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Classic Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

I have some unusual flavour pairings among the recipes I’ve posted thus far, and I thought I’d add a classic to my repertoire. This recipe is for a basic yellow cupcake. The batter comes together so swiftly. Fewer egg whites means richer flavour, and the sour cream gives a tangy richness. The cupcakes are topped … Continue reading

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Carrot Ginger Cake

Whether you’re celebrating Easter at a family gathering or simply welcoming a much-anticipated spring, this long weekend pairs perfectly with a carrot ginger cake. I visited the Hummingbird Bakery at their location in Notting Hill on Portobello Road when travelling around the UK at 20. I purchased the bakery’s second cookbook, Cake Days, when I … Continue reading

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Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Pesach, or Passover, is the Jewish Feast of Freedom that takes place over seven days in early spring. The holiday commemorates the freeing of the Jews who were slaves in Egypt. Led my Moses, they fled to the Promised Land. They were in such a hurry that they had no time to allow the bread … Continue reading

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Lemon Polenta Cake

For today’s announcement, I wanted a bright, sunny dessert. In July, I will be moving to AUSTRALIA for my final semester of university! Today I received the official letter of acceptance from UNSW. As part of my undergraduate degree, I have the opportunity to go on two student exchanges. In February 2013, I moved to … Continue reading

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Banana Cupcakes

Back to baking For the past month I've been busy with my courses and application deadlines, which left me no time for testing out recipes. It’s been a stressful time, but the outcome is turning out pretty positive. Now that classes are over (only one exam to go and the semester is officially done!), I'm … Continue reading

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Guinness Cake

My brother-in-law’s parents are in the process of moving. As they were going through the possessions they had in storage, they found a pair of heirloom cake stands. They thought of me and figured I would get the most use out of them, which is incredibly generous and thoughtful of them. The gold-leaf cake stands … Continue reading

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Guinness Brownies

In the spring of 2011, I travelled to the Republic of Ireland. The expiration of my UK Youth Mobility Visa coincided with some Montreal friends’ move to London. We made plans to meet up in Dublin after my last shift in the kitchen. While in Dublin, I stopped by the Guinness brewery. Although I’m not … Continue reading

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Date Brownies

Ever walk into a baking aisle and get hit with a wave of weed? Just a regular Monday night at the grocery store. Next in line for brownie week: the date brownies. Random foodie fact of the day: dates are the oldest cultivated fruit in the world! The amber-brown fruit has been plucked from the … Continue reading

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Boxed Mix Brownies

Does a week of brownies sound good to you? I’m in a brownie mood and I’ve got a bunch of recipes to try out. Yesterday I posted the deliciously fudgy cocoa brownies. And now, to be enjoyed on Oscars night: boxed mix brownies. Cook’s Illustrated succeeded in recreating that famous boxed mix flavour from your … Continue reading

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Cocoa Brownies

Last night’s company needed to air work-related grievances, and I needed to prepare myself for the second half of a challenging semester. A baking session was in order. These cocoa brownies are a great go-to recipe when in need of fuss-free, intensely chocolaty treats. No need for a trip to the grocery store, mixers or … Continue reading

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