“Don’t eat that, I need to take a picture of it first.”
“Don’t take a picture of it – it’s too small! It’s cold and you made it days ago!”
This is how the conversation went back-and-forth between my husband and I regarding this last, solitary sliver of cake. Of course, he just wanted to hurry up and eat it, but the thing is, I didn’t know I would want to blog about it when I made it. In fact, I imagined that it would very likely be a flop, or at best, unequivocally “meh.”
Boy, was I surprised.
Two beans, both alike in dignity,
In American kitchen, where we lay our scene,
Despite ancient grudge inspire a new recipe,
Where chocolate dessert meets morning caffeine.
Sorry to wax Shakespearean, but this cake has me feeling poetic. Let me state for the record that I hate coffee-flavored desserts and that, despite identifying as a slight coffee snob, the same goes for cold coffees. Tiramisu, frappucinos, coffee ice cream – all a big “nope” in my book.
Apparently though, the use of coffee in chocolate desserts can enhance the flavor of the chocolate, without imparting much of a coffee taste.
Someone stop me. I find about three new recipes every single day that I seriously want to try. I started a binder of these recipes. And it’s a big binder. And it’s 90% sweets.
Not the best idea for a dieter who has currently “plateaued.” These lovelies are for a bake sale though, so it’s for a good cause (#pedestal). Also, it’s Valentine’s Day.
I have a bucket of “excuses to bake” tucked away under my desk here. Continue reading
It is good to be back! I have been unable to write for a while, but I’m happy to say I have turned a new page in life and that things are looking up. What better time than Christmas and New Year’s for rebirth and new beginnings too?
But enough with the sentiments eh? Let’s have a snack . . . .
I have been cooking up a storm for social events lately! A lot of experimentation led me to discover some new techniques along the way. I worked with vanilla beans for the first time ever by baking Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream for a work shower. Isn’t “Vanilla Bean Buttercream” so fun to say? Even more fun to eat! Later, I made donuts, also for the first time – Heart-Shaped Cake Donuts to be exact – for a bake sale. Let’s dive in first with the real stunner ingredient here: the peachy-keen vanilla bean… Continue reading
The perfect chocolate chip cookie is different for everyone. Crispy, thin, chewy, fluffy, cakey – baked with browned butter or sprinkled with sea salt. . . so many possibilities! As for me, I have tried so many different recipes over the years that I am bound to accidentally repeat one eventually. They always fall short of my definition of perfection, so I never seem to bake the same one twice (intentionally anyway).
I finally got around to making Alton Brown’s famous cookie, “The Chewy.” Continue reading
About a year or so ago – or has it been two years? Time flies when you’re having fun I guess. . . or is that just getting older? Anyway, at some point in the storied past of Luci, there was once a craving for a certain cookie in a pink box. Luci sought high and low, but to no avail. The already endangered cookie, seemed quite possibly finally extinct.
So what’s an adventurous girl with a craving to do but bake them herself. . . . Continue reading
The welcome spring sunshine has had me craving an equally sunny dessert and there is absolutely nothing I like to bake more than a new cake. I have some pretty amazing recipes ~ if I do say so myself ~ and am always on the lookout for a new stunner to add to the arsenal.
Enter Lemon Blueberry Cake. Continue reading