Overwatch Birthday Cake

This is my sixth year in DC, and this is my sixth “fancy” birthday cake challenge.  This year Miles wanted an Overwatch birthday cake.  Overwatch is a video game. Most of his cakes revolve around a video game. It started with Sonic, then Minecraft, Pokémon, a Zelda Hylian Shield, Monster Hunter Felyne, and now Overwatch….

Sweet Potato Cake with Pecans and Brown Sugar Frosting

I have to say that I’ve never thought of using sweet potatoes beyond the holiday side dish with marshmallow topping or in pie form, so making sweet potato cornbread a few weeks ago was an eye opener for me.  Now I’m really into looking for other recipes that I can make with a sweet potatoes. …

Peppermint Joe-Joe’s Cake

Once a year around November, Trader Joe’s stocks their shelves with Peppermint Joe-Joe’s. They’re like Oreo cookies with a mint filling that has tiny bits of candy cane in them. I first discovered the cookies years ago while living in Chicago and quickly became addicted to them. They usually sold out within a week or…

Eggnog Cake with Rum Frosting

One of the things I love most about coming home for the holidays (besides seeing my family), is hanging out with my foodie friends.  Side note:  I really hate the term foodie, and cringe a little inside every time I say or type it, but over time I’ve come to accept it as I haven’t…

Pumpkin Cake with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

I’ve noticed on more than one occasion I’ve stated that I’m not really fond of pumpkin desserts and yet I keep baking pumpkin desserts. I guess I’ll have to officially change my mind because I really do like pumpkin desserts! I’m definitely more of a fan of pumpkin scones and pumpkin bread, but this pumpkin…

Apple Cider Cake with Bourbon Cider Glaze

If there are two things I love, its fall and boozy desserts.  Ok, there are a million more things I love, but when fall arrives I often think of cider donuts I would buy at the local cider mill, still hot with a little grease staining the bag, a hot cup of cider (spiked), or…

Star Wars Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake

Like most people, Miles and I are getting very excited about the new Star Wars movie coming out. I wouldn’t call us super fans, but we do have all the movies, and most of the Lego sets. While doing our weekly grocery shopping, we wandered down the cereal aisle so I could grab my box…

Oatmeal Sandwich Cookie with Marshmallow Cream Filling

Typically when I make oatmeal cookies, I use whole rolled oats and lots of them.  They give a nice hearty texture.  At least, that’s what my friends say.  While I love oatmeal cookies, I always dreamed of them not being so, well, hearty. It is for this reason why I was in awe of the…

Tomato Cupcakes with Balsamic Frosting

Don’t let the title of the post put you off reading any further.  When I saw this recipe for tomato cupcakes with balsamic frosting on How to Philosophize with Cake’s blog, it took me a few minutes to comprehend what I read.  Savory dessert is so in right now and when I saw this recipe…

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I bought bananas a couple of days ago that were perfect, but with the incredible heat and humidity that settled into the city, they quickly turned brown.  I was a little disappointed because I was actually going to eat them, but I’m always looking for new banana recipes to try, so it wasn’t total loss. …

Hylian Shield Birthday Cake

    It’s that time of year again.  But this is a special year.  My little guy will be 13 and we’re having two celebrations in two different cities! An early birthday here with his school friends and one in Chicago for his actual birthday. Of course, each year comes with a birthday cake challenge…

Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

I was all set to make peanut butter sandwich cookies with a chocolate creme filling, when I decided that I wasn’t in the mood for cookies. I wanted cake. So I decided to try to make a peanut butter cake with chocolate fudge frosting. I researched different recipes to see how it would work and was able…