Category Archives: Cakes

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread with Sugar Crust

When I first glanced at this Starbucks recipe and read the name, I assumed that it would come out as a kind of quick bread, the sort of loaf that is slightly dense and goes splendidly with a cup of coffee. Now, I won’t argue that it doesn’t go well with coffee (it does), but it is most certainly not as much a bread as it ... Read More »

Orange Layer Cake with Orange Buttercream and Raspberry Filling

Have you ever had a creamsicle? They are orange popsicles filled with a creamy vanilla ice cream. The combination of the two flavors is delicious, and the acidity of the orange works extremely well against the rich center. I managed to become completely addicted to them one summer when I was in middle school and couldn’t eat another for several years afterwards. Fortunately, I never ... Read More »

Bittersweet Mexican Chocolate Torte

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Sometimes you just need something really chocolaty. Or if you don’t really need it, you might simply want it. This chocolate torte is a good choice for satisfying those chocolate cravings because it is easy to make, versatile and quite decadent. And, of course, it is very chocolaty. One of the signatures of mexican chocolate is that it frequently utilizes spices with a darker/more bitter chocolate, just as ... Read More »

Banana Upside Down Cake

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When you think of upside down cake, you probably think of one of two things: pineapples or apples. Pineapple upside down cake is a classic American dessert that rose to popularity in the beginning of the 20th century. Apple upside down cake, which could be another way of describing the dessert known as a tarte tatin, is common because apples are such a popular staple ... Read More »

Red, White and Blue Velvet Cake

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The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, largely because I like both cookouts and fireworks and, assuming that you live in the US, you are virtually guaranteed to have access to both today. Hamburgers and hot dogs (meat or veggie) are top choices for grillers, and nothing complements them like some grilled corn on the cob, cold cole slaw or, if you ... Read More »

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

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One of the beautiful things about birthday cakes is that they appeal to everyone, adults and kids alike. This probably has something to do with the fact that birthday cakes are likely to be relatively plain affairs, and flavors like chocolate and vanilla are unlikely to offend anyone. But just because most cakes will fit into the “please everyone” category, doesn’t mean that every birthday ... Read More »

Black and White Marble Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

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If you’re wondering where the Chocolate Fudge Frosting that is supposed to top this cake is, you’ve already seen it in a previous post (and can see it again below), but this shot of the unfrosted cake shows the chocolate and vanilla swirls closeup, in all of their glory. Backing up, this is a large sheet cake that is perfect for birthdays and other celebrations. The ... Read More »

Chocolate Layer Cake with Creamy Vanilla Frosting

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When it comes to layer cakes (birthday cakes in particular), white icing on a black cake creates a great contrast. Not only does it look good, but the white makes a great background for decorations (you can see what I put on the top of this cake here) because everything “pops” against it. For the cake to be used in a layer cake, I look ... Read More »

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