There are so many things to love about Brian Hart Hoffman- he bakes really incredible desserts; he shares his baking tips and recipes in print and online; he teaches classes that are full of information in partnership with Williams Sonoma; he has a big heart and a big personality that wins you over instantly! To know him is to love him~

brian hart hoffman standing in in his kitchen holding a stack of bundt pans

I have had the opportunity to get to know Brian more and more over the years, and I am drawn to his enthusiasm, wit, and his ability to share his knowledge and experiences to help others grow and learn right along with him. He stays busy baking each day while also overseeing the magazine Bake from Scratch as editor-in-chief.  With so many recipes that are offered through the now 5 volumes of Bake from Scratch cookbooks, it is hard to come up with a favorite. But, I do have one recipe that I go to repeatedly each spring, and I thought you guys might love it too!  I will share it below~ but I also encourage you to order the cookbooks and/or subscribe to the magazine. You will enjoy all of the recipes and will become more proficient in your baking skills with Brian as your baking guide! Here is my top favorite recipe so far- and I will also share some close runners-up!

Milk Chocolate Candy Egg Cookies ~ quite possibly the best spring candy ever made! 🙂 Brian takes them to a new level with these cookies.  Addictive, beautiful, rich, delicious, irresistible.

cadbury milk chocolate egg cookies


Another of my favorites is this incredible combo~ and especially that chocolate buttercream!

Banana Cake with Chocolate Buttercream 

banana cake with mounds of chocolate buttercream frosting


We were so fortunate to have Brian as a Guest Spotlight at The Supper Club recently~ it was such a treat to bet to bake and learn from Brian in a small group.  You can also find Brian teaching classes online at Baking School with Williams Sonoma on Monday nights. And, you can also preorder the latest Bake from Scratch Cookbook (Volume 5) here. As you can see below. I’m a fan! 🙂

bake from scratch cookbooks stacked with tulips on top

I hope this inspires you to bake from scratch and make something special for yourself or someone else. Baking is a great form of creating something and truly reaping the rewards. Enjoy every bite! And, please let me know which recipes you discover that you love! I always love hearing about a new must-try recipe!


Lydia xo

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