by Emily Lee in Recipes, April 21st, 2016
by Emily Lee in Recipes, April 15th, 2016
As you peel back layers of winter wool, consider shedding your offset spatula from your baking arsenal too. This spring, it’s all about the “naked cake” — a low-fuss creation with exposed sides that’s perfect for the baker who simply cannot waste time on impeccably frosted edges. As much as we love a thick coat of icing, we’re just as excited by the abundance of fresh fruit now at the markets — and the myriad opportunities fruit presents for dressing up spring desserts. When diced or sliced thin, pineapple, banana and fresh berries can all double as sweet jewels for dressing up layer cakes. It would be a true gaffe to cover them up, which is why these pretty cakes are letting their middles show.
Strawberry shortcake meets strawberry-rhubarb pie in this spring dessert mash-up. No need to frost down the sides of the cake — it’s much prettier if you let the strawberries and rhubarb peak out through the center.
by Samantha Seneviratne in Recipes, March 30th, 2016
Easy, versatile and wildly unappreciated by the calorie-conscious, pound cake is the sweet star of bake sales and brunches alike. But no matter the audience, this old-school cake captivates with its uniquely rich and dense texture. Its name comes from the traditional recipe that calls for a pound each of flour, butter, sugar and eggs — though the name “pound cake” is now synonymous with any buttery cake prepared in a loaf pan or Bundt mold. Choose one of our crowd-pleasing recipes, then use it as a canvas for ice cream, caramel sauce, fresh fruit or glaze.
A classic pound cake should live up to its name, so don’t be surprised to see a whole pound of butter in the ingredients list of this Purely Pound Cake recipe. If you aren’t serving the cake right away, wrap it in parchment paper to help keep it moist.
by Guest Blogger in Entertaining, Recipes, March 25th, 2016
Puff pastry is a delicious dough with a delightful name. Its French name, pâte feuilletée, is even more evocative. The word feuilles means “leaves,” which is what the baked dough resembles — a buttery tower of flaky pastry leaves.
by Samantha Seneviratne in Recipes, March 22nd, 2016
By Beth Klosterboer
My family gathers together to celebrate someone’s birthday quite often — so often, in fact, that the parties were getting a bit mundane. To make these get-togethers a little more exciting, I began serving reveal cakes.
What’s a reveal cake, you ask? Well, when sliced, it exposes a surprise hiding inside, like the age or name of the birthday girl or boy. It’s really fun to have everyone gather around the dessert table eagerly awaiting the big reveal. The enthusiastic response to the cakes makes every party more fun.
by Samantha Seneviratne in Recipes, March 18th, 2016
Most people associate dessert with special occasions. But I’m a dessert-every-day kind of girl. And in my book, the best sweet treats are the ones that don’t require extra shopping. When you can whip up something special with ingredients that are already in your kitchen, the results taste even sweeter.
If fried rice is the savory king of leftovers, bread pudding is the dessert queen. The ends of a loaf never go quite as fast as the first few slices — enthusiasm for the stale bread waning as the days go on. I keep the last bits of a sad loaf of old bread in my freezer, right next to the overripe bananas, so that one day I might have just enough for a bread pudding.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, March 17th, 2016
A Bundt is the perfect cake to make when you want a beautiful showstopper without the fuss of frosting, layers or intricate decorations. It emerges from its namesake pan looking golden and gorgeous every time; a simple glaze makes the cake even more mouthwatering. But the key to a perfect Bundt is to make sure its interior is just as wonderful as the outside. With so little adornment, there are fewer ways to hide mistakes. Turns out, the secret to a light-textured, moist and flavorful cake is all in the mixing technique.
Well, to be specific, it’s all in the way you cream the butter and sugar. Sure, sweet butter, tangy buttermilk, fragrant orange zest and plenty of poppy seeds add deep flavor, but proper technique is the key to a fine, tender crumb.
by Sofia Lyons in Recipes, March 16th, 2016
Hey, if you’re going to go to the trouble of sifting, measuring, whisking, preheating, baking, layering, frosting and slicing (we’re exhausted just typing all of that) to get your cake fix, it better be worth it. So when it comes to picking just the right recipe, you better go for one that’s tried-and-true. The people have spoken, and these freshly baked beauties totally deserve their place on a pedestal. As of this moment, these cakes have a seriously stunning amount of shining reviews (and the numbers are only going up).
2,014 Reviews: Beatty’s Chocolate Cake
The numbers don’t lie. Thousands of fans agree that Ina Garten’s chocolatey dream of a cake (pictured above) is simply the best. It achieves a deeply decadent richness with a secret-weapon ingredient: a cup of freshly brewed coffee in the batter.
by Amanda Rettke in Holidays, Recipes, March 15th, 2016
All cookie fanatics know that the only thing better than one cookie is two — plus a rich, creamy filling. A step up from the classic chocolate chip or sugar cookie, these treats feature cookies that are fruity, nutty, cakey and more. Try the cookie version of an already traditional dessert, like carrot cake, or go for an unexpected flavor (popcorn?); this list of our favorite sandwich cookies has it all.
Cake-Mix Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (pictured above)
Who knew you could use boxed cake mix as cookie batter? With the simple addition of chocolate chips and peppermint extract, these easy-to-make cookies will be fudgy and minty.
by Samantha Seneviratne in Recipes, March 11th, 2016
One of the most-colorful symbols of St. Patrick’s Day is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I set out to make a cake that incorporated a little of both: the bright, bold colors of the rainbow as well as the mysterious gold at the end! This cake has a simple buttercream rainbow design complemented with gold sprinkles around the upper edge. But that is not where the fun ends — once you cut into the cake you will see three beautiful golden ombre layers!
Eating in season makes a lot of sense. Vegetables and fruits taste the best and are most nutritious and affordable when you enjoy them during the season in which they are grown and harvested. During winter and early spring, when it comes to savory preparations like dinner, the choices are clear: Root vegetables, onions and garlic are plentiful in the colder months. Stew, anyone? But while the air is cold and the days are short, what should we do about dessert?
Citrus is the delicious answer. In the winter months, when fresh berries and peaches are all but a distant memory, turn your attention to lemons, limes and oranges to make your desserts shine, as they do in this bright cheesecake tart.