3-Layer Rhubarb & Orange Cake with Orange Buttercream

Yesterday afternoon I had a bee in my bonnet to try yet another rhubarb and orange cake, using the recipe for the 3-layer Fresh Cranberry Orange Cake* but substituting chopped fresh, local rhubarb for the cranberries. However, I lacked the sour cream and didn’t want to go to the store since it would be too … More 3-Layer Rhubarb & Orange Cake with Orange Buttercream

In the kitchen with juliyya: Bake Sailing with Chocolate Cupcakes and Queen’s Crown Cookies

It was the real deal this past weekend, the 4-H bake sale for a charity, so we got busy with butter and sugars and such. There were eggless chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream to decorate with sprinkles in enough variations to cause little children to argue over who gets the pink, the chocolate, the rainbow … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Bake Sailing with Chocolate Cupcakes and Queen’s Crown Cookies

In the kitchen with juliyya: Chewy Caramel Peanut Butter Chip Bars

I thought we were going to be in full bake-sale mode this afternoon, but it turned out that’ll be next weekend rather than over the Memorial Day holiday. Since we would have been rushed for time to make and decorate both cupcakes and cookies, I had gone ahead and made the frosting for the cupcakes … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Chewy Caramel Peanut Butter Chip Bars

Ginger, Date & Clementine Muffins with Orange Glaze & Tulips

So many photos of baked items are shades and bumps of brown because … well, baking. Muffins are a good example. No matter what you put in them to give them flavor or texture, they come out of the oven brown on top, so I shoot fixings. Sure, the close-up isn’t exactly brown but I … More Ginger, Date & Clementine Muffins with Orange Glaze & Tulips

Feliz Cumpleanos, otherwise Happy Birthday without the tilde

The mother of a neighbor child asked me to make her daughter’s birthday cake again this year. She wanted a three-layer cake with two white layers, top and bottom, a chocolate layer in the middle and with vanilla buttercream filling, top and sides, to provide cake for 18-20 people. I said that a 9″ cake … More Feliz Cumpleanos, otherwise Happy Birthday without the tilde

Oops. Peanut Butter Cookie & Rolo Fall Out of Line. I blame cookie.

There was frozen peanut butter cookie dough needing to be used and some leftovers in the Rolo bag put out by Hershey’s. I left a thumbprint in each spoonful of dough, then put the Rolo in at 9 minutes so the milk chocolate covered caramel would melt in place, not leak as happened with the … More Oops. Peanut Butter Cookie & Rolo Fall Out of Line. I blame cookie.