Rum Glazed Sweet Potato Cakes

SOME FOODS ARE SO COMFORTING, SO NOURISHING OF BODY AND SOUL, THAT TO EAT THEM IS TO BE HOME AGAIN AFTER A LONG JOURNEY.”  Eli Brown (author Cinnamon and Gunpowder)

Rum Glazed Sweet Potato Cakes/ From My Sweet Heart.com

Let me tell you that these soft and moist little sweet potato cakes are so VERY comforting!  The warmth of cinnamon and nutmeg combined with a sticky rum glaze ….. well these are sure to soothe the most tattered of souls.

While working through some major life changes, what I thought would be a 3 month absence from blogging turned into 9 months!  Yikes!  And as I prepared to return this week, I found myself worrying if I would even remember how to bake, photograph and blog.  I have truly missed my blogging friends, my baking groups, the camaraderie we share in doing what we all love to do so much.  And I am thankful for the support of those who reached out to me behind the scenes while I was gone; it meant so much.

I am especially excited to be back baking with The Cake Slice bakers.  This is a wonderful group of women who share a love of baking cakes.  And each year we bake together from a selected specialty cake cookbook.  This year it is The Southern Cake Book, from Southern Living.  A huge thank you to Laura from Baking in Pajamas for leading this fabulous group of women.  I’m looking forward to a great year.

I’m also looking forward to jumping back in with the Bundt Bakers.  While I had hoped to contribute this cake to their Boozy Bundts collection this month, I missed my deadline.  Stacy from Food Lust People Love, was willing to squeeze me in, but I couldn’t get my act together.  So I look forward to next month!

Now, on to this cake….. [Read more...]

Chocolate Cocoa Cinnamon Bundt #BundtBakers

I NEVER IN MY LIFE ARGUED WITH A PIECE OF CAKE OR A BOWL OF ICE CREAM.”  Ray Bradbury

Chocolate Cocoa Cinnamon Bundt | From My Sweet Heart

Cake and I get along very well.  (Though you’ll never see me picking a fight with a bowl of ice cream, either!)

And while I’m a fan of simple cakes, they must be exceptional in flavor and texture.  Take this chocolate bundt cake, for example.  It’s a delicious blend of cocoa and cinnamon.

A little sweetA little heat.  And unlike most dense bundts, this has a soft, light and airy texture.  And perfectly suited for a scoop of ice cream! [Read more...]

Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Cake

SO HAND IN HAND THEY PASSED, THE LOVELIEST PAIR THAT EVER SINCE IN LOVE’S EMBRACES MET . . . . .” John Milton

Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Cake | From My Sweet Heart

Chocolate and Strawberries.

One of the most perfect pairings in the world of sweets.  And if you want to be in love this Valentine’s Day, this cake will take you there!

Imagine fudge that is flecked with strawberries.  This cake is dense and rich and worthy as a decadent dessert for a special occasion.  It’s your favorite chocolate cake, mixed with smooth chocolate ganache.  But the star ingredient are beautiful, sweet strawberries! [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Almond Cake #BundtBakers

“IT WAS INEVITABLE:  THE SCENT OF BITTER ALMONDS ALWAYS REMINDED HIM OF THE FATE OF UNREQUITED LOVE.”  Gabriel García Márquez

Chocolate Covered Almond Cake | From My Sweet Heart

I promise you.  You will LOVE this cake.  And it will LOVE you back!

What’s not to love? A sweet, moist cake baked with ground almonds and a hint of extract.  And it is just bathed in a lush, chocolate amaretto ganache. 

And you?  You are so sweet and loveable just the way you are!  You are meant to be together!

Just like the Bundt Bakers.  There has been a little changing of the guard.  But I’m so happy that this group of bundt loving women remained together, too.  You know how it is.  Life gets busy and we all go off in all sorts of directions.  I’m ever grateful for Cake Duchess and Baker Street for starting this group.  Now I am so thankful to Stacy of Food Lust People Love for taking over the helm of the new Bundt Bakers.

And to celebrate our first challenge as a somewhat new group, we decided to go nuts! [Read more...]

Cocoa Brownie Cake

WINTER IS NOT A SEASON, IT’S AN OCCUPATION.”  Sinclair Lewis

Cocoa Brownie Cake | From My Sweet Heart

Is it me, or does everything feel like so much more of an effort in the winter?

Walking to the bus stop, hauling my recyclables out to the curb, stopping to put gas in the car . . . . . these 5 minute activities feel like 20 when it’s cold outside!  Just getting ready to go to work in the morning feels like an occupation.  The days of grabbing my purse and keys are gone for a while.  Now I have to consider my coat, boots, warm socks, hat, scarf, mittens and chapstick!

Do you feel like you are working double duty in the winter?  I do!  Especially on those days when I have to shovel my way out the door before I can get anywhere!

I take a bus and a train back and forth to my job.  It’s about an hour and a half commute one way.  I leave when it’s dark.  I get home when it’s dark.  And a warm cup of cocoa really hits the spot some nights.  And in the winter months, baking should not feel like another of my occupations!

This sweet, chewy cocoa brownie cake is just about effortless!  It’s made in one bowl.  You can eat it straight out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream.  Or you can add a layer of chocolate ganache and top it with loads of whipped cream!  And perfect with a cup of cocoa! [Read more...]

Butter and Jam Bundt Cake

“INVISIBLE THREADS ARE THE STRONGEST TIES.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

Butter & Jam Bundt Cake | From My Sweet Heart

I have an obsession with collecting vintage bakeware!  And I’ve come to realize that I love the feeling of being tied to the past and connected to a total stranger who was as passionate about baking as I am.  One of the things I love to collect is bundt pans.

I love the simplicity of bundt cakes so much, that I’ve joined a group called Bundt a Month.  Led by Anuradha of Baker Street and Lora of Cake Duchess, this is an amazing and talented group of bakers.  Once a month we are given a key ingredient or theme to serve as the inspiration for our cakes.  This month we were asked to use our favorite  jam.  Mine is a simple butter pound cake, adorned with a crown of mixed berry jam, and garnished with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.  My inspiration? . . . . . [Read more...]

Vintage Cakes: Butterscotch Cream Roll Up Cake

INVENTION, MY DEAR FRIENDS, IS 93% PERSPIRATION, 6% ELECTRICITY, 4% EVAPORATION, AND 2% BUTTERSCOTCH RIPPLE.”  Willy Wonka

Vintage Cakes:  Butterscotch Cream Roll Up Cake | From My Sweet Heart

Butterscotch is a wonderful creation dating back to England in the mid 1800′s.  That’s vintage enough for me!  And my favorite flavor growing up was always butterscotch.  Butterscotch life savers, butterscotch pudding, and butterscotch sundaes are among my fondest memories of eating this sweet, buttery, toffee like treat.  Does that make me vintage, too?!

This Butterscotch Cream Roll Up Cake will now join the ranks of my favorite butterscotch confections.  Start with a sponge cake that will melt in your mouth, layer it with butterscotch whipped cream and toasted sliced almonds, and roll it all together!

But it’s how this sponge cake is rolled that makes this not your typical roll up cake . . . . . [Read more...]

Vintage Cakes: Maple Pecan Chiffon Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

“HOW BEAUTIFUL A DAY CAN BE WHEN KINDNESS TOUCHES IT.”  George Elliston

Maple Pecan Chiffon Cake with Brown Butter Frosting | From My Sweet Heart

Well it is the 20th of the month which means it’s time for The Cake Slice bakers to reveal another cake!  Led by our wonderful leader, Paloma, of The Coffee Shop; The Cake Slice is a great group of bakers who are baking our way through the book, Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson.

August’s selection is a chiffon cake which is subtly sweetened with maple syrup and studded with toasted pecans.  A sweet and creamy browned butter icing tops it all off.  I can’t remember if this was a cake I voted for or not.  But something occurred out of the blue one day, which had me even more excited to bake this particular cake. [Read more...]

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Strawberries

“PURITY AND SIMPLICITY ARE THE TWO WINGS WITH WHICH MAN SOARS ABOVE THE EARTH AND ALL TEMPORARY NATURE.”  Thomas Kempis

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Strawberries | From My Sweet Heart

I am a purist at heart.  And I firmly believe that vanilla is under rated. 

Would I turn away a piece of oreo snickers triple chocolate mousse turtle pecan double caramel chocolate chip pumpkin dulce de leche mocha fudge ripple cheesecake with raspberries and extra whipped cream?

Probably not!

But a sweet and creamy vanilla cheesecake with a thin layer of vanilla cookie crust topped with fresh strawberries and brushed with a light and sweet strawberry glaze appeals to me even more! [Read more...]

Peach Streusel Bundt Cake #BundtaMonth

“LET US LEARN TO APPRECIATE THERE WILL BE TIMES WHEN THE TREES WILL BE BARE, AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE TIME WHEN WE MAY PICK THE FRUIT.”  Anton Chekhov

Peach Streusel Bundt Cake | From My Sweet Heart

When asked what one food exemplifies summer for me, I am usually quick to reply with watermelon.  But the truth of the matter is, it is a soft, ripe, juicy peach that I am secretly waiting all year long to enjoy!  I am happy that peaches were the theme for August’s Bundt a Month group!  Anuradha of Baker Street and Lora of Cake Duchess lead this fabulous group of bakers who share a common passion for baking bundt cakes!

This moist, almond pound cake is layered with ribbons of sugar streusel and chunks of fresh, ripe peaches.  The surprise ingredient in the streusel is . . . . [Read more...]