Bakerella Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
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Fall’s Perfect Treat: Bakerella’s Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

Originally posted 09/19/2014 08:30AM

Angie Dudley, a.k.a Bakerella is the author of the New York Times Best Selling book, Cake Pops and creator of Bakerella.com. Visit PEOPLE.com on Fridays for her dish on desserts.

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Spiced-up Mac and Cheese
Courtesy Beverly Hills Brownie Company

You Really Deserve a Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich Today

Originally posted 09/18/2014 01:10PM

Brownie and ice cream may just be one of the best combinations ever created. (Yes, even up there with chocolate and peanut butter and ketchup and fries.)
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The Ultimate Guide to Every Pumpkin Spice Flavored Food

Originally posted 09/16/2014 03:58PM

Pinnacle / Food Should Taste Good / Godiva/ Thomas

It all started with a simple espresso beverage from Starbucks: the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The drink signified autumn, changing leaves, homemade holiday treats and sweater weather. It was a one-off, it felt warm and nostalgic — it was special (even if it did come a month early this year).
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Bakerella Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
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Bakerella’s Secret-Ingredient Sugar Cookies

Originally posted 09/12/2014 08:30AM

Angie Dudley, a.k.a Bakerella is the author of the New York Times Best Selling book, Cake Pops and creator of Bakerella.com. Visit PEOPLE.com on Fridays for her dish on desserts.

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How to Use Ginger Root
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Alie & Georgia: What Do I Do with This Leftover Hunk of Ginger?

Originally posted 09/11/2014 08:30AM

Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, a.k.a. Alie & Georgia, host Cooking Channel food-travel series Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. Visit PEOPLE.com every Thursday for their playful spins on celebrity recipes, cocktails, entertaining ideas—and, of course, lots of laughs!
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iPhone Cupcakes
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Can’t Wait for the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch? Make These App-Themed Cupcakes

Originally posted 09/09/2014 04:21PM

It’s one of the most anticipated days for smartphone fans: the announcement of the newest iPhone.

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Blake Lively Beyonce Birthday Cake
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PHOTO: Blake Lively Bakes Beyoncé a Bee-Themed Birthday Cake

Originally posted 09/05/2014 01:34PM

How does one mega-star wish another mega-star a happy birthday? By baking a cake and posting it on Instagram!
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Lea Michele Birthday Cake
Courtesy Lea Michele

RECIPE: Lea Michele’s Devil’s Food Birthday Cake

Originally posted 09/02/2014 02:28PM

Claire Thomas
The Kitchy Kitchen
Served at Lea Michele’s Birthday Dinner

Devil’s Food Cake
Serves 8

Cake:
4 oz. butter
2 oz. bittersweet chocolate
6 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ cups white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1/2 cup strong coffee
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup sour cream
2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, grated for garnish

Buttercream:
18 oz. unsalted butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp. agave nectar or maple syrup
1 ½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. kosher salt

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease two 9 inch round cake pans.

2. In a double boiler or in a small pot over low heat, melt the chocolate. Set aside to cool slightly.

3. Cream together the sugars, butter and add the eggs one at a time until a pale yellow (about 2-3 minutes). Add the melted chocolate to the eggs mixture by pouring it in slowly while beating at medium speed. This is to ensure a smooth mixture, rather than scrambling the eggs.

4. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

5. Mix together the coffee and sour cream. Alternately add the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients on low speed, ending on the wet ingredients.

6. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.

7. For the buttercream, add the butter to a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, and whip until soft and smooth. On low speed, add the powdered sugar, mixing until fully incorporated, and then add the agave nectar (or maple syrup), cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt. Taste for sweetness and add more powdered sugar if necessary.

8. To finish, place a layer of cake on a plate and coat with 1 inch of buttercream. Use an offset spatula to even it out, then add the other layer. Add a big scoop of buttercream on top of the cake, and using the spatula, smooth the buttercream out until it’s coating the cake about a 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Scoop more buttercream on and smooth out if necessary. Top with grated chocolate.

FILED UNDER: Baking , Cake , Dessert , Lea Michele , Recipes

Lea Michele Birthday Dinner
Courtesy Claire Thomas for The Kitchy Kitchen

Inside Lea Michele’s Cozy Birthday Dinner

Originally posted 09/02/2014 01:44PM

Lea Michele didn’t need a Birkin bag cake or a baking therapy session to enjoy her birthday: A relaxed dinner with girlfriends at her home was the perfect fête for the Glee star, who turned 28 on August 29.
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Carla Hall Vegetarian Eggplant Stir Fry Recipe
John Shearer/Invision/AP; Getty

Hungry Girl: Fashion-Inspired Food — A Feast for Your Eyes AND Mouth!

Originally posted 09/02/2014 12:42PM

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
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