Rocky Road Brownies with Roasted Pecans

Who doesn’t want something chocolate and delicious in the Christmas goody box besides fudge? This year I made chocolate fudge with no nuts, but the brownies are another story. Rocky Road brownies are “just” brownies with added marshmallows, chips and nuts either in or on the cookie. Some folks like no nuts, some like walnuts, … More Rocky Road Brownies with Roasted Pecans

New! Mini Cinnamon Chocolate Chili Snicks for Thanksgiving

A lovely neighborhood merchant asked me several days ago what I would be doing for Thanksgiving. I just shrugged and said that I am alone. She told me that she invites some folks who do not have family and asked me if that included me. Nope, I have family, but my daughter lives in London … More New! Mini Cinnamon Chocolate Chili Snicks for Thanksgiving

In the kitchen with juliyya: Space Birthday Cakes & Crispy Rice Planets

Tuesday the 26th of November is National Cake Day. When I saw it trending on Twitter, it reminded me that I hadn’t yet posted about the cakes actually made and decorated for the space-themed birthday for which practice* was had. Have a look at results: Pictured are: an eggless chocolate Crazy Cake** with cream cheese … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Space Birthday Cakes & Crispy Rice Planets

Dutch Apple Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting & Chocolate Berry Mini Cake

It’s the birthday of my Dutch friend on the 24th and he and his family had just returned from a trip abroad last night, so I wasn’t sure if they’d be up for cake when my day started. Turns out they were, so I chopped a lot of apples and used my Dutch grandmother’s recipe … More Dutch Apple Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting & Chocolate Berry Mini Cake

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Fudge Frosting for A Birthday

I’ve been a busy baker over the past few days and am behind in blog posts, so they will be in reverse order, like tweets on Twitter. The 23rd was the 87th birthday of a friend whom I invited to choose the flavors of his birthday cake and frosting. He chose caramel frosting on a … More Chocolate Cake with Caramel Fudge Frosting for A Birthday

In the kitchen with juliyya: (Rocket) practice makes perfect.

There’s a birthday party next month for one of my favorite children and collaborator on cake. She will be nine (9!) and we’re doing some things the same way and some things in a different way. Her sister’s recent birthday* taught us a bit about cake architecture and this cake will teach a bit about … More In the kitchen with juliyya: (Rocket) practice makes perfect.

It’s zucchini season in local gardens. 3 types of Garden Zucchini Muffins.

A couple days ago one of my sweet gardening neighbors rang to ask if I would loan a couple muffin pans so she could make — for the first time! — a batch of gluten-free and dairy-free zucchini muffins for her friend’s birthday. She brought me one of the finished muffins, which had a lovely, … More It’s zucchini season in local gardens. 3 types of Garden Zucchini Muffins.

In the kitchen with juliyya: Peanut Butter Frosting for Graham Cracker Sandwiches and Cupcakes

I had a day of activities with two of my favorite children last Saturday and I took the opportunity to teach them how to make peanut butter frosting and then use it in two ways instead of one. I’d made a batch of Crazy Cake cupcakes, both regular-sized and minis, and asked the girls’ mother … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Peanut Butter Frosting for Graham Cracker Sandwiches and Cupcakes