Nutty Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Nutty Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Perhaps you’re a lovely lady, or fine fella that enjoy the occasional sweet treat.  Perhaps the thought of a fluffy cake-like bar filled with pumpkin, nutty goodnesss, topped with decadent cream cheese frosting… makes you a little weak in the knees.

Or, perhaps you want nothing to do with a sugary snack, but enjoy the idea of sharing baked goods that make the intended think you slaved away all day, as the flour and sweat flew.

Well, here’s the answer friends.

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Best Carrot Cake

Best Carrot Cake

A serious warning accompanies this cake recipe – once you make it, and the first bite is devoured, you will then be required to make it for every event, for the rest of your life.  There’s a possibility you might not even be invited, but the cake will.

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Heaven & Hell Cake

“So that’s 10 minutes on the bicycle, 10 minutes on the treadmill, a full set of legs and 30 minutes on the elliptical – that should allow me two hunks of cheese and two beers later.”

I’m not the only one calculating calories burned into what I can indulge in later, am I???

I bring up this small neurosis because this cake is totally worth conserving and calculating calories for!  Of course you can always throw caution to the wind and dive right in – I have a sneaking suspicion that calories might be like germs, designed to scare us and suck all the fun out of living, but don’t really exist. (Kidding!)

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Orange Pecan Beer Cake with Orange Glaze

Dear Sixties Housewives, you were really onto something with this whole “bundt” thing.  Well done!

“It’s a Bundt.” “Boont?” “BundTT!” Cake, bread, gelatin, ice cream cakes, what can’t these little wonders do?!  Seriously, the bundt cake has it all – it’s quick, it’s easy, it looks great, cooks evenly, and tastes great – a baker could not ask for more.   Why have I waited so long to get on board?  Who knows, but the obsession has begun.

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Orange Bittersweet Chocolate Cake with Blood Orange Compote

One of my goals for cooking in 2012 is “seasonal.”  Seasonal eating isn’t one of those hokey new-age eating fads, it’s one of the most simple and beautiful ways to fuel your body.  The earth is offering up these fruits and veggies at a certain time, practically begging us to eat them.  How cool is that?!

So what does this have to do with an orange chocolate cake? I’m getting to that.  Blood oranges are currently “in season” in my area and I’ve been dying to throw them into a delicious dish.  Enter… the cake!

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Triple-Layer Godiva Dream Cheesecake

While Valentine’s Day may be a ways away, I have a sneaking suspicion that there are those among you that have abandoned your New Year’s Resolution – swearing off carbs and sugar, in favor of loftier aspirations – such as mastering some baking skills, or boning up on your recipe reading.  I applaud you.  Now let me help.

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