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10 Classic American Desserts on The Daily Meal

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 09:02 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

They say “as American as apple pie” for a reason. Our sweets-loving nation has become renowned for many iconic, notable desserts—from regional specialties to tried-and-true classics. Many of which are at the heart of our country’s food culture. After all, what would birthdays be without cake? Holidays without pie? Summers without ice cream?
the daily meal - 10 classic american desserts
To help celebrate our love affair with classic indulgences, The Daily Meal asked me to round up a collection of timeless and oh-so beloved American desserts. Did your favorite nostalgic treat make the list? Get sweet on the full article (complete with a mouthwatering picture slideshow and recipe links) here.

Image courtesy of The Daily Meal

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Nutmeg & Cinnamon Iced Red Velvet Cupcakes

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 04:12 PM - Posted by Megan - (2) comments

The popularity of red velvet cake has skyrocketed in recent years, but this crimson confection has actually been satisfying sweets lovers for decades. With a vibrant scarlet color and subtle chocolatey-vanilla flavor, red velvet cake has been a Southern soul food staple for more than a century, was the signature dessert at NY’s Waldorf-Astoria in the 1920’s, and even made its big screen debut in one of my favorite flicks, Steel Magnolias (the groom’s cake in the film was an armadillo-shaped red velvet).

Now one of the hottest cake flavors around, red velvet desserts are flying out of bakeries from coast to coast (it’s the most popular flavor at NYC’s Magnolia) and has recently gone international—Parisian bakery, Cupcakes & Co., began offering a red velvet cupcake on their menu. Ooh la la!

For a friend’s recent holiday party, I baked these mini cupcakes and sprinkled some spice into cream cheese icing for a fun and festive twist—a swirl of nutmeg and cinnamon created a very merry topper.

Red Velvet Mini Cupcake Recipe (makes about 48 miniature cupcakes)

  • 2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup red food coloring (approx. 2 1-oz. bottles)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup + 1 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking soda

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    Cooper’s First Birthday Cake!

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 11:03 AM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

    My little man turned one today and I couldn’t resist baking him this adorable pup-cake to celebrate. Since peanut butter and banana are two of his favorites, this easy-to-follow recipe was perfect.

    Cooper loved his birthday cake so much that I had to wrangle it away from him before he devoured the whole thing (you can see in the last pic where he’s begging for more). If you dog-lovers want to bake a special cake for your pup, then give this quick and simple recipe a try—it’s sure to get tails wagging!

    Cooper stayed like a good boy while I snapped this shot, even though he couldn’t wait to dig in!

    One of the cake layers out of the oven, before being leveled off

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    Cooper’s Peanut Butter & Banana Birthday Cake Recipe (makes one double-layered 4″ cake)

    Peanut Butter & Banana Cake
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 TBSP natural, unsalted peanut butte
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 4 oz. (half a package) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

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