Love holiday baking, but short on time? Turn to your freezer for help! Cookies, cakes, cupcakes and even whole pies can be made ahead of time and baked or thawed when you need them, so you'll always have a special dessert on hand, no matter how busy your schedule.
Have you become acquainted with Biscoff (or Speculoos) cookies? They're a warmly-spiced biscuit-type cookie that's wonderful with coffee or tea. And now many companies have turned the favorite treat into a spread. (Some call it "cookie butter.") You know what that means, right? Speculoos brownies, cookies and cakes are starting to reveal themselves from every corner of the internet. We couldn't be happier.
Q: My husband has a big birthday coming up and has made only one request: carrot cake. While this is seemingly easy (I was over the moon) I'm a vegan and would like to attempt to make a delicious, vegan, layer carrot cake, fit for a dinner party.
There are occasions when layer cakes are really in order. Big birthdays, anniversaries, or graduations often warrant a towering cake. And then there are times when your standard chocolate cake recipe just won't do. When it's time to really knock it out of the park, s'mores do the trick.
I've been having a love affair with pumpkin lately, and looking for a new way to incorporate it into a sweet baked good. These spiced, Autumn-colored pumpkin blondies seem to fit the bill perfectly, don't they?
Peaches? In October? Yes, I nabbed a handful of extra-soft, very late season peaches at the market last week, and after I ate a couple I decided to sink the rest into an easy cake for a dinner party. And this turned out to be just the right decision.
Sometimes you find or see something that just makes you want to give a long, slow clap. That's how I felt when I came across Vicky's (of the blog S'Tasty) Rubik's Cube birthday cake. Based on a Battenberg-style cake (a marzipan-covered cake that reveals a check pattern when you cut into it) the different pieces of this cake are dyed in the traditional six colors of the Rubik's cube. But the kicker is that she decided to have each slice of cake reveal a different combination of colored squares, just like a Rubik's cube!
I've long adored carrot cake. It's usually paired with cream cheese frosting which I find utterly addictive, and the inclusion of carrots gives a sense that having a big slice is somehow beneficial to my health. Mental health, at least.
I have many carrot cake notches in my belt; I make it often and each time the recipe gets a little tweak. Carrot cake is a great culinary example of how cooking is a never ending quest to discover the best combinations of ingredients. Even when you're making a tried and true classic.
The last carrot cake I made didn't break all the rules, but it broke one cardinal rule of baking.
Did you know that there's a so-called correct way to eat a cupcake? All eye-rolls aside, if you've ever disliked getting a nose full of frosting when biting into a cupcake, then this video tip is for you!
I'm very much of the mind that you're never too old to celebrate your birthday. If you happen to have a fall birthday, you get to choose from classic cakes like Chocolate and Vanilla, but you can also reach for more seasonal favorites.