Category Archives: Cakes

Tomato Juice Cake

Tomato Juice Cake

Some of my favorite cookbooks are not slick hardbound volumes full of colorful photos. Some of them are old, well-used booklets of simple recipes that were put together decades ago for church and school groups with recipes from neighborhood mothers and wives. The colorful books are still wonderful, of course, but there is nothing like seeing some of the recipes that were popular – for ... Read More »

Salted Caramel-Filled Molten Chocolate Cakes

Caramel-Filled Molten Chocolate Cake

Is there anything that salted caramel can’t make better? There are actually plenty of desserts out there that salted caramel can’t improve on (although it’s difficult to come up with more than a couple), but there are an even greater number that can go from good to great with a little bit of salted caramel mixed in. One of these recipes is a molten chocolate ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Pumpkin Pound Cake Slice

When it comes to baked goods, pumpkin tends to show up in pumpkin pie more often than it does in any other dessert. Even people who are huge pumpkin fans – as I am – have a hard time looking at a pumpkin or at a can of pumpkin puree and not thinking about pie. But pumpkin is a great, versatile ingredient to bake with ... Read More »

Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun Cake

Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun Cake

I love cinnamon buns, but homemade buns can be a bit time consuming to make from scratch when the craving hits. I’m not one to run out and buy a cinnamon bun in a situation like this. Instead, I made a batch of Quick and Easy Cinnamon Bun Bread, a yeast bread that tastes just like a cinnamon bun, complete with brown sugar and cinnamon ... Read More »

Meyer Lemon Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Meyer Lemon Cranberry Upside Down Cake

I somtimes pair bright, tart, fresh cranberries with something sweet to offset their tartness, like fresh cherries, but I usually pair cranberries with an equally bright citrus flavor, like orange. Orange juice and zest has that brightness that is usually associated with citrus, but it is sweet and provides a great balance to the natural tartness of the cranberries. Lemons can work, but there is ... Read More »

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Perfect Yellow Cake

There are some cake recipes that I go back to again and again, and this simple yellow cake is one of them. Unassuming and almost plain looking, this cake has a great flavor and a soft, tender crumb. It is easy to make and perfect for eating any day of the week in big slices with a glass of milk – rather than waiting for ... Read More »

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

I have always been a big angel food cake fan. I love the high rise and soft texture of the light and fluffy cake, as well as how versatile the finished cake can be. It needs no frosting, although you can always add a simple glaze or dessert sauce, and it goes well with all kinds of fruits and ice creams. Angel food cakes are ... Read More »

Banana Rum Cake

Banana Rum Bundt, interior

Bananas and rum are a great combination, evidenced by the popularity of Bananas Foster for more than a half century since its invention. There is something about banana that brings out the sweetness of rum, and something about rum that really brings out the complexity of a simple banana. You don’t need much to make the most of this pairing, so I added just a ... Read More »

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