funfetti cake + homemade sprinkles

How could you not want homemade almondy, white cake with floating fireworks of color in each slice?? Needless to say this cake will become a regular in our family’s repertoire—especially since my mom said, “this is the best cake I’ve ever had”…..WOW

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chocolate chip pound cake

Pound cake is a whole different animal than regular birthday cake. For starters, it has a pound of butter in it–oh yeah, that’s why it’s called pound cake. (I didn’t know that for a long time!)

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must read: molly on the range

Molly on the Range is a great book for the home cook (or any cook) looking to push new boundaries in accessible ways. Or, this book is also just a great read and source of entertainment as if it were a novel. [I read most of this book out loud to my husband on a car trip…he kept asking me to read more!]

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chamomile cupcakes with honey glaze

They are perfectly light and delicate, fragrant and romantic. Chamomile is not usually my cup of tea–I prefer “tea, Earl grey, hot”–but the herb provides the perfect spice and floral fragrance to these little, light cakes.

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the ultimate birthday cake

I scoured the internet for chocolate cake recipes. I tore through the pages of The Joy of Cooking. It all sounds rather dramatic, I know. I couldn’t find the perfect chocolate cake that wasn’t just plain chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

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shrimp scampi + mini frozen key lime pies

I am not generally a fan of shrimp scampi and would not order it in a restaurant, but this “how to make shrimp scampi without a recipe” intrigued me and sounded so good that I had to try it. Basically the premise is that you can make it exactly to your taste:how much garlic you want, how many red pepper flakes you want, how much wine you want…

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