Blackout Cake with Chocolate Crunch from Cakewalker
Stabilized Whipped Cream from Cakewalker
Fail to Fabulous
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Valentine Blackout Cake with Chocolate Crunch

Fudgy chocolate frosting under a coat of crunchy chocolate crumbs hugs layers of chocolate cake. Decorated with ombré sugar rosebuds, this cake recipe will make your Valentine swoon! Mrs. W gave me some heart-shaped cake pans as a gift some 20 years ago. She does wonderful gestures like this, some out of the blue, as […]

Stabilized Whipped Cream

Stabilized whipped cream has lasting power to hold shape and form over the standard, unfortified variety. This recipe will get you on your way to beautiful desserts! Manufacturing cream was first introduced to me more than two decades ago. I was waiting tables at Coco’s/South Coast Plaza (another story for another time) when I became […]

From Fail to Fabulous

Transparency It’s true. I have cake fails every now and again. This one happened on the eve of New Year’s Eve and for the life of me I have no idea what went wrong. I did know, however, I didn’t want to take time from the cooking schedule ahead of me to tinker with the […]

Extraordinary Egg Nog Cheesecake

Lush, creamy, and a wee bit boozy, this Egg Nog Cheesecake recipe will have your guests swooning with glee! The holiday baking season, which in my home begins in September, peaks in December. A multitude of cookies, cakes, and candy usher the month in, but as Christmas draws near, the hustle and bustle dials back […]

Sourdough Chocolate Cake

A vintage cake takes on modern flair with its chocolaty sourdough tang in an eye catching buttermilk frosting. Most of the time it hangs out in the fridge just chilling; nudged to the back like an unengaging carton of leftover Chinese takeout. The canning jar, carefully sealed with a sheet of plastic wrap and a […]

Ghost Pepper Fettuccine Alfredo

Spicy and yet refined, this Ghost Pepper Fettuccine Alfredo recipe is addictively tasty, turns up the heat, and lets the virtue of the pepper shine.  The Fruit Before The Fire It began with jalapenos―poppers I think it was, served longer than 15 years ago at the Ocean Avenue Brewery in Laguna Beach. These bad boys […]

Blueberry Galette

   Blueberries are showcased atop an all-butter pastry made with toasted pecans and cinnamon making this easy galette recipe a standout.   A galette is one of the most humble desserts you can make, however the grand impression it leaves is anything but modest. Its irregular shape and rustic charm also lands it in the […]

Stars and Stripes Chocolate Cake

Broad layers of moist, deep chocolate cake are generously frosted in vanilla bean buttercream icing, and cloaked in red, white and blue fondant stars and stripes. Ideal for Fourth of July celebrations, this American dessert stands tall and proud!   Would it surprise you to know visions of cake dance in my head? It’s true. […]

Strawberry Éclairs with Elderflower Cream

A review of the new cookbook Teatime In Paris! by renowned author Jill Colonna, a giveaway, and her recipe for Strawberry Éclairs with Elderflower Cream! Teatime In Paris! by Jill Colonna is a delightful romp through boutique Parisian pâtisseries as inspiration for the follow up to her wildly successful book, Mad About Macarons! Jill fell […]

Cake Decorating: How To Make Hydrangea Flowers

A cluster of fondant hydrangea blossoms adorning a round cake is beautiful to behold, and it makes a stunning centerpiece too!   It’s been a while since Mrs. W had a special cake. I know―it’s a bit like the cobbler’s children who have no shoes. Truth be told, I’ve had this cake in mind for […]