Category Archives: Cakes

Lime Loaf Cake

I find that if I am looking for a recipe with nothing already in mind, one of two things happens: everything sounds good, or nothing sounds good. Because of this, I don’t often stumble upon recipes competely by accident and I almost always have something in mind before I start to look for a recipe, let alone start to cook or bake. This lime cake ... Read More »

Molten Center Chocolate Cakes

Chocolate lava cake

One way to make a molten center chocolate cake is to undercook your batter, preferably at a high temperature that will cause the outside of you cake to appear to be cooked. I don’t honestly think that this is the best way to make a dessert because while cake batter is tasty, I don’t want it for my dessert. I mentioned once before that I ... Read More »

Classic Jelly Roll

There are many, many bad recipes for jelly rolls out there. This is surprising because it is an incredibly simple thing to make. A jelly roll, also known as a swiss roll, is a large, thin rectangle of sponge cake that is spread with jam and rolled up. It is traditionally served with only a dusting of powdered sugar, but some variations – noteably the ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Tasty Kakes

Tasty Kakes are snack cakes that are originally from (and hugely popular in) the Philadelphia area. Since a lot of my family lives out there, I regularly got to taste these delicious cakes when I was growing up, despite the fact that they weren’t sold out in California. More recently, I have seen a kind or two in the market, but they are still largely ... Read More »

Chocolate Marble Yogurt Pound Cake

Looking at the picture of Rorie‘s recently baked marble bundt cake inspired me to pull out my copy of Alice Medrich’s Chocolate and the Art of Low Fat Desserts to make the very same recipe. I won’t go on about how much I love this cookbook (again), but I will say that this is an excellent cake and all the better because it’s actually quite ... Read More »

Plain Sponge Cake

This cooking school class is about technique because the thing about sponge cakes is that they’re not very exciting. They have a wide, open crumb and a relatively coarse texture when compared to butter cakes. This texture is, of course, what gave them the name “sponge cake” in the first place. Though they are not usually the cakes most likely to melt into your mouth, ... Read More »

Mexican Chocolate Loaf Cake

Loaf cakes are not generally considered to be the most elegant cakes, but I love them. I think that having tall, rich-looking slices fall away from the loaf as you cut into it is beautiful. Come to think of it, I actually like all loafy baked goods, from savory yeast breads to sweet quick breads for breakfast. I think that loaf cakes are elegant and ... Read More »

Monkey Bars

As far as I can tell, “monkey bars” are a name that is sometimes applied to banana bread baked as a bar-type cake rather than in a loaf pan. The real distinction in this case between a “bar” and a “cake” is the thickness, as the banana bars are not as thick as a banana cake would be. Monkey bars are just a really cute ... Read More »

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