Eggless Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting

Since I just posted about K’s birthday cake, I also need to share the Fudgelet’s second birthday cake. Or should I say cakes? I ended up making this recipe into 2 cakes because we were having friends over in the morning for a playdate party and then K was going to celebrate with us in the evening when he was home from work. I figured there is nothing wrong with blowing out candles twice. Speaking of, how many candles do you put on cakes? Always the number for a person’s age? Or a random number/design? Or a combo? I did a random number which confused one of the party guests. We used to do both…one color for the age and then other colors to form a design. Blowing out candles was so fun, why not have more?

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Chiffon Cake with Peach Mascarpone Buttercream

This is posting almost 3 months after the fact, and you might think peaches aren’t ideal in October…but here is K’s birthday cake from this summer. I am here to let you know that the peach in the cake is purely from a jelly, so you can make it anytime of year. He requested a peach cake. When I looked into cakes with peaches, I saw that usually they are more of a topping since that is the best way to enjoy peach (raw). I thought about making a strawberry shortcake type of peach cake, but then saw a mascarpone buttercream that I thought would be really yummy. I then decided a peach jelly would be good to connect the flavors. I ended up using a peach/mango flavor I found that K really liked.


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Grilled S’Mores

Today is a short recipe. More of an instructional guide, if you will. And hopefully you haven’t packed away your grill just yet. Hopefully.

I’ve mentioned a few times in passing that we bought a grill this summer and I have been using it a bunch. Basically, I have been cooking all sorts of things with it to see how it works and learn what we like cooked on it. (So far, everything!) I’ve grilled lettuce, steak, burgers, hot dogs, chicken (breasts and thighs), bread, vegetables (mostly cauliflower and zucchini), potatoes, and now s’mores.


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Mixed Bag (Part 9): Biscuits and Pies

Today is about flaky delicacies. I’ve been making more pies, trying out different fillings and a different crust from Stella Parks. I’ve also been making a new biscuit recipe from a recipe writer I normally respect but … well, read ahead to see.IMG_4464

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Grandma Pizza

I watched the episode of Cook’s Country where they made this pizza. It seemed interesting because it was made in a baking sheet (no pizza stone mentioned), I didn’t need to make or buy a sauce, and the cheese goes on first, before the tomatoes. Thennnnn I made the mistake of not saving the recipe for later. Thankfully, I found it on a blog so that I could make it, too! I am not sure what Rebecca changed from the original since I don’t have the original, but I liked how this turned out. I’ve been making lots of pizza things because the Fudgelet finally likes it, and it is less messy than some other food. At least, homemade pizza tends to be less messy.


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Brownie Bites

When we had visited Maryland, K got to try brownie bites. Technically, this was the second time he had tried them. Now, I already knew he was a corner brownie fan. It turns out, he is a fan of brownie bites, too. Which is amusing since you can buy them at so many stores and he had never asked for them. Anyway, I decided to try my hand at them after seeing they cost $5 for less than 2 dozen at my local grocery store. I could have used one of my other brownie recipes, but I wanted these to be nice and sturdy, while still being chocolatey. Some of mine turned out a bit small because I didn’t fill them up all the way…but that is also how I ended up with extra. Next time, I will fill all of them to the top because they turned out the best.

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Shortbread (via Bouchon Bakery)

It seems boring. Why should you make this treat with no chocolate? It also seems fussy at first glance. Again, do I have time for that with a kid around? Well, actually, it isn’t boring but deliciously buttery and vanilla-y, and it isn’t super fussy unless you want to make it that way.


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