Introducing Griffin David

Birth Announcement, Maternity Photos, Baby Boy, Baby Boy Photos, Woodland Nursery, Boy Maternity Photos, Blue and Grey Maternity PhotosLast Tuesday, we welcomed our second baby boy into our hearts, and we couldn't be happier...  or more tired.  Griffin weighed in at just 7 pounds and 4 ounces when he was born, and was a little under 7 pounds when we left the hospital on Thursday to come home.  He's such a teeny tiny baby, and I can hardly remember Phoenix ever being so little.

Passionfruit Tea Cake

Passionfruit Tea Cake, Raspberry Buttercream, Swirled Buttercream Cake, Silver Carriage Cake Topper, Curly Girl KitchenWe're just one week away from the due date for our second baby boy, and I can hardly believe it.  I keep thinking of things I need to clean, make, buy and organize, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something important.  And then there's the feeling that I need to give Phoenix extra love and attention this week before his entire world is disrupted when we bring home his newborn baby brother and he never gets me all to himself again.

Of course, I thought I should also bake and decorate one more cake before the baby comes, since I'll have far less free time in the next few months.  While sipping a cup of passionfruit tea (because, sadly, even half a cup of coffee has been giving me a headache lately) and revisiting some old blog posts, I saw a recipe for a Black Tea Spice Cake I made a few years ago, and I immediately began working on a new recipe to test using passionfruit tea....

Sweet Almond Paste Fudge Brownies

As much as I love baking, decorating and sampling cake, I have an almost equal love for a dark, chocolatey fudgey brownie.  Brownies are anything but simple, in my opinion, because there's something magical about how that combination of just a few basic ingredients can so quickly transform into a pan of chewy, chocolate comfort.  Gratification is almost immediate, since you don't have to wait long to dig into the pan of still-warm brownies and eat them while they're all soft and gooey, with a scoop of ice cream melting over the top, if you're not feeling so inclined to let them cool first...

Twelve-Yolk Chocolate Ice Cream

Twelve-Yolk Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate Frozen Custard, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter CookiesAfter a weekend of testing white cake recipes, each of which required six egg whites, I was left with eighteen egg yolks to use up, which is a lot of egg yolks when you don't have a specific purpose for them.  I could have made lemon curd with the yolks, but didn't have an immediate need for a batch of lemon curd, or a bowl of vanilla bean custard which is always nice for dessert with fresh fruit or berries or cake.  Or, I could have simply made a few different batches of ice cream, which need 5-6 egg yolks per batch, but as a recipe developer, I love to try new things, so I thought I'd see if twelve yolks made a difference in flavor or texture.  I honestly can't remember what I used six of them for, but the other twelve went into this batch of chocolate ice cream.

White Velvet Cake

White Cake, White Velvet Cake, Wedding Cake, Silver Candle Holders, Silver Cake Topper, Candle Cake TopperAs it's the week before Easter, I thought a beautiful, snowy white cake would be just the thing to inspire your holiday baking and decorating for next week.  Last year, I decorated a cake with coconut, paper bunny ear toppers, and a pink chocolate bow, and in spite of (or perhaps because of) its simplicity, it's probably my favorite Easter cake I've done.  This white velvet cake would be the perfect canvas for a festive Easter cake to complete your table next Sunday...

Lemon Icebox Pie

Lemon Icebox Pie, Lemon Pie, Lemon Cream PieOver the years, I've made quite a few lemon pies and tarts, trying to make the perfect lemon pie, but none have made it onto this blog, except for a lemon cream cheese tart in a shortbread crust.  The tart was wonderful, but still a little more complicated than what I was aiming for in an "everyday" lemon pie...

Salted Pecan Brown Butter Blondies

Salted Pecan Brown Butter Blondies, Cookies, Cookie BarsWhen you're pregnant, the cookie cravings are real.  Cookies and dark chocolate - that's what I've wanted the most the last eight months, and I could have eaten this entire pan of blondies if it weren't for the inevitable weigh-in at my doctor's office every two weeks that keeps me in check.  I mean, if you can't have all the cookies you want while you're pregnant, when can you?

Years ago, there was a dessert I used to love getting after dinner at a local restaurant - a blondie topped with ice cream and some sort of amazingly decadent buttery sauce.