Ina’s Limoncello Ricotta Cheesecake

Just this year I fell in love with the Italian liqueur Limoncello. I noticed it online, in cookbooks such as Ina Garten’s latest, and then I found it at my favorite Italian grocery.  It’s also good as an aperitif if you are in to that kind of beverage. Me, I love the flavor it imparts … Continue reading

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

For a long time I have been wanting to make a “red velvet” dessert. I’ve collected recipes for cupcakes, cakes, brownies, cookies and bundt cakes. Even though I love to bake all kinds of things a bundt cake has always been a favorite as they are attractive for entertaining and they always freeze well. Keeping with the holiday season … Continue reading

Simple Hummingbird Hole-Punch Cake

Happy Fourth of July!!! Do you need a simple and quick dessert for your holiday celebrations today? Make this cake which was devoured by some family members. Because of the banana pudding it tasted like banana bread and some don’t care for a banana flavor. You could substitute pineapple or vanilla pudding which is what … Continue reading

Carrot Cake For Two

Have you ever wanted just one piece of carrot cake instead of making a big dessert such as my Sourdough Carrot Cake? By the way if you are looking for a different way to use your sourdough starter, give this delicious dessert a try; it even has crushed pineapple in it. Yes, you can make … Continue reading

Honey-Orange Madeleine Santas

Ho!Ho!Ho! I made my first madeleines back in 1994. How do I know – well I saved this May, 1994 recipe from Bon Appetit and wrote “great – G’s favorite”. G of course is Gene, my best friend, hubby and companion for so many years. I made two other recipes at the time from Chocolatier … Continue reading

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake

I managed to make one more peach recipe before the season was over.   Nothing better than fresh peaches, but I guess I say that about everything when it is in season. This is a Barefoot Contessa recipe which I received in an email and it sounded very simple and easy to make. Sometimes I … Continue reading

Sourdough Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star – no this post is not about a famous children’s song but  is a special tribute post to remember Selma @ Selma’s Table, a special blogging friend from the UK who passed away recently. Many did not know of her struggle, including me, as she maintained her  friendly, outgoing,  caring and thoughtful … Continue reading

Strawberry Tiramisu

I have been wanting to make the traditional  Italian dessert Tiramisu, or “pick me up” as it is often called for a long time.  I like the metaphorical translation which is “make-me-happy”  as this recipe certainly did. The problem has been that I have about 20 different versions of this yummy dessert and it was … Continue reading

Pinata Cake

“Tech the halls! Gadgets to make it a holly, jolly Christmas” according to The Today Show this morning.  While working out on my elliptical  I was watching this news program and lo and behold this cake pan and cake appeared.  It has a secret pocket in the cake which you can fill with your favorite … Continue reading

Honey Marmalade Beehive Cake

I made this cake for Easter last week (along with my chocolate covered Easter Oreos) and it is a good choice  to bring to the party over at The Novice Gardener’s Fiesta Friday #13 today.   This cake is also perfect to represent the onset of my gardening season of which some bees will play a big part. The … Continue reading