French chocolate mendiants


In this space you’ll find from-scratch recipes (and the occasional travel guide) accompanied by personal narratives and presumably more swear words than other blogs because I grew up with five brothers and I’m from Ohio. But that’s beside the point. You probably came here thinking you’d find an abundance of cake recipes but I regret to inform you that there aren’t nearly as many cakes around these parts as such a name would indicate. There are, however, a number of them – along with recipes for coconut oil cinnamon rolls, toasted coconut peanut butter mousse, and aquafaba marshmallow creme (just to name a few). As for the moniker ladycakes, my better half gave it to me when we first started dating (ten years ago) (we’re married now). And I happen to think it’s the cutest thing in the world.

I believe in working with wholesome, seasonal ingredients as often as possible – and if you’re wondering what happened to the eggs and dairy, I don’t bake with those. Recipes are always vegan, occasionally gluten free, and – every once in a while – raw.




Hi, I’m Ashlae. I live in Denver but was born and raised in small town Ohio (O-H!). Aside from spending long hours in the kitchen (mostly my commercial one), I enjoy lifting heavy things, any film with Wes Anderson’s name on it, world travel, orbital mechanics, and Rózsavölgyi chocolate. I do not like mushrooms (although I eat them anyway), adaptogenic herb powders, Rush Limbaugh, personal space invaders, astrology (because science), biodynamic agriculture (because science), or pitting cherries.. although I do like eating them and if you catch me in a moment of complete and utter weakness, I will probably offer to pay you (in cookies) to pit them for me.

In 2017 I launched Alchemy Food Co., a whole food edibles company that’s based in Denver, CO (you can read more about it here and here). I run the company alongside my husband, who doubles as my business partner/manager (turns out I am not good at managing myself). I still plan on doing this blog thing (as often as I can) but don’t be alarmed if I fall off the face of the earth for weeks at a time, ok? ;)

I write with my left hand, know every word to Bone Thugs N Harmony’s Ghetto Cowboy (no shame), and have on-demand photic sneeze reflex – which is pretty much the best thing ever.

 Currently: lifting to this, listening to this and this, reading this

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