Sunday Cake: Banana Nut with Creamy Nut Icing. No nuts.

Last week one of my nieces put up a wee Facebook post about Wednesday cake. It set off my make-cake-bells and I went to the crisper to retrieve some bananas that I’d put there to ripen slowly for some baking purpose. Sadly, overripe, so the banana-nut cake that I had in mind? Nope. Substitute cake? … More Sunday Cake: Banana Nut with Creamy Nut Icing. No nuts.

j’s Hard Flour Brownies with Cocoa, Walnuts & Fudge Icing

There was maybe 3/4 cup of leftover chocolate fudge icing in the fridge and last night somebody gifted me with a bag of Washington’s own Bluebird Grain Farms organic whole grain hard white flour while we were discussing acquisition of some good quality chocolate for a cake recipe. So, with chocolate on my mind and … More j’s Hard Flour Brownies with Cocoa, Walnuts & Fudge Icing

Mexican Chocolate Brownies & garden art for a birthday girl

Having discovered a neighbor’s taste for Mexican chocolate, I decided to surprise her on her birthday today, August 12th, with some fudgy brownies made with Ibarra chocolate, well-known to bakers.  A little goes a long way, so the icing was a simple, plain fudge. She loved them. In honor of her birthday, in addition to … More Mexican Chocolate Brownies & garden art for a birthday girl

In the kitchen with juliyya: Passing on a Favorite to a new generation of bakers: Crazy Cake

Two brothers, one is 9, and the other, 12, have been visiting for a few days in the neighborhood. The 12 year-old likes to bake and, with his younger brother’s birthday upcoming, I thought it might be a good time to teach him how to make a cake that he will be able to bake … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Passing on a Favorite to a new generation of bakers: Crazy Cake

juliyya’s Friday cookies: classic Jubilee Jumbles

My daughter and I agreed last week that she would come over on Thursday night this week so she could take some Jubilee Jumbles into her office for a meeting in the morning. They will be offered juliyya’s Friday cookies! These are soft, cakey vanilla and brown sugar cookies with a few chocolate chips and … More juliyya’s Friday cookies: classic Jubilee Jumbles