Brown Sugar Cake

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Brown sugar is sugar that contains molasses. Molasses is a byproduct derived from the process of turning sugarcane to the refined granulated sugar that we buy in grocery stores. It is thick and syrupy and has a very concentrated flavor. When added to granulated sugar, brown sugar is formed. Varying the ratio of molasses to sugar allows for either light brown or dark brown sugar, both of which are key ingredients in baking. The molasses gives brown sugar a distinct, robust flavor which is a wonderful addition to baked goods. Read more

Too Good to Be True Vegan Chocolate Cake

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Vegan food is everywhere these days. To be vegan means to eat foods that do not come from animals. Veganism has brought an awareness to foods that are natural and nutritious, unprocessed and full of health benefits. This is why veganism has become such a popular lifestyle choice.  Read more

Basic, Creamy Cheesecake

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So far on this blog, I have devoted my posts to cakes – pound cakes, chocolate cake, carrot cake. The list goes on. This week I am sharing with you a cake of a much different sort. In fact this is not even a cake at all.  Read more

Valentine’s Day Recipes

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I’ve gathered a few of my Valentine’s Day -worthy recipes for you, below, to help inspire your sweet dessert plans this year.

These recipes are full of love – some chocolate, some pink, some red. Any option would be a much loved sweet treat for your loved ones or special Valentine…!

Why not try my Berry-licious Strawberry Cake? The pretty pink color and the sweet strawberry flavor just beg for a Valentine’s Day appearance.

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Italian Cream Cake

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Italian cream cake… have you heard of this decadent dessert? Moist, dense vanilla layer cake dotted with chopped pecans and coconut and filled with a creamy frosting chock full of pecans and coconut. This cake is also known as Italian wedding cake. Just the sound of it lures you in.

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Pecan Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (for Italian Cream Cake)

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Cream cheese frosting is flavorful on its own, but this frosting has two additional flavor punches – pecans and coconut. The chopped pecans are toasted. Toasting nuts brings out the flavorful oils within which add a rich depth to them.  Read more

Dairy-Free Vanilla Cake (and a First Blogiversary)!

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When I started this blog one year ago, this week, I had wanted to create a place to teach what I have learned thus far in my baking career. I wanted to share my favorite recipes, both self-created and ones I have found (and love) along this baking journey. Leelabean Bakes has become that very place, thanks to you. A year ago, my very first post went live and I’ve been enjoying sharing with you ever since. I hope this is just the first year of many more to come and I would love to have you along for the ride..! Read more

Dairy-Free, Nut-Free Vanilla Frosting

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This frosting was created to satisfy those who have allergies but still want a sweet finish to their cakes and cupcakes. It has no dairy nor nuts. It, therefore has a very long shelf life and can be stored at room temperature for quite some time.  Read more

Banana Chocolate Cake

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I am always making banana bread or banana cake – mostly because I am constantly left with a bunch of overripe bananas that no one in my house (myself, included) wants to eat. What may look less than appetizing is actually golden in baking. An overripe banana is sweeter, moister, more flavorful, and softer than a just-ripe banana that is ideal for eating. These brown-speckled specimens are prime ingredients in baking as they add all these qualities to your baked goods.  Read more

Peanut Butter Cake

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Peanut butter is the quintessential American food. It’s made by roasting peanuts and grinding them into a smooth paste. Peanut butter is delicious in sandwiches – both with jelly or banana (one of my favorites). It is also is a great baking ingredient, adding tons of peanutty flavor to cookies and cakes, ganaches and frostings. Read more