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White Chocolate Sweet Potato Pecan Topped Cakes, #TheCakeSliceBakers

11/19/2014
The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of bakers from around the world. Every month a new challenge arrives...Currently, we are presented with the opportunity to bake one of four preselected from Southern Living’s The Southern Cake Book.   This Ninja Baker’s winning choice? White Chocolate Sweet Potato Pecan Topped Cakes (adapted from the Rum Glazed Sweet Potato Cakes recipe.) Little girls are made of, “Sugar,... Read Full Article

Ginger Chocolate Ninja Cookies, #CreativeCookieExchange

11/17/2014
Japanese ninja are skilled in the art of stealth, secrecy and surprise. I’m wondering if Father Time is the original ninja. The arrival of the holiday season has caught me off guard. Thanksgiving is next week! AND Christmas trees sporting ornaments and tinsel line Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive.  Thanksgiving may have to be a fend for yourself sort of affair. But, I did stop reeling from the dizzying blow and realization that... Read Full Article

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Topped Waffles, #SundaySupper

11/14/2014
“We are the music-makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams.” ~Poet, Arthur O’Shaughnessy quoted by chocolatier Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Are you a bonafide foodie? If you answered yes, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a must-see movie. Just in case you haven’t seen the classic film, here’s a brief intro: Tucked into five Willy Wonka chocolate bars are golden admission... Read Full Article

5 Ninja Shortcuts to Chocolate Layer Cake, #CakeBoss

11/09/2014
Dedicated to family like Tony Soprano, quick-witted as Dean Martin; fourth generation baker Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss, keeps reinventing himself like crooner Tony Bennett. Even as the Cake Boss expands his sweet Carlo’s Bakery empire, the cakes, cookies, cannoli and lobster claws sold remain as classic as the tunes of Frank Sinatra. Even before this Italian-American baker landed his own show on the TLC channel, I was a Cake Boss fan.... Read Full Article

Pumpkin Chocolate Pocky Muffins, #TwelveLoaves

11/04/2014
With a wave of a wand and an exclamation of “bibbidi-bobbidi-boo”, a pumpkin is enchanted and Cinderella’s carriage appears. Cinderella is swept off to a ball and swept off her feet by Prince Charming. At the stroke of midnight, all the riches disappear. Cinderella appears fated to sweep cinders from the hearth for the rest of her life. But, our soon-to-be princess is sure that, “Even if your heart is grieving, if you... Read Full Article

Skinny Ninja Cheesecake, #SundaySupper

11/01/2014
Time to lighten up! A decree to serve lighter fare at the virtual #SundaySupper table was issued. (Your invite to the Twitter chitter-chatter is below.)Before the onslaught of gobble, gobble (US Thanksgiving) goodies; before the deluge of Christmas and Chanukah desserts, this time of year warrants a sweet that offers delight but saves a few calories. Inspired by the many Japanese cheesecakes that call for tofu, I created my Skinny Ninja... Read Full Article

5 Tricks to Tantalizing Treat Trays, #PacificMerchants #Giveaway

10/29/2014
Halloween is creeping up on us fast! In a blink of an eye, many of us will be serving Thanksgiving turkey. (And scolding spouses to stop watching football in favor of family time. Not any spouses I know of course!) Soon after, snow may alight in time for Christmas in colder climates. Along with the fall leaves and flurries, the season ushers in holiday parties. I love the festive spirit of this time of year. It’s like we’re given an... Read Full Article

Japanese Rainbow Rice Balls and Unicorn Cookie Bento for the CakeSpy

10/28/2014
Do you ever get dizzy whirling around on a planet where the bad news du jour is served 24/7? Isn’t it comforting that a tap or two of computer keys transports you to a realm where rainbows, unicorns, hearts roam freely? Plus a place where recipes for goodies we all secretly crave reign supreme!  Of course, I’m talking about the virtual home of the Cake Spy aka author/artist Jessie Oleson. Happy News: The Ninja Baker's... Read Full Article

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