March 19, 2016

Elvis & The Easter Bunny Pound Cake

I tell you this cake was long overdue.  Last year I snagged this awesome Nordic Ware pan in a Williams-Sonoma sale and couldn't wait to use I FINALLY can!  Unfortunately it's no longer available but hopefully you can find something similar.

In trying to choose which cake recipe to use for the Easter Bunny I first searched my blog.  How surprised was I to discover that one of my favorites, Elvis Presley Pound Cake, was no where to be found.   I've made this Saveur recipe so often that I was guilty of taking it for granted.  Well, no more!   Apparently this cake was one of the King's favorites and I can easily see why - a moist and rich with a "love me" tender crumb.  


March 14, 2016

Happy Pi Day

To all the math afficionados out there, Happy Pi Day

In celebration of 3.14, I baked a trifecta of yummy pies from America's Test Kitchen, clockwise from top: French Silk Chocolate Pie, Blueberry Pie and North Carolina Lemon Pie  These beauties will be coming with me to the office for my colleagues to enjoy.

March 6, 2016

Vanilla Cupcakes

After 9+ hours of binge watching House of Cards Season 4 this weekend I must say I was more than happy to get off my bum and do some baking.  If you haven't seen the show yet do yourself a favor and start.  It's seriously some of the best television ever and the latest series does not disappoint in the least.

While the show is dark, cunning and ruthless these Vanilla Cupcakes are anything but; you could even call them "anti-Underwood".  I was craving something happy and light and these beauties fit the bill perfectly.  Even better, sour cream was used in the recipe, an ingredient of which I had plenty in the fridge.   The cupcake recipe can be found here on the Cupcake Project and I frosted them with Cook's Illustrated Easy Vanilla Buttercream.

I'm definitely feeling House of Card withdrawals, already!, but hopefully these cupcakes will ease the pain until next year.   Please, please, please Netflix...there MUST be a Season 5!

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