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I don’t know about you, but we have a LOT of shoveling to do. A few feet of snow will result in a few hours of shoveling our sidewalk and driveway, and I hope everyone around us does the same if they can. After all of the falling I did last winter, I am terrified of wandering around on treacherous sidewalks.

I am officially ready for Spring, but if you have to be stuck inside, making and eating dessert is a fun way to pass the time, especially after you’ve burned so many calories shoveling! Here are a few easy and decadent dessert recipes to make on a snowy (or rainy, or any) day.

peanut butter pretzel truffles

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Clusters – So easy, so delicious!


banoffee pie

Banoffee Pie – One of our favorites!

chocolate and butter in a double boiler

Flourless Chocolate Cake


Guinness Ice Cream Floats – St. Patrick’s Day is on the way!


bread pudding

French Toast Bread Pudding – Since there’s always a run on bread, milk, and eggs before a blizzard, French Toast is a must. Turn it into dessert in bread pudding form!

At least in Boston, there’s nowhere to go on days like today! Make something delicious, take a nap, pop some bubbly and enjoy the pause in busy life.


Are you snowed in today?

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So much for that New Year’s diet, eh? This weekend I hosted family for brunch, and I decided to make a decadent cake featuring chocolate, coffee, and Irish whiskey for the occasion.

With all that’s been going on, I have barely cooked in my new kitchen. Heck, the kitchen, like most of the house, isn’t even fully unpacked yet! We’re getting there though, and normal little things like spending a Saturday morning puttering around the kitchen are starting to make the place feel a bit more like home.

I wanted to make something with a bottle of Slane Castle Irish whiskey that we received as a housewarming gift, and this cake was absolutely perfect.

whiskey chocolate cake ingredients

First, a glimpse at some of the ingredients that made it so stellar. . . I LOVE sour cream in cakes!  Slane Castle is a favorite whiskey, nice and smooth and full of flavor.

old kitchen

Our kitchen is a stark contrast to the modern one in the condo we moved from, but I love its charm and the views into the backyard.

kitchen window

This cake recipe had a number of different steps; it wasn’t super difficult but did require lots of bowls and pots. It also called for a stand mixer to whip the butter and sugar, but I did just fine without.

melted chocolate

As with many of my baking escapades, I ended up short on cake batter and was only able to partially fill my bundt pan. I followed measurements exactly, so I am not sure how this happened. I just kept an eye on the cake, and it ended up being finished about 15 minutes earlier than the recipe called for. Unfortunately, while I was tapping the cake out of the bundt pan, it broke into a few pieces, and presentation was not what I had hoped. I salvaged the cake by slicing it into easily servable slices, perfect for topping with homemade whipped cream.

Irish whiskey chocolate cake

I made the cream simply by whipping heavy cream in my Ninja blender.  I love unsweetened whipped cream, and it is so easy to make!

This cake was dense, chocolate-y, and decadent, like a chewy brownie with a kick of whiskey and coffee. I would not hesitate to make it again for a brunch or other occasion, especially when a chocolate lover is involved!


Chocolate Whiskey Cake Recipe

For the cake:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Irish whiskey
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee, at room temperature
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature

Source: Yummly

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Look at that cake! It is perfect! And I do believe it’s the first time I have ever baked anything that didn’t end up mangled in some way. Whether I use the wrong pan, don’t grease the pan enough, drop the finished product, something always goes wrong. Not this time!

After making my pizza crust with almond meal a few weeks ago, I have become pretty obsessed with the nutrient dense product. It’s not too expensive, and while I love regular flour, it’s nice to have the added protein once in awhile.

After buying a new bag of almond meal at TJ’s, I started browsing the web for a breakfast type cake/quick bread I could make with the almond meal and found a simple recipe for a banana almond meal cake.

almond meal cake

I knew it had to be a Bundt cake because I wanted to use the Bundt cake I got for my birthday. Whenever I say/write Bundt, I think of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Smile

bundt pan

The original recipe can be found on this beautiful blog. It all started with some rapidly ripening bananas.


And of course almond meal. I also used a half cup of whole wheat flour.

almond meal

The recipe also includes a half cup of yogurt;; I used my favorite, Fage 2%. It did not include cacao nibs, but I added them for a cocoa crunch and some added antioxidants.

cacao nibs

The batter was incredibly simple to make, but my non-stick pan was the real star in this baking effort. As you can see from the first picture, it came out of the pan so perfectly. And to make it even better, the cake is delicious. It’s really more like a banana bread. I’ve been eating it for breakfast topped with more Greek yogurt. Yum.

almond meal cake

And so we come to the end of yet another crazy work week. I am NJ bound to spend the weekend with my mom and sister. If you are celebrating a mom, aunt, grandma, or other special woman (or yourself!) this weekend, enjoy.

What are your weekend plans?

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