Category Dessert

Banana Cupcake Shake {vegan}

This weekend, one of my brothers was visiting, and I was making sugar cookies (his favorite). He sat in the bar chair on the other side of the kitchen island, and I was barely visible through a cloud of flour and sugar that made the air around me taste sweet. In that almost loud silence […]

Mini Gingerbread Loaves {vegan}

You know at the end of Thanksgiving, when your fridge is full of last little bits of things and your pantry is packed with tiny McCormick spice containers that you hold onto, knowing in your heart of hearts that the last bit of pumpkin purée will go fuzzy in the refrigerator door and the pumpkin […]

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake with Maple Pecans {vegan}

Do you look forward to Thanksgiving or dread it? I’m not talking about Thanksgiving on an ethical level. That’s a whole different blog. I just mean the idea of your family cozying up for three days of rehashing childhood arguments drinking cider and catching up. I think the answer to this question entirely depends on […]

Cranberry Amaretto Upside-Down Cake {vegan}

I was talking to my cousin who lives in the UK, and she told me a shocking fact: they might not have canned pumpkin in stores there. They have whole, real pumpkin-pumpkins, the kinds with stems and skins and all that, but no “solid pack pumpkin” like all our American recipes call for. At least, […]

Best of #CakeDay [October]

How would your life be different if you could take your first bite of lunch without a stitch of worry? What if you could consider seconds without also considering your waistline? What if you could be trusted in the same room with a Halloween sack full of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups? Oh, maybe that last […]

Pumpkin Spice “Pop Tarts” {vegan}

“Noooo! NooOOOo!!” I shrieked to myself. Take a little trip with me. It’s c. 2004, and I’m standing at the vending machine in my high school dining hall in my gray New Balance tennis shoes and my gray hoodie. Really, I’m hunching, I guess I should say, because as I reached down to get my […]

Carrot Cake, the easy way {vegan}

Today I had one of those “oops” moments. Those moments that people talk about later by writing this: Take foot. Insert into mouth. Okay, it wasn’t that bad. But do you ever catch yourself doing or saying something you thought you were beyond? Like implying on live radio that woman = emotional basketcase, or contemplating […]

Cinnamon Applesauce Cupcakes {vegan}

I’ll tell you why I didn’t want to be vegan. Some vegan food is just too weird. Vegans are SERIOUS about being vegan. I’ll address these in order, then. So, vegan food is weird. I’m not really talking about recipes, like the obsession with dates (okay, I AM on board with that), and the way […]

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins with Spelt {vegan}

I’m going to stop making zucchini and banana breads soon, I promise. (Maybe? They’re so good!) For now, I’m on a late-summer bender – because it’s Texas, and zucchini is still sprouting up as if the fall equinox never happened. Believe me, I’m ready to move on to pumpkin and pecans, but zucchini is here, […]

Zucchini-Banana Bread with Walnuts {Vegan}

I am the worst vegan ever. Let me tell you about the moment I realized it. A couple weeks ago when I visited my old pals in Boston, my friend Kerri and I spent a Monday at the coast. It took us an hour to drive to Manchester-by-the-Sea (real town name), and after adventures in […]