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Pumpkin Spice

I slept with my windows open last night and let the cool, crisp air fill my apartment. It kind of happened really fast, but fall is here. Put the #PSL craze aside (I only ask for one pump…it’s way too sweet), I just love the warmth and anticipation I feel from the color pumpkin spice. You can get in other ways than a latte: a glass of bourbon, a new hair color, soft leather. Here are some of my current favorites…

Cupcakes for Breakfast: Pumpkin Spice – cider bourbon cocktail Cupcakes for Breakfast: Pumpkin Spice – sweet potato gnocchi Cupcakes for Breakfast: Pumpkin Spice – girl in coffee shop Philip Tong Cupcakes for Breakfast: Pumpkin Spice - cozy nook Cupcakes for Breakfast: Pumpkin Spice - pumpkin doughnutsCupcakes for Breakfast: Pumpkin Spice - nyfw style

Bourbon Bomber | sweet potato gnocchi |  coffee shop window | cozy nook | pumpkin doughnuts with buttermilk spiked glaze | school girl style

Orange Poppy Seed Mascarpone Pound Cake

Orange Poppy Seed Mascarpone Pound Cake

Oh hey happy April! I’m still on a bit of an orange kick last week after I made these orange ricotta dessert pizzas. So to try out a different citrus/cheese combo, I made this orange poppy seed mascarpone pound cake. I think the mascarpone makes it pretty rich, but I still enjoyed having a small slice of it for breakfast, or as a dinner/dessert combo after a long day at work. This would be perfect for a weekend brunch with friends paired with prosecco and a savory bread pudding.

I just love the fresh and bright orange flavor – a perfect way to welcome spring.

Orange Poppy Seed Mascarpone Pound Cake

Orange Poppy Seed Mascarpone Pound Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest from a medium orange
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, from the same orange
  • 8 oz. container of mascarpone cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Greece a loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer add sugar and orange zest. Using your fingers, rub the zest and sugar together so it’s blended and fragrant. Add mascarpone, eggs, vanilla, and vegetable and beat on medium speed until combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the wet mixture until fully combined.
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for about 45-50 minutes until the top is golden and a toothpick comes out clean.

Orange Poppy Seed Mascarpone Pound Cake

 

Orange Ricotta Dessert Pizzas

orange ricotta dessert pizzas

It shouldn’t be a surprise that I love Italian desserts and pastries. Cannoli, tri-color cookies, zeppole, a biscotti with my coffee. But one of my absolute favorites is sfogliatelle. The delicate layers and laters of pastry are great, but the best part I think is the ricotta filling with a hint of orange. If you haven’t had one of these, find your local Italian shop and hunt one down. Seriously.

orange ricotta dessert pizzas

So for some reason, I’ve been craving this orange ricotta filling like crazy. And while I’d love to spend an entire day learning how to make sfogliatelle myself, let’s be real…no time for that. But I do have time for a little pizza night. Buying the dough at the grocery store or local pizza shop helps cut some corners and let’s you focus on the creative part.

I also thought pizza dough would be a great vehicle for my orange ricotta fix. I made two little pies, both topped with some slices strawberries, one drizzled in honey and the other drizzled in dark chocolate. I couldn’t tell you which one I liked more. Actually, I was so excited about these dessert pizzas that I ate them before my savory dinner pizza. Oops.

tomato pancetta pizza

(In case you were curious, for my savory pizza, I sautéed some pancetta and tomatoes in olive oil and garlic and spooned that over my dough which was already covered in fresh mozzarella slices. After it cooked, I topped it with some fresh spinach. Yum!)

Ok, but on to the highlight…dessert! Now what can I make next to continue satisfying my orange ricotta craving? Send me your ideas!

orange ricotta dessert pizzas

 Orange Ricotta Dessert Pizzas

  • Pizza Dough (of course store bought is totally fine)
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Orange for zesting
  • Sugar
  • Strawberries for garnish
  • Honey
  • Dark Chocolate, melted

In a small bowl, mix ricotta (about 4 oz for two small pizzas), orange zest (however much flavor you want), and about a tablespoon of sugar. Form small pizza rounds, top with ricotta mixture, and bake on a pizza stone at about 400° for 8 minutes. Top with strawberries, another sprinkle of sugar, and drizzle with either honey or dark chocolate.

(Note: These also would be great on a grill, and maybe that way you’d get the charred marks on the dough that I failed to get in my oven.)

My Studio Apartment Tour

This post is long overdue but oh well. I’ve received many questions about my studio apartment tour in the Everygirl (mostly about my pink ikat rug!), so I wanted to share a few more photos and provide some of the sources too. My favorite place to shop for my apartment is Home Goods (and Craigslist too), so a lot of those things can’t be sourced. But if I left out anything, leave me a comment and I’ll tell you where it’s from.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: studio apartment tour – dressing area

Ikea dresser (old) | cube | Home Goods mirror | lamp | DIY art | Osborne and Little wallpaper

Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour

I love my little “dressing area” when I step out of bed onto a soft flotaki rug.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour – parsons desk and lucite chair

Desk | Ghost Chair | Notebooks | lamp

Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour  – parsons desk and lucite chair

When I actually do sit down to write at my desk, it’s a fantastic place to work. But let’s be honest, I’m mostly blogging from my bed or couch.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour  – window sill

Blogs and Coffee print | framed Missoni pansy fabric | framed yearbook cover

Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour

Kitchen Aid Mixer | Apron | Measurement Print | my own lemon paintings

Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour  – hot pink kitchen aid stand mixer and cart

My mixer’s name is Ruby and she’s fabulous, isn’t she?

Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour – Ikea expedit shevles

West Elm Tray | Home Goods wine rack | Crate & Barrel champagne flutes (old) | Paper Source paper that I put behind some of the cubes | my own art

Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour – Ikea expedit shevles, table, and chairs

Ikea Table | Chairs | Bookshelf | Bar Table from Home Goods which I spray painted gold

Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour – orange couch

My apartment is never this clean btw!Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour – Nikki Rappaport

Ikat rug | Flokati Rug | Duvet

Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour – Nikki Rappaport

A wall of windows really provides great light in my apartment and makes it feel so much bigger than it is.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour – pink ikat rug

French pillow | Coffee table and side table: found on Craigslist | Couch: passed down from a friend | Gray fleece chairs: Bloomingdales from the 1980s | metallic pillows from Urban Outfitters (old)

Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour – shoes Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour – magazine wallpaper

For my wallpaper entry, I tore out full pages of magazines with images I love – food (the fired chicken photo might be my favorite), fashion, interiors, cute boys, colorful designs – and using double sided tape, I put them up in rows. I think there’s about 150 pages up on the wall. I can easily remove one image if I find another one I like.

Also, how embarrassing. I forgot to clean up that messy area above my fridge where I store bags of chips and pans. Oops. :)

Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour – kate spade eat cake for breakfast

Kate Spade tote

Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour Cupcakes for Breakfast: DC studio apartment tour –Nikki Rappaport

If you haven’t already, head over to the Everygirl and read more about my apartment.

Oh, and if you want to see something hilarious, check out this post from 2009 where I share some photos from my then brand new apartment. It feels nice to look back and see how both my apartment and I have grown.