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Black-and-White Malted Icebox Cake

Black-and-White Malted Icebox Cake   Malt is one of those nostalgic flavors that evokes childhood. Anything “malted” to us has that comfort food aspect. Jean Sagendorph and Jessie Sheehan bring us this recipe as well as the Red Velvet Icebox Cake from their book, Icebox Cakes. In this cake they begin with a homemade vanilla wafer […]

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Chronicle: Ice Box Cakes

Red Velvet Icebox Cake

Red Velvet Icebox Cake   Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafersare those thin, crispy, extra-dark, chocolaty wafer-like cookies that make a famous icebox cake. The wafers are layered with whipped cream and upon refrigeration the cookies soften and become cake-like. My Mom introduced me to this cake as a child and I always found it fascinating. She […]

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Tiramisu Cake

Tiramisu Cake    This Tiramisu Cake and the Raspberry Mascarpone Vatrushkas come from Ruby Tandoh’s book, Crumb. Both recipes have their roots in classic desserts. Ruby puts her own spin on them, making them new and very easy to understand. Tiramisu is one of those funny things. Sometimes it is more of a pudding texture; other […]

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Coconut Sugar Banana Sheet Cake with Caramelized Coconut Sugar Frosting

Coconut Sugar Banana Sheet Cake with Caramelized Coconut Sugar Frosting   Did you read that title a few times? I always do. I read it and let it sink in. I start tasting the combo of super ripe bananas and caramelized coconut sugar in my head and…that’s when I have to read it again to […]

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Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Lava

Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Lava   We love this cake because it is kind of fancy and yet homespun at the same time. It is from Classic Recipes for Modern Peopleby Max and Eli Sussman as are the Butter Scotch Pancakes (with chocolate chunks). The cake is pretty straightforward, enriched with cocoa and buttermilk. The […]

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Choca Mocha Swiss Roll

This mocha (coffee and chocolate) take on the classic Swiss Roll comes from Bakepedia member Joanna Osborne. There are a few components but they come together easily and as you can see, this is fancy enough for your swankiest dinner party.

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Rhubarb Sheetcake

Baking with Spelt   Sour and tart flavors have as much a place in our bakery kitchen as the typical sweet flavor profile. Lemon and other citrus come to mind, of course, and they have the advantage of being available year round. But every Spring and Summer my thoughts turn to rhubarb. This vegetable has […]

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The Chocoholic

  Gesine Bullock-Prado has done it again, this time with an eye towards those with allergies and on certain restrictive diets. Her first books, Sugar Baby, Bake It Like You Mean Itand Pie It Forwardwere filled with her signature, whimsical approach. Let Them Eat Cakeis her newest book and has the same fun voice, but with […]

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Work Boot Cake

Work Boot Cake from Cake My Day! Yes, that’s a work boot cake covered with caramel “leather” from none other than our friends Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. These two are hands-down some of the most creative bakers around (don’t miss our interview) – and their goodies are always very accessible to the home baker. […]

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Chester Cake

Classic Irish Chester Cake The image of this cake appealed to me. It is rare that I come across something that is completely different from any of my reference points. It is called a cake and yet I spied some pie dough. The filling looked deep and moist. It deserved a harder look. I am always […]

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Two-Bite Bourbon and Coke Cakes

Bourbon and Coke Cakes Morgan Murphy has brought us these Two-Bite Bourbon and Coke Cakes as well as Bacon Baklava with Bourbon Honey Syrup, both from his Southern Living Bourbon & Baconbook. The classic beverage combo if bourbon and coke is featured here in small cakelets – you do need the small individual Bundt pans to […]

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Krebs Organic Dairy Farm’s Blueberry-Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Blueberry-Lemon Cheesecake Squares from Cabot Creamery Farmers I have been a Cabot fan for years. Their extra-sharp cheddar is my favorite supermarket cheese. What might not be apparent about the brand is that it is made up of a cooperative of family farms and has been since the turn of the 20th century. Beginning with […]

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Homemade Devil Dogs

Devil Dogs Better Than Store-bought Before you think this is taking DIY too far consider the fact that packaged Devil Dogs are filled with all kinds of ingredients that you would never stock in your pantry. That said, there is something irresistible about soft cocoa cakes sandwiched around fluffy marshmallow filling. This is comfort food […]

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Rum Raisin Roulade with Whipped Chocolate Ganache

Rich & Rummy This cake takes the form of a log shaped cake filled with rich chocolate whipped cream and dark rum soaked raisins rolled up inside in a spiral fashion. The exterior is covered with an even richer deep dark chocolate glaze. The filling and glaze start out with the same recipe so there […]

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Twinkies®

You Can Make Twinkies® At Home Even if you are a scratch baker many of us have strong nostalgic connections and memories to store-bought treats. Some of us enjoyed them as children while others have continued indulging. Problem is that many of these treats have all kinds of low quality ingredients in them. Fresh eggs? Real […]

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Frozen Peanut Butter Honey Cheesecake with Warm Chocolate Honey Sauce

Fabulous Do-Ahead Frozen Peanut Butter Cheesecake When my very good friend Pam Rys was turning 50, I asked her husband what flavors she might like in a cake. His answer was “she likes chocolate, peanut butter and sweeter is better”! I also happened to know she likes cheesecake and as they are beekeepers, I thought […]

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Matcha Cake with Raspberries

Matcha For Baking This Matcha Cake with Raspberries was one of those ideas that came to my mind fully formed as a visual as I was thinking about something new and elegant but also colorful for the Easter holiday. I added matcha, powdered green tea, to meringue to add color as well as temper the […]

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German Chocolate Cake

Classic German Chocolate Cake While researching my Birthday Cake Book, I spoke with several people who said no birthday would be complete without this cake. Chocolate layers are filled and topped with a sweet coconut-pecan frosting. The name of the cake comes from a sweet chocolate bar developed for Baker’s Chocolate Co. by Sam German in the […]

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