Chocolate Lava Cakes

8 years and 781 posts later… Today is my blog’s 8th anniversary. Wow, just wow. Somewhere along the way I realized that I marked each blog-iversary with a recipe that has chocolate in it… coffee chocolate chip cookie bars, chocolate chip doughnuts, single serving whole wheat chocolate chip cookie, chocolate cupcakes for two, banana bread doughnuts with chocolate glaze, warm chocolate fudge cakes, then chocolate chip black and white cookies. I am continuing that tradition to share what may be the chocolatiest dessert that I’ve ever made, these chocolate lava cakes. I’ve always wanted to make lava cakes but I …

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Chocolate Cakes in a Cup for Two

Mmm chocolate. (I don’t like the title because it’s long and dumb but I couldn’t think of a better one.) Lately I’ve seen a lot of people making cakes in a mug. A cake “baked” in the microwave is not appealing to me. My husband has reported that he does enjoy them, and says there is no better way to get your cake fix solved in a hurry. I’ve never tried one so I’m not sure why I have strong feelings against them. Maybe I’m crazy? (Don’t answer that.) Anyway, I’d rather take a few extra minutes and throw a …

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Vasilopita – Greek New Year’s Cake

Happy new year! I’m sharing a very special family recipe with you today.  Vasilopita is a traditional Greek cake served on New Year’s Day (or thereabouts).  A coin is hidden in the cake and it’s said that whoever gets the coin in their slice has good luck for the year.  It’s a fun family tradition that I’ve done for as long as I can remember. This cake is part of a story of greedy kings and excessive taxes. It was used by St. Basil as a way to give taxes back to the people after the king was convinced to …

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Vanilla Cake with Whipped Buttercream Frosting

This is the kind of dessert that people sneak bites of before it’s dessert time. True story. I don’t bake cakes often, especially multiple layer cakes. Maybe it’s because I dread handling two or more cakes that inevitably don’t look symmetrical and I can’t frost cakes to save my life. Or perhaps it’s because I don’t have many occasions that call for a cake and I don’t want to make a whole cake for just me and my husband. Let’s go with the latter reason. 😉 Now a one layer cake, that I can do. After all, it’s almost like …

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Iced Lemon Pound Cake

If you’re looking for a lemon dessert then this lemon pound cake is it. I’m kind of weird when it comes to lemon desserts.  If I’m presented with lemon pie, cake, cookies, you get the idea, I initially politely pass.  “I don’t like lemon desserts,” I’d say.  But somehow I usually cave and end up trying it.  Usually it’s a piece off of my husband’s dessert.  Let’s face it, I love pie, cakes, and cookies, so it’s hard to resist.  “Hey, that’s tasty,” I say.  I guess you could say that I don’t like the idea of lemon desserts, but …

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