Mango Butter Cake (Adding fruit to a basic butter cake recipe)

mango butter cake

Are you looking for a simple cake recipe – something that you can add fruit to without worrying about a change in texture?  This is the one!  It’s similar to a pound cake – with a tight fine crumb – and a wonderful buttery flavor (enhanced by the addition of fruit).  You can use mangoes, [...]

Homemade Glazed Donuts (Krispy Kreme Doughnut Copycat Recipe)

Homemade Glazed Donuts (Krispy Kreme Donut Copycat Recipe)

Six years ago, when we first moved to North County San Diego, there was a Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop less than a mile from our house.  It was awesome!  When the “Hot Doughnuts Now” sign was flashing, we would go through the drive through and pick up a box (or two).  And weekend mornings… we [...]

Avocado Walnut Bread

Avocado Walnut Bread

OK I know this sounds weird.  But avocados are fruits… and whatever you can do with a banana, you can pretty much do with an avocado.  Avocado shakes, avocado ice cream… even avocado bread!  This is a wonderful quick bread recipe, similar to banana nut bread… just with avocados instead of banana. This avocado bread [...]

Chinese Coconut Milk Bread (Chinese Coconut Milk Buns)


OMG.  This bread is so good!  I’ve been trying to re-create this bread (also found in Chinese bakeries as “Coconut buns”) for a long time…  I finally figured out the trick – ditch the butter and milk, and use coconut oil and coconut milk instead!  Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature – similar [...]

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake (a.k.a. “Wacky Chocolate Cake” or “Depression Chocolate Cake”)

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

This is one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes!  Interestingly, it calls for no eggs and no dairy for the cake portion – which makes it easy to make with basic pantry ingredients (in addition to being vegan).  This cake recipe was very popular during the Great Depression (since it could be made without expensive [...]