Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Pumpkin Spice Cake

I have been craving pumpkin spice cake lately even though it’s not Fall. Maybe it’s the Indian summer we had in the peak of winter in February, or maybe it’s because our cool rainy winter temperatures are back in March – just like in Autumn when our temperatures fluctuate from warm to cold, and back to warm and cold. Whatever the reason maybe, one doesn’t need a fresh pumpkin to make pumpkin spice cake, a can of pumpkin flesh will do just fine. On a cold rainy afternoon a pumpkin spice cake with a hot cup of tea ☕️🍰 is the perfect feel good treat 😋. Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Cake

Lemon Almond Bundt Cake

A lemon almond cake made with fresh lemons has a taste onto it’s own. I decided to play around with a couple of alternative flours in this lemon cake and the end result was positively delicious. Almond meal and shredded coconut add a wonderful crumbly and crunchy texture to this lemon cake, while the addition of sour cream keeps the cake soft and moist. Truly, I was so surprised how awesome this cake turned out. Even the family thought it turned out great, each person had 2 slices 🍰🍰 😋.  Continue reading Lemon Almond Bundt Cake

Preserved Lemons with Powdered Sugar

This recipe is pretty much just 2 ingredients. Lemons and powdered sugar. My friend Iya suggested this preserved lemon recipe when she came over one day and saw the bounty of over 100 lemons I had in a big bowl.


Iya shared her story of how back in Russia her Mom would make preserved lemons with sugar in mason jars and kept it in the refrigerator over the winter months until the lemons became tender. On days when Iya was sick her Mom would make a warm tonic with the preserved lemon syrup that did wonders for a child who was ill. Iya encouraged me to give it a try and I thought why not? While I was at it I made another preserved lemon mason jar with another great ingredient for our health – ginger. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Preserved Lemons with Powdered Sugar

Carrot Cake Wreath

I’ve wanted to make this carrot cake ever since I saw the recipe on a blog I follow called the dutch baker thedutchbaker.  She raved about her carrot cupcake recipe describing it as “Super moist without being overly soggy or mushy with a nice fluffy texture to the cake.” Since I was making this carrot cake for a Christmas dinner gathering with my cousins I decided to make the cake in the shape of a wreath so I could have some fun decorating it.  Continue reading Carrot Cake Wreath

Sweet Port & Cranberry Currant Cake

Sweet port and cranberry currant cake is one delicious cake that brings together the lovely flavors of the holidays together. Fragrant port, tart cranberries, sweet currants, and vanilla, all taste amazing together in this cake. The cake has a fruity fragrance in every bite from the port, while the cranberries and currants give the cake a nice sweet and tart taste. And seriously, how can one forget vanilla in any cake? Vanilla just evokes that warm feel good vibe in any cake it is added to. This is one happy cake. Continue reading Sweet Port & Cranberry Currant Cake

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Oh my gosh, what is it about Christmas sugar cookies that makes them a must have over the holidays?  Maybe it’s the vibrancy of the beautifully decorated cookies or maybe it’s all that sweetness in each and every piece.  Strangely, I haven’t been a fan of sugar cookies, I’ve always found them too sweet, but the temptation of these gorgeous cookies always gets the better of me. Continue reading Christmas Sugar Cookies

Rose’s Rockin Granola

I know, I know, what’s so special about granola you ask? You can buy it anywhere, there are so many flavors and variations, and you can get countless recipes online. What’s so special about this granola?  For me, homemade granola will always be synonymous with my friend Rose’s granola. That’s because until Rose gave me her homemade granola a few years back I didn’t even know one could make it at home. I thought it’s something complicated that only factories and gourmet specialty shops could make. I was happily buying granola in the store for years not ever thinking that it could be made in my kitchen. Continue reading Rose’s Rockin Granola

Apple Walnut Spice Cake

This apple spice cake from all has to be the moistest cake I have ever made.  I shouldn’t be surprised given that the recipe requires 4 cups of chopped apples which makes a large apple spice cake, perfect to take to a party or for a large gathering at home. Give this recipe a try if you are craving a super moist cake chock full of walnuts and fresh apples. Apple Walnut Spice Cake Continue reading Apple Walnut Spice Cake

Sweet Wine & Dried Fruit Poundcake

Sweet Wine & Dried Fruit Poundcake
makes 2 


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick), plus about 1 tsp softened butter for pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh grated apple
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup sweet dessert wine
  • 1/2 cup dried fruits such as raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried figs, and dried apricots. Soak overnight in 1/4 cup sweet wine.

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