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This savory egg pancake is baked in a sizzling hot cast iron skillet, which causes it to balloon into a large bowl-shape in the oven. It’s filled with diced ham and Swiss cheese, and finished with a handful of fresh greens and cherry tomatoes.

Ham and Swiss Dutch Baby Recipe

This dramatic-looking Dutch Baby is a complete one-skillet meal convenient enough for weeknight dinners. It's also been a weekday favorite when we need a quick lunch but want to eat well.
These puffy marshmallows look just like slices of birthday cake! They'll make a fun addition to your party treats, or package them for take-home favors.

Birthday Cake Slice Marshmallows

My love for making homemade marshmallows begin back in 2013 when I first figured out how to make marshmallow ropes. It was such a fun project. The ropes were so tactile and flexible, and when they were wound into a ball they looked like a skein of puffy yarn. It was hard to believe they were edible, but they were so tasty! That kitchen adventure opened up a whole new world of ideas, and marshmallow became a new art medium for me.

I've had the idea for these cake slice marshmallows for a long time, but it took me a while to sit down and figure out the logistics. In the end it was simpler than I expected, and equally as fun as the marshmallow ropes!
Tiramisu is the original afternoon pick-me-up with notes of espresso and chocolate. This recipe has all the flavor and creamy texture of classic tiramisu, but with less steps and prep work.

Easy Tiramisu

This is the tiramisu recipe I make most often for family dinners, potlucks and holidays. It's easy to assemble because there's no cooking involved - just lots of whipping ingredients together using an electric mixer. It has all the flavor of classic tiramisu with its espresso-soaked savoiardi and creamy whipped mascarpone filling.
This easy Funfetti recipe makes exactly one dozen soft, fluffy, sprinkle-filled cupcakes. They are topped with vanilla buttercream, dressed in rainbow sprinkles, and ready for any happy occasion.

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes Recipe

I've always appreciated 'one bowl' cake recipes, because that's exactly the number of bowls I want to wash. This funfetti cake is one such recipe and it comes stogether in a snap. The baked cupcakes are everything you want Funfetti to be: soft, fluffy, vanilla, and speckled with sprinkles throughout. I'm tempted to recommend this as a weekend project, but you won't need all weekend to make them - more like half an hour. You'll spend more time eating them than making them!
Mont Blanc is a classic French dessert made of baked meringue, whipped cream, and sweet chestnut cream. The finished dessert is dusted with powdered sugar and appropriately named for the highest snowy peak in the Alps.

Classic French Mont Blanc Dessert

I'm not sure how it happened, but I've fallen in love with classic French pastries and desserts all over again. There are a few gaps in my repertoire that I aim to fill, such as St. Honoré and Gâteau Basque, but first up is this classic Mont Blanc. It is essentially made of three components: baked meringue, whipped cream, and chestnut puree. The version I made has all of those elements, plus my addition of raspberry jam. I like how the jam gives the dessert a touch of acidity to balance all those whipped, creamy elements.
These puffy heart-shaped sugar cookies have a soft cake-like texture just like the popular store-bought version. They're finished with vanilla buttercream frosting and a mixture of bright, cheery sprinkles.

Heart Shaped Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies

Fancy desserts get a lot of attention around Valentine's Day, but sometimes the best way to show someone you care is with a cookie (or 12). These  Lofthouse style sugar cookies are a simple and fun way to celebrate the occasion, and I think they're the perfect hybrid of birthday cake and sugar cookie rolled into one sweet confection.
This pink celebration cake is inspired by a nostalgic sweet - Frosted Circus Animal Cookies! It would make a lovely birthday cake, or use it as an edible centerpiece for any happy occasion.


I've been seeing all kinds of beautiful Circus Animal Cookie-inspired cakes and treats on the web, and I've been itching to make a version of my own. It's taken a while to find the right inspiration for a cake design, and it wasn't until I purchased a bag of Mother's Circus Animal Cookies, that I found what I was looking for.

The bright pink shortbread cookies offer a lot of eye-popping inspiration, but it was their packaging that inspired me most. The top edge of the Mother's Cookies bag has an adorable pink and purple awning (or bunting) across the top edge which looked so cheerful. I decided to give my cake the same design.
This cheesy grits quiche makes a wonderful brunch or cozy weeknight dinner. Serve with a tossed salad for a fast and elegant meal.

Grits Quiche in Filo Crust with Sausage and Kale

I consider it a personal mission to see how many delicious things I can wrap in Filo dough. It's a recurring theme here, if you haven't already noticed. A few years ago I made this Baklava Cheesecake wrapped in Filo, then a Filo-Wrapped Brie, and later came Lobster Mac and Cheese in Filo. Most recently I baked this quiche in Filo, and it might be my favorite quiche crust, ever!

This particular dish is southern cooking at its finest, using a hearty helping of cheese grits in the filling. Quiche is sometimes considered to be lighter fare, but make no mistake - this is definitely comfort food, and something to make when you're in need of a stick-to-your-ribs meal.
Fried Sesame Balls, also known as Jian Dui, are a classic Chinese dessert traditionally served during Lunar New Year. The crisp, chewy pastries are made with glutinous rice flour filled with sweet red bean paste. A coating of sesame seeds give them a toasty, nutty finish when fried.


The first day of Chinese New Year begins tomorrow and celebrates 2019's Year of the Pig. According to the Chinese zodiac, the pig's virtues are abundant and include decisiveness, generosity, and kindness. I happen to be good friends with someone who falls under this sign, and the description of their qualities seems to be accurate!

Although I'm not well-versed in making Chinese pastries, I wanted to make a traditional sweet to help celebrate the occasion. Eating these pastries during Lunar New Year is considered good luck, and I often purchase fried sesame balls as a special treat. It only made sense to try my hand at a homemade version. It's not a difficult recipe to make, and there's nothing better than enjoying these fresh from the fryer!
This petite cherry layer cake is made of four white cake layers infused with tart cherry syrup and filled with Morello cherry preserves. It's covered with cherry-flavored buttercream and finished in the watercolor frosting technique using pretty pink hues.

Morello Cherry Layer Cake

I'm kicking off this month in the pinkest way possible with this small but mighty watercolor frosted layer cake. It would make a sweet ending to Valentine's Day dinner, or a fun and tasty centerpiece for your Galentine's Day brunch!
What's better than a steaming mug of hot chocolate? This Hot Cocoa Cake! It's inspired by everyone's favorite cozy winter beverage with three rich chocolate cake layers, swirls of cocoa frosting, and a pile of homemade toasted marshmallows on top.

Hot Cocoa Layer Cake

This is the big, warm, comfortable sweater of chocolate cakes, if you ask me. The texture of the frosting is so soft and billowy that it's best applied in large swirls (cake smoothers need not apply). I would call it old fashioned as a compliment, because the cake layers have that rich old-school flavor that only comes with melting butter and chocolate together on a stove top.
This dip is delicious as a game day appetizer or a quick party food. Present it with celery and carrot sticks for a fresh bite, or serve it wonderfully hearty with a buttered baguette.

I don't know about you, but when winter temperatures dip to freezing, all I want is something warm to eat. And it's even better if I can serve it on a coffee table as I snuggle up on the couch in front of the TV. This blue cheese dip checks all the boxes - and is one of my recent favorite savory bakes. It's true comfort food, I tell ya!
Swedish Princess Cake is a classic Scandinavian torte with layers of sponge cake, raspberry jam, vanilla custard, and whipped cream. It is traditionally dome-shaped and covered with a layer of sweet marzipan tinted green.

Swedish Princess Cake Prinsesstårta

Princess Cake has been on my baking bucket list for ages, and I always seem to revisit the idea of making it in winter. Perhaps it's because I'm longing for spring and all its pink blooms and greenery. One thing is for sure, it's a cheery sight on a grey day! I think it would be perfect for upcoming spring holidays such as Mother's Day and Easter.

A few days ago I decided to knuckle down and check mark the box next to Princess Cake. Instead of one big cake, I decided to make four little cakes. This gave me some good practice, which I needed because it turns out that it may be my new favorite cake - edging out Twelfth Night Cake by just a smidge!
Classic butter pound cake is given a citrusy makeover with orange zest and triple sec liqueur. It's a wonderful foundation for trifles and petit fours, or simply serve pieces with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.


This cake bakes up golden on the outside with the showy hallmark of any good pound cake - that all-important split on top. It comes out of the oven lighter than you'd expect, and it's only after two days in the refrigerator that the crumb settles into its rightful place. The end result is firm and dense, yet extremely moist! That old saying 'good things come to those who wait' rings true with this recipe.
These little muffin pan pies have sweet French pastry dough crusts filled with tangy lemon curd. Each pie is topped with a generous swirl of fluffy marshmallow and then toasted until golden brown.

Mini Lemon Marshmallow Pies

I'm not sure there's anything better than the scent of lemon in January. It is the single sparkling clean note I crave when freezing temperatures keep us indoors. It sweeps away staleness and reminds us that the grey landscape won't last forever. Thank heavens for winter citrus!
Almond Joy candy bar flavors are transformed into a decadent triple layer chocolate cake! Rich coconut-almond filling and a drip topping of dark chocolate ganache make this cake truly crave-worthy.


Say hello to my first cake of 2019! It's taken a couple of weeks to get back in the swing of having a regular baking routine. First there was Christmas to dismantle and glitter to sweep from every corner of the house. I also broke a toe while hosting a dinner party on New Year's Eve (which involved a bottle of olive oil) and it was the strangest beginning to a year that I can ever recall!

I'm happy to say that things are back to normal, and I've been whipping up cakes like crazy. This Almond Joy-inspired confection is perfect for the coconut lover in your life. It would make a great birthday cake or even a special chocolaty Valentine for your sweetheart.
Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles prove to be a healthful option for those keeping January resolutions. They're rich and creamy, and a guilt-free way to satisfy your sweet tooth!


It's always wonderful to indulge in a rich, chocolaty dessert no matter the nutritional value. I've never been a health food blogger and I personally think that moderation is key, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate a healthful dessert that tastes amazing.  Dessert - healthy or not so healthy - should always taste good! These buttery avocado truffles are a great example of a dessert that is better for you, and also tastes delicious.
This Danish-style sweet bread makes a lovely breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up. The dough braiding technique may look complicated, but it’s really quite simple and easy to achieve!

Winter always brings out the bread baker in me. There's nothing I'd rather do on a frigid day than work in an oven-warmed kitchen with sweet fragrances wafting about. This cream cheese pastry is one of my favorite recipes to make when I feel the need for something cozy. It yields two loaves, one to keep and one to give to a deserving friend or neighbor.
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