Q: Help! I'm looking for ways to dress up a gluten-free vanilla cake. My girlfriend's birthday is this weekend and I picked up a package of Bob's Red Mill gluten-free vanilla cake mix (per great reviews), but need some help to dress it up a bit and make it beautiful and birthday-worthy.
Q: Why is my cake so runny in the middle? I have been baking for a while, but every time I make a cake, the middle is always runny. I follow the recipes by every single word! I tried to bake them longer, I even doubled the time. But nothing works. The finish product tastes weird too. Really floury.
My mom baked most of our sweets herself when I was growing up, but I still hold a special place in my heart for Little Debbie snacks. Unhealthy? Yup. Tasty to a six-year-old? Totally. So check out this homemade version that's not only ginormous but made with real ingredients!
We're big believers in dessert here on The Kitchn, but there were a few particularly indulgent treats that stood out from this past year. There was that insane banana cake decked out with caramel sauce and those Boston cream pie cupcakes. I'm definitely going to need a big bowl of the coconut chocolate pudding, though the chocolate-flecked skillet blondies are mighty tempting. We have a few days before the start of the New Year and we return to our more normal eating habits. Let's make them count.
Get ready to file this away in your Ideas for Party Small Talk file, folks, because we're about to break it down: just how much gingerbread would it take to build a life-size gingerbread house? We know you've thought about it. A lot. Ok, fine. Maybe not a lot. Whatever. The point is, we have an answer.
I suspect that I won't need to do much convincing with this recipe. I also suspect that your guests won't need much convincing to try a slice. It's cake. Made with eggnog. Glazed with sweet boozy icing. An extra pinch of nutmeg and a special baking trick with a whisk are all you need to put this holiday treat right over the top.
What are the holidays without wheat, dairy, eggs, and refined sugar? Pretty dreary, I imagined — until I came up with this moist, richly flavored gingerbread cake that I will be happily baking for months, if not years, to come.
They call this "A Very Good Chocolate Cake." Well, they have lied (they being Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock, the quintessential Southern chefs). A more appropriate title would be, "The Very Best Chocolate Cake." A bold statement, yes, but once you try this moist, rich slice of heaven I think you might agree.
Avoiding animal products doesn't mean missing out on the holiday baking fun. Here are 10 favorite recipes for vegan cakes, breads, cookies and more, including no-knead cranberry-walnut pumpkin bread and simple vanilla almond sandies.