Easy Nutella Buttercream

This past weekend has been my cousin Lynne’s birthday. Of course, she is the one who inspired me to go into baking. It’s her birthday and tonight we’ll be hosting. She requested a chocolate cake with Nutella Buttercream. Easy peasy. The buttercream I use is easy to spread over layered…

Banana Bread

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I have been on a smoothie kick for the past few weeks ever since we purchased a Vitamix blender. The smoothie I make is enough for two servings, and each smoothie recipe I’ve been…

Chocolate Chip Muffins

A quick and delicious recipe for chocolate chip muffins. These babies are moist, fluffy and hits your dessert craving without being overly sweet.
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My partner Carlos had just polished off a tray of six muffins he had purchased…

Stable Crusting Vanilla Buttercream

We are going to take the classic vanilla buttercream recipe and simply substitute vegetable shortening for the butter. This is perfect for any icing that you need that needs to keep its shape at room temperature (or out in the sun!) for many hours, and/or icing that is pure white.

Vegetable shortening…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve always known the amount and ratio of ingredients are extremely important in baking. If you happen to add a little bit too much flour instance, or decide to omit an egg – you end up with very dry and cakey cookies. If you use melted butter instead of…

Hydrangea Buttercream Cupcakes

For a co-worker”s birthday, I decided to deviate and bake these these vanilla cakes and ice them as mini flowers (hydrangeas). For an even cuter effect, you can pipe these onto mini cupcakes as well!

Hydrangea flowers usually grow in bunches and bloom in early spring to late summer. Most…

Double Boilers

There are so many uses for a double boiler, including heating up egg whites such as you would for Swiss meringue buttercream. You may purchase a double boiler in store, or simply make one at home using materials you already have:

A double boiler consists of two components:

A saucepan on the…

S’mores Thumbprint Cookies

At the time I created these, I was involved with a dance organization and they were hosting an end of season party. At the time I was involved with several dance performance groups, including salsa, bachata, and a Korean-pop dance cover group. I volunteered to bring some baked goods…