Chocolate Layer Cake with Pumpkin Pastry Cream and Maple Bourbon Buttercream

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To finish off my 4-week long fondant cake decorating class, we were tasked with making a cake to cover in fondant and bring the uniced cake into class.  Seeing as Halloween was later that week, my class decided pumpkin cakes would be fitting to make as our final cake project.  Continue reading

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Better-Than-A-Campfire S’mores Cupcakes…Need I say (s’)more? ;)

Chocolate.  Marshmallows.  Graham crackers.  What’s not to love, right?  There are few things in life more perfect than sitting around a campfire with friends and/or family, roasting marshmallows, then squishing them between graham crackers and chocolate, taking a bite and giggling uncontrollably as the s’mores innards ooze down your face.  It’s one of life’s simple pleasures, and an activity I can enjoy pretty much year-round (flashback to many happy memories of roasting marshmallows in my fireplace with my family on a cold winter’s night).  Personally, I’ve never even needed the graham crackers or chocolate; just gimme a stick, a marshmallow, and a campfire, and I’m one happy little camper (pun intended).  So, when I came across this s’mores cupcake recipe, I was intrigued.  And I wanted it.  Immediately.  Luckily, with the weekend right around the corner and no recipe in the queue, it took me only a few days to make this dream a reality.  And let me tell you – I needed to be pinched to ensure I wasn’t still dreaming when I bit into these little morsels of perfection.

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The Brownie at the Top of the Mountain

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Yesterday, I went on a run that I swear was uphill the entire way.  As I huffed and puffed my way up the giant hill mountain the last 1/4 mile, I kept saying to myself, “There’s a brownie waiting for you at the top.  That’s why you are running – so you can eat that brownie later.  It’s gonna taste so good…”  And it was.  So good.  Continue reading

Father’s Day Fudge Brownie Tartlets

Sunday was Father’s Day, and as with any other small or big event, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to try out a new recipe.

This week’s challenge: Fudge Brownie Tartlets.

Fudge tartlets

Now, I’m not sure why it’s called a tartlet, because there is nothing tart about it, but I try not to ask too many questions. I guess it is because it is in a little pie crust type pastry just like your typical fruit tartlet. But again, nothing tart about it. There is definitely room for improvement on the name.  As for the fudge part? Right on.  This recipe was just the right amount of sweetness and rich chocolatey-ness, paired with a refreshingly light and flaky crust.

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