Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Muffins, Double Chocolate Yogurt Muffins, High Altitude Chocolate MuffinsWhile stuck at home this month amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I haven't actually been baking all that much.  With even basic baking essentials like flour, sugar, eggs and yeast in short supply - or completely sold out - I've been trying to be more conservative with our ingredients until things start to get back to normal.  But a few treats here and there make the days more fun, and give our boys something to do with me in the kitchen, so yesterday, I baked a batch of chocolate muffins.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Funfetti Cake

Funfetti Cake, Rainbow Cake, Sprinkles Cake, Cake with Macarons, Macaron Cake, Sprinkle Birthday Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, High Altitude Funfetti CakeIf you've been following my posts the last few months, then you know that one of my blogging goals this year was to make more cakes, and just since January, I've shared twelve new cake recipes, all tested and perfected for high-altitude bakers.  Specifically, I wanted to continue my series of favorite, classic cake recipes, and I've added so many delicious cakes to my recipe index.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Chocolate and Vanilla Sour Cream Birthday Cake

Chocolate and Vanilla Sour Cream Birthday Cake, Chocolate Cake Recipe, Vanilla Buttercream, Chocolate Sour Cream Cake, High Altitude Chocolate Cake, Sour Cream Frosting, Cake Decorating Ideas, Chocolate Birthday Cake, Cake with Macarons, Cake PhotographyWhat is a more classic flavor combination than chocolate and vanilla?  To be honest, a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is a bit too much chocolate for me, but I absolutely love dark chocolate cake paired with other flavors like strawberry, coffee, peanut butter, and of course, vanilla.  And a chocolate cake with fluffy vanilla buttercream served at a birthday party is sure to please just about everyone, both kids and adults.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, High Altitude Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chewy Chocolate Chip CookiesI've always thought I knew that my favorite type of chocolate chip cookie was of the soft variety.  A pale bake, with soft edges, and even softer, almost underdone centers.  But tastes change, and sometimes, that's simply from discovering a new way of making an old recipe, and discovering that the best thing could become even better.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Classic Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake, High Altitude Coconut Cake, High Altitude Cake Recipes, White Cake, White Velvet CakeWhat is more dreamy than coconut cake?  It's light and white and fluffy as a cloud, frosted in sweet buttercream and covered in coconut flakes.  It's simple to decorate but looks so beautiful and elegant.  Coconut cake is a Southern classic, and having been raised in the South (although Colorado has been my home for longer), I had to include it in my lineup of classic cakes recipes I've been working through this spring.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream

Carrot Cake, High Altitude Carrot Cake, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe, Cream Cheese Buttercream Recipe, High Altitude Cake Recipes, Naked CakeIn my series of classic cakes that I'm working through this spring, I obviously had to include a carrot cake.  Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is the cake I often requested for my birthday when I was a kid, and to this day, it's one of my favorites.

I suppose you could say that I'm a carrot cake purist.  I add a little applesauce to mine, but I've never felt like pineapple, raisins, nuts or coconut belong in a carrot cake.  I don't mind a few toasted pecans or a handful of coconut sprinkled over the frosting, but not in the cake itself.  Warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger enhance the flavor of the carrots, and the buttermilk, applesauce and brown sugar make the cake so moist and delicious.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Wild Blueberry Pie and a Milk Powder Crust

Wild Blueberry Pie, Blueberry Pie, Lattice Pie, Pie Decorating Ideas, Beautiful Pies, Milk Powder Pie CrustLast fall, for our fifth wedding anniversary, my husband and I took a mini belated honeymoon to the New England states.  We ended up being a bit early to see too many fall colors, which was a little disappointing, but we still had a wonderful and relaxing five days starting in Albany, New York, making our way through New Hampshire and Vermont, and ending the trip in Maine....