Chocolate Marble Pound Cake

Chocolate Marble Pound Cake

Chocolate marble pound cake was our mom’s go-to dessert when we kids. Although she’s an excellent cook, she never really liked baking and would always use a box mix for pound cake. Her signature was to create a chocolate marble pound cake by mixing in a bit of cocoa to half of the batter.  When […]

Vanilla Banana Smoothie

Donatello and I have this banana smoothie most mornings.  It has to be the easiest and most delicious way to get some calcium at breakfast, which is always a struggle for me. For as long as I can remember, our mom has been making what she called banana milkshakes. Over time I came to realize that a milkshake […]

Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée

Donatello loves crème brûlée and always orders it whenever it appears on a menu. For his birthday in December, I made individual crème brûlées for him (and the family); and of course, he got the biggest one. After dinner and gifts, I pulled the ramekins of  crème brûlée out of the fridge and lit up […]

Vanilla Rum Buttercream Frosting

Vanilla Rum Buttercream Frosting

I used this cooked rum buttercream frosting flavoured with a bit of vanilla to frost the easy one-bowl chocolate cake that I made for my birthday. This recipe makes enough to frost a 9-inch, 2-layer cake. To frost the cake, I filled the two-layer cake and then gave it a crumb coat with about half of […]

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo bars are supersweet triple-layer squares. The bottom layer is  a graham cracker crumb base, flavoured with cocoa and coconut and studded with chopped nuts. The creamy middle layer is like vanilla-flavoured frosting. And the topping is melted chocolate. I only realized that these were a Canadian treat after moving back to Canada about 10 […]

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