Here are some tips for adding fresh fruit to cake batter: Minette recommends – Before adding fruit to the batter, examine fruit and use only the unblemished fruit. Berries such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries can be washed and rinsed prior to using.  Leave berries whole is possible to prevent juice from the fruit from bleeding […]

How to Bake with Fruit

blueberry lemon

This moist, dense cake is simply scrumptious!  Lemon and blueberries are a match made in culinary heaven.  A little sweet, a little tart and always a summertime hit. Add a dollop of whipped cream and some fresh blueberries on a slice of Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake and enjoy!  Feel free to bake this cake as […]

Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake

I LOVE vanilla extract. I use it in pretty much everything I bake. EVERYTHING! People often ask why I make my own real extract. Using the finest ingredients is a core value in my baking. I discovered that by making my own extract instead of using imitation, I saved money and controlled the flavor profile. […]

Easy Homemade Vanilla Extract

vanilla extract

The simplest things are often the very best. Isn’t that lesson coming through loud and clear these days? That is what this classic vanilla buttermilk cake is all about. The perfection of the most delicious vanilla cake and the smoothest faux swiss meringue buttercream. Stacked evenly and smoothly frosted to perfection. Mastering this basic cake […]

Classic Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

vanilla cake

Looking for a fun and easy design feature for your Easter or Passover family celebration. These birds nests sculpted from white chocolate and coconut are the perfect little perch for a jelly bean or Cadbury egg (my fav). You can’t mess them up and they are fun for the kiddos. I love the adorable bird’s […]

Toasted Coconut & Birds Nests

Just because we are spending Easter at home without our family or congregational gatherings, doesn’t mean we should not enjoy some sweetness in our celebrations. This recipe has been in our family, passed from generation to generation, so long that I don’t even know where is started. What I do know is that this cake […]

Coconut Cake & Coconut Cream Cheese Filling

Who has been cooking and cooking and cooking? Same here. The payoff is making my family things they LOVE and swoon over. In fact, I made these yeast rolls the other night and left me ONE roll! Seriously. What they didn’t know is that I stashed a whole tray in the freezer for later. I’ll […]

Easy 60-minute Yeast Rolls


One day, I was chatting with a friend and she mentioned that brownie mix was on sale at the grocery store. I thought to myself, “what, don’t you know how to make scratch brownies?” She protested that mixes were great (and they are — not gonna lie) because you dump it all in one bowl. […]

Stress Baking Series: Brownies

This guy is the best there is! He has been by my side for three decades and my success is due, in part, to his unwavering support. He never says no. From delivering a cake to building a custom cake stand, to fixing my commercial dishwasher, he is my director of operations. So when, Jim, […]

Stress Baking Series: Mini Cheesecakes

I get the best recipes from my friends, don’t you? Making something scrumptious from a friend’s recipe makes me feel so happy. It keeps that person close to me and boy, don’t we know how important that is these crazy times. I have spent decades of holidays with my dear friend Diana Teston. This is […]

Stress Baking Series: Shortbread Cookies