Category Archives: Cakes

Blackberry Pound Cake

Blackberry Pound Cake

Pound cake is known for being a dense, but tender cake. It actually has an ideal consistency for mix-ins in the batter. Unlike lighter and fluffier cakes, pieces of fruit or chocolate chips are much more likely to remain suspended in the middle of the cake, while in less substantial cakes they will sink down to the bottom before the cake has set in the ... Read More »

Chocolate Loaf Layer Cake with Buttermilk Chocolate Frosting

There is nothing quite like the look of a big, tall layer cake to symbolize decadent desserts, especially when the cake has been sliced to reveal stacks of cake and ribbons of frosting. There are times when I want a layer cake, but don’t really need something so big. Whether I only want to have enough cake to feed a few, or I simply don’t ... Read More »

Pumpkin Chiffon Cake

Pumpkin Chiffon Cake

It’s nice to have some kind of pumpkin dessert out around Thanksgiving. Pumpkin pie may be the most popular, or at least the most prevalent, but it’s not the only way to enjoy the flavor of pumpkin. This pumpkin chiffon cake is one of my favorite alternatives to pumpkin pie. It is light and airy, as chiffon cakes get a lot of their lift from ... Read More »

Halloween Candy Bundt Cake

Leftover Halloween Candy Bundt Cake

Halloween candy is a funny thing. Unlike other times of the year, around October we’re all likely to buy candy in bulk and fill up our homes – relative to most the average day, at least – with snack sized candies and chocolates. If you have kids at home, the few weeks following Halloween are also going to find you loaded with candy. The candy ... Read More »

Olive Oil, Grape and Polenta Cake

Olive Oil, Grape and Polenta Cake

Grapes aren’t much of a baking fruit. The can be cooked, and are actually delicious when roasted, but they don’t show up in pies, muffins or cakes with any kind of real regularity. I’ve baked them into loaves of bread before with great success, and decided to create a cake that would work well with them.This cake is definitely Italian-inspired. Not only does it include ... Read More »

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Swiss Roll

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Swiss Roll

A swiss roll is the same thing as a jelly roll: a thin sponge cake that is rolled up into a spiral and filled with a sweet filling of some kind. The cake itself is simple and plain. Unlike butter cakes, which tend to crack or crumble when they are handled a lot, this type of sponge cake is very pliable. It is easy to ... Read More »

Banana Cinnamon Friands

Banana Cinnamon Friands

Friands are small cakes that are very popular in Australian bakeries and cafes. They’re not exclusive to Auz. and NZ, but the term does seem to be used exclusively there. They are actually a riff off of a french financier, a small pastry made with almond flour and lots of butter. The french cakes tend to be very tender, but friands are also very moist, ... Read More »

Vanilla Brown Butter Cupcakes

Vanilla Brown Butter Cupcakes

Browned butter is easy to make and is a great way to infuse flavor into different baked goods. It has a rich, toasty flavor that is just delicious. The primary difference in working with browned butter instead of plain butter is that most cake and cookie recipes call for solid, softened butter. Browned butter can change the texture, as well as the mixing method, for ... Read More »

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