Have 21 oz. of cherries you need to use up?

Remember when I made this? I bought a bag of cherries to make it and when that was made, I still had a TON of cherries left over. So I made these…and I STILL had a ton of cherries left over. So I made the Cherry Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake from, where else, Smitten Kitchen. It’s…not the most photogenic thing I’ve ever made:

I also had the same oven troubles as I’ve been having and it ended up baking for probably twice as long as the recipe called for, but it turned out very well. It’s moist and VERY sweet and yummy. I may or may not have been eating this for breakfast all week.

Don’t look at me like that – it’s got cherries all over it! They’re full of…antioxidants…or something. It’s practically a health food! 😉

As promised!

Okay, it’s going to look like I’ve been baking up a storm, but really I’ve just fallen behind on telling you all about them. You may notice a new category here: Vegan baking. I have finally fallen prey to the siren song that is Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and so far they’ve been pretty yummy! I give you:

Chocolate Cherry Creme Cupcakes

Two variations on the Basic Chocolate Cupcake

Peanut Butter Chocolate Heavencakes

And Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

And the Margarita Cupcake – this one has an…odd texture. My official excuse is that it’s due to the tequila in it, but, if I’m honest, the blame has to rest with my oven – I don’t know if it’s not holding its temperature or what because it must be in cahoots with my oven thermometer and I can’t actually catch it in the act…

A mini-rant, Or…

…try to shake my hand again and I swear to god I will RIP OFF YOUR ARM!

Seriously. There is a certain person who, every time I see him (EVERY TIME!) gives me this dead-fish, walk-by handshake and I HATE IT! I’m not a huge fan of shaking hands on a normal basis, but at least have the confidence to give me a proper, solid, politician-style handshake!

COME ON!

Plus, okay, a handshake may be expected upon first meeting someone, but YOU HAVE MET ME THREE TIMES BEFORE! YOU NO LONGER NEED TO SHAKE MY HAND! I’m not a guy, I’m not your colleague, I don’t even like you (because of your weenie name – and I am not one to ordinarily dislike or mock someone just because of their name, but this one I cannot even speak aloud without dropping into a sing-song, nasal voice – and your PATHETIC handshake), so just wave at me as you walk past if you feel the need to involve a gesture of some kind (or, for the love of god, ACTUALLY STOP WALKING WHILE YOU SHAKE MY HAND).

SERIOUSLY!

Oh, I feel so much better now. Okay. To make up for that, I’ll be posting soon about some cake, LOTS of cupcakes, and brie (I didn’t think there was a way to make cheese better than it is just on its own, but apparently, there is).