Cake Recipes & Ideas
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Recipe: Birthday Cake Popcorn
Every day is someone’s birthday, so celebrate accordingly with this festive sweet treat. It’s easily concocted on a whim from ingredients found in most convenience stores, but also feel free to mix it up by using other kinds of chocolate candy bars or even flavored pre-packaged popcorn. The possibilities are endless! Just make sure you have some sprinkles on hand in order to up the fun factor.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Strawberry Jam Sweet Rolls
I had a sudden vision at the farmers market as I beheld the trays and trays of perfect, jewel-like strawberries. I would make jam. And I would layer that jam into sweet breakfast rolls and bake them until golden. And then I would smear those rolls with sweet cream cheese frosting. It was meant to be. And it was done. Don’t worry — making your own jam is not actually a requirement for this recipe. Your favorite store-bought jam is totally fine.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Salted Peanut Tiramisu
Recipe ideas can come from anywhere – a cookbook, website, book or movie — but my favorite source of inspiration is recreating dishes I’ve eaten while out; the ones that lingered and I just couldn’t get out of my mind. This dessert was born from just such a situation. After devouring a salty peanut tiramisu at Eataly, I knew I wanted to be able to make it at home, especially to share with friends the next time we entertained.
May 1, 2019
How To Make a Chocolate Soufflé
I believe that everyone — each and every one of you — should try making a chocolate soufflé at least once in their lives. Not only are they one of the most heavenly things you can eat with a spoon, but they are a total confidence booster. I’m not going to say they’re easy, exactly, but they’re also surprisingly not all that hard.
May 1, 2019
Baking School Day 7: Buttercream
The Kitchn’s Baking School Day 7: All about buttercream. Join The Kitchn’s Baking School: Sign up and see all The Kitchn’s Baking School assignments Swirled high atop a cupcake or intricately piped onto a wedding cake, buttercream is the fluffy, sugary, creamy frosting our dreams are made of. There are several different types of buttercream, serving an array of purposes throughout the pastry kitchen.
May 1, 2019
Baking School Day 19: Layer Cakes
The Kitchn’s Baking School Day 19: All about layer cakes. Join The Kitchn’s Baking School: Sign up and see all The Kitchn’s Baking School assignments Let’s face it. Layer cakes will always steal the show. Heavenly cake layers slathered in fluffy frosting — who could turn down a slice? There are endless combinations of layer cake delights.
May 1, 2019
Baking School Day 20: Cake Decorating
The Kitchn’s Baking School Day 20: All about cake decorating. Join The Kitchn’s Baking School: Sign up and see all The Kitchn’s Baking School assignments Dream of sky-high bakery-style cakes, cupcakes, and other decorative treats? You know, cakes with super-smooth buttercream, cupcakes with intricate frosting, and cookies with delicately piped details and sugar garnishes? Or even those treats with a rustic, “homemade” finish and handfuls of colorful sprinkles?
May 1, 2019
How To Frost & Decorate a Layer Cake
It’s a special occasion (or just a random Tuesday), and you are looking for a way to celebrate. We have just the thing: cake. A gorgeous, mouth-watering, decorated layer cake, to be exact! Have you just baked up your favorite cake recipe, made a batch of frosting, and don’t know what to do next? It’s time to learn how to stack and decorate cakes like a pro and start creating sky-high, sugar-filled masterpieces!
May 1, 2019
How To Frost a Cupcake: 5 Easy Ways
Trends come and trends go, but the ubiquity of the cupcake as core comfort food remains. Birthdays, breakups, barbecues on the lawn — a cupcake piled high with frosting is appropriate for just about any occasion. Ready to up your cupcake game? Today I’m showing you five different ways to frost your cupcakes in style. Because most of us don’t use them very often, I think piping bags can feel a bit intimidating.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Pear Gingerbread
I dreamed of this cake before I ever figured out how to make it. I could taste it and see it in my mind, and I was sure there must be a recipe out there somewhere. It was, after all, just gingerbread and pears. For an entire fall, I made every pear gingerbread, pear-ginger upside-down cake, and classic gingerbread with pears. I’d never loved gingerbread before, and yet, I loved the idea of the cake I craved.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Hot Cocoa Madeleines
Madeleines are my favorite cookie. I love their delicate flavor and distinctive shape and texture — they taste more like a mini sponge cake than a cookie. When I was a kid, my mom would take me to a coffeeshop a few blocks from our house. She’d get her latte and I’d get hot chocolate and a madeleine pulled from the old-fashioned lidded candy jar that sat on the counter.
May 1, 2019
This Cake Is Colored with Vegetables, Not Red Dye 40
The days for food ingredient labels with a long list of artificial colors (Red 40 Lake and Yellow 6, anyone?) might be numbered. As NPR reported this week, many big-name brands are starting to ditch those questionable, chemical colors in favor of dyes made from plants and vegetables instead. Kraft, General Mills, Nestle, and Panera Bread have all pledged to release products with natural dyes, or to eliminate artificial coloring from their product lines between now and next year.
May 1, 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
Recipe: Blueberry-Lemon Skillet Cake
Have a hankering for cake? Skip the cake pan and break out your cast iron skillet! This breakfast-friendly cake has juicy blueberries and lemon, all in a light cornmeal batter. It’s a low-key way to get a sweet start to any day. If you like cornbread, you’ll like this cake. Cornmeal adds sweetness and texture to the cake batter, which also has yogurt for tang and tenderness, and it’s finished with lots of fresh blueberries and lemon zest.
May 1, 2019
This Bowl of Cereal Is Actually a Cake
Yes, you read that right — this adorable “bowl of cereal” is actually a cake. Want to surprise and delight the cereal-lovers in your life? This is definitely the dessert to make. Ta-da! I told you it was a cake. The recipes for both the cake and frosting are fairly basic — although the cake batter does have crushed cereal in it! — but the key to this seemingly fancy cake is the way you bake it.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Rhubarb-Almond Snack Cake
Vibrant and tart, rhubarb is one of my favorite signs of spring. Rhubarb season is fleeting, though, so when you see the pink stalks, grab all you can! It’s a great ingredient to incorporate into cake — especially a dense, rich cake chock-full of almond paste and eggs like the one here. This cake doesn’t use much flour, but is instead set with lots of eggs and almond paste, giving it a dense, moist texture.
May 1, 2019
The Delightful Kitsch of Easter Lamb Cake
The comic essayist David Sedaris perfectly captures the absurdity of ritual in his famous French-class skit. Sedaris, an American, attempts to describe in broken French how “the rabbit of Easter … he bring of the chocolate … he come in the night when one sleep on a bed.” His Polish and Italian classmates scoff at the idea of a small, long-eared mammal that sneaks into children’s homes each spring to lavish them with sweets.
May 1, 2019
These 5 Stylish Layer Cakes Will Make Any Party More Magical
Julia Child famously said that a party without cake is just a meeting. Preach it, Julia. If you were to take one thing away from our story this week about layer cakes, it is that there is always a good reason to make and eat cake. From elaborate dinner parties to bridal brunches to afternoon tea with a close friend, layer cakes make any occasion better. This week we have five gorgeous cake recipes, each studded with little tips and intelligence on baking better layer cakes. Which is yours?
May 1, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Layer Cakes
Layer cakes are as much a craft project as they are a baking project. It’s a process that requires time and patience, but the reward is totally worth it. When made and assembled properly, layer cakes are a stunning and totally impressive dessert – which is exactly what can make them seem kind of intimidating to make. It’s easier than you think, though, when you know the major pitfalls to avoid. Despite your best efforts, your cakes may bake up with a domed top.
May 1, 2019
3 Simple Ways to Bake a Flat-Topped Cake Every Time
When it comes to home-baked treats, some things are just better when they come out of the oven with a rounded dome top — cookies, scones, quick bread, and most definitely muffins. Cake, however, is not one of those things; you want flat, even tops. Making that happen can seem tricky, but it’s easier to ditch the dome than you might think. Trying to bake flat cakes can feel like a game of chance. You slide the cake pans into the oven, cross your fingers, and hope for the best.
May 1, 2019
3 Unexpected Ways to Use a Box of Cake Mix
Even if you haven’t tasted it in years, one bite of boxed cake mix has a sweet way of churning up nostalgic feelings that leave a smile on your face. Sure, baking cakes and cupcakes are the obvious ways to go when handed a box, but they only scratch the surface of all the surprising and playful things this ingredient can do.
May 1, 2019
3 Smart Ways to Divide Cake Batter
Dividing cake batter between multiple pans can be a make-or-break situation. Pour a whole lot into one pan and whatever is left into the otherm and you may be left with two baked cakes with two very different heights, which will lead to a layer cake that tastes great, but looks uneven. Friends, there’s a better way. Eyeballing the cake batter in each pan unfortunately just doesn’t work. To guarantee even cake layers, you have to seek out a method that’s a little more accurate.
May 1, 2019
What Is a Crumb Coat?
Baking, frosting, and decorating beautiful cakes involves a whole set of terms that you won’t find used in other baking projects. One such term is a crumb coat. Let’s take a look at what that term means and why it’s important in the world of cake. A crumb coat is a thin layer of frosting that’s spread over the cake first.
May 1, 2019
The One Step You Shouldn’t Skip Before Frosting a Cake
If you’re anything like me, baking and assembling a frosted cake is one of the truest tests of my patience. You see, I am not a patient person, and as soon as I take my cake layers out of the oven, I want to frost them immediately. I am overly eager to see the final results and cut myself a thick slice — and can you blame me? — but it’s important to stick those layers in the refrigerator for a bit before frosting. Here’s why.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Gluten-Free “Buttermilk” Raspberry Weeknight Cake
When I was growing up, my mother had a well-used recipe box. Do you remember those? The little boxes overflowing with hand-written recipes on index cards and pages torn from magazines folded into quarters. The best of those were the family recipes that were handed down from my Grandma Grace and great-aunts: family cookie recipes, fluffy biscuits, and pecan sticky buns.
May 1, 2019
7 Tips for Baking the Ultimate Cake
To me, there’s nothing better than a beautiful layered cake to mark an occasion, whether that’s a birthday or just a Saturday dinner at home with friends. Baking one can often seem a bit intimidating, but it’s not if you know the right tips and tricks. We rounded up our seven favorite cake-baking tips that will guarantee success regardless of the occasion. Bakers are only as good their tools.
May 1, 2019
3 Secrets of Pro Cake Decorators
Creating the smooth, flawless buttercream finish you often find on professionally made cakes comes with practice. It also comes with the knowledge of a few insider techniques. So, some simple secrets from a pro baker’s kitchen, straight to yours. These are three of the easiest ways we get that gorgeous finish on our layer cakes. Successful cake decorating is all about the consistency of the buttercream and using your cake decorating tools to your advantage.
May 1, 2019
These Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches Make Me So Happy
Although the first day of summer is not until June 20, I always feel like Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the new season. And that kind of transition deserves a fun, celebratory treat — like these colorful ice cream sandwiches, for instance. Did I mention the ice cream has cake batter in it? Oh yes, we’re going all out here. The most ingenious part of this whole recipe is the method the author uses to portion out the ice cream.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Lavender Namoora
Called namoora in Lebanon, basbousa in Egypt, and haressa in Syria and Palestine, this semolina sheet cake is often served throughout the Arab world and often during Eid Al-Fitr. With only a handful of ingredients and a straightforward technique, it is perhaps one of the easiest desserts you’re not making. This version from Amanda Saab, the writer behind Amanda’s Plate, is drenched in a lemon and lavender syrup, giving this already-fragrant cake a floral update.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake in a Mug
Sometimes there’s an occasion to make a beautiful, towering strawberry shortcake to grace the dessert table. But more often we’re managing a busy weeknight when the hankering for a slice of soft, spongy cake accompanied by fresh sliced berries and whipped cream hits. Even if you had the time and energy, you don’t need a whole cake, and you definitely don’t want to turn on the oven if it’s high summer. This sweet mug cake is your single-serve solution.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: 4-Ingredient Nutella Mug Cake
If there was ever an MVP of desserts, I have no doubt it would be awarded to this Nutella mug cake. When all you need is one bowl, four ingredients, and five minutes for a seriously chocolatey cake that can crush any sweet tooth, it’s hard to argue otherwise. This cake comes together with four common baking staples you likely already have in the kitchen: flour, baking powder, milk, and Nutella.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Ina Garten’s Devil’s Food Cake
With a lighter-than-air coffee meringue buttercream.
May 1, 2019
Make Your Cake Do Double Duty This Holiday Season
So, you made a cake and it’s a real show-stopper. The only problem? Your guests won’t get to see it until the end of the night and then, before you know it, it’s gone. Well, no more, I say! Have your cake, gaze at it, and then eat it too. As an interior designer and stylist, I can’t help but think that how the food looks is just as important as how it tastes. It follows, then, that my absolute favorite culinary project is a big and beautiful well-frosted cake.
May 1, 2019
How To Make Vanilla Magic Cake
Magic cakes are a one-pan wonder for folks who love lots of different textures in their desserts. The top is crisped and golden-brown; airy as a gossamer angel food cake. The center is custardy, flan-like, and creamy. The bottom is a dense layer — not quite a cake and not quite a custard and altogether delicious. With a few cartons of eggs, a few gallons of milk, and some pans, I started the journey to creating a magic cake recipe that works every time.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake
I’ve seldom met a cake I didn’t like, so it’s hard to pick a favorite, but if I absolutely had to, this olive oil cornmeal cake would be it. I’ve long preferred olive oil cakes for their wonderfully tender crumb and depth of flavor, and that goes doubly so for the toothsome texture of this cornmeal-flecked version.
May 1, 2019
10 Cute Candles for Any Birthday Cake
Everyone knows the main event at a birthday party is the cake, so why not jazz it up with some cute and quirky candles? Check out some of our favorites. Happy Birthday Candle, $7 at Waiting on Martha: This candle makes a statement. And it has double wicks, which means double the fun! Numerical Balloon Candle, $2.50 at Shindigz: Whether your friend is turning 1 or 100, these candles will look adorable on the cake while simultaneously blowing up her spot on her real age.
May 1, 2019
How To Make Classic Birthday Cake
Birthday cake is the only thing you need to make a birthday special. Whether you’re celebrating your kids or yourself, I believe everyone should have a cake on their birthday. Homemade birthday cake is one of my favorite gifts to give, despite having a family birthday in almost every month of the year.
May 1, 2019
How To Make Chocolate Pound Cake
An everyday cake elevated to dinner-party dessert status.
May 1, 2019
10 Frostings That’ll Make Any Chocolate Cake Taste Even Better
Ganache! Buttercream! Whipped Cream! Frostings are something that get me excited about cake, because they (along with a few sprinkles) turn any cake into a celebration. Whether you’re baking a chocolate Bundt cake, a chocolate pound cake, or, my personal favorite, chocolate sheet cake, here are 10 frostings that upgrade classic chocolate cake to something unique and special to celebrate anytime.
May 1, 2019
The Best Cocoa to Use for Red Velvet Cake
Red velvet cake isn’t always distinguished as a chocolate cake, but cocoa powder is reportedly the cause of its namesake hue. Food historians suggest that the natural cocoa of the Victorian era, partnered with buttermilk, resulted in the cake’s burnished red hue and led to it being dubbed “red velvet cake.
May 1, 2019
How To Make Classic Hummingbird Cake
Hummingbird cake tastes like it could be the love child of banana bread and pineapple upside-down cake. In this Southern classic, bananas and crushed pineapple moisten a spiced cake sweetened with brown sugar and studded with pecans, and then whole the cake is coated in perfect cream cheese icing and decorated with pineapple flowers.
May 1, 2019
How To Make Caramel Cake
My heart beats a little faster when I talk about caramel cake. The tender yellow cake, the thick, crystalline frosting that marries caramelized sugar and butter — it’s an easy cake to fall in love with. The very best caramel cakes are anything but simple; the yellow cake must only carry the whisper of caramel flavor and be both tender and sturdy enough to support the frosting, which is the real star of the show.
May 1, 2019
This Lumberjack Cake Is Actually Blowing My Mind
I’d like to interrupt your Monday morning drudgery to present you with this impossibly important lumberjack cake. As you can see, the outside looks like a tree stump, while the inside of the cake looks like a red flannel shirt straight out of a Woolrich catalog. The cake is topped with an ax made out of fondant. So rugged.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Pink Champagne Poke Cake
Be prepared to fall hard for this cake. If not for its soft-pink hues, then for the moist, tender crumb lightly spiked with Champagne and wells of strawberry syrup. Or maybe it will be the rosé buttercream that really does it for you. What I’m trying to say is that this cake is the whole package — a dessert primed for celebration and yet surprising easy to pull together.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Marzipan Layer Cake
Almond-lovers, this playful marzipan cake is for you. It’s made with almond flour and marzipan — a rich, sweetened paste of ground almonds — leaving you with a dense, moist cake steeped with the flavor of this nut. The cake is wrapped in a coating of buttercream frosting and decorated with colored marzipan cut-outs you can create and shape yourself.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Flourless Chocolate and Almond Layer Cake
This cake has magical synergy. With no flour at all, this delicate and tender almond cake is based on the taste of ancient recipes, yet it’s made with modern cake-baking techniques. You’ll bake this cake in a jelly roll pan and split it into threes to make the layers. We’ll keep running with the theme of almonds with a nutty chocolate cream cheese filling. To finish, the cake is covered with chocolate ganache and toasted almonds.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Icebox Cake
Look, I have zero restraint when it comes to chocolate and peanut butter and showed none in creating this over-the-top chocolate peanut butter icebox cake. Not even trying to humble-brag here — this is the best chocolate peanut butter no-bake dessert that ever existed. Built on the back of the classic buckeye candy, this icebox cake is a decadent Reese’s-lover’s dream.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Easy Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcakes with Cardamom Whipped Cream
If the combination of strawberries and rhubarb wins your heart the way it does mine, then this is the only dessert you’ll need from now through the end of summer. Made with tender cream biscuits, these individual shortcakes start off like the basic version you know, with a few twists that will dazzle your tastebuds. A quick roast in the oven tames the tart bite of the rhubarb and heightens the sweet flavor of the strawberries.
May 1, 2019
17 Gorgeous Layer Cake Recipes Everyone Can Make
Layer cakes, with their alternating tiers of moist cake and creamy frosting, are downright impressive. They can also be a little intimidating if you don’t have a lot of practice under your belt. Good news, though — you don’t have to be a pro to bake a totally awe-inspiring and delicious layer cake.
May 1, 2019
How To Make a One-Bowl Vanilla Cake
Sometimes you need a cake — like, now — and getting out a stand mixer and dirtying a few bowls isn’t ideal. It’s often in these situations we lean on cake mixes to get a cake in the oven. Inspired by the virtues of cake mix (it is easy and reliable, after all) we set out to create an everyday vanilla cake — something sweet but sturdy and resilient that we could quickly turn into everything from an everyday coffee cake to cupcakes to a giant ice cream cake sandwich.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: One-Bowl Banana Upside-Down Cake
Banana bread is a great use of overripe bananas, but what if you want to turn bananas into an Instagram-worthy dessert or an everyday treat instead of breakfast fare? This brown sugar-glazed, cinnamon-scented banana upside-down cake is the most delicious way to bring bananas to brunch or an after-dinner dessert. Using our one-bowl vanilla cake recipe, we can turn everyday bananas into a sumptuous treat. One of the joys of banana bread is its ease and simplicity, and this cake is no different.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: One-Bowl Tres Leches Poke Cake
Popular throughout Latin America, tres leches is a buttery cake baked and then soaked in a combination of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk, hence the “three milks” name. While milk-soaked cake might sound soggy, this cake is the perfect summertime cake, thanks to its cool serving temperature. The cake acts as a sponge for the milk mixture and takes on a rich pudding-like texture after the milks are added.
May 1, 2019
Have You Heard of Russian Piping Tips?
If you find yourself wasting minutes of the day pining over all the beautifully decorated cakes filling up your Pinterest feed, like I all too often do, I am here to share great news: You can make cakes like that too! There is no need for countless online video tutorials learning the intricacies of making buttercream flowers using traditional piping tips — Russian piping tips have your back.
May 1, 2019
This Giant Cookie Cake Is the Best Passover Dessert
Monday, April 10, marks the first day of Passover, the Jewish holiday celebrating the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. If you’re looking for a fun, crowd-pleasing dessert to make, this whimsical cookie cake totally fits the bill. Learn more: A Beginner’s Guide to Passover This cake is naturally gluten-free, as it’s made with hazelnut flour and almond flour. It’s also very easy to whip up.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Top Cupcake Recipe on Pinterest
Have you tried it?
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Triple Coconut Poke Cake
Calling all coconut-lovers! If you’re a looking for a special dessert for this weekend’s festivities, this coconut poke cake won’t let you down. With a coconut cake base, homemade coconut pudding (featuring homemade coconut cream!), and shredded coconut over a layer of fluffy white frosting, it’s coconut sweetness through and through.
May 1, 2019
Poke Cakes Are Kitschy and Dated, but Still a Heck of a Lot of Fun
Poke cakes go back to the ancient days of the 1970s, the heyday of boxed cake mixes, Jell-O, and Cool Whip. Colorful and easy to make, poke cakes are the white patent leather go-go boots of the bakery case — kitschy and dated, but still a heck of a lot of fun. Poke cakes were originally created to increase sluggish sales for Jell-O gelatin.
May 1, 2019
The Publix Cake Is the Ultimate Southern Wedding Cake
When you’re planning and paying for a wedding, eventually you start to see dollar signs. According The Knot’s 2016 Real Wedding Survey the average wedding cost is $35,329, which leaves brides looking to save where they can. For couples set on having a cake, one way to save money is to buck tradition and skip the specialty bakery.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: One Bowl Vanilla Cake: Ice Cream Cake
My family loves ice cream cake, so when dreaming up ways to use our one-bowl vanilla cake, an ice cream dream cake was a must. This one combines soft vanilla cake with tart raspberry sorbet and is topped with lightly sweetened whipped cream. This ice cream cake is the perfect end to a backyard barbecue or a spring or summer brunch. This cake requires just one of the two cake layers that a our one-bowl vanilla cake bakes up.
May 1, 2019
3 Ways to Turn a Grocery Store Cake into a Wedding Cake
Using a plain grocery store cake and dressing it up well is an ideal wedding cake solution for any bride on a budget, but especially those who want to DIY their cake but don’t have the skills — or time — to bake everything from scratch. Choosing a grocery store cake may be a compromise in cost and customization, but it doesn’t have to be a compromise in style. Here are three ideas for transforming a plain grocery store cake into a wedding-worthy cake no matter your style.
May 1, 2019
This Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookie Cake Is Your New Go-To Dessert
Last week I extolled the virtues of a sheet cake, and now I’m here with an even easier option: the sheet pan cookie cake! Essentially just one giant chocolate chip cookie — with some chocolate-peanut butter frosting and sprinkles on top, for good measure — this is the crowd-pleasing dessert you’ll be making for every occasion. To start you’ll need to make a big batch of chocolate chip cookie dough.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Most Popular Strawberry Recipe on Pinterest
Have you tried this?
May 1, 2019
One Specialty Pan You Actually Need This Halloween
In case you don’t have enough sweet treats on hand already (although, to be fair, that candy is for the trick-or-treaters!), we present you with this Haunted Skull Pan by Nordic Ware. While we don’t typically like to to suggest buying novelty pans for holidays (what are you supposed to do with it the rest of the year?), we’re making an exception for this one because it’s so ridiculous. Plus, it’s pretty hard to carve your own skeleton head out of cake.
May 1, 2019
10 of the Most Beautiful Cakes We Made in 2017
Beautiful cakes can make you stop everything you’re doing just to catch a long stare. They can warrant applause at birthdays and make just about any celebration even more special. We baked a whole lot of pretty cakes this year, fit for all of life’s festive moments. Here are 10 favorites. While the fresh flowers that top this cake surely make it beautiful, it’s the buttercream that’s enhanced with tangy Greek yogurt that will have you coming back for a second slice.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake
Sometimes the simplest cakes are the best cakes. In this case, one lemon has enough bright-tasting zest to flavor a tender white sheet cake. Its juice is combined with powdered sugar and drizzled on top where it hardens into a sweet-tangy, crunchy coating. The familiar and comforting flavors make this easy cake one to cut slivers from all week long.
May 1, 2019
How To Make Simple Tiramisu at Home
It's a literal pick-me-up in a dessert.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Sticky Gluten-Free Lemon Cake
Perk up a gloomy afternoon by baking this easy gluten-free lemon cake. The best part of this rustic cake comes at the end, when it’s doused with a fresh lemon syrup so that every bite is moist and bright with happy lemon flavor.
May 1, 2019
These Chocolate Cupcakes Have a Sweet Surprise
It isn’t often that a recipe, especially for a pairing of classic flavors like chocolate and strawberry, catches me off-guard and truly surprises me. This one for chocolate-strawberry cupcakes, however, has a unique ingredient that could be the key to the best frosting ever. The classic combo of strawberries and chocolate is undeniable and often makes appearances on the internet around Valentine’s Day (chocolate-covered strawberries, anyone?).
May 1, 2019
10 Easy, Everyday Cakes for Every Home Baker
I have a budding baker at home, and while she aspires to make the Nerdy Nummies level cakes, her creations are often more like an episode of Nailed It: uneven layers, wonky frosting, and sprinkles everywhere. While my daughter is a little too young to bake cakes on her own, I have a handful of cake recipes that I think will be perfect for getting her started in a few years.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Most Popular Lemon Recipe on Pinterest
Lemons are always a good thing to have around. A squirt of lemon juice adds tartness and brightens flavors in everything from cocktails to vegetables, and you can even use them to clean practically everything in your kitchen. When the weather starts to warm up, I basically want everything to be lemon-flavored. It’s time for lemonade, lemon candy, and especially lemon cake. I’m not the only person obsessed with lemon cake, it seems.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake
Before the Victoria sponge, British sponge cakes were leavened only by eggs hand-whisked with sugar until foamy and thick. Sometime in the mid-1800s, an unheralded genius realized that the recent invention of baking powder meant butter could be creamed in with the sugar, resulting in a firmer, longer-lasting, less temperamental sponge. And that’s how we ended up with cake we know today: a toothsome, bouncy sponge that is comparatively easy to whip up and has a rich, buttery flavor.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Lemon Drizzle Cake
A lemon drizzle cake is more of a concept than an actual recipe. Although there is a time and a place for Madeira-type plain lemon sponge, sometimes just a bit more pizzazz and sugar is required. A drizzle cake is just a lemon sponge cake that’s soaked while still warm with a glaze made of lemon juice and sugar, which adds a crisp crust as it cools.
May 1, 2019