Kaffir Lime & Lemongrass Leaf Cupcakes with Coconut frosting

Kaffir Lime & Lemongrass Leaf Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

So, I USED to have a ton of lemongrass growing in the backyard.  It’s a long story, but basically, I was standing there watering my beloved lemongrass plants when I noticed a snake slithering out of the thicket.  Triangular shaped head, rattle on the tail, diamond shaped markings.  Yup… a young Western Diamondback Rattlesnake had [...]

Brown Derby Grapefruit Cupcakes

Grapefruit Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

The Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood was famous for a variety of reasons: it was the “it” hangout for celebrities back in the day (Clark Gable, Lucille Ball…), the iconic dome shaped architecture that resembled a man’s Derby hat, the supposed birthplace of the Cobb salad… and last (but not least) the origin of the legendary Brown [...]

Year of the Tiger: Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

(Original Post Date:  Feb 15, 2010) Happy Lunar New Year!  Yesterday marked the beginning of the year of the Metal Tiger.  I’m not a big fan of fireworks, but since most Lunar New Year celebrations incorporate the color red prominently,  I decided to celebrate this occasion instead with some Year of the Tiger Red Velvet [...]

How it all began: The One-Egg Cake


(Original post date:  Feb 07, 2010) My mom was one of those mothers that didn’t buy sweets.  Ever.  Cookies?  Cakes?  Sugary Cereal?  Nope.  So I learned at an early age, that if I wanted a sweet treat… I would have to make it myself.  I think I was in the second grade when I began [...]