Cakes

Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse Trifle

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After the sock monkey cake I made last week, I had mucho chocolate cake left over in the form of cake tops and excess batter. I follow the “better safe than safe-ish” rule of cake making, so if a recipe calls for 3 pounds of batter, you can bet I’ll make 4 pounds or more,…

Sock Monkey Cake

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My friend Laura is having a baby, and I got to help plan her baby shower. The theme was “Planes, Trains, and Little Boy Names” and all of the decorations were old-fashioned toys and classic children’s books. Her sister, the mastermind behind the shower, came up with the theme and told me about the decorations….

TWD: Nectarine Upside-Down Chiffon Cake

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I love the idea of this Nectarine Upside-Down Chiffon Cake! It’s so refreshing to find an upside-down cake recipe that doesn’t call for canned pineapple rings and super-sweet maraschino cherries. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that…but yeah, there’s kind of something wrong with that. It’s just not my cup of tea plate of cake.)…

Summer Pudding

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Summer lovin, had me a blast, Summer lovin, happened so fast… Summer’s not over yet, but it does feel like we might be on the downhill slope of it—or is that just my wishful thinking? Here in southern California we’re still firmly in the grips of scorching days and muggy nights, but I’m starting to…

Dulce de Leche Swirl Pound Cake

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I live with a dulce de leche lover. I’d even go so far as to say he’s a dulce de leche lovah. Jason-and-dulce-de-leche-sitting-in-a-tree territory. I don’t even know why I bother making fancy desserts, when I could just boil a can of condensed milk, give him a can opener and a spoon, and completely make…

Tuesdays With Dorie: French Strawberry Cake

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I’ve fallen off the Tuesdays with Dorie wagon lately. (Not to throw my beloved new baby under the bus, buuuut…it’s pretty much entirely his fault. He may be cute, but self-sufficient and conducive to work he is not.)  A little break is necessary sometimes, but I don’t quite feel like myself when I’m not baking…

Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake

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Pudding cake is one of those classic, homey desserts that I’ve always heard about but never tried for myself. I don’t know why it took me so long, because as a lover of everything sticky-gooey-chocolatey, it’s basically all of my favorite things in one messy, ugly, so-wrong-it’s-right package. Pudding cake is kind of a magical…

Raspberry Kumquat Sugar Cookie Cake

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This cake owes its existence to the fact that I’m completely superficial. When I was planning out the Flourless Chocolate Cake I posted a few days ago, I decided I wanted to add some orange flavor to the chocolate, and I had to have some sort of citrus accompaniment to tie everything together. What can…

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