Cakes

Baby, You’re A Rock Star Shower Cake

Something’s in the water round these parts, because all of my friends are either new mothers or expecting. Downside: being (blissfully) left out of dirty diaper and breastfeeding discussions. Upside: baby showers and the desserts that go along with them! (Oh, and the resulting babies are a pretty big upside too.) This past weekend we…

The Daring Bakers: Dobos Torte

I posted a few days ago about the baking slump I’m in. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: dieting is bad for baking mojo. So much of the fun of baking is sucked out of the experience when you can’t fully enjoy the finished product! Or, in the case of these mini…

TWD: Yes, We Have Banana Bundt Cake

Fans of Arrested Development may be familiar with this little guy here: Allow me to introduce Mr. Bananagrabber, who is, in the words of the Arrested Development wiki, “an anthropomorphic banana who rides a Segway and steals and eats other bananas. When he speaks, his S’s whistle.” [You may well be asking yourself the same…

Red, White, and Blue Velvet Cake

Some people celebrate the Fourth of July with picnics, or barbecues, or fireworks, to which I say, fireworks, shmireworks! Let’s celebrate with cake instead. Red, White and Blue Velvet cake, to be exact. It looks super-impressive when it’s cut into, but it’s not any more complicated to make than a regular red velvet cake. The…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Perfect Party Cake

You know, I’m not the most obedient Tuesdays with Dorie baker. Sometimes I take liberties with an ingredient (or two, or three…) and I don’t always stay true to the recipes. But I like to think I have my priorities in order, and I follow the instructions when they’re absolutely necessary. So when Dorie ordered…

TWD: Coconut-Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise

In honor of this week’s TWD recipe, a coconut-roasted pineapple dacquoise, I have composed an original song. Sing with me now: If you like pina colada, and making egg white meringue and placing chunks of pineapple under an open flame, Even if fancy french dessert names tend to stick in your craw You will like…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Cinnamon Squares

You guys, my brain is fried. There is a small pathetic puddle of gray jelly in between my ears, where my thinkbox should be. I can’t even summon the mental fortitude to wax rhapsodic about the cinnamon squares we made this week: See, I’m writing this entry a few days in advance, because we’re going…

Daring Bakers Challenge: Just Say Cheesecake

Lately I have started to suspect an ugly truth about myself. No matter how much I like to think the opposite, it is possible that my heart is not into being a Daring Baker. (Note the very important capital letters. I will forever be a daring baker–many burned pans and discarded desserts will attest to…

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