Cocoa Cherry Smoothie

What if your smoothie tasted so good that you’d gladly enjoy one for dessert . . . but it was actually loaded with superfood?  Well, wonder no more!  This smoothie is tastier than a slice of 1970s era Black Forest Cake, but will power you up with the goodness of cherries, cocoa, and chia.  I…

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…

Spiced Cocktail Cherries

Luscious red cherries are a glorious fruit to pair with whiskey in house-crafted cocktails.  One of my favorites is the Manhattan, often garnished with a preserved cherry.  I wondered how I could make my own fresher version of this bar back staple, and capitalize on the beautiful sweet cherries currently in season. The Bing cherry…

Fresh Berry Butter Cake

Berries are beautiful — and make this quick, buttery cake the best.  This is a redo of one of my earlier recipes, scaled smaller optimized for berries.  I think it’s perfect for an afternoon treat. Fresh Berry  Butter Cake (makes one 8″ cake) 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 5 oz (3/4 cup) granulated sugar…

Golden Spice Chiffon Cake

The Golden Spice Chiffon Cake is the whole package:  deep, rich spice fragrance and beautiful golden color combine with feather light texture to take your taste buds on a magic carpet ride of flavor. I’ve been experimenting with light, fluffy cakes lately, primarily different sponge cake recipes.   However I gravitate to the chiffon cake*…