Category Archives: Cakes

Lower Fat Carrot Sheet Cake

Lower Fat Carrot Sheet Cake

I don’t cook much from food magazines, and when I do, it’s usually from an older issue that I found behind the bookcase and flipped through, rather than one that just arrived in the mail. My thought process tends to be along the lines of “oh, that looks good. I’ll have to remember that and try it later.” For once, however, a dish I intended ... Read More »

Easy King Cake

King Cake, cream cheese filling

King Cake is a traditional pastry served for the celebration of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It is made with a rich bread dough that is filled with a cinnamon mixture and braided into a ring. It is typically frosted, and adorned with purple, yellow and green (purple to represent justice, green to represent faith, and gold to represent power). These days, there are a ... Read More »

Chocolate Chip Angel Food Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Angel Food Cupcakes

Angel food cakes are just delightful – fluffy, soft and sweet. The full size cakes are light, but sometimes you just don’t need a whole big cake. Maybe you don’t have an angel food pan, which is crucial to success in baking a full angel food cake, or maybe you don’t want to use up a dozen eggs just for the egg whites. Perhaps it’s ... Read More »

Lemon Cupcakes Filled with Lemon Curd

Lemon Cupcakes Filled with Lemon Curd

With a bright, sunny-tasting recipe like this one for lemon flavored cupcakes filled with lemon curd, I’m always tempted to try and come up with a cute name for the cakes. Sunny Cupcakes. Lemon Heaven Cupcakes. Juicy Lemon Cupcakes. But I usually like to know what I’m getting when I look at the name of a recipe, so I end up coming back to the ... Read More »

Chocolate Football Cakes

Chocolate Football Cakes

The Super Bowl isn’t a holiday, but it is one of the biggest events – sporting or otherwise – of the year. Last year, in 2008, over 97 million people tuned in to watch the Big Game. I suspect that most of those people were sitting around with family and friends, either at a small gathering or a big party. I know that I was. ... Read More »

Lemon Torte

Lemon Torte

A torte is a type of rich cake that is made with little or no flour, instead replacing it with ground nuts or something similar. Tortes can be sliced and layered with frosting or jam, but I like them best as simple, single-layer cakes. They’re easy to make, satisfying to eat and are the kind of cake that keeps well for several days – meaning ... Read More »

Champagne Savarin

Champagne Savarin, innards

Savarin is a French cake named after Brillat-Savarin, the famous 18th century gastronome and writer. The cake is almost a bread and is leavened with yeast. In fact, it does have some similarities to brioche, though it is a bit less rich and much less time consuming to make. The yeast caked is not very sweet and primarily has a buttery flavor to it. After ... Read More »

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 »

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