Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake

You know the old saying,


Well, this week life handed me molten chocolate cake instead of chocolate cupcakes. I had 21 dozen cupcakes plus a cutting cake to get done for a wedding so I was recalculating my recipe to make more cupcakes at one time. I also had a little bit of a fuzzy brain for various reasons. I double checked my calculations and through my fuzzy brain I kept thinking, the sugar amount cannot be right, check it again. After three times, I got tired of trying to decipher what my fuzzy brain was saying and I made my cupcakes. Being the thorough person that I am, I proceeded to fill the cake pans, pop them in the ovens and also filled 5 dozen beautiful Italian tulip liners with the rest of the batter so that I could start on my next batch. 15 minutes into the baking of the cakes, I knew I had made an error in my recipe, but I was committed to making all 5 dozen cupcakes and the cakes that were already baking in the oven.


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Chocolate Fudge Cake with Perfect Vanilla Frosting

If I were to choose the perfect chocolate cake, this would be it. The cake is moist, dark and tastes like chocolate. Some chocolate cakes don’t taste like chocolate you know. The fudge filling is rich and thick but not too sweet. The vanilla frosting is silky smooth, pipes beautifully and melts on my tongue. Once I cut into this cake, I like to close my eyes and take a deep breath allowing the aromas of chocolate, sugar and vanilla to penetrate my brain. The icing on the cake, so to speak, is the startling contrast between the fluffy white frosting and deep brown, almost black, cake. This cake gives me the full sensory experience I crave in a dessert.

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Strawberry Chantilly Cake

I want to rename this “The Most Popular Cake You Will Ever Make”, but that’s pretty long and it’s not going to help you find the recipe again. I’m pretty sure it really is the most popular cake you will ever make.  Even better than that it’s easy and you will really, really, really like it, a lot.  It get’s better than that.  It freezes beautifully for up to 6 months.  No, this is not a knife infomercial.  Yes, you should make this cake as is and then make it again with whatever substitutions you think you should make.  May I present, for your eating pleasure (I guess if you don’t make it, it’s only for your viewing pleasure.  That would be a shame.), the Strawberry Chantilly Cake.

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To vent your fruit pie

You’ve got company coming over.  You want to impress them with a gorgeous, flaky, gourmet looking homemade pie.  As they say, the devil is in the details.  With pie this is truth.

If a cracked crust isn’t on your menu, may I humbly suggest venting your fruit pies properly will keep your crust intact.  As far as keeping your sanity intact when company is coming, you’ll have to figure that one out on your own!











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iBake – Sugar Cookie Triumph

This will be a short and sweet post!  Short in part because the originator of this recipe has requested the recipe be linked to rather than posted and sweet because, well, it’s about sugar cookies!  Actually, this is quite possibly THE recipe for sugar cookies.  I can almost guarantee that they will get you invited back to parties, win the respect and admiration of your co-workers, family members and complete strangers should they be so lucky to try your cookies.  I dare say, they might even get you a marriage proposal (if that’s what you’re looking for and your Mr. or Miss “right” isn’t gluten-intolerant, vegetarian, or -> diabetic).

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iBake – Divinely Simple Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls – the epitome of breakfast pastry, yet the perfect recipe can be so illusive.

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Dry and crumbly is the worst offender in my opinion, followed by bland, over baked and lastly under baked. You see, there are a lot of ways to make a cinnamon roll not only unworthy of consuming the sugar and empty calories, but just a down right day ruiner. Is that overly dramatic? I think not. No, it explains it perfectly with no drama at all. Before you skip over to a more optimistic blog let me tell you, there’s only good news from here! Simple, divine, delectable, delicious cinnamon rolls can be yours with a minimal amount of effort, expense and dishes to be washed. Yep, a celebration, including cinnamon rolls, is in order.

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International Women’s Day and Celebrating in St. Petersburg Russia

I am a woman. There is an international day to celebrate me and I knew nothing about it until this year. That is odd.
For my second time in only four months I traveled to the museum city with my father. This time I noticed there were women and men carrying bouquets and floral arrangements everywhere we went. Everybody seemed happy. That’s when they told me it was international women’s day! I was even given flowers, well wishes and a gift. Apparently it’s very different from Mother’s Day, although the celebratory offerings are pretty much the same.


Because of the friends we have there and the wonderful time we have when we are together, St. Petersburg has become one of my favorite places to visit, but being in Russia this week was very sobering.

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iBake – Peanut Butter Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies


It’s my hubs fault. I really wanted a cinnamon roll and I even had the recipe picked out, but I was going to be a good girl and get a scoop of frozen yogurt instead of making another mess in the kitchen. When I mentioned wanting a cinnamon roll he said, “you could make some kind of healthy chocolate chip cookie.” Suggesting that to me is like throwing a stick and saying fetch to a dog!

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