Category Archives: Cakes

Classic White Cake with Buttercream Frosting

another piece of cake

White cakes are very much underrated. It’s often hard to find them and many people seem to be under the impression that they will unfailingly be dry and not worth eating. I, on the other hand, love them. Which is why I was so pleased with class today, where we made a beautiful, layered, wedding-style white cake. Most great cake bakers will have one great ... Read More »

Classic Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Classic Chocolate Cake, slice

Today we had our chocolate class. We started with a taste test of chocolates. 56% is baking percentage and, unless otherwise specified, this is the percentage called for in all chocolate-using recipes. If you want to use a higher percentage, you’ll have to increase the butter (or other fat) and sugar in the recipe to keep the texture. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a more ... Read More »

Spicy Blackberry BBQ Sauce and Died and Went to Heaven Chocolate Cake

It all started with a sauce. A gorgeous, burgundy colored sauce that does not photograph nearly as well as I would like it to. I found it in this month’s Bon Appetit magazine. It was a spicy blackberry barbeque sauce. The question was what should I serve it on? Steak. Again, the picture didn’t come out as well as I had hoped. I guess I ... Read More »

Yogurt Cake

 I knew it was only a matter of time before I got tagged. And I agree that this is a great way to get friendly with blogging buddies. Of course, I couldn’t do this without baking a little something to go along with it, so I tried a yogurt cake once more. It worked! And it was delicious. I adapted this from a recipe for ... Read More »

Individual Spiced Angel Food Cake

As I have been getting into the holiday spirit quite a bit this year already – cookies, cakes, eggnog – I decided that for this round of SHF I would do something light that I wouldn’t feel guilty about eating. Angel food cake was the obvious choice – you can’t get a heck of a lot lighter and still be eating something that counts as ... Read More »

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