by Samantha Seneviratne in Recipes, September 29th, 2015
by Cameron Curtis in How-to, Restaurants, September 13th, 2015
You know what drives me nuts? Bananas. Have you noticed how a whole bunch of bananas will always become ready to eat on the same day? I fight a losing battle with my bananas every week. I want to eat one every day. But it never works out that way. Inevitably I end up having to down five ripe ones in one afternoon. I’ve tried to rip apart bunches of varying ripeness and assemble the perfect hybrid bunch at the store. But I don’t think supermarkets condone that kind of behavior. And I’m a timid rule breaker.
Thankfully, the overripe banana is the baker’s best friend. Unlike wilted lettuce and mealy apples, squishy brown bananas make for fabulous baked goods. I keep them in a big plastic bag in the freezer, adding super-soft specimens weekly. They can hang out there for months, just waiting for their opportunity to shine.
by Lauren Miyashiro in Recipes, July 31st, 2015
Milk Bar was founded in 2008 by James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef award-winner Christina Tosi; you may have heard of some of the bakery’s more popular items, like Cereal Milk ice cream, Compost Cookies and Crack Pie. With five locations in New York, one in Toronto and another opening in Washington, D.C., later this year, Milk Bar is becoming its own dessert empire. But it’s the eatery’s Birthday Cake that has won my heart and my stomach. It’s a modern take on the classic Funfetti cake, and it makes an appearance every year when it’s my birthday (and also when it’s not). The key to the moist cake layers in this towering treat? A soak of whole milk and clear vanilla extract. That’s right: It’s like a tres leches cake gone birthday bonkers, in the best way possible. We stopped by Milk Bar’s test kitchen location in Brooklyn to see how the masterpiece comes together.
by Christie Bok in Community, July 19th, 2015
When summer decides to crank up the heat, it’s almost impossible to think about turning on the oven. Blueberry cobbler and cherry pie may be your favorite seasonal treats, but baking isn’t fun when the temperature rises past the 90s (as it did in much of the country this week). Don’t discount, however, the possibility of a showstopping cake. On the hottest of days, icebox cake is your secret weapon.
Traditionally, icebox cake is composed of layers of whipped cream and chocolate wafers. Left to chill in the fridge overnight, the wafers soften and take on the texture of cake but keep the taste of cookie. While the classic formula is perfect in itself, there’s a lot of room for creativity using the same technique. Take Ina Garten’s 5-star recipe, for example, which sandwiches spiked mocha mascarpone cream between crispy chocolate chip cookies. The result is known to “make grown men weep,” according to Ina, and she herself has declared it as being not only the easiest cake she’s ever made but also her favorite. That said, her recipe is a good place to start. But don’t fret if you’re not a coffee lover — there’s an icebox cake for everyone.
Get the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe here, and scroll down below for more amazing icebox-cake recipes to satisfy every type of sweet tooth.
by Christie Bok in Community, July 5th, 2015
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed chocoholic or eat the treat just once in a while, chocolate is an ingredient that can put a smile on almost everyone’s face. Enjoy it in an old-fashioned candy bar, drizzled on an ice cream sundae or mixed into a decadent pound cake, as it is in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Trisha Yearwood transforms her basic pound cake recipe by adding heaps of cocoa powder for an intensely decadent chocolate flavor. Serve each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a mouthwatering summer dessert.
For more dessert recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Pound Cake (pictured above) from Trisha Yearwood.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, June 12th, 2015
Toasty marshmallows, melted chocolate and crisp graham crackers — what more could you want in a dessert? In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, your childhood campfire favorite is transformed into a decadent four-tiered cake. Food Network Magazine’s recipe for Basic Chocolate Cake becomes the perfect base for the oozing filling, which is made easy with store-bought marshmallow cream and buttery, toasted graham cracker crumbs. Layer the cooled cakes with the filling, and then top with ganache.
For more dessert recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: S’mores Cake (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, May 5th, 2015
We’re big on birthdays here in the Food Network offices. It’s a time when we all preheat our ovens, pull out our mixers and bake something special for our co-workers. But that whole birthday cake thing? It’s been done. We’re here to prove that there’s more to birthdays than birthday cake — and our treats don’t need to be sweet either. Instead of agonizing over the perfect gift, remember that all a birthday boy or girl needs is a little something homemade to know how much you care.
Baking the birthday boy or girl a homemade cake is a treat all on its own, but it’s a whole different story when that cake is an ice cream cake. With the best of both dessert worlds all in one place, there’s no better way to celebrate June babies’ birthdays as summer gets underway. Although it may look like a whole to-do, an ice cream cake is actually quite easy to make, and you can bet these ice-cold recipes will look good with a lighted candles. Just be sure to blow them out before the cake melts!
An ice cream cake doesn’t need to be overly complicated for it to be a showstopper. Learn how to make a simple yet showstopping ice cream cake (pictured above) using store-bought ingredients, and see why it’s all about technique. More importantly than anything else, be sure to work quickly so that the cake doesn’t melt, causing ice crystals to form when you freeze it later.
by Maria Russo in Community, April 19th, 2015
Just like the macaroni necklace and the finger-painted masterpieces you gave her years ago, something homemade is always the key to Mom’s heart, especially on Mother’s Day. Before you place that order for another wilted, mass-produced delivery bouquet, stake out your kitchen to make an opulent homemade gift that will make Mom weep with joy: a cake. Frosted or naked, tiered or single-story, boxed-up or sliced on the spot, each of these decadent cakes is a thing of beauty that shows Mom how you feel with every slice.
Ree Drummond’s Strawberry Shortcake Cake (pictured above) oozes with sweet strawberries, and we can’t cut into this cream cheese-frosted beauty soon enough. Instead of plunging candles in it like it’s her birthday, present it to Mom with plump strawberries nestled in the icing for a most-beautiful celebratory cake. Plus, with a bit of help, even Mom’s little ones can get involved in the creation of this cake. Ree’s girls helped with each of the steps.
by Marisa McClellan in Recipes, January 29th, 2015
Though Ina Garten’s candy-topped cake is ideal for birthday bashes, you can indeed look to this sweet-tooth-satisfying treat even when there’s no celebration in sight. Ina pairs a moist, rich vanilla cake and a thick blanket of fluffy chocolate frosting on top to pack a one-two punch of flavor in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Perhaps best of all, she bakes and frosts the cake right in a single sheet pan, so there’s no need to transfer, frost and assemble multiple layers.
For more wow-worthy desserts, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Birthday Sheet Cake (pictured above)
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, November 23rd, 2014
This time of the year, when the days are short and bone-chillingly cold, I turn to citrus to help brighten my mood. I bring home clementines by the bagful, order boxes of sweet-tart Meyer lemons direct from California and peel myself at least one red grapefruit every afternoon as a snack.
Most of the time, my citrus consumption feels spare and virtuous, but occasionally I put a few lemons and limes to work in a less austere manner. I have a small, dense lemon loaf recipe that I adore. Lemon curd happens at least once a season in my kitchen. And this year, I’m having a hard time keeping myself away from Ree Drummond’s Lemon-Lime Pound Cake.
Apple, pumpkin and pecan pies — or a mashup of all three — are indeed no-fail options when it comes to Thanksgiving dessert, but if you’re looking to dress up the feast this year with new takes on tradition, introduce a sweet cake to your after-dinner spread. Read on below for classic and creative holiday cake ideas from Trisha Yearwood, Ina Garten and more Food Network chefs, then check out the complete roundup of Top Thanksgiving Cake Recipes for more turkey day inspiration.
The key to making Trisha’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (pictured above) is building the cake from the bottom up. What will eventually be the top of the cake — the sweetened pineapple and bright-red cherries — forms the base as the batter cooks in the oven; Trisha recommends letting the pan rest atop the inverted cake for minutes after flipping so the sweet syrup absorbs into the vanilla-scented batter.