Dark chocolate truffles


Making European-style pastries used to intimidate me. They look so dainty and delicate and I'm always worried that I'm too heavy handed to execute them. Well, I'm slowly overcoming the fear. I started with the simplest project -- panna cotta. As I … »

White chocolate, lemon and poppy seed cake


Last night, feeling in such a good mood to bake a cake, I started thawing the butter and preheating the oven only to discover that I was out of all-purpose flour. I was about to concede defeat when I remembered that I still had a bag of whole wheat … »

Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting


The cake is light and fluffy but it isn’t a chiffon type cake. The frosting is made with cream cheese and cocoa powder. The experience of eating these cupcakes is nothing short of magical. Speedy and Alex consumed their share silently and that … »

Strawberry-flavored red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting


Just what shade of red a red velvet cake should be depends on the coloring agent and the amount of cocoa powder added to the cake batter. Some use beet roots to acquire the red hue but the modern practice is to use commercial food color. I’ve … »

Tres leches cake


The first time I made tres leches, I baked cupcakes. Speedy and the girls loved it so much that they have been asking me to make tres leches cupcakes again. But I didn't because the process of brushing the hot cupcakes with the three-milk mixture was … »

Chocolate chip cookies, the Toll House recipe


Story has it that the chocolate chip cookie recipe was created by American Ruth Graves Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn, in 1933. She later sold the recipe to Nestle. Nestle’s bags of chocolate morsels carry the Toll House recipe. … »

Chocolate rum balls


Another no-bake dessert. This sweet treat is more popularly known simply as rum balls but I decided to include chocolate in the title because it appears that there are recipes for rum balls that do not include chocolate, in any form, at all. Another … »

The most sinful chocolate cake


Among all the chocolate recipes I have tried -- and I have tried a lot -- this is the one I like best. It isn't a chiffon cake but it isn't a batter-type cake either. It is more like a custard that just melts in your mouth. The best thing is the … »

Chocolate cheesecake


In 2007, I baked my first chocolate cheesecake based on a recipe by Nigella Lawson. A couple of days ago, I baked my second chocolate cheesecake and I diverted from that old recipe. I like this one better as it is rich without being overly sweet so … »