• Dessert,  Recipe

    Chessboard Cake

    This cake is a stunning centerpiece for any dessert table. The chessboard pattern will impress even the most calculating connoisseur. I love challenging myself to find and conquer difficult recipes. After a trio of tries I can finally ‘check’ this one off of my list. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Previous Next He stared at her. “You should be upstairs with the others.” She looked at him levelly; something about this man and the steadiness with which he played his mysterious game helped her to hold tightly to what she wanted. “I don’t want to be with…

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    Guest List Red Velvet Cake

    When I read the Guest List, I knew almost immediately that I would be baking a wedding cake. Did you know that red velvet gets a natural slight red tint from cocoa powder?? Of course, it’s become standard to add coloring to get the deep velvety red that we know and love. Have you tried this recipe?? I’d love to hear your feedback. Please comment and rate! Peace & love, jenni Want to be alerted when I post new recipes? Subscribe below to be in the know!

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    Champagne Cupcakes

    Pop the champagne a little early because you’re going to love these delicious delicate bites. Fresh strawberry cupcakes with an elegant champagne frosting are perfect for a New Year’s Eve countdown! Recipe makes 24 cupcakes. Strawberry Cupcakes 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cup sugar 1/2 cup whole milk 2 cup strawberry puree 1/2 cup strawberry jam 4 egg whites 2 eggs 2 t vanilla 3 cups flour 4 t  baking powder 1 t  salt red food coloring Cream the butter and add sugar. mix in the rest of the ingredients. add food color as needed. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.  Champagne…

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    Manhattan Cheesecake

    Start this recipe now!! The cherries take at least a day. You’ll thank me in a few. Seriously, these take time and the clock is ticking….but you’ll be the hostess (or host) with the mostest! Whiskey Infused Cherries 2 cups cherries, pitted 1 3/4 cup whiskey 1/3 cup sugar put cherries (less a few for decoration), whiskey and sugar in a saucepan. simmer for 15 minutes until sugar dissolves. pour into mason jar and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. when ready to use on cheesecakes, put over medium heat and cook down alcohol until reduced, about 25-30 minutes.  Crust 2 packs of graham crackers 1/3 cup  brown sugar 1/2…

  • Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Recipe

    Deep, Dark Chocolate Torte

    Flourless and rich chocolate goodness, this torte is a great treat for your gluten free friends. It tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen. In reality, it is so incredibly easy to make and takes only 6 ingredients.  Ingredients 1 cup unsalted butter 1/3 cup heavy cream 10 oz bittersweet chocolates (I use Ghirardelli 60% cocoa) 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 5 eggs you will also need:  9″ springform pan Preheat oven to 325. Heat the butter and cream over medium heat until simmering and the butter has melted. Add the chocolate and stir until completely melted. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder…

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    Caramel Cake Petit Fours

    The Cake This is basically a pound cake with a few minor adjustments, including extra eggs. Eggs are the magical ingredient. Their job in this batter is to provide structure. When heated, egg proteins coagulate and give stiffness to the cake- all the better for shaping our little petite fours. Poured Fondant Icing Want to be alerted when I post new recipes? Subscribe below to be in the know!

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    Rachel’s Canelés

    These rich and moist custard pastries have crunchy carmelized shells that give a satisfying CRACK when you bite into them. Originating in Bordeaux, I personally had never heard of, let alone tried, canelés. My life has been seriously enriched with the discovery! Ingredients 2 tsp vanilla 2 1/4 cup milk 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup flour 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 3 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted 1 egg 3 egg yolks 4 Tbsp whiskey 1 Tbsp beeswax 4 Tbsp butter You will need canalé molds. I found this great set of real copper tins on Amazon. food grade beeswax – also found on Amazon. ***The batter needs to be…