Leprechaun Cake

  HOW TO CATCH A LEPRECHAUN   I had never seen one or heard of it before, but Mrs. Anderson introduced the leprechaun trap to our family. Mrs. Anderson is one of the finest special education teachers I’ve had the pleasure of meeting—and I’ve been lucky enough to meet three!   So when my son […]

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. […]

Egg Nog Cake

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 […]

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 […]

Strawberry Kiss Cake

  I used to marvel at them, the shiny plastic-covered rows of tilled soil awaiting a fresh planting. You could hardly miss them as your car jetted south on the 5 or 405. If you fixed your gaze a certain way, the passing symmetrical rows would appear as though they were in motion while you […]

Championship Chocolate Cupcakes

  Cake Decorating | Championship Chocolate Cupcakes   The New Year brings new features for Cakewalker. One of which is the addition of how to andtutorial posts. Some of them may have accompanying recipes; others might simply be photo-driven techniques. You’ve all been so graciously supportive of my standard story, recipe and picture formatted posts (not to worry, […]

An Easy Smile

  Mildred Coombes answered the piercing question, “What is it?” This question had a solid footing in the back of my mind for a couple of months. My wife and I were settling into the home we had just bought, our first, in Burbank, CA. Built in the late 30s, the home was adorable with […]