Cardamom Orange Cake with Orange-Honey Syrup

Last time I was at my Oma's house, I was able to get a bag full of fragrant, juicy oranges, from her orange tree in the backyard. I love having so much citrus on hand, because it motivates me to get creative with what I cook and bake.

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Matcha Green Tea Drizzle Cake

Although I adore hearts and chocolate, this year for Valentine's I'm going for a non-traditional dessert. I wanted something light in texture, with more of a technical process so that I could have fun while baking. Since I typically don't peruse the dessert section in my cookbooks, it was a great excuse to research. I came across this recipe in Wagamama, and I couldn't help but want it. Green tea, especially matcha, has a special place in my heart. I don't know why I love it so much, but it makes me happy. So I gave it a go. Unlike my last post about cutting down the sugar content from my baked goods, this one has a standard amount of sugar, but it's Valentine's right? So why not splurge a little.

Blueberry Power Muffins

During the winter I love to bake, but don't really like all of the over-sugary desserts. Lately I've been trying to sub in healthier ingredients to give my baked goods an extra touch of goodness. With these Blueberry Power Muffins, I started with a fabulous recipe from Damn Delicious (a really great food blog if you haven't checked her out yet), then added a few of my favorite things. The extra goodies include flaxseed, walnuts, and I used white whole wheat instead of regular all purpose flour.

Gluten-Free Lemon Zested Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce

I am in love with this cheesecake. It was very therapeutic to create, with such pure and straightforward ingredients: the creaminess meeting the lemon zest, served with another level of deliciousness by the homemade caramel sauce being poured over the tender cake. I also love eating a cool dessert in the middle of a hot summer, and up the ice cream factor by freezing it first then serving. Give it a try. You will be wishing you made a double batch.