Self-Rising Flour & Dumplings

I made it back to Atlanta Monday night via a long bus ride (13 hours!), and woke up the next morning to a chilly and damp Tuesday.  And what’s better for dinner on a cold rainy day than stew? …and what’s better than stew, than stew and dumplings? That’s right – I can’t think of anything […]

Minimalism in the Kitchen

If you didn’t know, I actually run two blogs: n00bcakes (duh) and !Blog (pronounced “not-blog”).  n00bcakes will always be nothing but cooking and baking, but !Blog consists of many more of my other hobbies, mostly technology or nerd-related.  In a small deviation, however, I recently started a month-long series with Emily of Spatialdrift (oft times […]

Egg Nog Cheesecake Squares

It’s serious holiday times boys and girls, and you know what that means – it’s calorie season.  Woo woo! Of course, every day is calorie season on a baking blog, but don’t let that detract from my original message.  That being: “Quick, eat this before I do.” I thought I’d start off my calorie-laden holiday […]

3-Tier Chocolate Cake Recipe

Earlier in the week I talked about the frosting from the fabled Wedding Cake, so today we’ll talk about the cake itself and how I assembled it. First, to be completely fair, the chocolate cake recipe I stole procured (commandeered?) from Rosie at Sweetapolita.  I’ve mentioned her multiple times in the past for her amazingly […]

All About Buttercream & Coffee Frosting Recipe

I’ve mentioned several times in past posts what the final flavor decisions were for the wedding: chocolate cake with coffee frosting.  But have I posted recipes?  I don’t believe I have! The frosting, as I have mentioned previously, came from a friend-of-a-friend’s mother’s old magazine; a coffee buttercream.  This I also had to reduce its […]

How to Tier a Cake

Hay hay hay. So!  Now that the entire production of The Wedding Cake is over, I have some actual time to blog about it.  Huzzah!  I know professionals do this sort of thing every day without the amount of hoo-ha I’m going to make over it, but you know what?  It was a big deal.  […]

Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Teh BF and I had our second anniversary on May 5th (yes, Cinco de Mayo…it’s very convenient for remembering).  Naturally, I want to bake a cake. I had actually planned on cooking up an entire spanish fiesta for the both of us and forgoing dessert (<3 Mod Mex Cookbook), but due to time constraints, instead […]

St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: Chocolate-Covered Meringue Shamrocks

Meringues are tasty, though not really my favorite dessert cookie.  But meringues covered in chocolate?  Uh, yes please. Meringues are another one of those cool easy-to-make cookies.  They can require as few ingredients as you want (egg whites + sugar = GO!), and the biggest pain is beating them into submission.  And that’s only a […]

Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake Cupcakes Recipe

Have you ever been super late with a present? Like, maybe you had it ready on time to give it to the person, but you didn’t actually take the final step of getting it to them? Yeah…that happened to me recently.  Last weekend I finally got some friends their Christmas present.  Only a few months […]

Vanilla Adventures – Part 1

I was introduced to homemade vanilla when I was still in college and have refused, out of pure snobbery, to ever use store-bought vanilla again.  I’ve been using the same bottle of vanilla extract for a few years now and have finally decided it’s time to retire the vanilla bean I’ve been using, poor abused […]

Cafe Sunflower – Review

I recently spent an afternoon with a girlfriend of mine and we went to Cafe Sunflower, a vegetarian cafe in the Atlanta area, for lunch. I am not personally a vegetarian, though I am not at all adverse to an occasional meatless meal; I only require that food be tasty.  I’d heard good things about […]

Orange & Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Muffins

This is a recipe by Evil Shenanigans that was featured in Foodbuzz’s Top 9 last week.  I was excited. Last week I received another batch of fresh Florida oranges from my coworker and had been looking for another recipe in which to use them.  When this one showed up, I was pleased as punch.  Nothing […]

Grandma’s Kolache Recipe

I know it’s corny and trite, but I really do love the holidays.  I know it’s even trite to ADMIT it’s trite, but I’m saying it anyway.  I won’t bother blathering on why it is I like year-end holidays more than others, but suffice it to say that the standard family/gift-giving/food/happiness reasons apply. But what’s […]

Thanksgiving Dessert Bonanza: Pumpkin Cream Pie

Day 2, dish 2 of the Thanksgiving Dessert Bonanza!  Last night I took on the mighty flavor that was pumpkin. FORM OF: Pumpkin Cream Pie!! I was a little concerned at first about what I was going to do for the pumpkin third of my dessert trifecta; I knew I wanted a pumpkin pie, but […]

Thanksgiving Dessert Bonanza: Pecan Pie Bars

Boom: day 1, dish 1 of the Thanksgiving Dessert Bonanza.  Yesterday I tackled my pecan flavor. FORM OF: Pecan Pie Bars!! I took this recipe from the fabulous Southern Living’s Best Loved Cookies book that I’ve had for a few years now.  I love this book mightily; I have as of yet to come across […]

Halloween Decorations & Devils Food Cupcakes

It’s been about 3 months since I last made a post and really, since I last had the opportunity to bake.  It’s a sad, sad thing to not have time in one’s life to bake delectable goodies, but with the release of StarCraft2, BlizzCon, and that little thing called “going to work to make teh […]

Chocolate & Vanilla Cupcakes

Today I helped out some friends with renovation on their new house (stripping wallpaper, woo!).  What’s great about lending a hand to friends is that not only do I get free beer and pizza out of the deal (and that warm, fuzzy feeling inside from helping others), but it also gives me a perfect excuse […]