Tag Archive for cake

Espresso Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

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I am so excited that I get to showcase my pumpkin pie spice, that I posted a few weeks back, yet again in this recipe. Pumpkin is a great flavor by itself, but when paired with certain other flavors, it really shines. Read more

Warm Spiced Gingerbread Cake (V)

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The minute the Thanksgiving dessert plates go into the sink, Christmas goodies are on our minds. And at my house, that means lots and lots of Christmas baking. Cookies and traditional cakes such as gingerbread are made nearly daily, in the month of December, to satiate our appetite for all things Merry and Bright! Read more

Perfect Pumpkin Donuts (V)

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you all have your Thanksgiving menus at least planned by now, as there Thanksgiving is just around the corner! For a number of reasons, I recently started eating a vegan diet; and while my kids are vegetarian and my husband still eats meat, planning our Thanksgiving dinner has been quite a challenge! But I think I’ve come up with a menu that will please everyone. Read more

Easy Autumn Apple Slice

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Autumn is such a lovely time of year. The weather starts to get cooler, the wind gently blows the dying, colored leaves off the trees, pumpkins and apples pop up everywhere. This is the most exciting time of year for myself, as a baker, since all these seasonal treats are just begging to be used in both traditional and new and creative recipes. And what better time to enjoy them than now, as the days get chillier and shorter…  Read more

Best-EVER Banana Bread!

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Happy Summer!

It’s been quite a while since my last post. Life caught me in its whirlwind and as July begins, I finally have time to post again. 

In this week’s post, I am sharing a favorite banana bread recipe of mine. For a long time, I have been searching for the perfect banana bread. I have tried so many recipes but something, that je ne sais quoi, always seemed to be missing. Traditional banana breads are delicious, please don’t get me wrong, but when I think of bananas and how I enjoy them most, they are always paired with a complimentary flavor – bananas and peanut butter, bananas and chocolate, bananas and oatmeal… Read more

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

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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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

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