Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Carrot Ginger Tea Cake with Lime Glaze

Here I was waiting at the dentist’s office for my kids to get done with their appointment and as is typical of me I picked up a few magazines in the waiting room to occupy my time. Funny thing about these magazines, even though I subscribe to a few of the same magazines at home, somehow when I read them at the doctor’s office, the articles seem more interesting – go figure 🤔.  This recipe for carrot ginger tea cake is from Sunset Magazine, and is one of those magazines that I do subscribe to and get a nice crisp issue mailed to me at home. I know I went through the issue when I received it, and I know I must have seen this carrot cake recipe, but not until I saw it at the doctor’s office did it look enticing enough for me to want to make it.  I came home and promptly looked for that issue and found the recipe. Continue reading Carrot Ginger Tea Cake with Lime Glaze

Pansy Blossom Ice Cream

I made this pansy blossom ice cream for Rani’s birthday in early March that turned out awesome. As one of Rani’s friends recently developed an intolerance to dairy we made our ice cream with coconut milk and coconut cream. Coconut milk or coconut cream is a great alternative to dairy cream and it’s a boon to those folks who are lactose intolerant. Our vanilla ice cream with pansy blossoms turned out so good that all the kids devoured it 😋.  Pansy flowers add delicate purple colored flecks to a simple vanilla ice cream. Continue reading Pansy Blossom Ice Cream

Flavored Honey

I bought a rather eclectic cookbook filled with not so ordinary vegetarian recipes recently titled Naturally Vegetarian. Recipes and Stories from my Italian Family Farm by Valentina Solfrini. I have never found an Italian cookbook dedicated entirely to vegetarian dishes until this one. While exploring the book I discovered that author Valentina has a blog called hortuscuisine.com food from the Italian countryside.  Her blog is filled with travel stories and nostalgic Italian vegan and vegetarian recipes. On Valentina’s blog is where I found this beautiful post on flavored honeys. Continue reading Flavored Honey

Lemon Honey Ginger Pound Cake

I bought some gorgeous amber colored honey from a local home beekeeper recently. This lady has a large garden with flowers and lavender bushes and she raises honeybees for honey which she harvests and sells through word of mouth. All proceeds form the honey sales are donated to our local Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose. She doesn’t even want the checks written in her name, she just wants all payments made directly to the food bank. I bought six bottles from her – I mean what a winning combination – proceeds from local honey sales that go directly to a local food bank – win/win! Continue reading Lemon Honey Ginger Pound Cake

Spring Carrot Cake & A Sweet Sixteen Birthday Celebration

Here is a carrot cake that has all the traditional carrot cake ingredients I remember growing up with in Texas – carrots, pineapple, and coconut. Packed with just the right proportion of carrots, crushed pineapple and coconut; this cake is soft, moist and delicious. Continue reading Spring Carrot Cake & A Sweet Sixteen Birthday Celebration

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