Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Frosting

Instead of studying, this is what I did in my little bit of free time today. :) The cupcakes are deliciously rich in chocolate flavor but light and tender at the same time. Not only that, it is super easy and quick to whip up. Enjoy! P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day! Chocolate Cupcakes {Adapted from the […]

Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Happy Friday! Chinese New Year (CNY) is next week and I am feeling kinda bluesy. I have to say this is the time when I miss my family the most. Anyway, still no CNY treats in sight and at this rate, it’s looking highly unlikely I would be having a CNY baking marathon especially since […]

Scrumptious Chocolate Layer Bars

This winter has been rough on all of us, health wise. Both Keith and Alex had the flu, which turned into pneumonia for Alex! I am still recovering from a bout of intestinal virus I caught more than a week ago although it would seem I have managed to fend off the insidious flu that […]

Brown Sugar Meringue Kisses

Today is supposedly “balmy” with a high of 18°F (that is approximately -8 Celsius, by the way). Despite the higher temp in comparison to the past week, it does not feel warmer at all! Additionally, a new batch of bitter Arctic air is heading our way, which is expected to plunge us back to the […]

Coffee-Flavored Banana Cake

No, this is not your usual American coffee cake with the typical streusel topping. Instead, it’s a moist and tender banana cake infused with a lovely coffee flavor – perfect for anytime snack or as a light dessert after a meal. Delicious! {Adapted from the Sour Cream Banana Cake recipe from the Good Home Cooking […]

The Not So Classic Pumpkin Pie

Update (11/24/17): It’s a winner! The pie turned out delicious – the flavor of the pumpkin layer is reminiscent of warm pumpkin custard (without the spices), which complements the brightness of the creamy cheesecake layer. In addition, the contrast between the layers is distinct and attractive. We love it! (I ate two slices!) Turkey day […]

4 Ingredient Sweet Corn Ice Cream

Too many things have been going on in our lives! The biggest news is I’m officially not a homeschooling mama anymore. You would think I would take the opportunity to do the gazillion things that I wasn’t able to do in the past due to lack of time. However, my heart is just not into […]

Rustic Apple Tart with Homemade Crust

Hello, everyone! It has been a while again – too many things have happened since the last time I checked in. A week after we discovered ice damage in our family room, we found the same problem in one of our bedrooms! So, we’ve been dealing with on-going repairs of these two rooms for more […]

Sweet Potato Dessert Two Ways

Happy New Year! Sweet potatoes in coconut milk and sweet potatoes in sugared water are two Asian-style desserts I grew up with. The first is essentially “Bubur Cha Cha” (which is sweet potatoes and taro in coconut milk) minus the taro simply because I prefer it to be all sweet potatoes. That’s the beauty of […]

Summer Cake Delight

This cake was totally inspired by The Kitchn’s Easy Summer Cake with Fruit & Cream recipe. I mean, isn’t that cake absolutely gorgeous? I just love, love, love it! Of course, I had to make the cake, wouldn’t you? However, I decided to use a different cake recipe (from a cookbook I own), just because it’s […]