September 2010

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

This classic Southern treat is known not only for its bright color but also for its tangy chocolate flavor and rich cream cheese frosting. They will have you wishing you could reach through your computer!

Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

My fiance and I don't really agree on dessert. Given the option, I would pick chocolate every time, and he would pick cheesecake. What to do? Enter Erica's brownies..."Dark chocolate brownies on the bottom, cheesecake batter, swirls of brownie batter, and raspberries poked in" for an unexpected pop of flavor of color.

I think these brownies are proof that the best compromises are when you both get what you want!

Recipe: Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple-Cream Cheese Filling - a perfect sweet for fall! Smallish so that you can have a few without feeling too much guilt! ;-)

Recipe: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple-Cream Cheese Filling

Caramelized Onion and Olive Rolls

Caramelized Onion and Olive Rolls

Delicious bread rolls, bound to disappear from sight faster than you can say "Let's take a break from baking sweet stuff!"

And fear not: the rising time isn't killer, without compromising the flavor of the rolls.

Recipe: Caramelized Onion and Olive Rolls

Piña Colada Cake

Piña Colada cake

Pineapple, rum and coconut turns a layer cake into a very special treat!

Recipe: Piña Colada cake

Kuri Squash Corn Muffins

Kuri Squash Corn Muffins

Nancy celebrates the start of autumn with these wonderfully spiced, not-too-sweet, easy to make, healthy squash and cornmeal muffins. She also shares some tasty info on the lovely kuri (aka Japanese) winter squash she used to bake these with. I adore winter squash. :)

Recipe: Kuri Squash Corn Muffins

Exquisite Chocolate & Banana Tart

Exquisite Chocolate & Banana Tart

from Bonbini!

This striking and sophisticated tart takes the classic and delicious combination of chocolate and bananas, wraps it in an almond shortbread crust, and crowns it with a tiara of crisp coffee nougatine. Spectacular!

Recipe: Chocolate and banana tart

Fig and Almond Cheesecake

Fig and Almond Cheesecake

Fig Almond Cheesecake – this cheesecake has it all: a shortbread crust, a layer of sliced figs, the creamiest of cheesecake layers, a sour cream glaze, and it's finished off with a drizzle of Amaretto crème anglaise.

Recipe: Fig and Almond Cheesecake

Berry Scones with Orange Honey Butter

Berry Scones with Orange Honey Butter

from Fairy Spoon

I am such a fan of citrus-flavored spread, especially butter. In fact, I can distinctly remember my first experience with it: in high school, my mom and I attended a mother-daughter tea, and they served fresh rolls with orange honey butter. A new love was born!

I can only imagine the flavor sensation that emerges when Fairy Spoon's butter is paired with these scones. They're not only gorgeous, but they must be bursting with fresh berry flavor. Tea time? Yes, please!

Recipe: Berry Scones with Orange Honey Butter

Sweet updates + new bloggers

Summer Garden 2010

me in our summer garden

We had a really HOT summer here in Mexico. It was a such a treat to bake with the bananas, limes, and coconuts that grew in our yard (well technically it was our friends' yard as we were housesitting their awesome place for 3 months - lucky us!). A few weeks ago we moved into a new place that has orange and mandarin trees. That's got us excited with citrus season fast approaching. Speaking of seasons, this is the first time we've experienced the storm season down here and we recently had Tropical Storm Karl - which went on to become a hurricane - pay us a visit. That was, um, exciting! Fortunately we only had to deal with power and internet outages, and everything is back to normal now. :)

We have been drooling over all of your lovely summer baking pics - cherries, blueberries, peaches - YUM! Thank you for all your delicious submissions - please keep them coming! Now that fall's here, we're excited to see what you're baking up with this season's bounty.

In case you missed it, we recently held our first giveaway, and it was a blast! Thanks to all who participated and a big thanks to Bake it Pretty for the sweet booty. (Any cool baking companies want to sponsor our next giveaway? Please check out our opportunities page.)

We also picked up some very talented hot baking bloggers recently - more than just a summer fling we hope! ;) A warm welcome to Amanda, Ellen, Michelle, RiaSara - as well as our newest hot baker Deeba of Passionate about Baking, who is officially the hottest baker on this site - who else bakes when it's over +40C?!?

We're so happy to have these talented bakers blogging with us! Be sure to let them know how much you love them by leaving a nice comment on their blog. 

On that note, you may have noticed we recently turned off commenting (though we'll still have commenting on for news and giveaways). We did this because the best way you can support us, and our contributors, is to click through and leave a sweet comment on their blog. If you want to be really nice, mention that you found them via Baking is Hot. ;) 

Have a great fall (or spring for you folks downunder!) and feel free to drop us a line here, on Twitter, or on Facebook. Stay tuned for our next great giveaway and more stellar recipes!

xo Patty & Crispin

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