Category Archives: Cakes

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 »

Red Velvet Roll Cake

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When it comes to baking, no matter how many batches of chocolate chip cookies I make, I’m just not quite a traditionalist. If I were, I would have made a basic red velvet layer cake by now, instead of making red velvet cupcakes, red velvet sandwich cookies and, now, a red velvet roll cake. That said, I’m not exactly on the cutting edge of innovation, ... Read More »

Devil’s Food White Out Layer Cake

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There is nothing not to love about this cake, which explains why Dorie Greenspan chose to¬†use it as the cover illustration for her most recent book, Baking, from My Home to Yours. First, it is stunning to look at. From afar, the cake appears to be covered with chocolate shavings or sprinkles, but upon closer inspection, you can see that it is decorated with cake ... Read More »

One-Bowl Carrot Cake

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A good carrot cake is a wonderful thing, but a bad one is just horrid. I have had carrot cakes that had far more oil/fat than necessary, which led to a greasy, soggy cake, and ones that have so much spice in them that they’re hard to choke down. Some have so little flavor that they rely on their cream cheese icing to draw you ... Read More »

Flourless Chocolate Mini Cakes

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¬†Flourless chocolate cake is a little bit overdone. And by “a little,” I actually mean “quite a lot.” It was the hottest dessert that a restaurant could serve for a while, but now it has fallen back into a comfortable, but permanent, position beside cheesecake on almost every single dessert menu. That said, the reason that it became a dessert menu-staple is that flourless chocolate ... Read More »

Double Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cake

Over the holidays, I found myself with the need to make a dessert for some guests – surprise, surprise, right? I somehow got it into my head that a bundt cake would look good, not to mention that since these guests happened to be family members, I didn’t feel the need to go over-the-top and made an especially elaborate dessert. I wanted something that would ... Read More »

Pear Bundt Cake

Speaking as someone who chronically does this, pears are an underutilized fruit when it comes to baking and dessert. This is a shame because they have great flavor, work well with a variety of spices and are easy to bake because they already have a soft texture and you don’t have to worry about undercooking them (it can occasionally be a problem with apples, which ... Read More »

Lemon Cornmeal Bundt Cake with Raspberries

If you think that the name I gave this cake is long, let me assure you that it could have been longer. It almost makes me wish I was the sort of person who could come up with short, cutesy names for my creations, like “Mary Sunshine Cake” or something. Alas, I am not and so we are all stuck with a long name. Names ... Read More »

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