High Altitude Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake

'Tis the season for gluttony! The late arrival of fall finally brought an excuse to make pumpkin ravioli and pumpkin risotto. But despite my love for these warming dishes, I always fall back to my lifelong favorite - the chocolate raspberry combo. In the comfort of my childhood home in Estes, with all possible cooking tools at my fingertips, I set out for a ...

Chocolate Raspberry Shortbread Cookies

While traveling through Europe, I've been known to make an entire day's meal out of linzer cookies, the lovely shortbreads filled with jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar. They're delicate and not too sweet, with a hint of tart from the jam. Traditional linzer cookies are made with almonds, but this is a lighter and smoother variation, with an added touch of ...

Pop Tarts

While I haven't eaten them in probably ten years, I love pop tarts. So when my friend Ally made her own, I knew I had to try. The recipes I found online all looked too dry and crumbly or too doughy, so I decided to make my own recipe from scratch. The texture of the dough turned out perfect - not too dry, yet not at all cakey. The pastries crisped up a bit in ...

The Earl of Ginger Cupcakes

I've never liked Earl Grey Tea. I think it's boring. And Earl makes me think of the horrid Dixie Chicks song Earl's Gotta Die. Quite the contrary, Earl Grey II was a strapping young voyager who delighted in exquisite teas (just read the back of the box). So, seeing as I'm the only one who doesn't like Earl Grey, I thought I would attempt to meet the expectations ...

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Well, if you love this name, you should thank the one and only Kara Caputo. If it confuses you, go brush up on your childhood knock knock jokes. Regardless, the name proceeded the cupcake. And no, there aren't bananas in the recipe. In order to come up with a cupcake that would live up to this name, I imagined the best possible compliment to orange, and ended up ...

Key Lime Colada Cupcakes

These cupcakes are the essence of summer. While I definitely prefer the mountains over the beach, coconut and lime together make me want to visit a white sanded beach with crystal blue water. Or maybe spring break is just getting to my head.. For me, this is about as healthy as baking gets. Key Lime Colada Cupcakes certainly taste a bit less sweet, ...