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

Happy Belated National Flutternutter Day; Correction, not NutterButters

October 8th, I found out, is National Fluffernutter Day in the U.S., meaning some folks lobbied some members of our federal legislators in order to get a day declared specifically to celebrate fluffernutters. If the lobbying was done with cookies, well … good on them. I didn’t know what a fluffernutter was when I read … More Happy Belated National Flutternutter Day; Correction, not NutterButters

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.

Spicy Cauliflower & Red Bell, BBQ Pork & Rice Noodles

I sometimes like to cook something unexpected/newish for my daughter when she visits for dinner and an hour of┬áSo You Think You Can Dance. For ideas this week I went searching through the stack of menus kept from 18 months of weekly dinners at my mother’s house some years ago and found a recipe similar … More Spicy Cauliflower & Red Bell, BBQ Pork & Rice Noodles

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