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Winning Cake…Coastal Coconut Cream Cake

My son learned to bake 3 years ago. Since then, he has had 3 award winning cakes, one for every year he has entered our local youth fair. His first year, he baked a chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream and tons of chopped Reese’s cups. He desperately wanted to be original, and even though …

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Inside Out Peanut Butter Kisses…aka Little Debbie Swiss Roll Stuffed PB Cupcakes

The challenge was…use Little Debbie Snacks to create a dessert that kids would love.  My first question is, ‘is there a dessert that kids don’t like?’ My second is, ‘Little Debbie’s aren’t considered “dessert”?’

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Beer + Sugar = Beer Syrup = Liquid Gold

A few years ago, we had the good fortune of meeting one of the most talented and innovative caterers in the Tampa Bay area. John LoScalzo of Loko Cuisine was catering the monthly brunch at Cigar City Brewing and selling out every month.  What first caught my attention were his “Beer-mosas,” which combined your choice …

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie…in December?

When I was asked if I could make a Strawberry-Rhubarb pie for friend as a Christmas gift, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to find fresh fruit. Even though I live near the Strawberry growing capital of Florida (Plant City) and I see the fields already producing fruit, I usually think of strawberries as …

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Not Your Typical Holiday Dessert…Brandied Caramel & Pecan Cream Cheese Pound Cake

I’m a baker, and I have been since my first 4-H cooking class when I was 8 years old.  Before I could boil pasta, I could make yeast bread and orange marmalade.  Before I could cook myself a meal, I was baking award winning cakes.  I’ve learned a lot since then.  I no longer have …

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Chubby Hubby PIE…

Yes, gentlemen, it really does exist! A cookie crust filled with more chocolate chip cookie, caramel, chocolate, and pretzel pieces, and topped off with massive amounts of  peanut butter! People constantly ask me how I’m able to bake all the things that I make and be a diabetic at the same time.  I always say, “it’s …

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Ean’s Award Winning Cake…Chocolate-Peanut Butter Explosion

As previously mentioned today, boys should be taught to cook.  Boys should, not only be able to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but they should also be able to prepare dessert. When Ean first decided that he wanted to bake a cake for 4-H, I asked him to decide the flavor and style.  Then, I …

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Mini Apple Pies with Hard Cider Glaze

For some reason, I love small, individualized desserts.  Maybe it’s because they’re so personal; maybe it’s because they’re perfect platings.  Either way, I love the fact that each person gets their own little masterpiece…not just a slice of a beautiful work of art.  

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Cuban Espresso Dark Chocolate Cake with Salted Dulce De Leche Frosting

A couple of years ago, my (then) 10 year old decided that he wanted to bake a cake for our local 4-H/FFA Youth Fair.  I agreed to teach him, but he had to decide what kind/flavor he wanted to bake.  He decided on a chocolate & peanut butter cake, which shouldn’t surprise me since I’m …

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Andes Candies meet Chocolate Cake

This one is totally for my husband and son.  They LOVE mint chocolate chip ice cream, Andes candies, after dinner mints, Thin Mint cookies, and anything else that’s chocolatey and minty.  As my husband said, “I’m gonna love it and hug it and make it my very own!”

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