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Fresh Fruit Trifle

  The birthdays of my mother and my brother are within just a few days of each other.  The members of my family don’t love sweets as much as I do, and when I bake a cake for them I tend to eat the biggest piece […]

Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling

I am crazy about these chocolate cake and chocolate frosting recipes!  As you can see I have used them here and here and here.  The cake is so rich and moist!  The frosting is fluffy and sweet, but not too sweet.  These recipes have been very […]

Heath Bar Chocolate Cake

Wow–the days and weeks have gotten away from me! I came down with a nasty cold after Thanksgiving and I am not, what you might call, a quick “rebounder.”  I take some time to bounce back!  I am working on it, though.  With the help […]

Mini Chocolate and Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I am very late in sharing with you these little bites of heaven!  I made them for a Halloween potluck luncheon and everyone seemed to really enjoy them.  The cakes are very puffy and fluffy.  The filling is light and sweet.  The pumpkin gives the filling an orange tint.  (If […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!  Halloween is truly one of my favorite holidays.  I have so many great childhood memories associated with Halloween.  Every year my grandmother, who was the type of woman who always looked for a reason for a celebration, would have an over-the-top Halloween party in her […]

Oatmeal Birthday Cake

When I made this oatmeal cake for my father-in-law’s birthday back in April, I knew it was well-received but I had no idea that it would become the most requested birthday cake!  MONTHS ago, my brother-in-law requested this cake for his 30th birthday dinner held […]

Carnival Cupcakes Galore

As you know, I baked clown cakes for my nephew’s carnival-themed first birthday party.  Because I have never baked for such a large crowd, I worried that the cake would not be enough so I decided to also make some cupcakes.  Compared to the cakes these cupcakes were easy breezy!  I baked […]

Clown Birthday Cake with Chocolate Pudding Filling

Do you remember when a new cuddly cub was born and we welcomed him home from the hospital with Teddy Bear Cupcakes?  Well, my friends, that was one year ago.  I know—I can’t believe it either.  Boy does time fly.  Our little one is scampering […]

Cookies and Cream Cake

I made the above Cookies and Cream Cake on the same day that I made the Cookies and Cream Fire Engine Birthday Cake below.  You see, a small group in my office organized a bake-off and this cake was my submission to the finals.  It just so happened […]

Cookies and Cream Fire Engine Birthday Cake

Is it me, or does it seem like it was just yesterday that a certain adorable little guy turned one and we celebrated with monkey cakes?  His auntie is finding herself quite nostalgic—he is growing up so  fast!  I remember the details of the day he was born […]