Chocolate Toffee Truffle Cupcakes

Chocolate Toffee Truffle Cupcakes, Ganache Filled, Vanilla Bean Buttercream, Curly Girl KitchenWhen it comes to cake decorating, I far prefer working with tall, elegant layer cakes over cupcakes, but sometimes an idea just seems to work better in cupcake form.  Not to mention, it's good practice to pipe on all that buttercream and try out different techniques with piping tips I rarely use.  Although, admittedly, I still tend to stick with the ones I've mastered.

Easter Bunny Coconut Cake and Decoupaged Eggs

Easter Bunny Coconut CakeOur baby is too little for an Easter basket, but in a year or two, it will be so much fun to start our own Easter traditions with him, with egg hunts in the back yard, decorating Easter eggs, baking a cute bunny cake together, and seeing him wake up to a little basket of treats and toys at the foot of his bed.

For this year's Easter cake, I decided on a more simple and elegant design for a bunny cake, and I just adore how it turned out.  I started by baking my white chocolate coconut pound cake and frosted it with fluffy almond buttercream and toasted coconut...

Banana Coconut Cream Popsicles

Banana Coconut Cream Popsicles
Our apple tree is in full bloom, and every gust of wind sends a sprinkling of white petals over the grass.  I so wish that the tree produced apples; how fun would it be to pick apples in the fall in our own backyard?

After the chill of morning wears off, I take our baby outside to inspect the progress of all our trees and plants, and he wants to touch everything he can reach.  The blooms on the lilac bushes are getting ready to open, and the rhubarb, sage and parsley are poking through the dirt in the small corner garden...

A Half Birthday

Six Month Baby Photos, Baby Boy, Birthday, Cake, Balloon, PolkadotWho would have thought so much could change in six months?  But that's all it's taken for the tiny little baby we brought home to grow into such a sweet little boy with the most adorable squeaky giggle and happy, silly personality.

Chocolate Caramel Tart

Chocolate Caramel Tart
Pi Day dawned bright and sunny, and I realized I didn't have the ingredients on hand for a new cream pie I had been planning to make and surprise my husband with that evening, so I inspected the fridge and pantry to see what I might come up with...  We always have butter, sugar and flour, of course.  Bittersweet chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and luckily, cream.  And with just those few ingredients, this tart was born.

Lemon Pie, Cherry Filled Cupcakes, and Raspberries...

Lemon PieAfter more than two months of sewing like mad to get my Etsy shop up and running, I'm taking a little break to catch up on other projects.  I never stop baking, or dreaming of what I want to bake, but not everything I make ends up on this blog, either because I'm not satisfied with the recipe, or I feel uninspired by the photos I take, or I simply don't have time to put together the post.  The thing that makes me the most frustrated, though, is when I love the photos, but the recipe was just not quite right, which is what happened with this lemon pie...

Beauty and the Beast Cake

Beauty and the Beast CakeBeauty and the Beast is my most beloved of the classic Disney movies.  The music, the choreography, the characters, her dress, his giving her a library as a gift ... it's all so wonderful.

I've loved it since I was a little girl, and I'm so excited to see the new live version with Emma Watson.  This was the opening weekend for the movie, and although I wasn't able to go see it yet, I did make a cake to celebrate...