Top 8 Essential Baking Utensils

Baking is an exact science... most of the time. While I do much improvisation in the kitchen (it is difficult to follow a recipe without adding my own spin), baking is a delicate balance, and requires precision. And so I present to you, my eight top baking utensils. These tools are a must-have to make…

Chocolate Cake with Strawberry-Mascarpone Filling

Some moments in life deserve a special celebration. And every celebration deserves cake! I made this decadent chocolate cake, adorned in pastel floral accents for Nana's birthday. Nana loves chocolate, and this cake was the perfect combination of rich chocolate and light, fluffy cake. Pastel gel food coloring gives the piped rosettes their bright yet…

Orange Espresso Cupcakes

Thank Kori for the idea of this flavor combination in cake form. The original idea was to make this a cake, with layers of espresso & orange buttercream in between flavor-packed cake. That is still something I‘d like to do — but I needed the basic cake recipe first. And so the orange espresso cupcake…