Very Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes

Okkkk yes yes I have a delicious vegan cupcake recipe that will knock your socks off and make you totally forget about your old bff's butter and buttermilk... but first... Do any of you happen to recognize this little culinary queen in the pic below? If you're a little confused its probably because you're used to seeing her in HD on the Food Network and not pixelated on my iPhone but yes ladies and gents that is Giada!! I went to my first ever book signing at Williams-Sonoma last Monday … [Read more...]

Dulce de Leche Caramel Swirl Cupcakes

Happy Friday everyone! This is an even happier Friday than most Fridays....do you want to know why?? Actually there's three reasons. #1... I'm leaving to Mexico tomorrow for Spring Break! In 24 hours I am going to be sipping pina coladas, eating guacamole, and applying more sun tan lotion than most mom's smother their toddler's in. #2... I made some kick butt Dulce De Leche Caramel Swirl Cupcakes in honor of my little vacation! #2... Kayle from The Cooking Actress nominated me for The … [Read more...]

Skinny Blueberry-Lemon Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel

OMY-goodness. We have had amazing weather in Chicago this week! And I don't just mean amazing for Chicago... aka as long as its not snowing/blizzarding/sleeting/etc....am I forgetting anything..?? It was almost 80 yesterday. I came home and immediately jumped into my bathing suit and laid out in the gorgeous sunshine and read a book. And its a very good thing that my backyard is in the woods because I may have blinded a few people with the sun's reflection off my very white body. In the … [Read more...]

Sour Cream Pound Cake with Whipped Cream and Berries

[typography font="Delius" size="22" size_format="px"]Secret Ingredient of the Month: Egg Beaters[/typography] So I'm excited to announce a new monthly feature I'm starting, called,  "Secret Ingredient of the Month". These posts will be devoted to sharing sneaky substitutions to lighten up your baking and pack some extra nutrition into your cooking. I'm going to pick one healthy ingredient every month to highlight and show you various recipes you can use it in to create truly delicious (and … [Read more...]

Raspberry Jam Filled Cupcakes with Creamy Chocolate Frosting

I have AMAZING news! And this is not a joke. Dead serious. So in my blog entry I posted yesterday (Tomato and Parmesan Focaccia with Caramelized Onions) I talked about how impossible it's been for me to get tickets to the Ellen Degeneres show. As in I have stalked her website every day for like the past month with zero luck. So guess what?? This morning...I'm barely awake, while shoveling oatmeal into my mouth at like 7am...decide to check the Ellen website just one more time...AND... tickets … [Read more...]

Chocolate Graham Cracker Snack Cake with Marshmallow Fluff Frosting

So I decided to beat my willpower to the punch today and ignore my new years resolution. Cut back on sugar? Aren't goals supposed to be realistic? I think I was reaching too far... I think I'll aim for less sugar before noon. Or at least not with breakfast. I decided to compromise and bake this yummy Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Snack Cake. Did you catch those last couple words? SNACK cake. Doesn't that kind of give you permission to treat that cake like a granola bar? But seriously. Who … [Read more...]

Nutella Swirl Poundcake

I LOVE Nutella. Nutella cookies, Nutella cake, Nutella frosting, Nutella ice-cream, Nutella on toast, Nutella anything! And to think... somehow I survived without ever experiencing this stuff until my junior year of college. That year I was lucky enough to get to study abroad in Rome, Italy. It was an absolutely amazing trip (and not a bad change of scenery from the cornfields at the University of Illinois?) Nutella was absolutely EVERYWHERE in Rome. It was like their peanut butter. Every … [Read more...]

Farm Stand Buttermilk Doughnuts

Please meet the chocolate doughnut.... Hot, fresh, cakey, crunchy... smothered in chocolatey goodness..... And the cinnamon sugar doughnut... rolled and dunked in sweet sugar and spicy cinnamon.. Or how about the classic white iced doughnut? Dipped in smooth white icing and sprinkled in sparkling sugar. Are you drooling yet? I've got one hand in the container with all the doughnuts I just made and the other on the keyboard. My keyboard's a mess. This was my first go at … [Read more...]

Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting

Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting. Yes. The best cupcake in the world does exist. And it's in my kitchen. This cupcake's got four layers; buttery graham cracker crust bottom, followed by a layer of chopped bittersweet chocolate, rich chocolate cake batter, topped with even more graham cracker crumbs and chocolate, and finally covered in a light and fluffy marshmallow frosting. I know its a mouthful, but don't be intimidated!  This is one of the best … [Read more...]

Chocolate Layer Cake with Mocha Milk Chocolate Frosting

Rich, light, smooth, creamy, DELICIOUS chocolate cake. Like the kind of chocolate cake that no matter how many times you tell yourself 'just one more forkful....'  you end up cleaning your plate and then scraping the frosting off your friend's piece next to you. And then go look for it in the fridge at like 2 am. Warning though: this cake is a bit challenging. Its not the typical throw a few ingredients in a bowl, mix, and voila! But its totally doable and soooo worth it. Its kind of like a … [Read more...]

Lemon-Scented Blueberry Cupcakes

I was really in the mood for something chocolatey and rich the other day while I was hunting through cooking light's online recipes. I am an admitted chocoholic and will pretty much eat anything dunked, covered, or sprinkled in cocoa. Somewhere scanning between brownies and cookies I ended up stumbling upon this lemon-scented blueberry cupcake recipe. It wasn't the type of recipe I had set out for but seemed absolutely perfect for today. It was a cold and gray Fall day and bright lemons and … [Read more...]