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A few years ago, I worked at a startup in a very trendy neighborhood. Right across the street from the office was a coffee shop where I spent way too much time and money. Their internet was fast, their coffee was delicious, and they had a massive breakfast pastry menu—clearly a weakness of mine. One […]

Coffee Cake Loaf


This recipe came about purely due to hubris. I had a vision of creating the moistest and most decadent chocolate cake around. After doing some research I saw that there was something known as a Brooklyn Blackout Cake—chocolate custard sandwiched between devil’s food cake layers and then slathered in chocolate frosting…Bingo, I found my starting […]

Chocolate Trifle


Airy and deeply flavorful Thai tea cake layers are complemented by a condensed milk soak and light frosting for the ultimate layer cake.

Thai Tea Layer Cake


This site is quickly turning into a breakfast appreciation blog, as evidenced here, here, and here. But, I’m not mad about it. I love slow mornings—waking up before everyone else, and enjoying something freshly baked with hot coffee. Something about the quiet and the morning light makes the whole experience feel luxurious, and the day […]

Brown Butter Banana Bread

Breakfast & Brunch

Deeply chocolate cupcakes, filled with ganache and topped with peppermint Swiss meringue buttercream make for the perfect holiday treat!

Chocolate and Peppermint Cupcakes


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