Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Hello and welcome!  If you’re a newcomer, I certainly appreciate you taking the time to click on this recipe.  If you’re a long-time reader/viewer, thank you so much (all the more) for sticking around all this time!  It’s certainly great to be up-and-running after our international move, settling in process, […]

Irish Cream Bread Puddings…..GAH!!

These are so delicious…I just…I just don’t even know what to say.  Make them and you’ll see what I mean. You can see all the shenanigans on the vid above.  Recipe in print is below: Irish Cream Bread Pudding: Makes four small-ramekin sized bread puddings 4 cups cubed French bread 3 […]

My Son’s Decadent Birthday Cake!

Intensely decadent, over decorated, dripping with chocolate and entombed in a buttercream made of blitzed, pulverized Oreo Cookies:  It’s the perfect birthday cake for a teenager! Cake Schematics: Cake:  My Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake (recipe in video below) Icing:  Oreo Buttercream 1 lb butter, softened 2 cups powdered sugar 1 1/2 […]

Divine Red Velvet Cupcakes

    Shannon’s Divine Red Velvet Cupcakes Light, airy, flavorful, delicate…..downright ETHEREAL light cake, and the “Lighter than air” whipped cream cheese icing (and the cherry on top) make these cupcakes stand apart from all the rest. Makes 2 dozen Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour 1 1/4 teaspoon […]

Video: Rose’s Colorful Princess Cake

Rose’s Colorful Princess Cake: For the Cake: You’ll need 2x the recipe below.  Dye each batch a different color.  Rose chose fuchsia and orange. Shannon’s Confetti Birthday Cake Makes one 8-inch round and one 6-inch round. Ingredients: 3 cups cake flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 eggs, […]

Recipes for “Utility” Gingerbread and Royal Icing

I wanted to take a quick moment out of my family’s “gingerbread village project” to post the recipes for our “utility” gingerbread and royal icing. Utility Gingerbread: This is the recipe I use for ornamental gingerbread.  It’s sturdy, it smells nice, and it’s inexpensive to make.  It’s not the best tasting gingerbread, […]

Homemade Marzipan and Video Tutorials on How to Sculpt and Paint Marzipan Fruits

Marzipan is one of the oldest and most well-loved confections in the world. It’s roots lie in ancient Persia.  The original recipe consisted of ground almonds, honey and rosewater.  The confection was introduced in Europe in about the 13th century, and by the 16th century, sugar was added.  It was the food of kings. […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes!

  So….things have changed a little in my world lately…. A little over six weeks ago – completely on a whim…I decided to live record myself cooking in my kitchen over Facebook live tv.  I do have experience as a presenter, cooking teacher and speaker, so it wasn’t hard to […]

Charlotte’s Victoria Sponge Cake

My daughter Charlotte is ten-years-old and is just about the neatest person I’ve ever known.  All my kids are the neatest people I’ve ever known, but each is so unique, it’s easy to see and appreciate all the great things that make them who they are.  I’m nuts over all […]

New Orleans King Cake (with Bourbon Glaze)

It’s hard to explain how New Orleans can get under your skin.  I think the reason why many of us can move to New Orleans and duly adopt the traditions (so readily), is because the people of New Orleans are so non-discriminating.  If you’re there, you’re family.  I’ve lived in many places and […]

Chocolate Ganache

I’m not saying that making your own chocolate sauce will change your life….  I mean if you’re not in the mood for an ethereal, (nay, even spiritual) experience that will make your childhood dreams come true.  If you never watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and secretly envied Augustus […]

Classic American Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing

If you’ve never made a cake from scratch before, this recipe is a good one to get you started. I can’t claim to have a favorite cake, like I can’t claim to have a favorite child.  But….this one’s in my top 5… The chocolate icing has just a bite of bitterness to […]

Caramel Apple Slab Pie

People always ask me which kind of apple is best for apple pie.  Oh don’t get me started.  I love talking about apples almost as much as I love talking about Star Trek. I have had the fantastic fortune of being able to live in so many places.  One of the things that’s […]

My Best Pie Crust

 “Pie Crust Anxiety”. Oh yes, it’s real. Of all the topics of cooking classes I’ve taught and of all the time I’ve spent with students and friends in my own kitchen, I’ve witnessed an incredible amount of angst and trepidation over pie crust. It seems to be the American woman’s […]

DIY Designer Cake Plate

I have always relied on the old adage, “Necessity is the mother of invention”.  It is exhilarating to create something on the fly – something that didn’t even exist an hour ago.  And most times, what necessity requires you to invent is far superior to anything that could have been handed to you.  […]

An Old-Fashioned Cakewalk Cake for My Son

My fifth child is in first grade already!  I can’t believe it.  It seems like only yesterday that he was bounding all over the house in a diaper and a ninja costume. Every year my kids’ elementary school has an old-fashioned “fall festival”.  Think Pollyanna and the bazaar.  Really neat […]

Banana Butter Rum Cake

It all started with seven overripe bananas and more rum than should be legal before noon. And it ended with this really delicious cake. But let’s start from the beginning. Hello. Nemesis. Oh, how I hate bananas.  Always speed-ripening.  Never the same from day to day.  Like avocados, but SO NOT […]