several years ago when I got married, Julie shot … Continue reading

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