Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake


I hesitated to even share this recipe at first because it was a bit of a failure. In every sense of the word and at basically every turn. Apparently I used too small of a pan. The batter poofed up rapidly and then began to spill out the sides. I had to put a sheet…

No-Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake


A few weeks ago my grandma fell and broke her hip. She had to have emergency hip replacement surgery. After she successfully finished physically therapy it was determined she couldn’t go home. She would need to be placed in an assisted living center. Eight years ago I started this blog. At the time I was…

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake


I nearly didn’t make myself a birthday cake this year, the reason being I haven’t been eating sugar. Or anything else really yummy tasting either. But I have a friend in town and when I asked her if we should make a cake for my birthday the answer was a resounding yes. So the ambivalence…

Microwave Breakfast Soufflé


I am obsessed with what I call Breakfast Souffle. Call it what you’d like. Breakfast cake. Cake in a jar. Mug cake. Microwave banana bread. I guess any of them would fit. I like to call it breakfast souffle because it’s so versatile I don’t want to pin down a specific flavor. I’ve had pumpkin,…

Gravel Cake


Anyone who sees this post is probably wondering WTH is Gravel Cake? Valid question. Gravel Cake is my creation. The cousin to Dirt Cake, made with oreos, is Gravel Cake, made with round Nutter Butters. You could call it Sand Cake, I suppose. Or Beach Cake. Or Sandy Beach Cake. But doesn’t Gravel Cake roll…

Funfetti Layer Cake with Cake Batter Frosting


My awesome coworker Kira got married last weekend. For her wedding “gift” I wanted to make her a cake. I planned on making her a white cake with white frosting and doing all these cute white decorations. You know. Very wedding-like, right? Then I talked to her direct coworker who informed me that Kira had…

Chocolate Candy Bar Crush Cake


One of my favorite parts about making a cake is that moment when you reveal it to the people who are going to be eating it and you hear the oohs and the aahs. I had planned on making a chocolate cake for my (joint) birthday (cake) celebration. Then the day after my birthday, I…

Strawberry Shortcake Layer Cake


I have a coworker who loves to bake as much as I do. Maybe more. We talk shop (baking shop) frequently. Like what kind of flour works best in biscuits. Or how macarons turn out one out of every three times you make them. So when I found out she was turning 30 (such a…

Death by Chocolate Cake


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
I copied this recipe out of a magazine (I wish I could remember which magazine!) a few years back, tried it out for my mom’s 50th birthday cake and last year for my coworker Karen’s 50th birthday. It was a huge success both times. Since then it’s become a…

German Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache


I noticed when I began melting some butter for this cake that I had two different boxes of German chocolate in my possession. Oh it was the same kind of chocolate — the kind I needed for my cake — it was just that on the back of one was a recipe for German chocolate…

S’mores {birthday!} Cake


I’m not sure why but I’ve been obsessed with S’mores recently. I like marshmallows. I like chocolate. I’m not overly fond of graham crackers or their taste. Yet when my favorite local cupcake shop offered S’mores as their flavor of the month in June, I was all over that sh!t. And it inspired me to…

Red Velvet Cake with Cooked Cream Cheese Frosting


For many years it was tradition on my birthday that my mom would make red velvet cake. It was hands down the best cake ever. And, if I must confess, it got to the point somewhere in my twenties where she would actually make me two cakes. One for me to share with everyone and…

Chocolate Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Filling


I somehow convinced my coworker (and friend!) who hates marshmallows to let me make this cake for her for her birthday. I was admittedly nervous she would hate the cake because she hates the texture of marshmallows and the filling calls for bits of toasted marshmallow mixed with marshmallow fluff. I was sure she would…

Funfetti Layer Cake


Oh dear. The stories I could tell about making this cake! I made this cake in January for my friend Amie’s birthday. Amie and I met in the summer of 2008 when we both worked at the Cheesecake Factory. Shortly after we met, we discovered we both had plans to move to LA that fall….

{Sweet Paul’s} Pistachio Layer Cake


My grandma introduced me to Sweet Paul by sending me a few of his recipes featured in some magazine. I’ve loved him ever since. So when I saw that Sweet Paul has a pistachio layer cake, I knew I had to try it. His recipe makes a four-layer, 8-inch cake. I multiplied his recipe by…

Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake


This might be my favorite chocolate cake recipe of all time. I made it in October and took it to work to share with my coworkers. It reminds me of a cake The Cheesecake Factory used to sell circa 2008. Sadly, the cake is no longer on their menu. This recipe is gently adapted from…

Black and White Cake


Still catching up on blogging – this cake was made in July during cake week. Unfortunately due to the length of time that’s passed since I made this cake, I do not have any interesting stories or baking anecdotes to share. I barely remember making this cake. This was an interesting cake to make in…

Chocolate Maltball Cake


Holy hell I’m behind in my posting. My laptop took a crap on me a few months ago and I’ve been posting sporadically since then. Right now I’m writing from my dad’s lap top at the dining room table in my temporary housing in Long Beach, Calif. My laptop is somewhere in Portland, Ore. I…

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake


A few months ago my old coworker Anchal asked me to make a cake for her husband’s birthday (September 15th). I used to see Anchal around the office last year and think she was the cutest little pregnant woman I’ve ever seen. She really was! While she’s no longer pregnant, she’s still the cutest little woman…

Cookie Dough Chocolate Layer Cake


In my first full day of work at my new job, I warned my two coworkers that I’m a cake baking fiend. I did not tell them about cake week. I’m not sure I want to unleash that beast at this time. But I did let them know that they can expect their own birthday…