Category Archives: Cakes – Frosting

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 »

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 »

Confetti Cupcakes

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When I first discovered confetti cake, I was still in elementary school and could manage to bake a cake from a boxed mix, which I often did when the occasion arose to do so. I almost always opted for white cake because I liked the color and the vanilla flavor, but when I found that the store stocked white cakes with multi-colored splashes in the ... 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 »

German Chocolate Cake

I hesitated about running the same picture twice in a row, but I promised to deliver the recipe, so there’s not much I can do about it. Besides, at the risk of sounding terribly immodest, I really like this picture. As many of you guessed, this is indeed a German Chocolate Cake. Despite the name, the cake is thoroughly American and was invented in Texas, ... Read More »

Buttermilk Cupcakes with Praline Icing

Praline is a Southern candy made with brown sugar and pecans. The confection has the unusual property that it melts in your mouth almost instantly after you bite into it. The icing on these cupcakes has the same flavor as praline. I didn’t include any nuts, but the icing really does melt in your mouth. I first used this recipe, which comes from Cooking Light, ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes

I couldn’t make up my mind whether to make peanut butter or banana cupcakes. Peanut butter seemed like it might be too heavy on its own, while banana sounded like it might be too sweet. I was looking for something light, wiht a nice flavor, when it occured to be to combine the two. Reflecting back on the decision-making process, it should have taken far ... Read More »

Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes

With Easter coming up, I knew that I already had the perfect idea: egg shaped cupcakes, thanks to Reynold’s Fun Shapes bakeware. How’s that for product placement? Actually, I really liked these. They are small foil pans, cupcake sized, that come in three shapes: hearts, stars and, of course, eggs. They sell them in the baking aisle of my grocery store, along with their usual ... Read More »

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