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...
Julia’s Pie Crust

Julia’s Pie Crust

In honor of her birth 102 years ago today, I am sharing a recipe from one of my heroines. True: I ran into Julia Child years ago in an art store in Cambridge, Mass. She and I were the only shoppers there; I don’t think the store employees even recognized the...
Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

I asked my husband what he’d like me to bake for his birthday. This is a guy who, for years, put on his résumé that he was “chief taster for Lola Cookies & Treats.” And he knows I’m adapting my bakery’s recipes for home use — so he...
S’Mores Cake (or Cupcakes)

S’Mores Cake (or Cupcakes)

A scratch-baked cake is much more than the sum of its ingredients. When you bake  — especially for friends and family — other things get mixed in: Memories and hopes, senses and emotions. We invest ourselves in these cakes. This lovely S’Mores cake: What’s...
Belgian Fudge Brownies

Belgian Fudge Brownies

Life is hard. Work is hard. School is hard. Parenthood is very cussing hard. How to take the edge off? Many opt for alcohol — but that has issues of its own. Chocolate is a better idea. Did you know that drinking chocolate was promoted as a wholesome substitute for...
Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread is not about zucchini, and isn’t really bread: Discuss. My kind of exam question! OK, so technically it is bread — a quick bread, which means it’s leavened without yeast. But it’s even more cake: Sweet and spice and just yum. Bake it...
Raspberry Pops

Raspberry Pops

I can read your mind. You want something cool and refreshing — a sweet treat that makes you feel like a kid. But you also feel a bit guilty, because you want to be healthy. Oh, you’re going to love these. Raspberry pops are extremely easy to make, and...
Strawberry Cupcakes

Strawberry Cupcakes

It’s the peak of Virginia’s strawberry season — a very sweet spot — and I am basking in the glory of our local farmers’ markets. Leesburg in particular has a great market: A pleasure to shop at, and also where my bakery business got its start!...
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