aunt deb’s cheesecake

Dec 13, 2011 by

when i first tried my aunt’s cheesecake, it was love at first bite.  my aunt and i share the same chocolaty sweet tooth, so it was not a huge surprise that this cheesecake is pure awesomeness.  i cannot even begin to describe how perfect this cheesecake is.  it has a very unique blend of light fluffiness, but is still very rich.  you can top it off with fruit topping, chocolate/caramel syrup and/or whipped cream.  or of course, you can eat it plain, because it can definitely hold it’s own! i tried to make a lighter version of the recipe using neufchatel cheese and light sour cream.  it doesn’t affect the texture too much.  so if you want to feel a little less guilty about indulging in this dessert, i’d definitely recommend the substitutions.  the...

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pumpkin roll

Nov 20, 2011 by

  thanksgiving week is upon us!  tom and i have a lot to be thankful for; we have been very blessed in this crazy whirlwind of a year.  this thursday, we’ll be thinking of our family in michigan and most definitely missing them. tradition is something that will make me feel a lot closer to family.  we’ll be having a brown paper bag turkey, served on a “dump platter”.   we’ll watch the macy’s thanksgiving day parade. (hopefully, it is on at a reasonable time in the pst!)  most importantly, tom and i will be giving thanks (like we do most every day) for all of our blessings. this recipe is for a pumpkin roll, i can’t really think of a specific “traditional” recipe that we made growing up, we usually experimented with new...

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cookies n’ cream cupcakes...

Mar 27, 2011 by

i had a hankering for oreos.  and cupcakes.  enter these dandies.  they’re wonderfully moist and have oreos busting out of them at the seams. not that cupcake liners have seams, but you can catch my drift. 🙂 i was able to fill the cupcakes using the large cookie scoop that my mom picked up for me a few weeks ago.  i’m really loving this thing! slightly adapted from: annie eats yield: 12 cupcakes cupcakes: 6 oreos, halved, with cream filling attached 1 1/8 c flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 4 tbsp butter, at room temp 5/6 c sugar 2 large egg whites, at room temp 1 tsp vanilla extra 1/2 c milk 10 oreos, quartered frosting: 4 oz. neufchatel cheese, at room temp 3 tbsp butter, at room temp 1/2 tbsp...

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chocolate cupcakes

Feb 7, 2011 by

hi, my name is jess and i am a chocoholic.  (hi, jess)  i’ll take chocolate pretty much anyway that i can get it.  i made up a batch of these cupcakes for a superbowl party this weekend.  with all of the junkfood available for consumption, these would just be another log on the fire.  🙂  i’d highly recommend making a batch of them for your valentine. the cupcakes are from martha stewart’s recipe for one bowl chocolate cupcakes and it is true, they really are.  the frosting recipe is a swiss meringue buttercream (swbc), my second attempt at this type of frosting.  if you’ll recall, the first one that i used had too much butter.  i found a very helpful tutorial on  i am much happier with the results, but i still want...

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caramel macchiato cheesecake

Nov 29, 2010 by

welcome to thanksgiving dinner, 2010! we’re going to start with dessert first…  caramel macchiato cheesecake is just like my favorite starbucks drink, but better because it is in cheesecake form!  this cheesecake is best served chilled.  you might want to make two, because there won’t be any leftovers. the cheesecake is only coffee flavored, so you could add any kind of flavoring on top: chocolate, raspberry, hazelnut… you can flavor it anyway that you’d want to flavor your coffee. source: 2 c graham cracker crumbs 1/2 c butter, melted 2 tbsp white sugar 3 8 oz. packages, cream cheese, softened 1 c white sugar 3 eggs 8 oz. sour cream 1/4 c espresso or strong coffee 2 tsp vanilla extract whipped cream caramel syrup preheat oven to 350°.  lightly coat a 9″ springform...

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wedding cake

Oct 31, 2010 by

photo on left, courtesy of edward john photography.  photo on the right, courtesy of tom. one week ago today i celebrated one awesome year of marriage with my amazing husband.  this year has been quite a ride for us and i’m looking forward to many, many more years of wedded bliss! 🙂  to celebrate, i made a replica of our wedding cake topper.  when we ordered our cake, we opted not to save the top of our cake in the freezer (who really wants to eat year-old cake from the freezer?) and probably back when we ordered it, i decided to re-make our cake to celebrate our special day. now, this year’s recipe will need some tweaking for next year.  i’m already on the lookout for new recipes, but i decided to publish these...

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apple cinnamon roll cupcakes

Oct 14, 2010 by

being a good deer hunter’s widow, i want to make sure that my hubby gets a good breakfast when he goes out hunting for the day.  being like any sane person, i don’t want to get up at 3 a.m. to make my hubby breakfast.  so instead, i make breakfast for him “to go.”  while i’m all nice and cozy sleeping in bed, my hunter will be on the road munching on these delicious cupcakes and more than likely washing them down with red bull. adapted slightly from 2 c milk 1 tbsp active dry yeast 1/3 c sugar 2 tsp salt 6 1/2 c all-purpose flour 2 eggs 1/4 c butter, room temperature 2 tbsp butter, melted to brush on tops of cupcakes before baking filling ingredients 1/2 c unsalted, butter, melted...

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tres leches cupcakes

Oct 4, 2010 by

i have a dear sister who is part pirate, part mexican and 100% awesome.  it’s her birthday this wednesday and i got the honor of making her a birthday dessert.   her first requirement was that she wanted cupcakes.  (little did she know that her husband picked up a sweet pirate cupcake kit a while back.  i’m bummed i didn’t get a pic of one with a pirate topper in it. 🙁 )  i mentioned tres leches cupcakes to her and she got REALLY excited. so to wrap it up: pirates + tres leches + cupcakes = best way to celebrate the best. sister. ever!  happy birthday, bran! recipe slightly modified from 8 eggs, separated 1 1/3 c sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/4 c flour 3 tbsp cornstarch 1 tsp baking powder...

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tom’s birthday cake

Sep 26, 2010 by

a few years ago i asked tom what kind of birthday cake he wanted.  he said he wanted something with chocolate pudding filling.  this cake is dense and fudgey, it also has ripples of chocolatey pudding goodness throughout.  it got tom’s vote and we’ve had it every year for his birthday ever since.  i think i made it once for Christmas, too.  happy birthday, jesus! 🙂 adapted slightly from 1 18.25 oz. pkg. devil’s food cake mix (dark chocolate, chocolate fudge or milk chocolate also work, depends on the kinds of chocolately goodness you’d like) 1 3.9 oz. pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix (i use chocolate fudge) 1 c sour cream 1 c milk 1/2 c vegetable oil 1/2 c water 4 eggs 2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips 4 tbsp butter 1 c...

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