Samantha Seneviratne

Samantha Seneviratne is a writer, recipe developer, and food stylist. She is the author of two cookbooks, and blogs at Love, Cake.
Recipe: Fennel Rice Pudding
I just wiped the dust off my old Classic French Cooking notebook — the rickety old binder they gave me when I started class at The French Culinary Institute (now known as the International Culinary Center) 10 years ago. I still have it. The pages are yellowing, and the recipes are a little stodgy, but I’d figured it was worth keeping. I hoped that someday it would prove to be useful, and I was right. Rice pudding is easy to love.
Jan 22, 2020
Recipe: Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Sour Cream Ganache Frosting
Beets are one of those divisive vegetables — either you love them or hate them. I happen to love them. I’m a sucker for that sweet flesh and gorgeous fuschia color, but I know plenty of people who play for the other team. Beet-haters, I ask that you suspend your disbelief for one moment. Try not to discount the chocolate-beet cupcake based on your feelings for the vegetable alone. Open your heart to beet cake because the final product is far better than the sum of its parts.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Parsnip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
I remember spying the loose parsnips at the market years ago and thinking, What are those carrots, sans spray tan? We didn’t grow up eating them in my house, and I had no experience cooking them. They looked a little intimidating. But back then, before I had made cooking my career, I was eager for new culinary adventures. So I scooped them up and hoped for the best. Turns out, parsnips are a little more work than carrots. The skins, which can be saved for stock, must be peeled away.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Sweet Potato Cinnamon Buns
I was recently flipping through my copy of Deborah Madison’s beautiful book Vegetable Literacy. Besides those tempting Madison-style recipes that can create new cravings for any vegetable, including those you’ve scarcely ever heard of before, this book includes lovely stories of her vegetable adventures and a bit of backstory on each plant. Beyond the recipes, it’s a great read.
Jan 21, 2020
5 Sweet Veggie Treats from Samantha Seneviratne
I bake with vegetables, and I know I’m not alone. I assume that pumpkin pie and carrot cake have graced every table in the United States at one time or another, but I’m here to tell you that there is more to vegetable desserts than just a couple of carrots. There is a whole array of veggie-aisle treats worth exploring. When I wrote my book, The New Sugar and Spice, I set out to find a way to enjoy a broader spectrum of flavors in my sweets.
Jun 9, 2019
Recipe: Upside-Down Carrot Cake
There is nothing like the pleasure of making and eating a simple upside-down cake. Although it may look complicated, it’s one of the easiest cakes to make. You don’t have to separate the eggs, use special pans, or make any fancy fillings or frosting. It’s a one-stop shop to pure deliciousness. Upside-down cake has all the textures you could ever want. Starting from the bottom, it’s got a moist and tender butter cake.
May 1, 2019