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It’s the Freakin’ Weekend

The bench in front of Donuts Delite in Rochester. I got excited as we drove by and The BF said, "You know, you can't eat that."

The bench in front of Donuts Delite in Rochester. I got excited as we drove by and The BF said, “You know, you can’t eat that.”

If you’re reading this blog for the first time today (and hello to you!) then you might not know but tomorrow, July 13, is my birthday. I. love. my. birthday. It’s smack dab in the middle of summer so childhood birthdays included big family parties in the backyard, the weather is warm so I can always wear a cute dress to any type of celebration, and it’s a full day where I’m bombarded by texts and phone calls and Hallmark cards from all the people in my life that I love. Seriously, what’s better than that?!

This year The BF is taking me to Red Rooster Harlem for dinner (one of my top 5 favorite restaurants in NY) and I’ll spend the rest of the day eating pancakes and avoiding the rain. Perfection? That it is.

Here are a few links for your weekend! Enjoy!

I’m baking this recipe for my birthday cupcakes! FACT: Rainbow chip and funfetti are NOT the same.

“What’s in Prince’s fridge?” (yes, THAT Prince!) is perhaps the funniest and weirdest thing I’ve read in a long time.

My mom made this incredible white cake with lemon frosting and raspberry filling last weekend when I was home in Rochester and it was DIVINE.

Speaking of Rochester, Donuts Delite in Irondequoit has a cannoli donut… yes… a CANNOLI DONUT… that is essentially heaven in pastry form (or a powdered sugar yeast donut with cannoli cream filling). Why they don’t have a line like the cronut, I’ll never know.

And a final reminder to sign up for Spice to Meet You. Next month’s spice is a total winner.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

No, that's not mold, it's blue candle wax.

No, that’s not mold, it’s blue candle wax.

I have this HUGE problem, in that The BF doesn’t want me to bake anything but chocolate chip cookies and occasionally BOXED chocolate brownies (never brownies from scratch). No molasses cookies, no cupcakes, no blondies, no muffins, nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I make these things anyway, but they inevitably get stale or the entire batch ends up as that extra 5 pounds on my thighs. It’s starting to become a reeeeeeal problem for me.

So for his birthday I said, “Do you want me to make a cake?” He said, “Surprise me!” I said, “Do you want brownies?” He said, “Surprise me!” So I did. I make red velvet cheesecake brownies. Who wouldn’t like red velvet cheesecake brownies?! Probably just runway models and I don’t know any of those.

So what did he say when he took a bite? “They’re a little rich for me.”

I guess I’ll stick to chocolate chip and boxed brownies. And eat the entire batch of brownies by myself.

On the menu:
Red velvet cheesecake brownies
Makes 16
Note: I still do not own an 8 x 8 pan which this recipe originally calls for, so I made it in a round 8″ cake pan and then cut the brownies into thin wedges. These truly are rich, so you don’t want to cut them too big.

2 eggs
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 Tbsp red food coloring
3/4 tsp white vinegar
3/4 cup flour
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 x 8 (or 8″ round) pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Beat eggs together in a small bowl and set aside. In a medium sized bowl, add warm, just-melted butter, sugar, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar and stir until combined. Add eggs and stir until combined. Fold in flour until incorporated. Pour batter into baking pan, leaving 4 Tbsp of batter for later.

To make the cheesecake: in a large bowl, blend cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until light and fluffy and completely blended. Drop the cheesecake batter on top of the brownie batter in large dollops. Add your reserved brownie batter in dollops on top of the cheesecake. Use a sharp knife to cut lines across the batter until you have a lovely swirl pattern.

Bake for 28 – 30 minutes for a square pan, or 30 – 32 minutes in a round pan. Test with a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. Let cool completely before cutting.

Note: this should be kept refrigerated because of the cheesecake on top. Set it out for about an hour before serving so the brownies aren’t cold.

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They say it’s my birthday!

Today is my birthday! And hopefully it’ll include a little of what my very first birthday involved; this:

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