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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Raspberry Buttercream

Creating the perfectly moist, delicious and beautifully decorated cake has always intimidated me. My mom, the baker of the family would always show up to parties and get-togethers with the most lavish cakes. I, on the other hand, have had my fair share of difficult disasters. Sunken centers, dry and crumbed heaps of cake, clabbered icing, and burnt pieces that even sprinkles can't fix.

After three years, two advanced pastry classes, many tears, and my mom's guidance, I have finally found the perfect recipe. I use a box devil's food cake mix (according to package directions) and add a homemade raspberry buttercream. Simple, easy, and completely chic. Decorate and enjoy!

Red Raspberry Buttercream

2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tsp. clear vanilla
1/2 cup raspberry jam

  • Place butter in a mixing bowl fitted with paddle attachment and cream until smooth.
  • Add sugar, one cup at a time and mix until smooth and combined. 
  • Add vanilla and raspberry jam and mix. 
  • If icing is too thick, add heavy cream until it reaches desired consistency. 
  • Can be made with any jam or even preserves. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014


My name Morgan Neal and I am a professionally trained chef currently based in Central North Carolina. I recently graduated from the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham with my Bachelor’s Degree. I have worked primarily in catering in both Memphis, TN and Durham, NC, as well as a head chef and back of house manager for a small restaurant. 

Not only am I a chef, but a wife, mom, fashion junkie, lipstick hoarder, and obsessed with all things monogram. Pretty much a the perfect combination of Reese Witherspoon meets Martha Stewart, but without the whole I went to jail thing. My love for food goes much further than just cooking it, I really enjoy eating it too! Here you will find chic, simple and classic recipes as well as an easy guide to entertain party guests. Enjoy!

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