Mini Nutella Cupcakes

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There is nothing awesome-r than a recipe that's easy to make AND tasty. Usually it's one or the other, which is why this recipe has made it to the top of my list. I can't think of anything simpler than three ingredients and few things are better than nutella (don't even try). The first time my daughter and I made these I was skeptical the recipe would actually work. It did so now you too have a go-to Nutella dessert. You're welcome. You can make these mini or regular sized, either one works, Read more [...]

How to Survive Baking with your Toddler

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My toddler and I have now had our share of baking sessions. She loves it. I love seeing how much she loves it. And we both enjoy spending that time together. But it's not always peachy. Several desserts later, I've experienced the fun and not so fun parts of being in the kitchen with a little person. In an effort to save you from unnecessary mishaps, here is my list of Do's and Don'ts when junior is in the vicinity of an open flame or a hot oven. Practice sanitation: No, your hands Read more [...]

Message from your Pregnant Baker

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I’ve been getting quite a few comments from readers about how 'challenged' they feel when it comes to baking.  That got me thinking about one very important message I wanted to share with all of you: if I’m able to bake with my incredibly scattered pregnant brain, then you most certainly can too! All you need is a sweet appetite and a willingness to try (read on for a baking mantra). Not convinced? Let’s get back to my pregnancy state for a bit. Just the other day I opened a carton of Read more [...]

Bella’s Picks: Best Desserts in NYC (Part I)

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When I'm in the mood for dessert, I want something that is worth every single calorie. There is nothing more satisfying than taking a bite out of an indulgent sweet that transports you to straight to dessert heaven. In my attempt to share some of my most memorable experiences with you, I started to compile a list of my favorite desserts in NYC. The contents are not listed in any particular order, range anywhere from ice cream to doughnuts, and are spread out in a variety of locations throughout Read more [...]

Common Baking Mishaps

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While you wait for my next baking treat (check the baking countdown on the bottom right!), I thought I'd share some of the most common baking mishaps that can turn your beautiful desserts into sweet messes.  I know some of the items on this list sound incredibly basic and a bit ridiculous, but I'll have you know, they've happened to me in the kitchen AND, I would venture to guess, they happen to others more often than they care to admit.  So, from my baking notes to  yours, here are a few Read more [...]

Hello Bun in the Oven!

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I absolutely LOVE baking and ever since I've been pregnant, I find that I enjoy it even more.  I'm not sure if this is a symptom of 'nesting', but these days, in addition to sitting in the nursery for hours dreaming of color schemes and 'do-it-yourself' mobile designs, I find myself whipping up cupcakes, cheesecakes, macaroons, cookies....and a slew of other yummy treats I wake up craving. Funny enough, even though all of these originate as a craving, I tend to give away most of what comes out Read more [...]