The May 2011 Daring Bakers challenge was a decadent chocolate marquise on meringue, garnished with caramel and spiced nuts. I chose a Mexican chocolate theme with cinnamon and dulce de leche that turned out beautifully.
Some of my favorite flavors, coconut and pineapple, in a convenient portable form---piña colada cupcakes! These rich coconut cakes are filled with fragrant pineapple curd and an airy whipped cream frosting.
The February 2011 Daring Bakers challenge was panna cotta and oatmeal florentine cookies. I made a simple presentation with maple-balsamic caramel, an apple pie panna cotta, and a German chocolate panna cotta cake with yogurt.