I pulled an “Alexa” for quick peanut butter frosting for 2 cupcakes.

Man oh man. Today I quickly baked a batch of Gratitude cookies* for the two maintenance men who arrived this morning to repair a broken U pipe under the kitchen sink, replace and hook up two broken elements on the old stove and install weather-stripping around the door. I put all three of the requests … More I pulled an “Alexa” for quick peanut butter frosting for 2 cupcakes.

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?

When A Birthday Cake Is A Big Cupcake, and Lights Get Wavy

The 22nd of November is the birthday of my friend and fellow cat enthusiast. Last year I missed the actual date, so it doesn’t count. Since then I found that she likes chocolate cupcakes with white frosting, so I made a big one with two layers and found some decadent Belgian chocolate nonpareils to act … More When A Birthday Cake Is A Big Cupcake, and Lights Get Wavy

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

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

Valentine Goodies for children to take to school, now with gluten, dairy

Having seen a friend’s post on Facebook yesterday concerning the requirements for items children bring to school to share on Valentine’s Day, I had sighed a little sigh. No gluten. No dairy. No peanuts or tree nuts. No candy. ┬áNo sugar. Shortly thereafter, I agreed by text to an order of baked goodies for Valentine’s … More Valentine Goodies for children to take to school, now with gluten, dairy