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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