Desserts Archives - Spiced

Hazelnut Angel Food Cake

Grab some fresh berries and serve them up a slice of this
light and airy Hazelnut Angel Food Cake!

Grab some fresh berries and serve them up a slice of this  light and airy Hazelnut Angel Food Cake!I’ve always loved berries.  It doesn’t matter what kind of berry.  I don’t discriminate.  Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries.  You name it, chances are I love it.  (More accurately, chances are I’ll take it and turn it into a berry cobbler!)

When my wife and I moved into our first house in Atlanta, we planted a sizable garden along the sunny side of the house.  Thanks to the wonderful heat and humidity in the South, we pretty much just tossed some seeds on the ground and ended up with a pretty impressive garden.  We had more tomatoes than we knew what to do with…literally.  I remember eating bruschetta topped with fresh tomatoes for dinner on more than one occasion.  We gave away bags and bags of tomatoes.  And we still had more!  Unfortunately, our blueberries and blackberries were a different story.Continue Reading »

Caramel Pecan Cookies

Soft shortbread cookies topped with gooey caramel and crunchy pecans.  These Caramel Pecan Cookies are a winner!

Soft shortbread cookies topped with gooey caramel and crunchy pecans.  These Caramel Pecan Cookies are a winner!Guys (and gals), I have a confession to make.  We tend to lag behind when it comes to upgrading technology around here.  I mean, we do get there…but sometimes it takes us a bit of time.  We were a solid year or two behind on getting smart phones.  (To be fair, we were in grad school at the time.  Smart phones sounded like fun, but so did eating something besides peanut butter sandwiches.) Continue Reading »

Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies

Don’t have Cupid’s bow and arrows handy?  Try using these Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies for Valentine’s Day instead!

Don't have Cupid's bow and arrows handy?  Try using these Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day instead!Valentine’s Day is a strange holiday.  I get it.  But there’s something refreshing about all of the brightly colored red roses and decorations in the middle of winter.  While modern Valentine’s celebrations center around roses, chocolates and cards, the holiday actually dates back to the Roman empire.  Continue Reading »

Raspberry Almond Petit Fours

These Raspberry Almond Petit Fours feature layers of decadent almond cake, silky French buttercream and raspberry jam.  They’re the perfect one-bite sweet treat for your next big party!

These Raspberry Almond Petit Fours feature layers of decadent almond cake, silky French buttercream and raspberry jam.  They're the perfect one-bite sweet treat for your next big party!So I grew up in a traditional Southern kitchen (I’ve mentioned that here before), and I credit that experience for why I love to bake.  My Mom was always in the kitchen whipping up some delicious dessert or snack.  Looking back, I was pretty darned lucky.

But here’s the thing.  The flip-side of growing up in a Southern kitchen is all of the parties.  My mother is the ultimate hostess, and we were always hosting some sort of party or get-together.  We had gingerbread house decorating parties for the kids.  We had Golden Girls tea parties for the little old ladies in the neighborhood.  We had garden parties during the summer.  Are you catching my drift here?  Continue Reading »