Banana Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting: Love Me Tender

Vegan Banana Cake with Peanut Butter frosting

You don't have to be Elvis Presley to eat like the King. The rock 'n' roll legend's love for food was well-known, and the infamous peanut butter and banana sandwich he adored, dubbed the "Elvis," is the stuff of  food excess lore. Here's how it was rumored to be made:  two slices of white bread … [Read more...]

Irish Cream Cupcakes

Irish Cream Cupcakes

I know, I know, I am a day late for St. Patrick's Day, but honestly do you need an occasion to eat cupcakes? Especially cupcakes infused with booze? I was up baking these late last night, which might explain the off-kilter frosting, but they taste so good that I'm sure you'll forgive me. As you … [Read more...]

Cocoa-berry Cake From ‘Sweet Utopia': Cook That Book

There's an unhappy relationship between cakes and my waistline but something about this Cocoa-berry Cake  made me want to toss the tape measure and start stuffing my face.A few weeks back I got in the mail a review copy of Sweet Utopia by Sharon Valencik. It immediately grabbed my attention with its … [Read more...]

Itty-Bitty Cupcake Bites For Halloween– And A Ghost Story

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I am not a big believer in the supernatural but there was this one time, on a cold, dark February evening, when my rooted-in-reality self turned a wee bit agnostic.I was walking out of the Maryland statehouse in Annapolis. The legislative session was on and getting longer by the day with delegates … [Read more...]

Apple Cake With Caramel-Pecan Glaze

Apple Cake

Channel-surfing for a cooking show this morning, I caught Christopher Kimball, the pompous and intensely annoying host of America's Test Kitchen, deriding vegetarian food and a tofu dessert he ate somewhere. "It is terrible," he and another cook went in unison, talking about chocolate mousse made … [Read more...]

Mango Cupcakes With Mango Buttercream Frosting

Mango cupcakes

As Thanksgiving approaches, I know all of you -- vegan or not-- are looking for great options to the same-old-same-old pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie or whatever tired old orange-colored dessert it is that typically graces your Thanksgiving table.Well, I have one for you and every word of it is like … [Read more...]

Mava Cake: A Labor Of Love

A mava cake is a cardamom-scented delicacy popularized and sold almost exclusively by the wonderful Irani restaurants of Bombay.These restaurants, unique little bakeries and eateries opened by Iranian immigrants who came to the city in the 19th century, were usually corner joints housed in grand old … [Read more...]