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For years, you could call me The Queen of Procrastination. Most people procrastinate doing things they dread like laundry, mailing bills, writing checks…you know, the boring stuff. BUT, I procrastinate doing the fun stuff, too.

Waiting until the last minute to get ready to go to a party? ME. Waiting and waiting to put my new pretty flowers in water? ME. Putting off baking a cake that’s been on my to-do list for a long time? ME. My apartment is so clean when I have other stuff to do.

One thing that’s helped me a lot in combatting procrastination is occupying my brain with something else. In the past few years, I’ve gotten really into listening to books on Audible. I’ve listened to all sorts of books! Recently, I listened to a book that was on my to-read list for years: Beautiful Ruins.

PistachioCakewithPlumFrosting

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Eton Mess

in Cakes, Desserts

Eton's Mess

Eton mess is my favorite story because it involves a dog.

The story goes like this: summer-y people go on summer-y picnic and bring a mix of meringue and strawberries and whipped cream. A mischievous dog (picture Amelia type mischievous) jumps up and smashes said dessert. Summer-y people are very very bummed but eat it anyway because dessert is always necessary and they LOVE IT.

Eton Mess is born. I like to think that I made what was most likely in the back of the car, pre-dog. It’s a pavlova cake layered with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

Eton's Mess

Eton Mess is born. I like to think that I made what was most likely in the back of the car, pre-dog. It’s a pavlova cake layered with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

It’s something that can easily be put together. Add a few flowers on top and baby strawberries and it’s instantly a dessert that is VERY Instagrammable.

The good news is that it tastes good too.

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Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

I’m currently battling a slight cold. Apparently I had way too much fun at Universal Studio’s Harry Potter world, which by the way, was amazing. I feel like the only person on the planet earth that never really got into Harry Potter. But the advertisements on the radio lured me in so I went with my friend Whitney, her boyfriend Michael and Joshua. And I had SO MUCH FUN. Highly recommend.

And butterbeer? It’s SO GOOD. I kinda want to make a recipe on this here blog for a butterbeer because it’s incredibly unique. Think butterscotch meets cream soda with whipped cream on top.

These cupcakes are for mama’s day. I got extra, extra spring-y up in here to celebrate. I’m super bummed that I won’t be with my mom this year but if you’re lucky enough to be hanging with mom, then make her these.

Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

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Chocolate Bundt Cake with Alomond-y Cream Cheese Frosting

A few weeks ago I hopped in a car and drove 2 hours north to a small town called Solvang where I checked into a cozy little hotel and put on a robe (my favorite part) and was then scurried off to dinner (not in the robe, I put on real clothes) on a vineyard. Not the usual Monday around these parts but I reveled in being outdoors, tasting wine and food for a few hours straight.

This was all in honor of ALDI grocery stores coming to Southern California. I’m visiting my first ALDI store in a few weeks and can’t wait to show you more. I’m excited about the extensive organic products they have, especially organic butter and organic dairy (my two most expensive splurges in any given week).

In the meantime, here’s a little bit about my experience at the dinner and how it inspired this recipe for a Chocolate Bundt Cake with Almond-y Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Birthday Cake

I know it’s not your birthday but I made you a birthday cake. I’m guessing I probably have never wished you a happy birthday because there are a few of you and I’m not exactly sure when all of your birthdays are. And even if we were friends on Facebook, I never check it because it’s filled with a bunch of people’s kids from high school and random political rants that make my eyes roll back very far into my head, so FB isn’t a reliable birthday reminder for me anymore. So….I figured I’d make you this cake and whenever your birthday shows up, you can just look at this post and know I’m wishing you a happy birthday!!

Birthday Cake

I love making people birthday cakes. If you follow me on snapchat (acozykitchen), you might’ve caught a glimpse of me making Josh’s birthday cake. I wanted to show step by step how I was putting it together. And then I made the biggest mistake: I left the room. I came back and Amelia had somehow managed to get herself up onto the counter and eat half of it! Yes, nearly half. It was actually very similar to the cake you see pictured: a yellow cake with chocolate frosting (luckily i hadn’t frosted it yet when she consumed a big chunk of it).

Birthday Cake

When Tessa’s beautiful book showed up in the mail, Layered, I was immediately drawn to this classic. I figured I needed to give it another go, with Amelia far far away from it.

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Rye Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

We’re back at it on this Monday morning. I’m wishing you a chill to-do list, lots of coffee and warm memories of a restful weekend. Right now my mom is in town (she’s a teacher and it’s spring break) so I decided to take a mini break, too, which meant that last week was complete insanity trying to prepare for taking a break. But I’m doing it, enjoying it and thriving!

This cake is from Yossy’s new book, Sweeter Off the Vine. Yossy’s book is so beautiful. The chapters are divided by season and fruit. The recipes include everything from cakes to ice creams to popsicles to crumbles. When I saw this rhubarb upside down cake I was like, yussssss.

Rye Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Upside down cakes are maybe my favorite type of cake because they’re ridiculously easy. No layers. No frosting to make.

I always like creating patterns if I can. And this one couldn’t be simpler, all that’s really required is cutting the ribs of rhubarb to fit the pan, after they’ve cooked with the sugar, vanilla bean and butter.

And let me tell you, butter and rhubarb are SO good together.

Rye Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Rye Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

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Tahini Banana Bread

Have you ever looked at that list that Google publishes each year, listing out the most Google-d recipes?! It’s sort of fascinating and it’s really no surprise that banana bread is usually on the list.

People love making banana bread. And it’s sort of a duh, of course they do kinda thing because how often have you bought bananas with really good intentions.

You probably wanted to slice them over a bowl of oatmeal, put them in smoothies, eat them with a dollop of almond butter, etc. but then you prob forget about them only to find them brown AF on your counter, wilting away.

Tahini Banana Bread

Tahini Banana Bread

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Sno Ball Cake

When I’m recipe testing, I like to prop up my computer on a cutting board and watch trashy television. It helps cake and pie and cookie failures go down a bit easier.

Oh and my standards for trashy tv are SO low. It has been everything from Say Yes to the Dress (the Atlanta season is my favorite) to Rich Kids of Beverly Hills (oof!) to what I’m currently watching, Teen Mom.

Sno Ball Cake

Teen Mom always makes me want to throw things at my computer because the teen boys are usually gigantic babies and can’t get it together. Like, you have 3k worth of speeding tickets and you’re still getting them!! (This actually happened.)

This cake, inspired by my childhood favorite (the sno ball!), was created with Teen Mom playing in the background.

Episode after episode, I still yell at the television over the same thing: usually the boyfriends being immature babies. Not all the dudes are bad but omg most of them are. LIKE GROW UP!

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One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

When I think of “romance tips,” I think of those taglines on the front of womens’ magazines. I remember being like twelve always reading them and being curious what it meant to use your tongue in such and such way and what “surprising him” really meant. I sort of can’t believe I was sort of allowed to read those magazines at that age and not allowed to watch rated R movies but whatever.

As an adult, I can now say the one thing you should do to infuse romance into your relationship is not any of those things (I mean, I’m sure they work) but the real thing is to laugh. And a lot. Not like just a chuckle here and there but like really laugh. Laugh so hard tears are rolling down your face. And talk about everything and anything all the time, which most likely will lead to more laughing. And nothing is more funny and more unexpected than pantsing your bf/gf when they least expect it.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (For Two)

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Zuccotto

I was reading this book called Cooking by Hand one night and came across a description of a recipe (there are barely any photos in the book) called zuccotto. I liked the name and said it like I was an old Italian man: “zuccccotoo!” V exaggerated, you know?

It sounded really interesting: a dessert made with slices of poundcake and put into a mold and stuffed with whipped cream. I did some googling and came across this really fun video of this man making his with lady fingers and flavoring the ricotta with amaretto, chocolate, marscapone and nuts and fruit. When he removed it from the bowl, it looked amazing!

Zuccotto

I was sold. I made this with poundcake instead of lady fingers and I stuffed it with a few different flavored ricottas.

I ended up using my own pound cake recipe but have tested this with store-bought pound cake and it totally works! So if you’re looking for a crazy shortcut, look no further.

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