Coffee Break

Mini chocolate bundt cakes on

Let’s catch up! First, I have to show you these football sugar cookies I made. If your team’s still in the playoffs, make them. And definitely try them for the Super Bowl too.

Football sugar cookies on

Some of you have asked how to make the red wine chocolate ganache without red wine. Easy: just make chocolate ganache! When we include red wine in chocolate ganache, we have to add a few extras to produce a delicious texture and flavor. Things like butter, sugar, a little cocoa powder, etc. But pure chocolate ganache is just 2 ingredients: heavy cream and chocolate.

Oh and guess what? One reader said she replaced the red wine with bottled orange juice and it worked like a charm! She said it tastes like chocolate covered orange slices. How good does that sound!?

Pictured at the top: That’s my chocolate cupcake recipe baked in my mini bundt pan. I baked them for 20-22 minutes at 350°F (177°C). Fill 2/3 full. Makes about 6-7 bundts. In that photo, the mini bundts are topped with regular chocolate ganache.

Mini bundt pan

Do you have a mini bundt pan? I just got this Nordic Ware one. And imagine the mini bundtlettes you can make with this pretty one. This isn’t sponsored at all– I’m just fangirl-ing for bundt pans!

Also: I’m resisting every urge to buy this ruffled heart pie dish. Though I’ll probably cave in. I have a couple regular Emile Henry ruffled pie dishes. I love them!

Sprinkle onesie from Target

I haven’t been to Target in months and went a little wild in the baby girl section over the weekend. I snagged this sprinkle onesie for Noelle.

I was actually going through my phone pics the other day and realized that I never showed you guys the diaper cake from my baby shower. How much fun is it! I believe my sisters got some of the pieces off Etsy.

Diaper cake

Do you have any healthy-ish dinner recipes you’re loving right now? I made my lemon herb salmon the other day, but roasted broccoli instead of brussels. Forgot how good this was! I also made a big batch of minestrone soup last week when my assistant Hilari was here during our recipe test week. I’ll definitely share that one on my blog. We loved it.

Easy and healthy baked lemon herb salmon on

And here’s another older recipe I made again this month. Chocolate chip scones with brown sugar, cinnamon, mini chips, and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar on top. Simply perfect.

Chocolate chip scones on

For Goodness Cakes

And now the real reason I’m speaking from the heart today. Over the past several months, my assistants and I noticed a new-to-us hashtag on my cakes on Instagram: #ForGoodnessCakes. We looked it up to see what it meant and found out that through a volunteer network, For Goodness Cakes provides handmade birthday cakes to children in foster homes and disadvantaged youth throughout the LA area. My assistant, Stephanie, contacted the LA office and is now launching a branch of For Goodness Cakes in my hometown of Philadelphia. GO STEPH!!!

The local Philly community has approximately 6,000 children in foster care. We bakers have a unique opportunity to make a significant difference in their lives. The commitment of the volunteers is minimal (bake a cake and deliver it!) and the rewards are extraordinary. Showing a child that someone went out of their way to do something just for them helps nurture optimism and confidence at a critical age.

To help For Goodness Cakes begin operations in Philadelphia you can visit the donation page. Select your donation amount and in the drop-down list be sure to select the option to apply your donation to “Bring us to Philadelphia!” You can also check out the organization on their Facebook page to follow their developments.

We hope that Philadelphia will be the first of many expansions of this incredible organization. And maybe one of you will bring it to your hometown in the future!

You deserve all the sprinkles card


  1. Ikhlas Hussain says:

    Cat and Jack is awesome! We also have the same pair of leggings! Glad you are getting the hang of things 🙂

    1. I just wish the bow leggings came in more colors! Would love a teal or light purple. They’re so cute.

  2. Yes please to more recipe testing posts! I love seeing the process behind the recipes! Also, I can’t wait to make the red wine chocolate ganache this weekend!!!

    1. Let me know how you like the ganache! 

      1. It was amazing!! Approved by all who had it, including a red wine lover/dessert hater. I love the depth of flavor the wine adds to the ganache. And best of all, I have leftovers for the week!

  3. Football sugar cookies yes! Go Patriots!!! Must make those chocolate  chip scones. And yes more recipe testing posts.I’ve always wanted to try madelines and now I will. Have you ever considered Napoleons? Home made puff pastry intimidates me. I bought the French rolling pin, but have never used it.

    1. I am with you…GO PATRIOTS!!
      Let’s hope Tom’s right hand is ready to go.

    2. I’ve made homemade puff pastry before– or danish pastry similar to it. It’s a little work, but so worth it.

  4. I love the sprinkles at the end of this post! There crunchy ones?? Where did you get them? Also id LOVE behind scenes posts! Thanks Sally! 

    1. They’re by Sweetapolita and aren’t super crunchy 🙂

  5. heather (delicious not gorgeous) says:

    for goodness cakes sounds awesome!! the bay area has something called cake4kids that sounds super similar, and i’ve loved being able to help out and bake for the kids.

  6. There are some very sweet clothes in the shops around me. I haven’t seen any ones with sprinkles but they are cute. I think you need a road trip! 

    1. Oh my gosh baby clothes are all just too cute!!

  7. As a foster mama in Pennsylvania, that is so so sweet of you. Love it! 

    1. I can’t take credit, it’s all my wonderful assistant Stephanie. She’s incredible!

  8. I am glad to hear you have found your stride with motherhood. I think I have to find a football cookie cutter for this weekend and make those cookies, SO cute! My team is playing this weekend. Go PATS!! I would love to see more behind the scenes of what its like during one of your power baking session. We make pita bread pizzas all the time, Its Joseph’s whole wheat pita bread with oat and flax. It gives a chance us to use any leftover bbq chicken or steak for a topping. Plus they are super filling. we bake them at 450° for 12-14 minutes rotating halfway through.

    1. Thanks for the pita bread recommendation!

  9. Sally, that mini bundt pan is SO CUTE! I just bought my first EH ruffled pie dish recently and I am excited to try it out 🙂 I also love the behind the scenes posts, they are fun! 

    1. You’re going to love the pie dish. I have two!

  10. The salmon looks delish and those heart cookies from yesterday! I am looking forward to those recipes.

    1. I’m excited to share that cookie recipe!

  11. Thank you for sharing For Goodness Cakes! I will definitely look into that because my city has been seeing a huge increase in children in need of foster care, and I was looking for something I might be able to do for them.

  12. Patricia @Sweet and Strong says:

    Oh I love the idea behind for goodness cakes!  That’s so awesome.  And Salmon with roasted veggies is one of my favorite meals.  I’m always looking for healthy ways to cook chicken, especially in the winter months when I can’t grill.  Happy weekend 🙂

    1. Same with me– anything relatively healthy with chicken!

  13. Yes to the behind-the-scene posts! I love learning about how others come up with their recipe. It makes me feel more confident coming up with my own!
    Also that pie dish ❤️❤️❤️

    1. Awesome. I’ll share more behind the scenes stuff like that!

  14. Love the recipe testing!!!

  15. I loved the behind the scenes recipe post !! Definitely would enjoy more like that ☺️ 

  16. Would love to see “behind the scenes” posts, so yes, please share.
    I have an question. I have three 6″ cake pans…all Wilton…purchased at different times. I noticed that they seem to be different in weight so I put them on my food scale and sure enough, each is slightly  different…off by .1 or .2 ounces. That said, I used all three yesterday and put them  In the dishwasher. I have washed them by hand prior to yesterday. When I opened the dishwasher this morning, two of them have turned a mottled black…they look like charcoal was rubbed all over them. The third one looks just  fine.
    Has this ever happened to you…or anyone else reading this comment?? I am going to contact Wilton  to report this and now am hesitant  about buying replacements.
    Thanks for any insight you might have.

    1. If they are aluminum, that is normal. They reacted to the dishwashing detergent. This link has info that may help.

    2. The label on my Wilton pans said to hand wash

      1. Yes, definitely hand wash. I guess I should have worded that better. I meant that it’s a normal reaction between aluminum and the dishwashing detergent, not that it is normal for cake pans to look that way! 🙂

  17. Had never heard of For Goodness Cakes but love that idea so much. We adopted three kids from foster care this year and then moved to the East Coast and have been looking for ways to help foster kids now that we’re not fostering!

  18. For Goodness Cakes sounds amazing!!! I’m going to ask if them if they are starting a branch in the Phoenix area as well. What a beautiful project to help pair what so many of us love to do with helping kids. Love it.

    Cat and Jack is so cute! I am so glad Target began selling their line. We’ve picked up quite a few adorable outfits over the past few months.

  19. Oh my word, what a fantastic organization. I’ve never heard of it before, but what a brilliant idea, letting foster kids know they’re important and not forgotten. Keep up the great work!! And I always enjoy your updates.

  20. Sharon K (The Farm Chick Bakes) says:

    FABULOUS CAUSE, Sally! Go Phila! It’s not the City of Brotherly Love for nothing! :).

    Love the Mini bundt pan and I currently don’t have one but…..I need it….and I also need a donut pan now that I think of it! I’m so happy that you all have a now adjusted-to routine! That’s so great! And it’s great to hear that Noelle is a HAPPY BABY…happy baby, happy mommy! :).
    Have a great weekend, Sally!

    1. I didn’t think I “needed” a mini bundt pan but oh my goodness, I’m so happy I purchased one. The bundts are just too cute. 

  21. Hello Sally,
    I’m wondering when is your “Sallys Baking Addiction” in hardcover going to be available again for purchase? Amazon said it’s out of stock and Barnes and Noble as well. I’d like a hardcover version as that’s what i have for your other two books.

    Thank you,

    1. Odd. Let me find out from my publisher and get back to you!

      1. Just wondering if you habe any updates about your hardcover book Baking Addiction.

        Thanks Sally!

  22. A BIG yes to more behind the scenes posts!  It shows the “realness” as to what goes on when creating a recipe and dish. 🙂  Baking is fun and messy – –  and really, the pretty pictured outcome is the smallest part of baking.  It is all the before “stuff” which is the true part.  Thank you for considering sharing more of this part of the process with us.  BTW – I LOVE the flour canister you showed.  I purchased one from Amazon and it is great.  Next purchase will be the sugar, brown sugar, etc.

    1. I’m so glad you’re loving the flour container. It’s been one of the best finds for my kitchen!

  23. Thank you for the older dinner recipes!
    My family loves your lightened up creamy chicken soup.
    Glad you are getting back in the swing of things.

  24. Sally I think I need that heart shaped dish!! I love the “behind the scenes” stuff!! And I love what Stephanie is doing, would live to start or contribute to something like that in my hometown. ♥️

  25. Totally can’t wait to see some healthier dinner recipes from you, Sally! Skinnytaste is usually my go-to for healthy, lower calorie dinners. I’ve been loving her tomato soup recently
    It’s great with a side salad and a cheese biscuit 🙂

  26. Thank you for sharing about For Goodness Cakes. I live in LA and had no idea that this organization existed. What a fun and special volunteer opportunity!

  27. As soon as I saw “chocolate chip scones”, it was like that record scratch they play in movies when everything changes. I. Love. Scones. Can’t wait to try making them!

  28. For Goodness Cakes sounds so amazing!! What a brilliant charity idea, and I love the idea of bakers helping out in their community and bringing so much joy doing what they do best! I’m going to check it out right now. I’m so glad you shared about it!

  29. Austria Azaceta says:

    Hi Sally! 
    Love the mini bundt cakes with ganache. Now I don’t know what to make for Valentines Day, those or the strawberry cake….  I have a mini bundt pan & a mini mini bundt pan (think mini muffin pan size) & must put them to good use.   My sister finally made your chicken chili last night for her family (after I kept telling her to try it) & they loved it! 
    Love Noelle’s outfit!    Target has the cutest baby clothes, especially for girls.  
    As for quick easy dinners, I recently made this salmon & Brussel sprouts & my husband & I both LOVED it! 
    I put the sprouts to bake first & then added the fish (on the same baking sheet) later.  The glaze is so good drizzled over everything! 
    Have a great weekend!!

  30. Thank you so much Sally for such a wonderful shout-out!! We are so excited to be opening in Philadelphia as soon as we raise the funding — and in other places, too! We’ve already seen some amazing cakes made with your recipes, and I know the kids who have received them have been so incredibly grateful. Thank you for helping us spread love, joy, and frosting 🙂

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