Posts in the category: Cakes

Summer Squash Olive Oil Bread with Lemon Crunch Glaze

We have reached that special time in our CSA where we have received a ton of summer squash and I have to start getting creative. I personally love steamed squash and sometimes I add a touch of mayonnaise. I realize I just grossed out a few of you, but my Dad always loved it this way and I do, too. Marc is less fond of this vegetable and has not had one complaint about our CSA vegetables, but I am trying to avoid this by using our share in unique ways. There are many recipes for zucchini bread out there, but… Continue reading

Tres Leches Cake

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! We had a lovely time in Holland, Michigan, the city I grew up in that lucky-for-us happens to sit on Lake Michigan. We browsed inside the downtown stores, one of which was an audio visual store that perked Marc right up after expecting to go in endless little shops that smell like scented candles. We also visited a new store owned by a girl I know from high school that looks a little French, a little shabby chic. It is simply gorgeous with home decor items, girly dresses, striped straws and fresh… Continue reading

Strawberry Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

Strawberry Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting Recipe // Dula Notes

I have a pretty early memory of cupcakes. They were my birthday treat in kindergarten, store-bought, with little plastic Halloween picks. My birthday is in October and the choice in decoration was made for us. They weren’t scary, just cute ghosts, scarecrows and pumpkins. I gave a scarecrow cupcake to the boy I liked. Interesting what you remember, huh? Fancy cupcakes have been “a thing” for a few years now and while I can appreciate the hard work put into them, I haven’t been inspired to jump on that bandwagon. Last summer, I saw these gorgeous cupcakes over at Ele’s… Continue reading

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

I have seen many recipes for irresistible looking olive oil cakes, but this is the first one to call me to action. I thought the lemon and a fruity olive oil would match well together and I happened to have a surplus of lemon in the refrigerator. In fact, I easily had all of the ingredients for this cake on-hand and that just made my heart go pitter patter. I confess that I did not wait for the cake to completely cool before slicing in. If you can wait to dig in, you have my deepest admiration. It manages to be both… Continue reading

Almond Pound Cake

Raise your hand if you’ve had dry pound cake? I know, me too. In fact, I thought I didn’t like pound cake. I thought to myself, good, a caloric treat that I can cross off the list. Well, not so fast. This recipe caught my eye because my love for all things almond overwhelmed my suspicion of pound cake. The cookbook is The Craft of Baking from Karen DeMasco and I have wanted it since a sick day in November 2009. I was lying on the couch, sick and pitiful and watching Martha Stewart. The whole episode was devoted to… Continue reading

Gâteau de chocolat fondant de Nathalie

Ah, the winning hearts and minds cake from Molly of Orangette. It has been a hit all over the blog world and I finally had an event worthy of this rich chocolate cake. We were invited over to celebrate with the in-laws for Marc’s birthday and it is also my brother-in-law’s girlfriend’s birthday. Was that too confusing? Her name is Megan and in a world full of cute things, she is just about the cutest. She has cool vintage flair and is warm and thoughtful. The fact that she and Marc were born at this time of year endears me… Continue reading

Peach Jam Crumb Cake

Peach Jam Crumb Cake Recipe // Dula Notes

I have excess peach jam in my refrigerator that I am not willing to waste. No way. Every time I open the refrigerator, the jam and I have a stare-down and the jam is winning. This past weekend it hit me. Jam crumb cake! You can use a full 1/2-3/4 cup of yummy jam in the recipe and I love when a solution is as delicious as this one. This crumb cake is one of my favorite desserts. It has the perfect amount of sweetness, plenty of crumb topping and can even pass for breakfast. You know what else I… Continue reading

Dark Cocoa Brownies for Coco

I’m really not a weeper, but I have to admit to the world that I was a bit teary-eyed when Conan O’Brien thanked his band, crew and fans for their support and said goodbye to The Tonight Show. Everyone has their favorite late night host and for me, it’s always been Conan. His awkward charm and self-deprecating humor made his show a pleasure to watch. For those that may not know, Tom Hanks gave him the nickname “Coco” a few months back and I’m dedicating these dark cocoa brownies to Coco. On Conan’s last day I changed my Facebook status… Continue reading

Love For The Whoopie Pie

I have a ridiculously large binder with printed recipes that I find all over the internet. It is filled to the max with fantastic looking recipes that I really, really want to try. I recently purchased binder #2 as a destination for the worthiest of tasty recipes. I was quite excited about my new binder, but since then I haven’t had any hands-down “Binder #2” winners and I was a little sad about that. Last night, however, I fell in love with the Pumpkin Whoopie Pie. Holy smokes are these things delicious! Just the other day I was on Culinerapy… Continue reading

Chocolate Stout Cake

Chocolate Stout Cake Recipe // Dula Notes

I tend to like adventurous ingredients and when I hopped over to Smitten Kitchen for a dessert recipe and saw that this cake had beer in it, well my decision was made right then and there. Coincidentally, I”m not a fan of beer and can count on 1 hand the number of beers I’ve consumed in my lifetime, but one person who left a comment at Smitten Kitchen described the nutty flavor the stout added to the cake and I wanted in. In the case of a “secret” ingredient, I don’t offer up that ingredient right away. I know a… Continue reading