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Vanilla Cupcakes with Lime Buttercream

A fast post here: as part of my “thank you for helping out with the website” I was asked to make “vanilla cupcakes with sort of spring-looking frosting” so I baked up Smitten Kitchen’s vanilla cake recipe, topped with a lime buttercream. The results: mmmm. The cake is moist and tender and the frosting has […]

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All-in-the-Pan Chewy Chocolate cake with Chocolate Butter icing

Another day, another cake but from the same cookbook: In the Sweet Kitchen by Reagan Daley . Last week, we were invited to a “Thanksgiving dinner in February” at Carolyn’s house. She provided the turkey (21 lbs!), mashed potatoes, mashed turnips, stuffing and gravy and all I needed to bring was dessert. Given that there […]

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La Festa al Fresco Submission: Honeyed Zucchini Muffins (or Cupcakes?) with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Once again, Lis from La Mia Cucina and Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice have teamed up to host La Festa al Fresco. The event is a celebration of fresh, seasonal (and preferably local) ingredients. Such a good idea, no? So, armed with plenty of zucchini from my neighbors’ garden plus 2 lbs of fresh, […]

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White Buttercream Frosting

Last Tuesday, I attended the first of six classes in cake decorating offered through Canandaigua School District’s Complements program. I’ve taking cooking classes before but I haven’t the foggiest idea how to decorate a cake. Usually, I just slap it on and schmear into a swirly pattern. Voila! Cake. Tuesday was a basic first day […]

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