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...]

Mini Strawberry Swirl Cheesecakes

THE ONLY WAY CHEESE IS DESSERT IS WHEN IT IS FOLLOWED BY THE WORD CAKE.”  Michele Gorman

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake | From My Sweet Heart

If it were up to me, every meal of the day would be followed by dessert!

Now having said that, sometimes you just want a smaller bite.  These little strawberry cheesecake cupcakes are just that.  Fresh strawberry puree is swirled into sweet, vanilla cheesecake batter and baked on top of a chocolate cookie crust flavored with a slight hint of cinnamon.

I love cheesecake desserts in just about any form.  Take these little cheesecakes out of their papers and plate them with some extra puree and a little whipped cream for a more elegant dessert.  Pack one in your lunch bag for an extra special pick me up in the middle of the day.  But they are a perfect size with a cup of tea or coffee for those mornings when you just have to have dessert for breakfast! [Read more...]

Whiskey Pear Trifles

“THE LIGHT MUSIC OF WHISKEY FALLING INTO GLASSES MADE AN AGREEABLE INTERLUDE.”  James Joyce

Whiskey Pear Trifles | From My Sweet Heart

There was a time when I would have told you that I don’t care very much for whiskey.  But then, I decided to make some Home Made Irish Cream.  You know, that wonderful creamy liqueur that has you believing you are drinking an adult milkshake?  That stuff contains a whole bottle of whiskey!  And now Jameson’s Irish Whiskey is among my favorites.  I’ve used it for this recipe, too!

This recipe makes the top 3 of my favorite recipes on this blog!  So simple to make, yet the combination of flavors and textures is so sublimeCinnamon raisin bread, vanilla bean custard, pralines, pears, whipped cream, and the most delicious maple whiskey sauce imaginable!  A little something different in every spoonful! [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...]

Blood Orange & Poppy Sherbet

ORANGE IS THE HAPPIEST COLOR.”  Frank Sinatra

Blood Orange & Poppy Sherbet | From My Sweet Heart

I agree!  Orange is such a cheerful color!

As fruits go, I love oranges.  And I especially crave them right around now.  The holidays are over.  My months of decadent eating are a fading memory.  And I’m excited for recipes that include bright, tangy citrus.  AND, blood oranges are now in season!

What I love about blood oranges is that they are sweet and tangy and vary so much in their unique color.  I decided to use some to create this lovely blood orange and poppy seed sherbet.  Combining the juice with cream lends this beautiful peachy pink color.  The sherbet is both sweet and tart.  And the contrasting black poppy seeds provide such a delicate crunch.  [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...]

Coffee Toffee Truffles

GIVING CHOCOLATE TO OTHERS IS AN INTIMATE FORM OF COMMUNICATION, A SHARING OF DEEP, DARK SECRETS.”  Milton Zelman

Coffee Toffee Truffles | From My Sweet Heart

Do you love giving food as gifts?  How about receiving?  Yes and yes for me, too!

Home made truffles always make a great edible gift.  They are not at all difficult to make.  You can package them easily.  And you can create so many flavor combinations with them.

These dark chocolate truffles have a semisweet chocolate base, are flavored with espresso, spiked with Kahlua and rolled in bits of crumbled English toffee. [Read more...]

Cranberry Cherry Ricotta Pie

WHEN YOU DIE, IF YOU GET A CHOICE BETWEEN GOING TO REGULAR HEAVEN OR PIE HEAVEN, CHOOSE PIE HEAVEN.  IT MIGHT BE A TRICK, BUT IF IT’S NOT, MMMMMMMM, BOY.”  Jack Handy

Cranberry Cherry Ricotta Pie | From My Sweet Heart

You are going to pie heaven.  This week!

The Theme Weavers are a group of creative, culinary whizzes.  Every month a theme is chosen and we celebrate it all week long.

This month’s theme is PIE!  And what a selection we have this week.  Somebody pinch me!

I’m going to help kick off the week with my American holiday version of an Italian ricotta pieSweet cherry preserves mingle with cranberries and layer a sweet pastry crust which is then filled with light and luscious amaretto and orange scented ricotta!

And if that’s not enough, we have 18 other selections.  Do you want me to pinch you, too??? [Read more...]