Dessert

  • Instant Pot Matcha Cheesecake Recipe

    November 22, 2018Van

    Regular readers of my blog already know my love affair with cheesecake. The flavor options are absolutely unlimited. Depending on the season— and my mood—its exhilarating to discover new flavors that play on the sweet and savory motif inherent in this creamy delicacy. Matcha has a strong hold on me. Years ago I came upon…

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  • The BEST Tiramisu Recipe

    November 22, 2018Van

    I’ve been attempting Tiramisu for years. It all began on a date with my husband to see the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012. Before the game my husband took me to his favorite steakhouse, Pacific Dining Car—where we randomly ordered the BEST Tiramisu I’ve ever tasted. It sparked an obsession to create the most delicious…

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  • French Macarons Recipe (French Meringue Method)

    November 15, 2018Van

    I tried French Macarons for the first time a decade ago while on vacation in New York. While exploring the city I stumbled upon a display window showcasing these delightfully gorgeous little curiosities. Their appearance was so striking that I was compelled to try five different flavors! After that romp I was completely obsessed with…

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  • Instant Pot Snickers Cheesecake Recipe

    October 17, 2018Van

    You can’t go wrong with a classic NY Cheesecake (recipe here). It may be the perfect dessert—everybody seems to like it yet it’s hard to find a really good slice. But what if I told you I not only have the BEST cheesecake recipe of all time, but I’ve one-upped it!??? Now that Halloween is…

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  • Triple Chocolate Skull Cake Recipe for Nordic Ware Skull Cake Pan

    October 13, 2018Van

    The best gift anyone can give you is inspiration! I usually make my own birthday cakes and today I was planning on making a standard rosette cake. My husband surprised me in the morning with the amazing Nordic Ware Haunted Skull Cake Pan (purchase here) so I was determined to use it to make my…

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  • Instant Pot Pumpkin Flan Cake Recipe

    October 10, 2018Van

    My family loves it when I make Chocolate Flan Cake (recipe here), so I created an alternate version for my favorite season, Pumpkin Flan Cake. It’s creamy flan on top of a moist pumpkin cake with a caramel topping – absolutely delicious. When you put the cake together, you place the pumpkin cake batter on…

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  • Lemon and Elderflower Royal Wedding Cupcakes Recipe

    June 2, 2018Van

    These Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes are inspired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Cake which “incorporates the bright flavors of spring”. The cupcakes are flavored with lemon zest, lemon juice and elderflower syrup for a bright tasting fluffy cupcake. They are topped with a rich and smooth elderflower buttercream frosting – I used a Wilton…

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  • Instant Pot Chocolate Flan Cake Recipe (Chocoflan)

    April 29, 2018Van

    Chocolate Flan Cake is Mexican dessert also known as Chocoflan or Impossible Cake – it’s one of the most delicious desserts consisting of a velvety flan on top of a rich brownie like chocolate cake with a caramel topping. When you put the cake together, you place the chocolate cake batter on the bottom of…

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  • Stabilized Whipped Cream Recipe

    April 16, 2018Van

    Whipped Cream is wonderful on almost any dessert, this Stabilized Whipped Cream recipe should be part of any baker’s repertoire. Regular homemade whipped cream only holds it’s shape for a few hours and this stabilized version will last about 3 days refrigerated – so if you’re using it to decorate a cake or as a…

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  • Candied Strawberries Recipe

    April 15, 2018Van

    I love these candied strawberries! They’re absolutely gorgeous and easy to make. Strawberries are already so delicious on their own, but you’ve never truly enjoyed a strawberry until you’ve cracked into this crunchy sugar glaze–It’s such a unique treat. You’ll have to make these at home because finding them in a shop will be next…

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