• Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Blood Orange Buttercream

    Hello everyone, Happy Friday! Congratulations on powering through another work week, I’m so proud of you! I don’t know what it was about this week that made it feel so long, even with the holiday Monday, what is that about? But now that we’re approaching the sweet, sweet weekend, why not reward yourself with a slice of this incredible double layer cake, with just the right balance of richness from the dark chocolate and brightness from the blood orange. It might seem like a weird combination, chocolate and citrus, but I PROMISE I’m not leading you astray here. Cakes have always been a weak spot for me, I can never seem…

  • Tea Time Madeleines

    Anyone who knows me at all knows that tea time is the most important time of day. Also, tea time usually happens around once every hour, I really LOVE tea. The thing is, it doesn’t really feel like tea time unless its accompanied by a sweet treat, so I always try to have something in the cookie jar. Enter these lil guys. Madeleines are a sweet french baked treat that’s half cookie-half cake, and can be flavored to your hearts desire, (plus they bake in 8-10 minutes, so it’s a win-win). They are traditionally baked in a special madeleine pan, which is delicately scalloped and makes each one look like…

  • Classic Cream Puffs

    On this week’s episode of “My Adventures with Pâte à Choux”,  I conquered an old childhood favorite. I have vivid memories of Friday night pizza dinners where my dad, who drove to New Jersey every day for work, would bring home pizza from the special pizza place with the triangle windows, and a box of cream puffs for dessert. While I was perusing the unofficial baking bible, Erin McDowell’s The Fearless Baker, I came across this recipe and the memories flooded back, and suddenly eating a dozen cream puffs single-handedly was all I could think about. These can be done in so many ways, changing the glaze on top and the filling…