walnut pear sour cream cake

walnut sour cream pear cake

walnut pear sour cream cake

This was the first cake that I baked with my mother-in-law (although at that time she wasn’t my MIL, yet). At that time, I was (in my opinion) terrible at cake baking and could never get it right. My (future) MIL invited me over to her house to learn how to bake a proper cake. This was the recipe she chose. I love the texture and flavor of this cake. Before making this cake I only baked traditional chocolate or vanilla cakes with little to no success. Honestly, I am not a fan of a basic chocolate or vanilla cakes either. It was after making this cake that I realized I like my cakes with fruit in them.

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strawberry shortcake

strawberry shortcake

To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever had a strawberry shortcake. I think it’s because it never really appealed to me. But when a good friend of yours, who you know also happens to be an amazing cook makes a strawberry shortcake, you have to eat it. And I did. And it was good. Amazing actually. So good I find excuses to make this.

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apple spice bundt cake with rum glaze

apple spice bundt cake with rum glaze

This was the dessert that the hubs and I served for Christmas dinner. The hubs first came across this bundt cake online. Alton Brown had mentioned that this was one of the best things he had ever made. The cake also utilizes grains of paradise – a unique peppery spice we happen to have and use for one particular okra dish. I had never baked a bundt cake before and we didn’t have a bundt pan but went out to buy one specifically for this endeavor. I was also surprised how much butter was needed to make a bundt cake and have to admit was slightly horrified. That being said, bundt cakes are easy to decorate and look naturally “pretty” even with some simple glaze over it.

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sunken apple and honey cake

sunken apple and honey cake

Two months ago we went apple picking and came home with about 10 pounds of apples. The hubs was a little concerned that we wouldn’t be able to finish them all before they went bad, but his fears were largely unfounded. I made about 2 different apple desserts – an apple tart and this delicious apple honey cake. Both recipes were from the Smitten Kitchen blog (thank you Deb!). We consumed the rest of the apples heartily as an after dinner treat.

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bittersweet chocolate and pear cake

Originally posted: Jan 2011; updated Oct 2013, April 2014 (with new photos)

bittersweet chocolate and pear cake

Back in my grad school days…

Armed with my semi-success in cake baking (i.e. the sour cream pear and walnut cake), I decided to try another cake this week. The girls were coming over for a book study so I had a reason to bake a cake. Looked through Smitten Kitchen’s list of cake recipes and this one caught my eye mainly because I still had one pear left in my fruit bowl. I had most of the ingredients and the cake seemed simple enough to make. Browned butter was a new thing for me, but worth a shot.

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chocolate banana layer cake

chocolate banana layer cake

I’m not a big fan of eating cakes but there are some exceptions and Awfully Chocolate’s chocolate cake is one exception. Awfully Chocolate is a cake chain that started in Singapore and initially sold only chocolate cakes – well, 3 types of chocolate cake and the best chocolate ice-cream in the world. Now they also sell other things like cupcakes, fudge and other types of cakes. However, their basic chocolate cake and ice-cream are still (in my opinion) the best items. Their chocolate cake is rich, moist and just the right texture. The simple ganache on the top also complements the cake very well. You never feel too overwhelmed by the chocolate flavor or too full after having a slice.

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flourless chocolate cake

flourless chocolate cake

Why hello there. This cake has no flour and wheat, which makes it great for those who are on a gluten-free diet. I first made this while I was living in Montreal. It was for a dinner party I hosted for two friends. The cake turned out well and I served each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and blueberries.

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bee sting cake

bee sting cake

Bee sting cake is a German cake also known as Bienenstich. You can read more about its legendary origins here. I first had bee sting cake in Adelaide, Australia. My dear friend brought me to the German town in Adelaide and we ate bee sting cake. I remember the luscious custard filling, crisp top and soft yeasted cake. It was delicious. My mom loved it as well.

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chocolate malteser cake

chocolate malteser cake

The first time I came across a chocolate malteser cake recipe was almost 10 years ago when I watched Nigella Lawson make it on one of her cooking shows. I love malt – especially Horlicks (a popular malted drink in the Commonwealth) and was very excited to bake Nigella’s malteser cake. Maltesers are a chocolate treat commonly found in the UK and beyond. It’s basically a malt ball covered with chocolate. The American equivalent would be Whoppers. I have realized though that Maltesers are far superior in taste to Whoppers. This is probably due to the ingredients used. As such, if you can get a hold of them, use Maltesers for this recipe, if not, it’s okay.

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chocolate buttercream frosting

chocolate buttercream frosting atop chocolate cupcakes

New years day and I was bored. I usually cook when I am bored and decided to whip up some chocolate cupcakes. Cupcake recipe – check, frosting recipe – no where to be found…crap! For some reason I couldn’t remember the exact measurements of my frosting recipe so I had a panicky moment searching online for a recipe that resembled the recipe I used. I found something similar (but not quite) and made some tweaks. Frosting turned out great…whew!

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