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canned jar chocolate devil cakes

canned jar chocolate devil cakes

This canned jar chocolate devil cakesrecipe was adapted from my biscuit scone recipe. They were just so good that I decided to adapt a little and see if they would work baked in a canning jar.  My original idea was to fill them part of the way, have them bake […]

banana pumpkin walnut spice cake

banana pumpkin walnut spice cake

This banana pumpkin walnut spice cake has a big shortcut. Yes, I’m going to use a cake mix. But, I’m going to build on that cake mix base and create something entirely different. In today’s world, I do know that lots of folks would love to make homemade cakes, well, […]

pineapple tidbit brown sugar walnut upside down cake

pineapple tidbit brown sugar walnut upside down cake

Some cakes are cakes. Whereas other cakes are not only cakes, but they’re cakes with a history. Yep, that’s what you’ll find with my updated version of the pineapple upside down cake. This pineapple tidbit brown sugar walnut upside down cake takes the vintage version to a new level! Upside […]

weekend coconut oatmeal pecan southern cake

weekend coconut oatmeal pecan southern cake

The world of cyberspace is filled with great amazing home cooks worldwide! There’s no shortage out there for any type of dish regardless of ethnicity. That’s the origination of this great oatmeal cake recipe! As you well know, food and cooking are certainly one of the most popular things posted […]

gluten free banana buttermilk bundt cake

There are so many things I love about this gluten free banana buttermilk bundt cake. First thing. The bundt pan. Yes, it’s a beauty. Now the key to making this baked cake release perfectly is greasing it liberally. Yes, it’s non-stick, but, nonetheless, I wouldn’t even think about that because […]

pearl sugar tea cake

pearl sugar cardamom tea cake

Cardamom. I can’t remember when or how I fell in love with this spice. But, I’m glad I did. Maybe I was wondering through Jerusalem’s Old City Souk. Maybe I was wondering through the spice aisle at World Market or Trader Joe’s. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that I […]

big cherry baby cakes

big cherry baby cakes

Big cherry baby cakes, I know it sounds like an oxymoron. How can it be big? How can it be baby? Well, it just is. The cherries are big, juicy, delicious, pitted, and right in your grocer’s freezer case. While I love fresh cherries, they’re in season only a short […]

Almond Zest Cake

almond zest cake

I found this cake while hanging out at Food 52~~it’s called ‘Tarta de Santiago’ and it was created by Emma Gardner whose blog is Poires au Chocolat~~here’s some history behind it as found on the website~~ In Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Tarta de Santiago is sold everywhere. The city lies […]

county fair carrot pineapple cake

county fair carrot pineapple cake

Here’s a littl’ backstory on this county fair carrot pineapple cake. I started making it on the first go ’round from scratch. Yes, everything. it took some time. It was a wonderful batter. Had wonderful flavors. Then I put it in the bundt pan. Big mistake. I knew it before […]

chocolate splatter bundt cake

chocolate splatter bundt cake

Sometimes short cuts are just what you have to do in cooking. And, this chocolate splatter bundt cake is one of those recipes that has a shortcut. Now, this doesn’t in one iota way compromise the flavors or taste of this cake. It just saves some time. And, who doesn’t […]

almond joy cake

almond joy cake

Did you have a favorite candy bar as a kid? Lots of people have food favorites from childhood. Food is such a powerful memory maker. Seems those flavors, textures, visuals and tastes simply sear indelible memories in our brains. Almond Joy was, and still is, my favorite candy bar. Yes, […]

lemon mint cake pie

lemon mint cake pie

You can see from the ingredients list that this lemon mint cake pie is super simple to create and bake. The freshness of the lemons and mint add to the lip smackin’ good flavors that burst with each bite. And, the lemon drizzle is just icing on the cake. I […]

banana chip maple syrup cake

banana chip maple syrup cake

Tresa is one of my besties. My besties are a short list of friends that I would walk over hot coals for. And, one thing I always do when she comes over and we’re having eats, which is always, is that I pull out something with crunch and crisp. It […]

hawaiian banana pineapple bake

hawaiian banana pineapple bake

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! All the opinions and creativity are solely my own. For a full disclosure, click here! Sometimes I get soooooooooo excited about new recipe creations that I want to post them immediately! But, I’ve restrained myself with this hawaiian banana […]

the bridesmaid’s peach cake

the bridesmaid’s peach cake

This bridesmaid’s peach cake is just about as spectacular as the bride! I have no idea what possessed me to name this cake as such, but I do think it had something to do with being a Southerner, knowing that peaches are part of our heritage, and realizing that Southern […]

bailey's chocolate espresso tart

bailey’s chocolate espresso tart

This bailey’s chocolate espresso tart was not only fabulous and easy, but when I shared it on Instagram, the iconic chocolate company Ghirardelli reshared it. Of course, I tagged them in my post and obviously they were enchanted enough to share with their chocolate loving followers! This tart is rich […]

nutty cherry cakettes

nutty cherry cakettes

These littl’ creme brulee ramekins are full of sweet dark cherry goodliness! Yes, there’s some ‘healthy’ value added with the ground flax. And, the bursts of cherry juices and Mother Nature’s nectar will just make you cheery cherry happy! If you don’t want the flax, you might try some ground […]

grannysmith apple ginger cake

grannysmith apple ginger cake

Fresh apples just make me happy! I mean they’re just so versatile, available and diverse in the kinds of apples out there. I really like mine crispy. Then I swing between sweet and tart. So, with this recipe, I wanted a little tartness with this moist cake that’s choked full […]

pineapple upside down minis

pineapple upside down minis

Do you believe in fairy tales? As a kid, you probably did. Then you grew up. Realized ‘reality’ and may have given up on dreams. I remember watching the Rose Parade on TV as a kid and thinking it was a fantasyland. A place that was only for rich, famous, […]

yogurt pumpkin cake

yogurt pumpkin cake

I love to cook with my 4 1/2 year-old grandson. He gets soooooooo excited to be my sous chef, and he’s becoming quite adept with cooking ‘terminology’. So when we started this cake, I said, ‘Nicholas, why do we need two mixing bowls?’ With his big black as coal eyes, […]

lemon cheese cake

lemon cream cake

Lemon yogurt cake. It just sounds like something you want to bite into! In fact, when I think about the tart lemon flavors and the creaminess of the filling, some serious drooling can fire up! If you want to serve it warm, then by all means do it. Just give […]

blueberry ramekin pancakes

blueberry spooncakes

This is the kind of recipe that’s like a chameleon. Drizzle on some maple syrup and put some bacon with it and you can call it breakfast. Dollop on a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and you can smile because you’re eating dessert! Perfect for packing with […]

walnut cherry yogurt loaf cake

walnut cherry yogurt loaf cake

This walnut cherry yogurt loaf cake is choked full of juicy sweet cherries and crunchy nuts. They just occupy the top of this loaf cake and are like a soft bed of happiness! Now, this makes slicing a tad bit tricky, unless you really chop your walnuts finely (I prefer […]

Seems in our house if I buy more than 5 bananas at least two or three turn black and are ready to go 'bad' within just a couple of days. Maybe I should just buy one or two bananas at a time, but that just doesn't seem quite right because part of having bananas is having a cluster sitting on the kitchen counter! Of course when this happens, some kind of banana something will be made with the aging blackened 'nanners, so they don't go to waste. Rather than banana bread, I decided to do cakes. Now I used three different size pans~~two tart pans making the cake not more than about 2 inches thick and a small casserole (5x7) glass baking dish. You choose how you want to bake these and in what...just remember to adjust your baking time depending upon the size and thickness of the batter~~do the toothpick test as an extra precaution! This 'Brown Sugar Almond Banana Cake' is great for morning coffee or tea or a midnight snack!

brown sugar almond banana cake

Seems in our house if I buy more than 5 bananas at least two or three turn black and are ready to go ‘bad’ within just a couple of days.  Maybe I should just buy one or two bananas at a time, but that just doesn’t seem quite right because […]

real chocolate lover's cake

real chocolate lover’s cake

This recipe is from my good friend, Mary Marshall, a SC gal who has a huge following in social media and a fabulous blog, All Things Food~Cooking with Mary and Friends~Mary’s all about farm to table and spends so much of her time connecting with local farmers and producers in South […]

blackberry ricotta muffins

Just putting ricotta with anything is good. But, ricotta with blackerries and then turning them into muffins, well, you just have to taste it! When you can’t find fresh berries in season, then most definitely head to the freezer section at your market and get it frozen!  I find it’s […]

Lavender & Almond Bessboussa

lavender & almond basbousa

The best part of having a Facebook cooking page is meeting all the great foodies from around the world!  I’ts like having my own virtual cooking kitchen at my fingertips…I mean I can just post that I need to know more about a particular ethnicity’s cuisine, and, within minutes I […]

~Peach Blueberry Yogurt Rum Nut PoundCake~

peach blueberry yogurt rum nut poundcake

You know that something’s reeeeeally good when you hear moans and groans. I mean moans and groans of ecstasy and happiness.  These are sounds that I heard when Ben, my hubster, went to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee after dinner~~it was as if he was sprouting wings, […]

maple pumpkin meringue pie

maple pumpkin meringue pie

When you take a bite of this ‘maple pumpkin meringue pie’ you’ll think that you’re experiencing a poof of airy lightness mixed creamy warm spiced textures in your mouth. It’s so light that when I took my first bite I thought I was going to float! Well, not really but […]

~lemon cottage cheesecake~

lemon cottage cheesecake

French-inspired cheesecake and simple—if that sounds like an oxymoron, then don’t be alarmed.  French cooking doesn’t have to be complicated—it just has to be good. And while elaborate gastronomic feats can be good, they’re also very intimidating to the everyday cook, like me, and maybe like you, who knows! I’m […]

lemon coconut rose cake

Have you ever watched the Rose Parade (as in the New Year’s Day Rose Parade) while ringing in the new year?  I do and have about every single year. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be covering the parade, but that’s precisely how I’ll be starting out […]

~fruity moist sweet cake~

fruity moist sweet cake

This fruity moist sweet cake is like a LBD or ‘little black dress’ creation~~it can be used for so many things~~dressed up or down, worn with flipflops or heels, well, so to speak! Add some frozen yogurt, a swizzle of warm chocolate ganache, and you have a fancy dessert. Cut […]

~pineapple date current oatmeal cakies~

pineapple date oatmeal cakies

My barometer for cookies changes with my mood~~sometimes I want something really crunchy and crisp like these chocolate crispers…sometimes my palate’s calling for something chewy like these ginger cookies…and at other times, I just want something really salty!   Today my mood was calling for something earthy and spicy as in […]

boston cream whiskey banana pie

This cake has a history and a story behind it…well, actually three stories.  First of all, as a littl’ girl growing up in West Virginia, I lived in the hollers.  On usually one Saturday a month, Dad and Mom would take us kids to the ‘big city,’ the county seat, to ‘shop’ at […]

~chocolate bundt brownie cake~

chocolate bundt brownie cake

What’s the best thing to make teenagers and little ones happy when they’re staying with you? Chocolate! And, nothing better than a chocolate bundt brownie cake. So, my sweet 16 and 17 y/o niece and nephew who live in Germany have come to visit and my 3 y/o grandson, so […]

coconut cake

coconut cake

This is a not-too-sweet moist coconut cake that gets so much of its flavoring from the healthy coconut oil~~throw in a little shredded sweet coconut, and you have a cake that’s versatile and big much tasty! I drizzled mine with chocolate ganache, so this cake was like one of my […]

~chocolate cowboy flop cake~

chocolate cowboy flop cake

You may be wondering why I called this a ‘flop’ cake. Well, it’s because when I cook I’m usually doing two or three recipes simultaneously~~my nature is to multi-task, and that’s what happens in the kitchen!  From photographing, writing down recipes as I’m creating, washing pots, skillets, dishes to having […]

Lemon Coconut Cake

lemon coconut baby cake

Cakes are personal creations, I think.  While you start with a basic recipe, it’s up to the person making it to decide what it’s going to end up looking like~~is it going to be a sheet cake, a bundt cake, cupcakes, a layered cake, a cake left in a glass […]

boston sour cream cake

boston sour cream cake

Baby cakes. Yep, that’s what these sweet delectable boston sour cream cakes are!  Make one for yourself and one to give away!  It’s a Boston Cream Pie on steroids with three layers of tender cake, luscious layers of homemade brandy cream between the layers and then on top, a thick […]

~whiskey sour lemon ciambella~

~whiskey sour lemon ciambella~

Silvia’s Cucina was my inspiration for this cake, which she calls ‘Lemon & Olive Oil Ciambella’~~ciambella is Italian for donut~~I’ve made ~ciambellini de magro~ cookies and, omg,  they’re just amazingly fabulous, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I wanted to ‘boho’ it to my needs! While Silvia dusted her […]

~dark cherry yogurt poundcake~

dark cherry yogurt poundcake

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here! I was inspired to create this poundcake after attending the Dole Summit 2014.  We food bloggers, about 10 of us, had […]

cocoa espresso babovka

Traditional Bábovka is kind of alike a coffee cake, rich with eggs and chopped blanched almonds and baked in a round pan with a hole in the center. This feather-light delicacy is served with hot coffee for the Easter Sunday feast in Czechoslovakia.  I have a wonderful friend, Natasa, who has […]

Lemon Fresh Herb Pudding Cake

Lemon Fresh Herb Pudding Cake

If you like ‘pudding’ breads and you dig lemon and some fresh herbs, then you’ll really dig this loaf bread!  It’s got a dense moist center, notice the subtle ‘sag’ in the center of the loaf, but that’s where the really good stuff is…like the sweet spot or the pulley […]

Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake

The Fall 2013 issue of the Grand Strand Magazine is called the ‘Food & Wine’ special edition.  I’m featured as the Grand Strand personality (it’s a cool article!), and there were local female chefs featured, amazing gals, as well as some of the best dessert recipes I’ve ever seen.  Some […]

Chocolate Whipped Crème Filled Tart Cake

Chocolate Whipped Crème Filled Tart Cake

When my boys were growing up, birthdays were always a big deal.  Not like many of today’s kids’ birthdays where complete entourages of clowns, horses, or entertainers are brought in and there’s a location destination.  No, these were birthday parties that were ‘themed’~~the kind where I went to the Dollar […]

Rodelle Angel Food Cupcakes with ‘Warm Bourbon Strawberry Sauce & Cacao Nibs’

Angel Food Cupcakes Bourbon Strawberry Sauce & Cacao Nibs

My friends at Rodelle Vanilla always have the most enticing fabulous recipes on their website, and I’m particularly interested in the desserts!  So, I spied one that just spoke to me!  Yes, it said ‘Ally, you have to make me…really don’t be scared, you can do it…I’m not that complicated!’ […]

Peaches & Cream Parfait Cake

Peaches & Cream Parfait Cake

Finding new fooding products to play with is like finding new toys for my cooking!  I leisurely hang out in grocery stores spending sometimes hours in the aisles looking at various products.  (Each of us has our idiosyncrasies )  My wheels are always turning to have that light bulb go on.  Even […]

Oatmeal Cranberry Nut Breakfast Cake (Gluten Free)

I’ve been experimenting more and more with different types of flour for baking purposes…some of this is spurred on by the gluten-free movement, some of it’s just because I want to branch out from regular wheat flour and try some of those cute little, albeit expensive for sure, packages of […]

Vintage Poundcake

Vintage Poundcake

Mama Helen, my precious MIL and Ben’s mom, was a fabulous Southern woman and a  well-known and prolific home cook.  Over the years of being in the Phillips family with her and Daddy Howard, Ben’s Dad, I had many meals in her kitchens. The cabin, the Finley Park house, the […]

Red Dragon Sweetheart Cake

red dragon sweetheart cake

Nothing’s more sexxxy and special on Valentine’s Day than to make something sweet with your own littl’ two hands for your sweetheart! And, this red dragon sweetheart cake will win rave reviews. Now, if you know me well, you know that I consider myself a bush league baker. In other […]

Four-Layer Boston Cream Cake

Four-Layer Boston Cream Cake

Growing up, we’d go to ‘town’ on one or two Saturdays a month…now ‘town’ was about 15 miles from our house.  Mom and Dad would pile us four kids into the old 1954 Ford, and we’d spend the day in town doing grocery shopping and going to our favorite plates […]

Sumatra Chocolate Cupcake Vixen Bites

You’ll wonder what’s in these vixen bites that have an ever-so-slight crunch when you eat one!  It’s the vixen in all of us coming through!  Between the mystery crunch, the extra chocolate blast and then the rich nutty Sumatra  eating just one or two will bring complete bliss and nirvana! Sumatra Bittersweet […]

Cognac Sweet Potato Skillet Cake

So much of what I create in my kitchen is like shooting from the hip…I just kind of scan my pantry, refrigerator, veggie bin, counter tops and become inspired by what I see.  For this recipe, I looked at my big antique wooden bread-making bowl that sits on my counter […]