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Peanut Butter Apple Banana Cake

These days there are lots of cake and cookie recipes being shared and each and every one is enticing and tempting.  But what caught my attention with this particular recipe is two things – one, my daughter Rani loves peanut butter.  Two, I was running way low on sugar and was trying to figure out how to make something sweet with less sugar and this recipe fit that criteria perfectly as it only required 1/4 cup of white sugar 😊.  The sweetness in this cake comes from 2 ripe bananas and an apple. Between the bananas and apple and all the peanut butter and chocolate chips, the cake is soft, moist and delicious.  Kind of like a Reeses peanut butter cup but in a cake form.   This is an awesome cake for those of you who love peanut butter and chocolate! Continue reading Peanut Butter Apple Banana Cake

Blueberry Raspberry Bran Muffins

These healthyish muffins are made with so many good ingredients that you can almost have them guilt-free.  Yes, that’s right, these muffins are healthy enough that they will have you wanting more than one, and the best part is not only are they healthy, the recipe is easy to make too.  You don’t even need a mixer! Just whisk the wet ingredients, then sift the dry ingredients, combine the two and bake. In Chef Ina Garten’s own words “How easy is that?” Blueberry bran muffins on Barefootcontessa.com
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Nasturtium Blossom Hummingbird Cake

Here is a delicious cheer me up sweet and gorgeous cake to celebrate spring and all things beautiful.  Nasturtium blossom hummingbird cake is a recipe I posted a long while ago that I made again recently.  Where do I start to tell the tale of this cake –  the cake or about the blooms?  Let me start with the cake.  I first had this delicious piece of cake at our local Peets coffee shop called hummingbird cake that was moist and light, chock full of nuts, with a soft cream cheese frosting.  I assumed it was called hummingbird cake because of all the nuts in the cake because it reminded me of a birdseed mixture, but as it turns out what I found out is that the reason it is called a hummingbird cake is because it tastes so good that it makes people hum   🎶🎵🎼🎼🎶🎶🎵.   We sure can use some humming right now 😚🎵🎼🎼🎶.   I figured with all my nasturtiums blooming right now I might as well add these hummingbird loving edible flowers on the cake.  Hummingbirds really love nasturtium blossoms! Continue reading Nasturtium Blossom Hummingbird Cake

Yogurt Cake with Toasted Almonds

All this Stay at Home mandate is making me stir crazy that I am definitely baking more than I should, and normally do.  You see my allergies are so aggravated lately that when I go for a walk outside I have come home with the worst allergy attack with itchy watery eyes, scratchy throat, cough, and sinus headache from all the pollen out there, so I’ve been staying in the last week and just venturing into the garden instead.  Not being able go out and do much else, leaves me with plenty of time on my hands that even a simple recipe on the back of a sugar package seems enticing to bake! Continue reading Yogurt Cake with Toasted Almonds

Cherry Blossom Pound Cake

It’s cherry blossom season, and I know it’s hard to get out there and enjoy nature’s annual show right now,  but in leu of an actual visit how about celebrating it with a delicious cake? With cherries no less!! I found this recipe called cherry almond pound cake from blogger Jenny Steffens on Instagram. and she described this pound cake as an ode to a cupcake she had in Washington DC during their cherry blossom festival last year where at Sprinkles in Georgetown she had a cherry cupcake.  She says she liked the cup cake so much that immediately after returning home she made a similar cake with cherries and almond favoring. Though Jenny calls her cake cherry almond pound cake, I renamed it Cherry Blossom Pound Cake. Well it does have cherries.  And it is cherry blossom season, so why not? Continue reading Cherry Blossom Pound Cake

Tried and True and Some New. Week 4 of Social Distancing

Hello, hello, how are we all doing? Still hanging in there with Social Distancing? We are all going along doing our part, and we are doing a great job from the news articles I am reading.  It’s the beginning of week 4 in the Bay Area of our Shelter in Place. If you are wondering if all these measures are working, these excerpts gives us a glimpse of hope that it is. Continue reading Tried and True and Some New. Week 4 of Social Distancing

Rose and Ginger Cupcakes

It was a gorgeous sunny day with blue skies and puffs of white clouds last week Thursday.  On that morning I had already gone on my walk, already spent time in my garden, and already prepared lunch for the family, and still had time on my hands, so I decided to bake.  With such a beautiful day in front of me, a spring inspired cupcake seemed very appealing.

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Vanilla Poundcake with Orange Syrup

Sometimes you just want a good old-fashioned simple poundcake. You know what I mean? Something sweet, dense, and moist to have with a cup of tea or coffee. That’s what I was craving when I made this vanilla poundcake with orange syrup. Vanilla poundcake with simple syrup is an easy and quick sweet treat that you can whip up in minutes. Continue reading Vanilla Poundcake with Orange Syrup