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Cake & Bake Show 2013

by Janelle 09.16.2013
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This weekend I checked out London’s annual Cake & Bake Show at Earls Court, a baking exhibition featuring live competitions, celebrity demonstrations, sugarcraft showcases, and a marketplace featuring up and coming stars in the world of sweets. When I first heard about the show, I went on the website to get tickets immediately because not [...]

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Frosted Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

by Janelle 08.30.2013
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It’s a tradition every year for me to cook a special dinner for my husband on his birthday, August 28th. This year he mentioned he’d like some homemade chocolate donuts, reminiscent of the irresistible ‘donut shop style’ doughnuts he enjoyed as a kid. This was my first attempt at making *real* doughnuts and I wanted [...]

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Drizzled Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake

by Janelle 07.09.2012
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I am thrilled to share one of my favorite recipes for a decadent easy dark chocolate sheet cake. This recipe uses a dark chocolate fudge cake mix and fluffy vanilla buttercream frosting, topped with melted unsweetened chocolate drizzle to complement the sweetness of the cake. Best served chilled, the cake is great for a party [...]

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Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake

by Janelle 06.19.2012
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My fiancé and I invited our families over for dinner last weekend, so I decided to bake one of my favorite desserts, a Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake. Many die-hard chocolate-lovers out there are familiar with this fudgy type of cake baked with only chocolate, eggs, sugar, and butter, and not a trace of flour. The combination [...]

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Crazy for Colomba! Italy’s Easter Delight

by Janelle 03.19.2012
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When I lived in Lugano, Swizterland, I would always look forward to the delicious pastries served during Eastertime – my favorite was Colomba, a sweet, spongy, eggy Easter bread in the shape of a dove. The cake-like bread is soft, buttery, moist, sweet and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I hadn’t had it since living in Europe, so [...]

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A Chocolate Chip Cookie Shake-up: Toll House Marble Squares

by Janelle 02.29.2012
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If you love chocolate chip cookies, you will go crazy for Nestle’s Toll House Marble Squares. With all the same ingredients you love in chocolate chip cookies –rich brown sugar and fudgy chocolate chips– these squares are essentially cookie batter baked in the form of a cake in a sheet pan. The squares are a bit thicker [...]

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Sherry Cake

by Janelle 02.21.2012
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Sherry cake is one of my grandmother’s most delightful go-to cakes. It’s easy to make and bursting with the distinct taste of sherry wine. You start with a basic yellow cake mix and vanilla instant pudding mix and add eggs, oil, sherry and nutmeg. The result is a moist, dense pound cake-like cake that is [...]

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A Cake Fit For a King… Galette des Rois

by Janelle 01.10.2012
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The French are smart. After Christmas, once the endless Bûche de Noëls and truffles au chocolat are devoured and forgotten till next year, the French fill the newly formed dessert void with a brilliant confection, Galette des Rois. In Paris, bakeries reopen on January 2nd with their shelves full of these much-awaited cakes. Traditionally eaten [...]

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Apple Flognarde… A Light French Clafoutis Dessert

by Janelle 11.24.2011
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Apple Flognarde is a delicious traditional French specialty hailing from the Limousin and Auvergne region in the southwest of France. A flognarde, similar to a Clafoutis which is made with cherries, is essentially a puffed “soufflé” baked with fresh fruit. Although you can make it with blackberries, peaches, figs, or blueberries, just to name a few, [...]

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Carla Hall’s Lemon Pudding Cake with Orange Liqueur

by Janelle 10.21.2011
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ABC’s new daytime show, The Chew, has been killing it with to-die-for recipes rolling out every day. If you are a Top Chef watcher, you will remember Carla and her scrumptious and hearty comfort-food-style cooking. A true lover of sweets (she owns Alchemy cookies after all) it is no surprise this mouthwatering lemon pudding cake [...]

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