• Baking,  Jessica Bierman,  Recipes

    Hurricane Rum Cake Recipe

    Hurricane Rum Cake Recipe This boozy, fruity, celebratory cake is a labor of love, but totally worth your effort.  Take it step by step, and in no time you will be in Hurricane Rum Cake heaven. Mardi Gras Every year, Sarah and I make something new for Fat Tuesday; King Cake, King Cake Bread Pudding, King Cake Cinnamon Rolls…you get the picture.  After exhausting King Cake ideas, I thought I would try something a little different.  When I think of Mardi Gras, I think of King Cakes, Beads and Hurricanes.  Hurricanes are made with Rum, Passion Fruit, Orange and Grenadine, and they are quintencential Bourbon Street cocktails.  A couple of…

  • Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
    Baking,  Party Food,  Recipes,  Sarah Slusher

    Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    I love a great chocolate cake & one of my favorites is a Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Now, I’m not a beer drinker, but the Guinness really adds something to the cake that gives it a really rich flavor.  Jessica and I have been making alcoholic cakes all year… I first tried a cake like this at one of my favorite bakeries, Sugar Mama’s in Austin, Texas. Over 9 years ago, I went on a hunt for a similar recipe & I came across this one by Dave Lieberman & it’s been a staple in my kitchen ever since. I actually made these cupcakes for my daughter’s…

  • Baking,  Jessica Bierman,  Recipes

    Cosmopolitan Cake

    We have been cooking through the King Arthur Flour blog Cocktail cakes and now that we have made the last one, I am a little sad that we are finished!  Sarah made the White Russian Cake, The Dark & Stormy Cake and her favorite, the Banana Daiquiri Cake.  They all looked so beautiful.  I just don’t have the baking talent that she does!  Her cakes are aspirational and mine are reality.  I made the Manhattan Cake first, followed by the Cosmo Cake.  They were both delicious but they were not nearly as pretty.  That was no fault of King Arthur Flour, just my limited baking skills!!  Without further ado, the Cosmopolitan…

  • Baking,  Recipes,  Sarah Slusher

    Banana Daiquiri Cake

    Y’all know by now that I am Really Into layer cakes. Jessica & I decided to make all the King Arthur Flour Cockatil Cakes & so far we’ve made the White Russian Cake, Manhattan Cake & Dark & Stormy Cake. I took on this Banana Daiquiri Cake thinking I wouldn’t be Into It, but guys, it was SO GOOD. I know Jessica hates the word “moist” but that is the best word to describe this layer cake. Often butter cakes can be a bit dense, but this one was fluffy, light & I would eat the cake even without icing, which is unheard of for me.  The lime gives it a nice added flavor,…

  • Baking,  Drinks,  Recipes,  Sarah Slusher

    Dark & Stormy Cocktail Cake

    Recipe featured in King Arthur Flour’s holiday issue of Sift magazine. If I was competing on The Great American Baking Show, this 3 layer Dark & Stormy Cake  would be my Technical recipe. It’s not something I could have ever thought up on my own, (I had to ask my friend how to make a Dark & Stormy cocktail). I know Nia & Ian would love this boozy cake with the strong ginger flavor & creamy icing.   The cake batter was fairly simply to make. Luckily, I didn’t have any cakes sliding out of pans, like I did with my White Russian Cake . The only bummer is that my top layer was kind of…

  • Baking,  Jessica Bierman,  Recipes

    Manhattan Cocktail Cake

    How many Manhattans can you drink while you make a Manhattan Cocktail Cake?  The answer is quite a few if you are Jessica Bierman.  Don’t worry, I was baking not driving!  I am Really Into any recipe that gives me the excuse to have some cocktails while I’m making it. The next in the series from the King Arthur Flour blog – The Manhattan Cake.  Sarah and I may have fought a little trying to decide which cakes from this post we got to bake because they all looked so good (fine, fine Sarah you can have the Dark and Stormy – especially since your White Russian cake turned out…

  • Baking,  Drinks,  Recipes,  Sarah Slusher

    White Russian Cake 

    Recipe featured in King Arthur Flour’s holiday issue of Sift magazine. If I was competing on The Great American Baking Show, this 3 layer White Russian Cake would be my Showstopper & I hope Mary Berry would be proud. I know it would make my boyfriend, Paul Hollywood, proud because it’s moist & chock full of complex flavors. This cake certainly requires some commitment. It took up a large portion of my Saturday night & most of my Sunday morning, but it was totally worth it. I’m enjoying my last piece as I write this post. You, dear reader, can imagine the horror when one of my perfectly risen cakes slipped out…

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