Wednesday’s with WinniE’s (May 6th…from somewhere SPECIAL!)

Hey guys! This week I am writing my blog post from the most charming, bohemian and local coffee shop. It’s located smack dab in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana. The name of the coffee shop is MOJO, but more about them in next weeks post. This week I want to share with you all the newest creation in the WinniE’s Bakery “test kitchen”! I made a 6inch round, 3 layer, triple chocolate cake with Salted Caramel buttercream for my sister-in-law (Heidi’s) bridal shower. I had so much fun making this little confection for her. It’s been wonderful, restoring and healing for my spirit to be back in the kitchen, just baking and cooking whatever my little heart and the crazy imagination in my head throw together. I was deeply influenced by the blossoming of the buds on the trees and wild flowers dancing in grass. So, here is how the cake turned out…


floral elements


and now for the finished product…eek!


I kept with the theme and harmony my brother and Heidi are striving to cultivate into their upcoming nuptials. Heidi’s wedding shower was lovely and thoughtful, with her closest and oldest family and friends there to celebrate with her. It’s an anxious count-down until the wedding. I have had Heidi in my life for 10 years and apart of my family for about 7 (reaching 8 years). I couldn’t be more thrilled for it (their marriage) to be officially documented and celebrate before the people who matter most to them! Until next week!

P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G !

I’m Back…Wednesday’s with WinniE’s ( May 29th)

Hello everyone! I couldn’t be happier to be back, here with you all and sharing the time I spend developing and creating new recipes or designs for cakes, cupcake and more! Today in the WinniE’s Bakery “test kitchen” something incredibly personal is going on. I know I mentioned before, but my brother David and his fiancée Heidi are getting married. And, you may ask, who might be the lucky one doing the wedding cake? You guessed it, me…eek! So today, I will show the “demo cake”. A “demo cake” or “concept cake”, essentially is an idea that puts to form the design you conceptualize between your client and yourself. Whatever is agreed-upon, can then be displayed through the medium of a styrofoam cake. I absolutely love doing a “demo cake”! The key inspirations for Heidi’s demo cake: rustic, simplistic, small, floral accents (white roses and sunflowers) and all buttercream. All of my favorite things to have in a cake! So here’s a look and how it turned out…
and after…
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This is the finished product. I couldn’t have more excited to be back at trying to create beautiful baked goods. And Heidi was so excited to have a chance to see how the concept we had been discussing and tweeking looked. That way she would feel calm, confident and completely at peace with her desicion to have this style of cake at one of the most important days of her life!
Thanks again guys, see you next week for “Wednesday’s with WinniE’s”! By the way, if you want to follow the happenings of my bakery between each week “Wednesday’s with WinniE’s” you can follow our bakery on Instagram @winniesbakery. Be well!
P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G !

Wednesday with WinniE’s!

             Today in my kitchen I was looking through recipe idea’s I put together and came across this…”Bacon cupcakes w/ Banana Buttercream topped w/ Peanut Butter drizzle + Chocolate Ganache” I couldn’t think of a better recipe to ‘TEST’ bake; in WinniE’s Bakery kitchen, today.

             When it comes to recipes, I draw inspiration from everywhere. I could eat something that I cooked myself or had a restaurant, I could think of something that my Nana used to make for me when I was a child or I could see something on TV; it really can come from anywhere at any time. I always try keep my notebook with me. As of right now, I am deeply inspired by everything that’s happening around me, that’s the magic of SPRING! It’s rebirth, regrowth and renewal, I am so grateful for spring. Remember now, I am in April baby. So, currently I’m writing about 1-2 recipes everyday, sometimes even 3. I hope I didn’t just jinx it! 

      Here’s a look at the adventure that happened today in the kitchen… I hope you guys like it!
Chopped up, crispy, goodness!
Coming together…
As you can see, I had some over-batch.
Now to cool.
On to some homemade genache
Working it…until it’s smooth!
Simple begginings for the peanut butter sauce
Now for the BUTTERCREAM!!!
These turned out divine and I am so happy with the balance of the flavor combos! If you’d like to order these delectable morsels, just email: YOU WON’T BE SORRY! Until, next Wednesday.
P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G

Wednesday’s with WinniE’s

Hey guys, happy Wednesday!

Today in WinniE’s kitchen we “Test” baked an “oldie but goody” recipe. We baked up our Cinnamon Oatmeal cookies, which are fabulous on their own, but I wanted to explore what could be done to take my cookies to the next level. A while back, I remembered being inspired by the ingredients “cinnamon + bourbon”. I was watching an episode of “Unique Sweets” and I saw another baker using bourbon and I thought, “what recipe can I utilize bourbon in?!” I felt confidant that I could not only properly utilize alcohol in recipe of mine, but make it utterly selectable, because I had done it before. I have three other recipes in which I utilize alcohol, Whiskey Caramel Pecan squares, Strawberry Champagne cupcakes, and Brown Sugar and Rum cupcakes. So, in an effort to take my cinnamon oatmeal cookies to new heights of flavor, I decided to make them into not only a sandwich cookie, but fill the centers with a Bourbon Cinnamon buttercream! They turned out absolutely divine! Here’s a look at what I did, enjoy.
Once you have one of these, you will never use foil or parchment again!
Fresh out the oven!!!
Almost done…just need to top them off!
I think I will make these a permanent item on the menu! Maybe, I will treat my class to these delectable morsels, tomorrow!
Until next Wednesday…
P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G !


Weekend Breakfast’s…A Little Something Decadent

Hello everyone, happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

I’ve been experimenting with a lot of new recipe concept lately and here’s a new one, that I came up with. It’s a reworking of an old recipe that my nana use to make for me. I use to love to have it on weekends or whenever I had a chance to see her!

Her recipe was Honey Banana Peanut Butter pancakes with Milk Chocolate kisses topped with Maple Syrup. I found myself inspired to use all the same components but we work them, in a more unique and innovative way. So, trusting my own artistic sensibilities I went forth and here was they turned out.


“Honey Banana pancakes topped w/ Dark Chocolate chips + Peanut Butter syrup”



2 c. All purpose flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1/4 c. Clover honey
2 1/4 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 tsp. Sea salt
2 eggs (at room temp. is best)
2 c. Whole Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/4 c. Unsalted melted butter
2 med. Bananas sliced


In a med. bowl measure and combine all the dry ingredients. Mix well using a whisk. Set aside.

Over medium-low heat, in a small pan melt the butter. Set aside to cool for at least 5minutes.

In a large bowl whisk together, the milk, melted butter and eggs until smoothly combine. In two parts mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Mix until small lumps are visible.

Grease a griddle pan w/ butter or coconut oil . Then, over med. high heat, drop about 1/3 c. of batter. After, pouring the batter onto the griddle place 4-6 banana slices per pancake. Cook until air bubbles appear or for 2-3mins on each side.

Peanut Butter Syrup


1/2 c. Smooth Peanut Butter
1/2 c. Maple Syrup
1 tbsp. warm Water
1/8 tsp. Sea Salt
1 tsp. Unsalted butter


In a small sauce pan, add the maple syrup, salt + peanut butter. Place over low heat. Use a whisk to combine and smooth the mix, about 3mins. Remove from heat, whisk in warm water + butter, to thin the consistency and pour in a small pourable container. Drizzle atop the pancakes and top with dark chocolate pieces, ENJOY!


And for my little niece…”Mickey Mouse Ears” as she calls them!


Top with some Dark Chocolate chips…which also happen to be her favorite!


Now, I am strong believer in the 80/20 rule. For those of you who don’t know what the is it’s 80% conscience + healthy living and 20% just living life as it comes and indulging in the infinite possiblilities and seeking the beauty. But, I never lose sight of the fact I am a Type 1 diabetic and so I should take care of myself and my diabetes, because if I don’t I can’t enjoy the most basic thing I am so passionate about…LIFE. So, as I was enjoying me 20% by eating these decadent pancakes, I was conscience of my medical limitations and only had one…which was more than enough!


Really hope you all enjoy this post and PLEASE leave a comment if you guys tried the recipe. Let me know how you like them and who you shared them with!

P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G