juliyya’s Chocolate & Raspberry Surprise Cupcakes. Maybe Cupcake Joneses?

“Why don’t you simply make half a batch of raspberry sauce if you don’t need the whole thing?” asked Sylvia after I’d told her that I’d only used 1/4 cup of it in the frosting for the Raspberry Joneses* made a few days ago. Answer: because it takes as long to make a half batch … More juliyya’s Chocolate & Raspberry Surprise Cupcakes. Maybe Cupcake Joneses?

I Love … Birthdays. August 29th is Rose’s.

The internet was down all afternoon, so I popped outside with the rubbish and heard some ladies singing the old standard birthday song. “Whose birthday is it?” I called from outside the window where the jubilee for 30 years on planet Earth was happening. “It’s Rose’s!” She and several of her friends came to greet … More I Love … Birthdays. August 29th is Rose’s.

Leftover frostings? Honey badger Crazy Cake don’t care.

There’s two men arriving about 6 PM tonight to move 30 more filled boxes out of this cubbyhole and into the storage unit. There were also two cups of leftover frostings that needed use — and ended up one beneath the other over the top of a half-recipe of the greatest all-rounder indestructible chocolate cake … More Leftover frostings? Honey badger Crazy Cake don’t care.

For the workmen: Crazy Cake with Penuche Frosting

Workmen are descending on the property in the morning for a massive cleanup, so I mustered some energy to bake them the cake known to please. It’s the favorite cake and frosting combination of many family members, has made its way to countless picnics, potlucks and gatherings and I’m pretty sure the chaps will be … More For the workmen: Crazy Cake with Penuche Frosting

Homemade Raspberry Filling plus Birthday Cake to Soak It Up

This cake was a first for me, and I can thank the birthday person for whom it was made for the germ of an idea. I’d asked him and asked his wife to ask him what kind of birthday cake he’d like. I’d planned to make my grandmother’s Dutch Chocolate Cake for his birthday this … More Homemade Raspberry Filling plus Birthday Cake to Soak It Up

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

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake, a failure and a success

There were two recent birthdays which I missed and determined to additionally celebrate with a chocolate party cake filled with two mousses and covered in lots of fudgy icing. I’d wanted to try the same recipe as the last chocolate party cake, the tall one which I felt would’ve been better if I’d got cake … More Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake, a failure and a success

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