Category Archives: Cakes

Mini St Patrick’s Day Ombre Cakes

Mini St Patrick's Day Ombre Cake

Ombre cakes have a great look to them, and all you need to make one is the time to make a multi-layered cake and plenty of food coloring. Holidays and special occasions like birthdays are the perfect time to play around with colorful cakes like these because you want everything to be as festive as possible, and you usually won’t mind having to put a ... Read More »

Confetti Angel Food Cake

Funfetti Angel Food Cake

Angel food cake is an ethereally light sponge cake. It doesn’t get as much time in the spotlight as towering layer cakes, even though it is a fairly tall cake, because it is usually served plain. The most dressed up that a slice of angel food cake gets is when it is paired with fresh berries and a spoonful or two of whipped cream. It ... Read More »

Toasted Pound Cake

Toasted Pound Cake with Quick Berry Compote

Pound cake is a versatile cake that can be eaten any number of ways. You can eat it plain, topped with fresh fruit or ice cream, or even toast it. You might not think about cake as a food that you normally toast, but pound cake is the exception to that general rule. It is dense enough to hold up well to slicing and toasting, ... Read More »

Coffee, Cinnamon and Hazelnut Cakes

Hazelnut, Coffee and Cinnamon Cakes

Buy hazelnuts. Toast hazelnuts. Make these Coffee, Cinnamon and Hazelnut Cakes. If you already have toasted hazelnuts in your pantry, then you can skip the first two steps and go straight for the third one. These individual hazelnut cakes are surprisingly easy to make and absolutely delicious to eat, whether you’re looking for a simple dessert at the end of a busy weeknight or something that ... Read More »

Browned Butter Friands

Browned Butter Friands

You may have heard of financiers, small French almond cakes. You may also have heard of friands, small Australian/New Zealand almond cakes. The two cakes are just about the same, and there are only two differences between them: the countries that those names are used in and the shapes of the cakes. Tradition dictates that friands are usually baked in oval baking tins and financiers ... Read More »

Pear Custard Loaf Cake

Pear Custard Loaf Cake

When pears are in season, I eat a lot of them. I love their sweet, delicate flavor and enjoy them on their own, with good cheeses and baked into tasty desserts. I am particularly fond of comice pears, and since I happened to get a wonderfully big box of them from Harry & David over the holidays, I have been using a lot of them. ... Read More »

Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Layer Cake

Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Layer Cake, interior

I love chocolate and peppermint around the holidays, and juding by the number of Peppermint Mochas and Peppermint Bark that I see in coffee shops and stores, almost everyone likes to see this combination this time of year, as well. Instead of making another batch of peppermint bark to showcase these two flavors, I decided to make something a little bit more dramatic looking this ... Read More »

Eggnog Pound Cake

Eggnog Pound Cake

I always have eggnog around during the holidays. I like to make my own, of course, but when there are so many store bought options I just can’t resist the temptation to pick one up just to have some on hand. The problem with eggnog is that it is so rich, I can’t always drink that whole carton and I end up looking for alternative ... Read More »

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