Golden Butter Rum Cake (with a Jonathan Gold Seal of Approval)

This luxurious boozy dessert deserves its claim to fame! Awarded “Best Tasting” by acclaimed food critic Jonathan Gold in 2014, my favorite Golden Butter Rum Cake recipe features a decadent yellow cake soaked in a slightly sweet, rum-infused syrup that will leave you (and your guests) clamoring for second servings.

I’ve got a rummy little treat for you today! I first made this Golden Butter Rum Cake in 2014 for UCLA’s annual Edible Book Festival, a literary celebration where bookworms like me get to bake their nerdiness into all sorts of crazy edible concoctions…and where I also had the Read more

Neapolitan Cheesecake

Meet the most beautiful dessert you’ll make this year! This Neapolitan Cheesecake might look super fancy, but it takes minimal extra effort and tastes like a creamy dream! Features an Oreo crust and three decadent layers of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla cheesecake.

There comes a moment in every person’s life when something unexpected blows their world into a billion, teeny-tiny smithereens and hurls their life into a supermassive existential black hole. For some people, this happens when they realize that Santa isn’t real. Or that Hollywood starlets like Zendaya and Brie Larson are actually younger than you are.

For me, … Read more

Japanese Milk Bread

As Agnes from Despicable Me puts it, “[It’s] so fluffy, I’m gonna DIE!” This unbelievably light, fluffy Japanese milk bread is worth the effort–slightly sweet and buttery, it’s the perfect bread for making French toast or simply enjoying with a side of your favorite spread.

When I first started reading The Hunger Games in college, I’ll admit that I considered Peeta a bit of a pansy. Sure, he was loyal beyond measure and a total cutie to boot, but a baker’s boy who spent every day making bread loaves from scratch? I mean, how hard could THAT job be?

And … Read more

Easy Chewy Oatmeal M&M Cookies

In lieu of writing a blog post this week, I want to encourage everyone to reflect and spend the extra time to seeking information about issues that matter most right now. If you’re short on time, feel free to skip to the bottom for today’s recipe (Oatmeal M&M Cookies), which reminds us that the world is infinitely more beautiful when we see it in color. #BlackLivesMatter

Take care, everyone <3

Easy Chewy Oatmeal M&M Cookies

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Easy Chewy Oatmeal M&M Cookies

Crispy around the edges and chewy in the middle, these Easy Chewy Oatmeal M&M Cookies are guaranteed

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Easy Bread Machine French Bread

Are you bread-y for fresh, warm bread at home? Just throw your ingredients into your bread machine and indulge in this easy Bread Machine French Bread–it’s fluffy, soft, and the effort of just a few small steps!

If you have ever played Overcooked 2, then you KNOW that the recent surge in quarantine breadmaking at home is actually the beginning of an invasion wrought upon us by creatures known as the undead Unbread!

If you have never played Overcooked 2 and have no idea what in holy heck I am describing, then I applaud your ignorance and wish you … Read more

Disneyland Churro Bites

Missing your Main Street magic? Fry up some Disneyland love with these mini Churro Bites, straight from the official Disney Parks Blog recipe vault!

Disneyland churros are wayyy more worth it than Disneyland Dole Whip. FIGHT ME.

Here are some scientifically proven* common psychological and emotional health benefits of choosing a Disneyland churro:

  • Involves levels of cinnamon-y sugary-coated goodness guaranteed to give you a sugar rush that will last you through the evening fireworks show
  • Will not melt all over your hands or onto the heads on your sticky children
  • Does not require cruel and unusual wait times
  • Can be
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Mickey Mouse Beignets

Oh boy! Bring the Happiest Place on Earth home with these light, fluffy Mickey Mouse Beignets (just like the ones you get in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square)!

I don’t know about you guys, but this week I just needed some good old-fashioned magic in my life!

Ever since Disneyland closed last month, their Parks blog has started sharing some of its iconic recipes so that forlorn fans like you and me can eat our way through our feelings at home. I immediately bookmarked their recipe for my absolute favorite Disneyland churros, but before I had a chance to grab … Read more

DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies

Enjoy the comfort of a classic DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie at home! This official, iconic recipe offers the perfect chewy texture and taste that I savor every time I check into a DoubleTree hotel.

Growing up, it was very easy to decide where we wanted to stay when we traveled. My brother and I were real high rollers: we liked Travelodge for the Sleepy Bears’ Den kids’ room, (which came with a free stuffed bear you could take home). We appreciated a good stay at the Circus Circus in Las Vegas, since our rooms were just a hop away from … Read more

30-Minute Flourless Chocolate Cake for One

This flourless chocolate cake is rich, fudgy, and perfectly served with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream. It takes just 30 minutes from start to finish and serves one hungry chocoholic–ideal for a cozy evening spent indoors or as a cute single-serving date night dessert.

No flour on the grocery store shelves, no hapless friends or coworkers on whom I can foist, unlimited time to bake at home. What’s a girl to do during COVID-19 quarantine?

I’ll tell you what she’s to do. She’s going to make this unbelievably rich, fudgy 30-Minute Flourless Chocolate Cake for One, shove … Read more

Social Distancing “Coronavirus Cupcakes”

‘Riddikulus!’ he shouted, and they had a split second’s view of Snape in his lacy dress before Neville let out a great ‘Ha!’ of laughter, and the Boggart exploded, burst into a thousand tiny wisps of smoke, and was gone.” -Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban

In Harry Potter lore, Boggarts are amorphous magical creatures who can change shape at will and materialize into your greatest fear incarnate; the only way to defeat them is through laughter. J.K. Rowling always knew that the best way to find light in a potentially scary situation was to make light of … Read more