Strawberry Buttercream Cupcakes

These delightful gems are sweet, buttery, fluffy, and filled with strawberry flavor.  Vanilla hot milk sponge cake topped with a dollop of strawberry jam, then cloaked in a swirl of strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream.  The key to the cupcake’s lovely strawberry flavor is powdered freeze dried strawberries. The hot milk sponge cupcakes are easy to…

Lemon Poppy Seed Snack Cake

My daughter left her apartment in NYC and came back to California due to the Covid-19 shut down — I’m grateful that she is safe and with me for the moment!  One of the things she misses from her life on the east coast is a lemon poppy seed muffin made by a cafe next…

Gravenstein Apple Slab Pie

There is a local apple variety that is hitting the markets right now — the Gravenstein Apple. It’s juicy and fresh, with a delightfully balanced flavor. This early ripening apple is an old fashioned variety that does well in northern CA, with Sonoma County it’s epicenter of production. I attended the Gravenstein Apple Fair last…

Brown Sugar Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Silk satin meets caramel in this luxurious buttercream.  This one’s ideal on a rich flavored layer cake — think pumpkin spice, chocolate, banana. There are a number of different frosting recipes in my repertoire, and this one is a special favorite.   What makes this a Swiss Meringue Buttercream is the technique of heating egg whites…

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Hey there Reese’s fans — this is your cake!  Rich chocolate layer cake is filled and frosted with deeply peanutty, buttery, fluffy, sweet-salty frosting. I’ve retooled the size on my signature Chocolate Cake recipe, scaling it down for more intimate gatherings.  The Peanut Butter Frosting recipe makes enough for thick layers of frosting between the…