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Gluten Free German Chocolate Whoopie Pies

I didn’t try German chocolate cake until I was in my teens. Isn't that crazy? As a kid, I thought of it as “grown up cake” (whatever that means) because of the Coconut-Pecan frosting. See, I was convinced I hated coconut, and I wasn’t crazy about nuts in baked goods, and the combination of those two textures in a thick caramel frosting was too much for my poor little brain to handle. Fortunately, I slowly acquired a taste for different flavors and textures (including coconut and pecans) and after trying it again over the years, it has climbed the ranks and become one of my favorites. Read More »


Gluten Free Chocolate Tarts with Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse

I will make no apologies for the decadence of this recipe. Sometimes, baking needs to be an out-and-out splurge – even gluten-free baking. (Calories don’t count on Valentine’s Day, right?) I just adore the combination of hazelnut and chocolate.: chocolate hazelnut spreads, Baci® chocolates, anything that combines the sweet nuttiness of hazelnut with dark, rich chocolate. . . I can’t resist it. I’ve tried.  Read More »


Old-Fashioned Velvet Sponge Cupcakes with Lemon Mascarpone Frosting

This is not exactly the post I had in mind for Valentine’s Day – honestly, I’m pretty much a chocolate-caramel-peanut butter-deep dark flavor kind of girl anytime, and especially on Box-of-Chocolates Day (As I believe it should be named). No, I had big dreams for something with dark baking chocolate, maybe some red wine, or some molasses and spice, something dark and rich and red like cherries or pomegranates . . . but after several tests, several sinkfuls of dishes, and several test versions of a baking disaster now referred to as “Stupid Cake” . . . I just thank my lucky stars that this recipe fell into my lap at the last moment. Just in time for V-day. Read More »


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