Category Archives: Cakes

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Pound cake is perhaps the father of most modern cakes – a term which could be applied to the standard butter-sugar-flour-egg based sweet quick breads, cakes and cupcakes that we all love. The original cake was nothing more than a pound of butter, a pound of sugar, a pound of flour and a pound of eggs, mixed and baked. It dates back to the 1700s, ... Read More »

Carrot Bundt Cake

Carrot Bundt Cake

 Some cakes are classically bundt cakes. Others are classically layer cakes. Carrot cake is one that I would put firmly in the latter category. The cake is usually made to be very moist and very dense – a combination that doesn’t really make for an appetizing, tall cake. Shorter layers keep the cake from seeming too heavy and the addition of frosting to break up ... Read More »

Bailey’s Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Bailey's Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

 When St. Patrick’s Day comes around every year, I usually follow a little tradition that involves making up a batch of soda bread, a dish involving cabbage or corned beef, and maybe drinking a bottle of Guinness, too. Nothing fancy and pretty standard, as far as celebration goes. This year, I didn’t want to get stuck in that rut, but I did want to do ... Read More »

Mixed Berry Ricotta Babycakes

Mixed Berry Ricotta Babycakes

 A babycake, to me, is a small and special cake that doesn’t quite fit into any other mold. It’s not a muffin or a cupcake, nor is is simply a miniature version of a large cake. It’s a babycake – and it’s also precisely how I’d describe these Mixed Berry Ricotta Babycakes. The cakes have a taste and texture that is somewhere between cheesecake and ... Read More »

Champagne Chiffon Cake

champagne cake

The other day I was perusing the champagne selection at my local market, trying to decide not only which bottle to buy, but to figure out what dessert I should serve with it for New Year’s. I couldn’t decide on either count when it struck me: why not put champagne into the dessert? From that point, it didn’t take long for me to pick out ... Read More »

Turkey Cake with Chocolate Maple Glaze

turkey sketch

Sick and tired of looking for vegetarian Thanksgiving options to feed your non-meat eating friends and family? I think that I may have the perfect solution. Just kidding, unless you’re planning on serving dessert as the main course (not necessarily a course of action I would disagree with) at Thanksgiving dinner. This turkey cake is just that: a vanilla buttermilk sheet cake sculpted into a three dimensional ... Read More »

Pecan Cake

Pecan pie is way, way down on my list of desserts that I like. In fact, I might even go so far as to say that I dislike them. They’re often too syrupy and too sweet, and rather than tasting sinfully indulgent like butter tarts, they leave me wanting something to wash them down with. When I ask people who love pecan pie what draws ... Read More »

Giant Hostess Cupcake, step-by-step

giant hostess cupcake, innards

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of the Pimp That Snack website, where people submit their supersized versions of conventionally smaller snack foods, so when a good friend of mine asked me if I could rework my Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Filling into a giant Hostess cupcake lookalike, I didn’t hesitate before agreeing to give it a shot. The result is the cake ... Read More »

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