Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting is much easier to make than it looks! Featuring a springy, spiced pumpkin cake filled with sweet cream cheese frosting, it’s the perfect dessert to impress during any season.

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but it is absolutely acceptable to make pumpkin desserts in March.

You will not descend into Dante’s Sixth Circle of Hell.

You will not be smitten (smited? smote?) by the wrath of fifteen angry pagan gods.

You will not have to go to jail without passing GO and collecting $200.

What you will do is … Read more

Vegan Caramelitas

When it comes to vegan desserts, these Vegan Caramelitas are among the best I’ve ever had! A golden brown sugar crumb filled with layers of chocolate and dairy-free caramel makes these quick bar cookies an irresistible addition to any dessert spread.   

The first time my college roommate caught me eating her homemade caramelitas, she suggested (rather mildly) that I could just take one and eat it if I wanted. You see, she had put them in the freezer for safekeeping and invited me to help myself anytime–but in my half-hearted attempt at self-control, I politely declined her invitation every time. … Read more

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

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

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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

7 Gluten-free Recipes to Get You Through Social Distancing

How’s the social distancing been treating you guys so far? As recently as last month, I had never even heard the term “social distancing,” but this abrupt new guideline has translated into a LOT of spare time in my apartment, which suddenly feels as tiny and constricting as a Victorian corset. So naturally, I’ve begun doing what I always do when I’m stuck at home, stressed, or grappling with the existential reality of a worldwide crisis: Baking. Lots of it.

Of course, chances are many of your grocery store aisles have been swept clean by panic-goaded herds of … Read more