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  1. Week 10: Baileys Irish Cream Cake

    March 15, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! I’m not Irish and I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but I need to declare my disdain for green food coloring. It’s gross. Why do we need to turn everything green to celebrate this holiday, people? Why, when you have fabulously festive recipes like this one(more…)

  2. Week 7: Mardi Gras King Cake

    February 20, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro


    Laissez les bons temps rouler!


    Happy Mardi Gras! What better way to celebrate than with a traditional Mardi Gras King Cake?


    Now I have to preface this post by saying I haven’t tasted king cake for about 8 years, so I didn’t really remember what a king cake was supposed to taste like. I perused a few recipes and came to the conclusion that king cake isn’t very cake-like, but more like a breakfast danish with either a cream cheese or pecan filling. I love pecan anything so I went with an adapted version of this Mardi Gras King Cake recipe.


    I made this sans baby. You see, traditional king cake has a tiny, plastic baby hidden inside. Whoever has the good fortune of getting the baby in their piece is obligated to supply the king cake or host the king cake party the following year. I have issues with the little, plastic baby. It seems like a choking hazard and it looks like a prop the anti-choice movement might use. So for those reasons, there was no baby in this cake.

  3. Week 6: Beer Cake

    February 11, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I bake it into a cake.

    I baked this cake for Super Bowl Sunday, and I have to say it was a real touchdown (apologies for the pun). I’m not into football, but I love a food holiday. Super Bowl spreads don’t traditionally include dessert, which I find to be a real tragedy.

    Before baking this cake, I asked around about which type of beer I should use. And I was happy it incited some debate. The most popular answer was Guinness. However, I baked with Guinness a few years ago and I was… unimpressed. I once heard that when cooking with wine, you should never use a wine you wouldn’t drink. I don’t drink Guinness, not even on St. Patrick’s Day. So I opted for Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale. The description on the bottle says, “An abbey ale crafted with roasted malts, hint of Belgian sugar, and a touch of wheat. Rich caramel and toffee notes.” Sounds like dessert to me! (more…)