Chocolate Mousse Cake

Grab some milk or coffee and pull on your spanx—it’s time to get indulgent. This Valentine’s Cake is built on a chocolate graham cracker crust, then layered with chocolate mousse and a simple chocolate cake layer, and finished with chocolate ganache and Pirouline cookies.

Chocolate Mousse Cake | Bakers Royale

It’s one of my favorite creations, so much so, I ate two slices while shooting instead of afterwards during clean-up. I love the textured layers of crunchy cookies, silky mousse and soft cake.

Cadillac Margarita Jello Shot

Let’s face it, the Super Bowl is just a big excuse to gather, have some beer and nosh on a lot of stuff that will make our skinny jeans protest. My suggestion: have a few of these Cadillac Margarita Jello Shots instead. It’s a drink and food in one—problem solved.

Cadillac Margarita Jello Shots via Bakers Royale

How fun are these? Sure I could have made them straight up but I wanted them to be party-fun, so I gave the mix some color and emptied out some citrus.

Snickers Tartlets

So we did a savory Super Bowl recipe last week with these spicy little hot wings. Today we are doing a Super Bowl dessert for your game day grub with these Snickers Tartlets. Seriously, you are gonna love these.

A fast and simple party dessert: Snickers Tartlet via Bakers Royale

They’re fast and easy—and these little show stopping desserts will be cleared from the table before halftime. Or at least I’m betting on it.

Spicy Asian-Style Hot Wings

It’s that time of year again, in which I cover Super Bowl food.  That’s right, I don’t even watch football, but that’s really not a factor. For someone like me it’s all about the food and the commercials. Yes, the commercials. I love them.

Baked Spicy Asian Hot Wings | Bakers Royale

This year I had to bypass the traditional Jello-o shots like these, these and these, since the kid in me (literally—I’m prego) is really cramping that bit of my style. Although Matt is pushing for one that you may see next week. Hard to create one you can’t taste. But he’s vowed to create one with me and to make sure it passes rigorous testing.

Pear & Walnut Cake

This super easy-to-make Pear and Walnut cake is for my little guy, aka Cake Loather. Yep, if you’ve been following this blog then you know his aversion to all things cake, cupcakes and frosting.

Pear & Walnut Cake via Bakers Royale

Make it a muffin or call it muffin– he’s all over it—of course it can’t be too sweet and no frosting. Forever pushing sweets on him, I kept those two things in mind and then dropped some fat pear halves into the batter.

Salted Caramel Brownie with a Pretzel Crust

There is just something about brownies and chocolate cake – if I see a recipe, I haven’t tried I have to go after it. I can’t help it. This dark chocolate fudgy brownie is one of them. I saw it, I made it and I love it.

Salted Caramel Brownie with a Pretzel Crust from BakersRoyale

I’m all about chocolate lately, and thank goodness because during the first portion of this pregnancy I couldn’t eat it—looks like I’m making up for it now. I had so many helpings of this, that it literally was my lunch yesterday. See mommy fail for this one already and he’s can’t even protest yet.

Blushing Kiss Martini

It’s Friday and we are a doing a Valentine’s Day cocktail. I know we are a few weeks away, but that’s okay, right? This just gives you time to play around and tweak this recipe to your liking. Go ahead, get your boozy testing on.

Blushing Kiss Martini | Bakers Royale

As for the Valentine’s cocktail billing of this Blushing Kiss Martini—it’s actually a drink I developed a while back and just re-named it for this holiday (have I mentioned I use to be in marketing?).

Lemon Bars

I’m not sure how it happened, but it did—I’m getting a head start on Christmas 2014 and we are only 2 weeks into January 2014. See, I’ve always been accused of being a procrastinator. Then I realized while some of my friends are hanging on and finger-nailing their way through their annual resolve of trimming down and sipping green smoothies, I’m rolling my 2013 holiday slumber into 2014.

Lemon Bars | Bakers Royale

Sure it might be because I’m pregnant, so my Christmas tree is still up and the sign counting down until Christmas now reads 343 days, or it might be my new positive outlook that—I’m ahead of schedule, way ahead.