Carrot Apple Muffins

Don’t let the color fool you into thinking they’re made with something as preposterous as whole wheat flour or oat bran. It’s Friday after-all! Their deep brown hue is from the cinnamon and nutmeg, which is also the primary flavor in these muffins. To me, they taste most like Zucchini Bread Muffins. They’re full of flavor,…

Mocha Torte

My Mom’s birthday was this week and I make this cake annually for her. The funny part is, I personally don’t like it at all. And yet, it’s her favorite dessert on the planet. Well, this and Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. I make the coffee cake for the morning and the mocha torte for after dinner….

Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

While Christmas and the holiday season may seem like a lifetime ago, what hasn’t changed, even in California, is how cold it’s been. So while gingerbread recipes, especially Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies are most common around the holidays, I’m ready to make a change and keep them around through the entirety of winter. Or at least until…

Honey Bun Cake

This is one of the most unusual, in the absolute best way, cakes I think I’ve made to date. The actual cake is yeast based. So you’re getting an almost brioche-like cake with a subtle yeast flavor. So if you’re me, an absolute dream. I wish all cakes were made with yeast. It’s fluffy, like…

M&M Cookies

I’ve made these cookies so many times now, I think I’ve celebrated every single holiday with them at least once. They’ve gone from Easter m&m cookies to 4th of July m&m cookies, and now to Valentine’s Day m&m cookies. What I really should have called them are holiday m&m cookies, because that’s just what they…

Mom & Scotty’s Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

When I was growing up, my brother, Scott, and I walked across the street to hang out with our best neighborhood friends, Megan and Mitch. Their Mom, Elke, was notorious for making the world’s greatest pancakes. In later years, I learned it’s because she used the Bisquick boxed mix. To this day I still love…

Marbled (Penguin) Cupcakes

These cupcakes have been fun. Before I get to that though, I should start with: these cupcakes are delicious. They are sponge-y chocolate cupcakes with cheesecake centers. And the cheesecake centers have added chocolate chips. So really it’s the best of both worlds. The actual chocolate sponge is insanely moist from the oil, no doubt….

Vegan Coconut Cake

While vegan in title, and coconut in name, my vegan-skeptical and coconut-loathing husband, somehow managed to eat half this cake…for breakfast. 🙂 It’s coincidentally vegan, not requiring the use of eggs and replacing the milk with coconut cream. While a perfect cake for coconut lovers because the coconut is there, it’s not a powerful coconut…

Coffee & Chocolate Parfait

Whenever you see coffee on this blog, you have my Mom to thank. She frequently asks, “when’s the next time you’re going to make a coffee dessert?” The way to her heart is definitely through coffee. Add chocolate to the mix, and you’ll be on her good side for life. Her birthday is around the…

Chai Pear Scones

  Last weekend, a discussion with my best friend, turned to scones. I know, I know. Baked goods are my passion, though! And she pointed out that I don’t have a lot of scone recipes on A Bee Bakes. She was telling me about her family favorite recipe that includes 7-up soda among the ingredients…