Archive of Past Blog Entries

Banana Pecan Breakfast Cupcakes

After tasting my banana pecan breakfast cupcakes, a shower of sparkly compliments washed over me from appreciative dance classmates. Monica Holland’s Lick the Bowl Good recipe for banana pecan breakfast cake served as the foundation for the cupcakes. Bananas and buttermilk blend into a moist, soft sponge cake. A sprinkle of brown sugar and pecans on top, make for a crunchy contrast.  Here’s the ironic part: The recipe is super... Read Full Article281

Double Chocolate Matcha (Green Tea) Cheesecake Minis for Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen

Bobbi has stepped away from her Kozy Kitchen at the moment and has invited this Ninja Baker to fill in for today. I am thrilled! Guest blogging for Bobbi is a complete honor. I’ve got some Ninja moves in the kitchen but Bobbi’s samurai spirit and culinary craftsmanship are stratospheric. Bobbi has battled cancer among other health challenges and emerged victorious. Casting the past aside, she perseveres and presents readers... Read Full Article282

Azuki Red Bean Ice Cream, #SundaySupper Birthday Party

Why am I writing about red azuki bean ice cream in the dead of winter? I’ve been invited (and so are you!) to a Sunday Supper birthday party. Plenty of cake is sure to be served. But birthday cake just isn’t the same without ice cream. And red azuki bean paste is what fills an-pan bread – a popular Japanese winter warming bun. (Anko - red azuki bean paste - is made from boiled beans and lots of sugar.) So, I thought it... Read Full Article283

Old-Fashioned Pound Cake, #The Cake Slice Bakers

The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of bakers from around the world. We vote on a recipe and then bake the sweet from the same cookbook every month. Our current book is Carole Walter's Great Cakes. This month's sweet assignment? Old-Fashioned Pound Cake!   Mona Lisa is better looking when embraced by her golden frame in the Louvre. Ginger Rogers shines brightest when dancing with Fred Astaire. Similarly in the... Read Full Article284

Chinese Chicken, Slow Cooker #SundaySupper

All the hope and promise of a new year awaits…May blessings beyond your imagination greet you, dear reader, with the dawning of 2014. It is definitely a Happy New Year in the Ninja Baker’s kitchen.  2014 has delivered a slow cooker to my doorstep. Just in time for this week’s slow cooker themed #SundaySupper! (For more details about this weekly gathering around the virtual dinner table at Twitter, please scroll... Read Full Article285

10 Cupcake Treasures of 2013

As a curtain is drawn on the final days of 2013, I find myself contemplating…the discovery of ten cupcake treasures in 2013! From the World Wide Web constellation of sites touting spectacular sweets, eight cupcake recipes were destined to slip into my must-make file. Every single recipe meets the Ninja Baker cupcake standard: appealing and attractive, do-able and delicious!   ? Serendipitously, eight is the number... Read Full Article286

M & M Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf

I am so honored to guest post today for Tara of Noshing with the Nolands. She is one of the brightest bakers in the food blogosphere. Gazing at photos of Tara’s chocolate swirled zebra bundt cake or cinnamon cranberry adorned acorn squash are like reveling in the gorgeous pages of a gourmet magazine. I’m guessing you'll feel the same way about the lovely vacationing Tara’s talents. Christmas is a tropical... Read Full Article287

South Pacific Coconut Tres Leche Cake, Movie Inspired #SundaySupper

You are invited to a virtual Sunday Supper at Twitter. (Please scroll down to see the details.)  Foodies from around the globe gather to exchange recipes and engage in conversations pertaining to a theme. This week’s conversations revolve around recipes inspired by holiday themed movies, music and TV shows. The lovely Tammi of Momma's Meals hosts.   Electric reindeer leap into the Christmas sky. (For... Read Full Article288