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pistachio cake with rose water cream cheese frosting and pomegranate seeds, gluten free

pistachio cake with rose water cream cheese frosting and pomegranate seeds, gluten free
homemade pistachio paste recipe
creamy room temperature butter
pistachio cupcakes with rose water cream cheese frosting and pomegranate seeds, gluten free

pistachio cake with rose water cream cheese frosting and pomegranate seeds, gluten free

In my opinion, there is only one flavor of frozen yogurt worth getting: pistachio. Actually, now that I think about it, my favorite flavor of gelato and ice cream also happens to be pistachio.

Oddly enough, I'm not a fan of nuts in their whole form. I find the way they absolutely always get stuck in my teeth to be off putting.

apple, pecan, and raisin depression cake, gluten free

apple pecan depression cake
the depression cake

the depression cake

"Take away the milk, the eggs, the butter, and what do you have left? A great tasting cake that became popular after the stock market crash of 1929."

Born in 1928, my grandmother was 1 years old when the stock market crashed. I'd only heard bits and pieces from her of what it was like to grow up in that time. I did know that as a result of being a child of the depression (as I'd heard her refer to herself), she'd learned to be thrifty and make do with what she had both in and out of the kitchen. Growing up I remember how she never wasted ingredients in the kitchen. 

saffron angel food cake, gluten free

Earlier this year, I had what the bakers like to call, "The great angel food cake disaster of 2012." Now we serve angel food cake regularly at the bakery, but I have to confess that I don't generally make it. But on this particular day, our kitchen manager Cynthia tasked me with making the angel food cake. Cautiously, I followed the recipe, sneaking in questions while I went. Once the egg whites were whipped to what I felt were medium peaks, I started to fold in the dry ingredients. I thought I was doing an okay job, but over my shoulder I heard "GAH! Stop! You are overfolding!" 

heaven and hell cake with peanut butter nutella purgatory mousse

heaven and hell cake with peanut butter mousse, gluten-free
heaven and hell cake, gluten free

Happy Valentine's Day, y'all! What did you do for your sweetie? In typical baker fashion, I made Patrick a cake.

But not just any cake, an epic 5 3/4" cake of towering awesomeness. Imagine if you will, layers of rich dark devils food, paired with their polar opposite, light and fluffy angel food cake. Then intersperse layers of creamy peanut butter and nutella mousse. Then frost that bad boy with a devilishly thick layer of chocolate nutella ganache.

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