Category Archives: Everyday Cakes

Peanut Caramel Brownie Cake

caramel peanut brownie cakeWhen I first saw this cake, the term that immediately came to my mind was “food porn”. It’s a giant, solidly delicious brownie smothered with salty peanuts and  seductive caramel that just oozes over the edge. The kind of guilty pleasure meant to be devoured, with raw, unadulterated, dessert-loving hunger, but I’d feel a little funny bringing it home to meet my mother.

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This here, is the James Dean of cakes.

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Dimply Plum Cake Recipe



Bread school is making me feel a little challenged in the social arena these days. Setting aside my newly acquired habit of hauling many loaves of artisan bread around town, still warm from the oven from which I shoveled them just moments before and handing them out to friends, neighbors, former colleagues, and even complete strangers, I’m finding that school has permeated other parts of how I relate to those around me in a big way.

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Mocha-Walnut Marbled Bundt Cake Recipe

 

For a little while now I’ve been hiding a big secret. It’s incredible, life changing news, and I’m completely surprised that I managed to keep on writing about avocado-mango salsa, strawberry cream tart, and the stand-alone amazingness of artichokes as if nothing else was happening all of this time.

 

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Angel Food Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

 

When the weather gets warmer, there’s nothing like a nice, light dessert to round out a grilled meal. 

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Cranberry Upside-Downer Cake Recipe

This recipe has a sad name, which, I hope, will not mislead.  When I first saw it, I was reminded of this night when I was out with some girlfriends a few years back and I was in a really dark mood. I’m talking apocalyptic, what’s-the-point-because-with-global-warming-the-planet-is-doomed, we’re-all-food-for-the-wor

ms-anyways kind of dark. My friends drew stares from fellow restaurant patrons as they all, in unison, made these “Wotttt wahhh” sounds, which in my TV-less existence prompted me to google the SNL Debbie Downer sketch.

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Blueberry Crumb Cake Recipe

 

The biggest problem with keeping cookbooks in the bedroom is that some mornings, as soon as my eyes open, I’ll find myself with a rumbling stomach, gazing over at book after book containing endless possibilities for curbing my hunger. With blueberries burning a hole in my fridge and a running streak of 3 for 3 with the recipes of baking goddess Dorie Greenspan, I didn’t even need coffee for my brain to process the next logical step.

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Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

In addition to my apple pie, I wanted to bring something new to the thanksgiving table this year. Brian’s mom hosted 23 people for dinner and I wanted to bring something a little unusual, a decadent crowd-pleaser that would be rich and memorable. Cheesecake was the answer, and pumpkin at that, to be seasonal. Done and done. In my wildest dreams I never would have guessed that my first cheesecake would come out so perfectly baked, creamy yet light, and astoundingly delicious (if I do say so myself).

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