Celebrate Youth (And Sweets!) with This Italian Meringue, Vanilla Coca-Cola Birthday Cake

Sep 21, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When we saw this fantastic twist on the classic birthday cake, which features vanilla Coca-Cola cake and Italian meringue frosting, we fell in love. The recipe is from the talented Beth Kirby, who uses her photography skills (coupled with vintage-inspired products—like the iconic Coca-Cola glass) to beautifully capture the baking process on her lifestyle blog Local Milk.

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S'Mores Meets Gourmet Finger Foods in This Annie Falk Recipe

Aug 6, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Melted chocolate and gooey marshmallows may always taste good, but there’s a reason people usually prepare and eat s’mores outside: they’re sticky. But not this Gourmet S’Mores recipe from Annie Falk’s Hamptons Entertaining: Creating Occasions to Remember party-planning book.

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Celebrate Singapore's Golden Jubilee at PARKROYAL on Pickering's New Lime Pâtisserie

Jul 14, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

As if we needed a new excuse to eat sweets, Lime at PARKROYAL on Pickering just launched their new Lime Pâtisserie to coincide with the Singapore Golden Jubilee (SG50). Found in Singapore’s Central Business District, the patisserie offers a tasty selection of sliced cakes, macaroons, pralines and muffins, all of which highlight the pastry team’s dedication to detail. 

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This Deconstructed S'mores Cake Reinvents the Classic Campfire Treat

Jul 14, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

For many, the summer means crowding around a campfire with good friends and when that happens, s’mores treats are bound to follow. As good as the old standby is, sometimes it is much more fun to deconstruct an old favorite to create something completely new. Thanks to BOA Steakhouse, you won’t have to experiment with creating the best recipe since they’ve done the hard part for you.

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The Tangerine Creamsicle Recipe Fit for The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles WP24 Restaurant

Jul 6, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When Megan Potthoff was announced as WP24 Restaurant’s new Executive Pastry Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, we expected big things. In bringing Asian-inspired flavors and seasonal fresh fruit from local California purveyors to the new summer menu, Potthoff has reinvented the restaurant’s dessert options. Don’t believe us? Just look at her Tangerine Creamsicle dish

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L.A.'s Bakery Queen Zoe Nathan Shares Her Recipe for Happiness with the Huckleberry Cookbook

Oct 23, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Opening an artisan bakery in bread-phobic and sugar-free Los Angeles seemed like a crazy idea when Zoe Nathan talked her chef husband, Josh Loeb, into the idea in 2009. But ever since, she has attracted lines of flavor-seekers with her Huckleberry bakery and café display case, stacked with tasty rustic muffins, crostatas, scones, and cookies.

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Epic Milkshakes and Fabulous Floats to Cool You Off During Summer Months

Jul 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Recent heat wave-induced ponderings brought up the thought: If Cleopatra bathed in milk, why couldn't the modern version be a giant, frozen milkshake bath? Okay, so actually bathing in ice cream probably isn't the best idea—for many obvious reasons—but you can still drink the sweet concoction for all three meals of the day if you want to.

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The Omega M3000 Milkshake Machine That Will Bring All the Boys to the Yard

Jun 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

It's not unusual for us to want a milkshake at odd hours, like nine in the morning or heck, even after the bars close at two, but sometimes we don't want to do the "milkshake walk of shame" to the nearest supplier. Omega's M300 Milkshake Machine is the answer to all our prayers — okay, maybe not all, but a lot.

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Recreate the Decadent Courtesan au Chocolate Dessert from The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mar 14, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Grand Budapest Hotel is here and it's amazing! Not only does it mark a huge growth for Wes Anderson as a director and writer, the cast is unbelievable (even by Anderson standards) and the intricate plot is held together by delicious pastries. Not even joking a little bit on that last one. 

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Celebrating Our Favorite Valentine's Day Pair: Chocolate & Bubbles

Feb 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Despite whatever your initial reaction is, Valentine’s Day is an occasion you shouldn't over-think. Private island jet-aways, 15-course meals, elaborate excursions that take months of planning — these luxury gifts are great any time of the year. But if you're too busy for a long weekend of traveling or you don't like the pre-set Valentine's Day menu at your favorite romantic restaurant, there's a symbolic, classic gift that lets your sweetheart know you care — and keep them sweet on you until you can plan a private holiday. In case you didn't already guess, it's mostly chocolate.

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From Vegas to New York: Our 10 Favorite Holiday Hot Chocolate Experiences

Dec 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Creamy, sweet, savory and sometimes even spicy, hot chocolate is an indulgent staple of the winter holiday season. We rounded up the most memorable hot chocolate experiences and photo-worthy displays, because in the era of Instagram, you enjoy first with the eyes and then with the other senses.

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10 Classic Kiddie Treats Go Gourmet For the Summer

Aug 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

With cupcakes being basically an entire genre of reality TV these days and cronuts being scalped for five times their retail price, it’s no wonder every food entrepreneur is out to kick-start the next big snack craze. This summer’s assortment of frozen fruit cocktails, popcorn mousse and, most recently, “gourmet” crisped-rice treats is proof: Kiddie treats have grown up and gotten sophisticated. So indulge without shame.... Read More

Sweet Recipe for Baked Pears With Chocolate Ice Cream and Olive Oil

Aug 14, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Sent to us from Cat Cora's Kitchen by Gaea, this recipe for baked pears continues our experimentation with desserts and olive oil. While they may not seem to go together, Iron Chef Cat Cora thinks differently and pairs them with chocolate ice cream — which goes with anything, in our opinion. Not only is this a light alternative to that after-dinner craving, it's a great way to impress your friends and family!... Read More

Wet Chocolate Cake With Olive Oil From Iron Chef Cat Cora

Aug 7, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

Experimentation in the kitchen is booming, with unique new recipes being created every day. Whether it's the cooking method that's unusual or the ingredients, there's always something new to discover, including this neat recipe that combines olive oil with cake. This Wet Chocolate Cake with Olive Oil, created by Cat Cora's Kitchen by Gaea, is a light alternative to assuage that sweet tooth and seems pretty easy to make too.... Read More

The Ultimate 12-Layer Coconut Cake From Famed Peninsula Grill

May 24, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  2 Comments

It's hard to beat a good coconut cake, especially if you live in the South, but the actual baking can be a pain on your own. It's not because the cake is necessarily hard to get right, it's just that it may take more time than you're used to. If you're in the South — let's say Charleston — and you're in need of a decadent coconut cake, you probably won't find anything better than what comes out of the Peninsula Grill.... Read More

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