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Red Wine Fudge Cake

YOU GUYS I’M HOME.

Like, HOME home.  I know you’ve all been wondering to yourselves, where’s Hannah?  (False.)  What could she possibly be doing that’s more interesting than the blog? (Not much.)

Despite all rumors to the contrary, I was not in fact traveling the world.  (There were no rumors.)  I WAS traveling the country.  Not on like a cool RV-type old-fashioned style road trip.  On planes.  And uber rides.  And random public transport.  And taxis and shuttles and moving sidewalks.   (more…)

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Black Pearl Layer Cake

When you’re a baker, you want to make birthday cakes for everyone.

Seriously. If I could live my life in layer cakes, I would.

Apparently, when you’re a baker, you also assume everyone else has basic baking essentials to make this happen.

As I learned this weekend, they don’t. Seriously.

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Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Moon Pies

Happy third day of fall! Welcome to my (Kate’s) very favorite season!

You know what’s super unfair about living in Texas, though?

The weather truly doesn’t care what the calendar says. “Oh, you think summer is over in the third week of September?! That’s real cute,” says Texas weather.

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Almond Praline Cake with Mascarpone Frosting and Chocolate Bark

I’m trying to be like Hannah this week (and maybe next week and the week after that). I mean, what else is new?

I’m doing that cleanse that she’s talked about before. I’m on day three. It’s kinda rough but kinda awesome. Kinda rough because I’m a caffeine and baked goods addict. Kinda awesome because I feel kinda awesome even after only two days! Eating only things that are good for you will do that. I guess.

This morning I woke up with a terrible caffeine headache and thought it would be a good idea to drink a cup of coffee. Breaking a cleanse that makes you feel awesome is not a great idea. You feel heavy afterward. Just don’t do it. Lessons learned.

All of this goes to say: I’m really glad I have a few posts backlogged. I don’t think I could deal with baking things right now. I would probably think it was a great idea to lick the bowl. And then I would feel gross again. Maybe next week I’ll be a stronger person.

But this week, I’m going to tell you about the birthday cake I made for The Accountant!

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Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream, Chocolate Ganache, and Potato Chip-Pretzel Brittle

Whew. What a title, right?

So I was too busy (read: lazy) to bake a King Cake this year. But baked goods were needed for Mardi Gras celebration. Therefore, I tried to think of the most decadent thing I could. The Roommate nixed my Bananas Foster Cupcake idea because she’s not all about banana baked goods. That’s fine. I’ll make them some other time. (Spoiler alert: Rum-Caramel Sauce WILL be involved!) This is what I came up with instead. I think they were a good substitute. Though I forgot to hide plastic babies in them. Next year…

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk email.

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