Addictive Recipes from a Self-Taught Baker

Saturday Seven

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What’s new!?

It’s been another week on the road as I traveled up to Stamford for a cooking demo. One of the best parts about these cooking demos and book signings is not actually cooking and signing, it’s talking with all of you. About real life stuff. Baking stuff. Dog stuff. You know, the things that really matter. I’ve been able to connect with so many incredible and inspiring people on this journey that it’s really put this whole blogging career into perspective. I’m getting all kinds of sappy on this innocent Saturday morning, but I’m just really happy to be here. In related news: we did NOT go hungry for dessert! I made 2 batches of chewy chocolate chunk cookies (above), oatmeal raisin cookies, and brought a new recipe for everyone to taste test. It’ll be up on the blog next month. 3 words: salted chocolate chip. Ahh!! 

Besides visits to our new house in the coming weeks, I’ll be staying put working on an exciting new project. Lots of recipe development and even more butter involved! The only travel planned in May is to Salt Lake for a book signing and blog conference. Bloggers: are you going?

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Mother’s Day is already next weekend. It snuck up on me, you too?? I’m starting to gather dessert ideas for our family get together. It’s also my mother-in-law’s birthday that weekend, so we have a lot to celebrate! Inspired to try these recipes:

1) Mother’s Day Cake from i am baker. I have a huge crush on Amanda’s blog. She also shares a video of EXACTLY how she decorates with many open star tips. And have you seen her sunflower cake? Do you understand my crush?

2) Speaking of cakes, I’ve had my eye on this birthday party ice cream cake by sweetapolita for nearly 2 years. Those layers!

3) If mom likes carrot cake, be sure to garnish with decorative carrots. 🙂

I’ll probably end up making my lemon blueberry layer cake, but as a smaller sheet cake instead. I’m thinking a 9×13 pan. Should take about 35-40 minutes or so, in case you want to try it that way too! Here are a few more from my archives too:

4) Homemade strawberry cupcakes. And that strawberry buttercream is my dream. It’s kind of strange, but those freeze-dried strawberries are KEY!

5) Mom likes chocolate, right? VERY in-your-face chocolate cupcakes.

6) Next level crumb cake. Seriously try this.

7) Totally unrelated here. My first concert was the SPICE GIRLS when I was in 7th grade. And I had approx 32 spice girl t-shirts and my walls were covered with posters. So I nearly flipped reading these spice girls life lessons! #girlpower

By the way, what are you making for Cinco de Mayo?

Make it a great weekend!



  1. Okay, I was crazy about the Spice Girls too! I was always Sporty, so I spent a good portion of my fifth-grade through seventh-grade life wearing track pants and a jog bra 😉 Awkward! My best friend (still my best friend :D) was Baby, and we mimed/danced to all the songs all the time. Oh gosh. Haha. I actually still like some of their music! Not sure if I should be embarrassed about that…

  2. I’m definitely making those Margarita Cupcakes for Cinco de Mayo. 🙂 Can’t wait for those salted chocolate chip cookies!

  3. You had me at salted chocolate chip. <3 YES. and using freeze dried strawberries? Genius.

  4. I’m making your lemon blueberry cake for Mother’s Day too! 

  5. I’ve been on a scone-making tear – won’t stop till I once again have a freezer full of them. Your cinnamon chip scones are my all-time favorite!

  6. My mom LOVES your skillet brownie so thats  what I’m making for Mother’s Day.  I serve it with ice cream and your salted caramel sauce. SO amazing

  7. Love your list! That sunflower cake is lovely and I may have to try it! Your tip about freeze-dried strawberries is genius…and freeze-dried raspberries worked well too. And…I just happen to have blueberries AND lemons in my house so I may have to make that cake. I love sheet cakes-so easy to carry to work! Happy Saturday!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing my carrots, Sally! I can’t wait to see your new house!

  9. Thanks so much for sharing Sally, that open star tip cake looks really fun! I’m also coming from New Zealand to go to Everything Food Conference and I’m suuuuuper excited to go and also to meet you! I’ve been following your blog for years and can’t wait for your baking demo! 😀

  10. Those cakes are gorgeous! Goals for someday – I’m only just at the point where my piping doesn’t look like it was done by a 5 year old. I’m thinking a simple chocolate cake for Mother’s Day, though I might go for easy rather than cute and do chocolate pudding cake in the slow cooker. 

    Love the Spice Girls wisdom – I spent most of middle school totally obsessed!

  11. That crumb cake is fabulous. And although my husband could never do the flower cake it could be my relaxing Mother’s Day project. So pretty!

  12. Wow that cookie dough looks soooo good! And I made coffeecake for my mom on Mother’s Day last year and we ate it all together as a family for brunch, it was delightful!

  13. I have the urge to watch Spice World now. Just to see the fake double deck tour bus go over the bridge. XD I was always Sporty Spice. Woo!

  14. Sally, if it’s not being too snoopy, can you eventually share with us your kitchen pics from the new house? I want to see your style of countertops and cupboards.

  15. My brother’s favorite dessert is Banana Cream Pie – it’s also one of my personal favorites, I would love if you shared yours someday! 

  16. Hi Sally,
    I am making your roll out sugar cookies and royal icing as favors for a graduation party. They are apples shaped, and I’d like to color the royal icing a nice Apple red. I tried the Wilton gel color  red-red, and the icing was orange, I used the entire little jar, and it’s still orange! Help! What would you use to make that lovely deep apple red? I also added liquid red coloring after the gel was a bust, and it didn’t help! I’m stumped. What do you suggest?

    • What fun cookies! I usually use McCormick food coloring for my royal icings– have you tried that brand yet?

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