May 31st, 2010


Banana Cake with Nutella Whip

by Candice
One of my favorite food combos is chocolate and banana. This will give you a dense, extra moist banana cake, with a light mousse for an icing. It’s also very easy to make. The Nutella whip could be used for a number of different things. You could serve it as a quick and easy dessert, just mound it in martini glasses, and put a strawberry or banana slice on the side. You could even stir in a little Frangelico to make it more interesting.

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May 13th, 2010


Blueberry Shortbread

by Candice
This is the real thing, with the traditional one pound of butter to one pound of flour ratio. They just melt in your mouth. I remember making this with my great-grandmother. She always insisted that the best shortbread should be made entirely by hand, so as a child playing with the dough was as much fun as eating the cookies. The warmth of your hands gets the dough to exactly the right texture for patting into the pan, so great-grandma had something good going there. The blueberries are my addition, but feel free to change it around with mini-chocolate chips or chopped dried tart cherries. You can even leave out any additions if you are a shortbread purist.

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March 28th, 2010


Chocolate Kahlua Meringue Mousse Mini-Tortes

by Candice
If you’ve never had the mixture of meringue and mousse before, give these a try. When meringues rest overnight surrounded by mousse, they soften and become slightly chewy. The combination of the smooth creamy mousse and the light chewiness of the meringue give these rich little gems an amazing texture. There are two overnight steps to create these, one to dry the meringues and one to soften them. Get as creative as you want with the piping for the tops. You can make something as simple as a kiss, or make a masterpiece. There’s enough extra meringue and mousse to play with, and to allow for sampling! You can also make this into three 8” rounds, plus the top design, if you want one large dessert (increase baking time at 275 to about an hour). I used to make this for a restaurant called the Old Mill Inn.

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March 26th, 2010


Ultimate Desserts Magazine!!!

by Candice
Thanks so much to Better Homes and Gardens, and to for featuring me in the latest BH&G Special Interest Publication, Ultimate Desserts. You’ll find two of my recipes in there, my Almond Fudge Brownies and my Dulce de Leche Bars. The magazine was released on Tuesday, March 23. Of course, that was the day that some crazy person made a scene in the local Genuardi’s grocery store, jumping up and down and screaming about recipes….

But seriously, the people from Meredith (the parent company of BH&G), have been amazing to work with. They made the interview process fun and easy, and made this whole experience one that will stay with me forever. Thanks also to my friends and readers for supporting me in this blog. I love all of your comments and suggestions. I also encourage any closet bakers out there to take the plunge and start your own blog. Good things happen!

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March 21st, 2010


Strawberry Sundae Cupcakes

by Candice
Where’s the ice cream? It’s in the batter! These are rich vanilla cupcakes with a smooth strawberry buttercream. Only make the buttercream if you have a stand mixer, it has to whip for 30 minutes. If you don’t have the stand mixer, try folding the strawberry sauce into your favorite vanilla frosting. You can even top the cupcakes off with a small dab of the sauce for an accent. These always feel like a party to me. Time for confetti?

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