Coconut Cake

Happy Christmakkah everyone! James and I hosted our third annual Kotecki Christmakkah shindig this weekend and had a marvelous time seeing our friends from different parts of our lives, meet, mingle and eat. In honor of the party and in an effort to expand my cake repertoire, I made this layered coconut cake. It. Was….

Spiced Ginger Pear Cake with Cinnamon Frosting

From this angle, the cake looks more like a Krispy Kreme glazed cruller donut! However, the cake is indeed a cake; and what a great cake it is! It is ridiculously moist and flavorful. It has “fall” written all over it – from the pears to the cinnamon frosting. I tried not to eat it…

High Holiday Recipes

Happy 5771! I love Rosh Hashanah. While there are many times throughout the year to reflect on the year past and the year ahead, the High Holidays are the most meaningful to me. So, the year past: One year ago I was working at the Washington Post, taking the GREs, anxious about transitioning into a…

Best Birthday Cake

Happy 2nd Birthday Voila! Two years of great recipes, failed recipes, new cooking gadgets, new foods, good food photos, bad food photos, lots of laughs and really, really fun times. It’s time to celebrate with some birthday cake! I usually bypass yellow birthday cake at the store since it’s often too sugary and fake tasting….

Banana Caramel Cake

Wow. Just wow. Who would’ve thought to poke holes in a cake? The caramel sauce is drizzled over so that it infiltrates the cake and pools at the bottom of plate…yum. What else can I say – this is darn good cake! Mouthwateringly good, plus a true crowd pleaser. Ingredients Source: Technicolor Kitchen cake 2…

Pound Cake

Who knew that something so simple could be so delectable. Although I did not use a pound of butter, a pound of flour and a pound of sugar like they did in the good ol’ days, this recipe did not lack anything in the way of taste, moisture or flavor. The best part about pound…

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

When this cheesecake came out of the oven, I had my doubts. It didn’t seem to look right and the layer of cheesecake seemed pretty thin. I tried to console my concerns by telling myself that the cake also had all the right ingredients for what sounded like a delicious combination of flavors. But my…

Chocolate Layer Cake

Hold on to your hats ladies and gentleman — this cake is rich! If there could be a theme song to play while eating it, it would have to be “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” This music video is pretty strange and has no bearing on how good this cake is. The cake uses 99% and…

Apple Upside Down Cake

Behold! One of many apple-related recipes coming your way. It’s fall which means it’s apple baking season. Apples are available all year round, but fall baking with apples just seems so right. I’m here to tell the tale of my first attempt at an upside down cake. The story is short and simple: it’s so…

Rosh Hashanah Jam Cake

L’Shana Tova! We’re celebrating 5770 — wow! That’s another thing I love about fall, the High Holidays mark the changing of the seasons and the beginning of a new year. More than my birthday or New Year’s Eve, the High Holidays are when I reflect on the past year and look ahead to the next….

Apple Almond Coffee Cake

It’s that time of year where we can fall asleep with the window open and the air conditioning off; where you need a sweater in the morning and a cup of hot tea in the afternoon to stay warm in the office. And a few other things I love about fall: trouser socks, puffy vests,…

Mixed Berry Bundt Cake

Is that not the coolest bundt pan mold you’ve ever seen?! My younger brother David gave it to me for my birthday this year. He said when he picked it out my parents kept asking “Are you sure that’s what you want to get her?” And David, always confident in his decisions, said yes! I’m…