Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread Cake

This is my new favorite holiday cake — and I love the creative process that inspired it. It started last year when a former Lola’s employee made a paper snowflake with “Ho Ho Ho” cut into it. It looked great, so this year I urged my daughter to make...
Pecan Bars

Pecan Bars

Over the years I’ve become best known for a few recipes in particular. Several are the treats for which I won my very first baking awards, back in the early days of Lola’s. These Pecan Bars are on the list, as are my Belgian Fudge Brownies (recipe here)...
Pumpkin Muffins (aka “Pumpkin Yum”)

Pumpkin Muffins (aka “Pumpkin Yum”)

Among my bakery staff, these handfuls were known as “Pumpkin Yum.” I bake ‘em Texas size, which means — in case you didn’t already know — BIG. Like my Pumpkin Scones, this is another recipe that works great as breakfast or in a seasonal bread...
Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Thanksgiving in America has always meant a few things: Turkey; Family & Friends; and Pumpkin pie. But times change. Now we can have vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving, blended families, and friends from different backgrounds who add a twist to tradition. I have...
Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin Scones

I ♥ pumpkin. As a child, I once pleaded for pumpkin pie instead of birthday cake (wish=granted). And my birthday is in July! My love isn’t limited to pie: Pumpkin scones, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cake, pumpkin cupcakes — love ‘em all. Savory...
Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel apples are a wholesome symbol of fall, timeless and delicious. But it’s murder finding a good one: The apple must be fresh and crisp; the caramel must be soft but not drippy; the coating must be smooth and even. Homemade caramel apples are no cinch,...
Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce

This sauce is great for drizzling on cupcakes or ice cream; it makes any day better. I once made a Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake and covered it with this: Man, oh man. That was a good day. Caramel sauce keeps for weeks in the fridge, so don’t worry if you...
Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

In the psychedelic era, simple things could blow people’s minds. Listen to Mick while you’re baking and get inspired: Vanilla cake needn’t be vanilla — it comes in colors. My vanilla cupcake recipe is a great palette for color, and a rainbow cake is...
Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes

These vanilla cupcakes were year-round best sellers at our bakery. When you make a recipe every single day, it must be bulletproof: Customers expect consistent deliciousness, and you must deliver it regardless of daily variations in humidity, oven performance, and the...
Peach Popsicles & Peach Cupcakes

Peach Popsicles & Peach Cupcakes

Time for the Peach Post! Peaches are particularly popular at present: People are pursuing plans to partake of this perfect produce while it’s at its peak. Per chance you prefer peaches prepared as a pastry (some like it hot), or perchance you pine for popsicles...
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