The third, and by far most popular, dish I made the week before Christmas was “Deep, Dark, Spicy Gingerbread” from Joanne Chang’s Flour (Chronicle Books, 2010; p. 200). It is, as the recipe promises, deep and dark — so much so … Continue reading
In the week before Christmas, I baked three different things, the first of which was my birthday cake. It seems a bit weird to bake a cake for one’s own birthday, but I’ve found it’s the best way to preempt … Continue reading
Carrot cake is one of the easiest and most flexible cakes you can possibly bake. Its rough, “homemade” texture requires no unusual ingredients to buy, bulky equipment to store, or special techniques to master, yet the results can be so … Continue reading
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My first baking project of the “holiday season” was a bit of a production, despite being a relatively simple two-layer chocolate cake. Perhaps this was a result of being out of practice, after nearly a month off. This is the … Continue reading
My last cake before a travel-induced hiatus for the rest of November was “Pumpkin Upside-down Cake with cranberry-pecan topping” from Emily Luchetti’s A Passion for Desserts (Chronicle Books, 2003; p. 120). This is a really easy and simple baking-powder-leavened cake, made … Continue reading
This past weekend, I was supposed to be doing Black Chocolate Stout Cake from Ovenly, but Black Chocolate Stout wasn’t available the weekend before, so I had to change my plans. As it turns out, it won’t be available until … Continue reading
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Boston Cream Pie creates a lot of confusion. While it is from Boston, it doesn’t necessarily have any cream in it, and it’s a layer cake, not a pie. Opinions differ greatly on what the cake should be filled with: … Continue reading
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When I started my summer baking project last June, I did not expect one recipe to be head-and-shoulders more popular than all the others: Joanne Chang’s “Midnight Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Buttercream” from Flour (Chronicle Books, 2010; p. 162). I … Continue reading
You’re probably wondering if I’ve given up on baking, given the long gap between posts. Fear not — it was just a vacation-induced hiatus. This past weekend I baked an Italian olive-oil cake called Ciambella all’Arancia, from Rosetta Costantino’s Southern … Continue reading
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I made this cake over Labor Day weekend; the first of two carrot cakes I expect to make this year, it comes from Joanne Chang’s first cookbook, Flour (with Christie Matheson; Chronicle Books, 2010; pp. 159ff). The published recipe includes the … Continue reading