Cakewalker - Hazelnut-Espresso Coffeecake
Holiday Chocolate Biscotti - Cakewalker
Eggnog Cake by Cakewalker
Cakewalker - Italian Apple Cake

Hazelnut-Espresso Coffeecake

Cakewalker - Hazelnut-Espresso Coffeecake

  The aromatic flavors of toasted hazelnut, espresso, and cinnamon are captured in a whole grain crumb dotted with chocolate. Finished with an espresso glaze, this coffeecake begs for a cup of Joe like no other.   I have a confession. I wasn’t a fan of hazelnuts. It’s not that I totally dislike the nuts; […]

Holiday Chocolate Biscotti

Holiday Chocolate Biscotti - Cakewalker

  Chocolaty, crunchy, nutty and sweet―a spike of peppermint delivers a holiday treat. Wrap a batch in handsome packaging to gift about, the recipients will squeal with delight, no doubt!   By this time in December I’m in FTBM (full throttle bake mode). The oven seemingly radiates 24/7 at 350°, running two stand mixers simultaneously […]

Egg Nog Cake

Eggnog Cake by Cakewalker

The essence of egg nog is captured in a rich, lightly spiced cake frosted with silky meringue buttercream, while a hint of rum and bourbon in the batter brings depth of flavor. Serve this dessert at your holiday table, and prepare to hear cheers from family and friends! Life-altering Decisions My dear sister once remarked […]

Spiked Broguiere’s Egg Nog Recipe

  The term “imported” can be loosely applied to the unassuming dairy bottle depicted above. It traversed over 400 miles from Southern California to Northern California, nestled in bags of ice in a cooler, hidden among suitcases. The City of Angels excels on this front and that; often times looked to as a hub for […]

Italian Apple Cake

Cakewalker - Italian Apple Cake

Less than 30 minutes by car is an apple growing region called Apple Hill. I wrote about it in this post. This past weekend, my family ventured there for a day of autumn splendor. I knew the outing would involve apples, apple doughnuts, a picnic, and a little wine tasting. Area forecasters were calling for […]

Barbera Chocolate Cake


Harvest The California wine harvest is a wonderful time of year. If you have an opportunity to visit any one of the Golden State’s wine growing regions, you’ll find a buzz of activity brought about by ripe grapes, somewhat cooler temperatures, and droves of enthusiasts to revel in the season. Depending upon the variety, from […]

Cinnamon Candy Apples

Cinnamon Candy Apples by Cakewalker

The first Halloween costume I can recall wearing was a scarecrow. My mother worked hard on it, using some of my dad’s worn garments, an old broom stick, and hay she found on the cheap somewhere. The long sleeves and pant legs, drooped on my kindergarten-aged frame, but once the broom stick was inserted through […]

Supreme Banana Bread


  Banana bread reaches new heights with a generous handful of white chocolate chips folded into the batter; a streusel topping brings an extraordinary crunch on top, but not before it’s tempered by a lush drizzle of homemade Dulce de leche. The shot seen around the globe: it was an innocent indulgence really, inspired by […]

Rustic Plum Galette Recipe


Where The Day Takes You I had no idea I’d be canning plum preserves or making a galette. I had an entirely different notion of how the day would go. It was the first overcast day in months. Deep claps of thunder coupled with flash lightning ushered in much needed rain overnight. I wanted a […]

Grilled Peach and Serrano Chili Upside-Down Cake with Strawberry


My girl Kim of Kiss My Smoke extended a wonderful invitation to guest post over at her place. If you’re not familiar with her, you’ll quickly come to love her wit, and you’ll definitely see she holds her own as a grilling maven. Showcasing a broad spectrum of things from grilling to barbecue, you’ll find […]