Apple Dapple Cake

I usually exhibit Herculean self-control when it comes to moderation, but my willpower is nonexistent when it comes to Apple Dapple cake.  The texture is divine; the apples and caramel glaze add a hint of crunch and the batter is consistently moist. Bring this cake to your next social event and you will gain instant culinary credibility. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups canola oil 2 cups sugar … Continue reading Apple Dapple Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Yes, the pumpkin obsession continues.  Inspired by Skinnytaste.com, I was on a mission to create a decadent-tasting cupcake with minimal calories.  In spirit of the season, I opted for spice cake mix instead of golden yellow (and with that choice, this recipe is now what I call a “shortcut” dish…) This recipe is incredibly easy to prepare and pleases any crowd; my friends devoured the batch in … Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Banana Bread

This is my favorite time of year; the leaves are turning, blushing the landscape with crimson, ochre and sienna.  The days are warm and sunny; the evenings have a certain briskness that hints at the cold winter to come.  The best part?  Pumpkin! There are very few things that I love more than pumpkin.  Add chocolate to the mix, and all my willpower goes out … Continue reading Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Banana Bread

Homemade Sugar-Dusted Graham Crackers

To beat the boredom of an uneventful Friday evening, I whipped up a batch of these graham crackers. Inspired by the Whole Foods iPhone app, I decided to use egg whites instead of whole eggs. A word of caution: make sure that your butter is very, very cold; if it’s too slick you’ll risk slicing your fingers when cutting it into small chunks. Expect to … Continue reading Homemade Sugar-Dusted Graham Crackers

Black Bean Brownies

Black beans?  Brownies?  Together?  Yes.  When I first learned about the concept of substituting black beans for oil and eggs, I was skeptical.  One day my sister brought home a batch of moist, chocolatey, decadent brownies made with the magical fruit and I was soon a believer. Eliminating the oil and eggs substantially reduces excess calories and fat.  The moisture of the bean keeps them … Continue reading Black Bean Brownies

Shortcut Strawberry Banana Bread

Short on time?  This recipe is similar to my Strawberry Banana Bread recipe, but uses boxed banana bread mix for a shortcut.  I’ve found that Trader Joe’s Banana Bread Mix has the best flavor. Fear not:  this bread is equally addicting as the homemade version.  No one will know that you took this clever shortcut.  Be mindful of how much stirring takes place when the … Continue reading Shortcut Strawberry Banana Bread