Cake Recipes & Ideas
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I Can’t Stop Dreaming About This Cornmeal-Ricotta Cake
If something involves ricotta, I don’t need to read any further to know I am sold. So when I stumbled upon this blood orange, almond, and ricotta cake on Smitten Kitchen a couple of years ago, I immediately filed it under “must make.” Deb credits the cake to Elizabeth Prueitt of Tartine Bakery, who herself adapted it from London’s famed River Cafe.
May 1, 2019
10 Simple Cakes, Bars & Cookies to Bake This Summer
Summer might not be prime baking season, as you likely don’t want to turn on your oven more than you have to, but, given all the juicy fruit that’s in abundance, we’re not giving up all together! Those strawberries and stone fruit deserve to be baked into a cake and I’ll crank up my AC just to do so. These simple recipes are so ripe for the season that they will have you doing the same.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Hot Chocolate Snack Cake
It's the official cake of snow days.
Nov 12, 2018
Recipe: Upside-Down Pear Cake
Save the flip for a tableside ta-da moment.
Nov 12, 2018
Nigella Lawson Says This Is the Best Vegan Cake Recipe
Vegans deserve good desserts too, but vegan pastries can be very hit-or-miss. Sometimes it feels like every time you try a vegan pastry, you have to flip a coin to see if you wind up with a mouthful of sand. Well, I have good new for you if you’re looking for a successful vegan pastry: The queen of cream and butter — Nigella Lawson — just shared her two favorite recipes for vegan cake.
May 31, 2018
Recipe: Coffee and Walnut Cake
Between the rich coffee essence and toasty walnut flavor, this sophisticated layer cake is what to turn to when a celebration is in order.
May 12, 2018
The Prettiest Rhubarb Cake to Make Right Now
Rhubarb comes and goes so fast, I usually only make the tail end of the season. And I always make the same thing: a strawberry rhubarb pie. Now, this pie is delicious (it might be my favorite filling), but I want to branch out this year. I’ve been seeing so many gorgeous recipe photos on Instagram featuring this gorgeous pink stalk in the last week or so, and I’m ready to make my move.
Apr 20, 2018
10 Easy, Fancy One-Layer Cakes
Two- or three-layer cakes are all well and good, but it’s hard to argue with the ease of a one-layer cake. While usually thought to be humble and homey, there’s no reason why they can’t qualify as fancy — especially when there are ingredients like mascarpone, dark chocolate, and even olive oil involved. These 10 cakes are as fancy as they are easy, and are worthy of any celebration.
Apr 11, 2018
This Greek Yogurt Raspberry Pound Cake Is Trending on Pinterest
According to Pinterest’s April trend report, yogurt for dessert is gaining in popularity. “People are always looking for new ways to lighten up dessert,” the report explains. Apparently searches of yogurt desserts have been up 160 percent on Pinterest in the past year.
Apr 4, 2018
Follow This One Easy Trick to Keep Cake Layers Even
Jill O’Connor, the well-known baking genius behind the cookbook Cake, I Love You, isn’t immune to the age-old problem of leaning cake layers. You’ve been there: You decide to make a cake for a friend’s birthday, spend way too much time finding the best recipe, bake the cake itself perfectly, and botch the whole thing when your not-so-perfect slicing and re-stacking technique leaves the cake looking like the leaning tower of Pisa. By celebration time, you hate your cake.
Jan 3, 2018
This Easy Pumpkin Pudding Cake Is Pure Magic
No disrespect to pumpkin pie, but it’s time to let other (equally delicious) pumpkin desserts take center stage this fall. Because, let’s be honest, unless you’re using store-bought pie crust, pumpkin pie is kind of fussy. This warm pumpkin pudding cake, however, is easy as can be — and it’s downright magical.
Oct 17, 2017
Recipe: Lemon Butter Cake
Are you tired of pumpkin spice everything? Bake this sweetly tangy cake instead.
Oct 16, 2017
This Easy Sheet Cake Will Make All Your Chocolate Dreams Come True
The next time a serious chocolate craving hits, this is the recipe you’ll want in your back pocket. It’s the least fussy cake you can make — the batter mixes up in one bowl, and it bakes in a sheet pan — but it totally delivers on rich, chocolatey goodness you’re after. Just make sure you have plenty of cold milk on hand to wash it all down. By far the best thing about sheet cakes is how simple they are (no layers to contend with!).
Jul 26, 2017
This No-Bake Tart Looks Impressive, but Is Secretly Super Simple
Shhh, we won't tell.
Jun 30, 2017
This Matcha Fudge Sheet Cake Is Perfect for Parties
If you want to try your hand at baking a cake from scratch (read: you’re ready to graduate from boxed mix), but you’re intimidated by layer cakes, then the sheet cake is your answer. Simply pour the batter into one big baking sheet and you’re done — no leveling, no stacking, no frosting the sides, no stress!
May 31, 2017
Recipe: One-Bowl Vanilla Cake with Yogurt Buttercream
This cake might look the most simple take on our one-bowl vanilla cake, but it has a delicious, ingenious tip that sets it apart from any other cake: The subtly sweet frosting is brightened with Greek yogurt. That’s right, part of the butter in the classic American-style buttercream is replaced with Greek yogurt for a naked cake that is more flavorful than a fully frosted cake any day. A naked cake is one way to add simple style to a layered cake.
May 27, 2017
5 Ways to Decorate Your Boozy Cupcakes
If your nearest and dearest are gathering to toast your birthday with a cocktail party, go ahead and make the evening a little sweeter with boozy cupcakes. With boozy cupcakes you get the cake your birthday celebration deserves, with inspiration from your favorite cocktail. And as for topping off these sweet treats, you can leave that assortment of colored sprinkles right where they are — we have five fun ways to garnish boozy cupcakes just like a cocktail.
May 26, 2017
Recipe: One-Bowl Strawberry Shortcakes
Strawberry shortcake is a springtime staple that can hardly be improved upon, unless you can find a faster way to bake a shortcake. Enter: the one-bowl vanilla cake. Mixed in one bowl and baked in a sheet pan, this cake can be baked up from start to finish in less than an hour. Once baked, cut the cake into rounds, top with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, and boom — near-instant strawberry shortcakes for your you and your lucky family and friends!
May 25, 2017
This Is the Prettiest (and Easiest) Way to Dress Up a Cake
With all sorts of spring and summer entertaining on the horizon — graduation parties, Memorial Day cookouts, bridal showers — you’re going to need a fast and fancy dessert to pull out of your back pocket. One gorgeous (and very on-trend) idea is to decorate a basic sheet cake with millennial pink swirls of frosting and gold flakes. Here’s how.
May 23, 2017
What’s a Naked Cake (and Why Is It Naked?)
Barely there frosting was once only seen by bakers between as a crumb coat before the final layer of frosting was added, but now naked cakes have moved from verified trend to bakery staple. These cakes, easily recognized by their exposed layers and minimal garnishes, have become a staple style for everything from homemade birthday cakes to multi-tiered wedding cakes.
May 19, 2017
6 Tips for Making the Best One-Bowl Cake
One-bowl cake is something of a miracle dessert for cake-lovers. This fast and fancy dessert transforms pantry items into a sweet cake batter, in a single bowl, before the oven even has a chance to preheat. And its versatility can’t be beat. Get out your biggest mixing bowl and your cake pan of choice, and put these tips to work to make an even better one-bowl cake.
May 18, 2017
6 Quick Ways to Decorate a Cake Without Frosting
Frosting is often the first thing we turn to when it comes to decorating a cake (it is totally delicious, after all), but this sweet topping just scratches the surface when it comes to decorating. There are so many different and simple ways to put the finishing touches on a cake that turn out impressive results, like glazes and sauces, fruit, and edible flowers, to name a few.
May 17, 2017
13 Easy, Pretty Ways to Top a Cake
The actual baking of a cake has never intimidated me — it’s the decorating part. I don’t have a knack for anything like fancy piped buttercream flowers, so more often than not I forgo baking a cake altogether in fear of it never looking celebratory enough. The truth is, though, you definitely don’t need professional cake tools to make a cake that rivals the best bakery in town. What you really need is just a bit of ingenuity.
May 16, 2017
How To Make the Best Strawberry Trifle
Trifles look fancy, but they are one of the scrappiest desserts we know.
May 3, 2017
This Berries and Cream Cake Will Brighten a Rainy Spring Day
Looking for a baking project to while away a rainy spring day? This berries and cream cake is it.
Apr 26, 2017
Make the Easter Bunny Happy with This Carrot Cake Roll
Are you still mapping out your Easter menu? Or are you on dessert duty for brunch at your sister-in-law’s house on Sunday? Either way, I’ve got the perfect sweet treat for you to make: a carrot cake roll! Traditional carrot cake is covered with cream cheese frosting, but this rolled version switches things up by having the frosting swirled within the cake. Translation: You don’t have to worry about applying crumb coats or executing any other fancy frosting techniques!
Apr 14, 2017
You Need This Salted Caramel Frosting in Your Life
Did you know today is National Caramel Day? To celebrate, we should all probably make this salted caramel frosting. It’s easy enough to whip up on a weeknight and would be absolutely delicious on some cupcakes or brownies (go for the box mix!) — or, you know, just eaten straight with a spoon. No judgements here. This recipe comes to us from Sally, the blogger behind Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Apr 5, 2017
If You Love Milk & Cookies, You Need to Make This Cake
Dunking a cookie in a cold glass of milk is one of life’s greatest pleasures. The crispy cookie slightly softens as it absorbs the milk, while the milk takes on the cookie’s flavor. When you’re done eating your cookie (or, who are we kidding, a few cookies) you get to wash it down with that sweet glass of milk — it’s basically a two-for-one deal. Kitchn contributor Tessa Huff played off this nostalgic treat and transformed it into a whimsical three-layer cake.
Mar 29, 2017
Recipe: One-Bowl Vanilla Sheet Cake with Sprinkles
This vanilla stunner only requires one bowl for mixing and one pan for making, making it extra easy.
Mar 28, 2017
This Colorful No-Bake Cake Has a Crazy Surprise!
Happy National Cereal Day! How are you celebrating? If your answer is to just pour your favorite cereal into a bowl and eat it with milk, let me stop you right there. I’ve got a way better suggestion: Make this three-layer Fruity Pebbles crispy treat cake. This cake is fun, whimsical, and, most importantly, delicious. If you don’t want to make it today, promise me you’ll bookmark it; it would be perfect for a kids’ birthday party (or for anyone who is a kid at heart).
Mar 7, 2017
This Is the Cake You Should Make This Weekend
Fact: Weekends are meant for baking cakes. Carving out the time to whip up a cake from scratch during the week just doesn’t seem feasible. Plus, weekends are when all the fun stuff happens: birthday parties, showers, girls’ nights. Even if you don’t have a “proper” reason for baking a cake, you should just bake one anyway. There’s nothing quite like spending a few hours in the kitchen, listening to your favorite tunes while you mix and whisk and frost.
Mar 3, 2017
This Chocolate Cake Is “Unbeetable”
You’ve probably heard of pairing beets with chocolate before, but this chocolate-beet loaf really takes the cake (pun intended). For one, this recipe features beets in both the cake and frosting. The cake is rich and moist, thanks to the beets, unsweetened cocoa powder, and extra-virgin olive oil. The slightly tangy cream cheese frosting on top gets its pretty shade of pink from beet and blood orange juice. A garnish of pale pink sprinkles gilds the lily.
Feb 1, 2017
What’s the Difference Between Devil’s Food and Red Velvet Cake?
Did you know that for some time in their history both Devil’s food cake and red velvet cake shared a similar red hue? They were both baked with a combination of natural cocoa powder and “red” aka brown sugar. These cousin cocoa cakes share a surprisingly similar history with a charming difference.
Jan 30, 2017
Be a Better Hostess: Always Make a Chocolate Cake
When planning dessert, I often gloss over the chocolate cake. Is it too decadent? Too simple? Not sophisticated enough? Anyone can make a solid chocolate cake — even if they have to use a boxed mix! And so I make elaborate other things, and sometimes they are even good. In adulthood, I have come to master the art of the carrot cake, for example. It takes eight hours and a vat of boiling oil, but I can make a mean vegan donut.
Jan 30, 2017
The Ultimate Chocolate Cake for True Chocoholics
When you’re celebrating National Chocolate Cake Day, you need to pull out all the stops. Sure, a simple chocolate cake with chocolate frosting would do, but why not take it one step further with a chocolate filling and a chocolate glaze? Oh, and don’t forget the chocolate sprinkles! This recipe is for serious chocolate-lovers only. It’s decadent and rich, thanks to the sour cream cake base and the Nutella-cream cheese frosting.
Jan 27, 2017
An Ingenious Bonus Use for Your Salad Spinner
The party problem: You’ve got to transport a homemade cake, but you don’t have a carrier or a box. The party trick: Use the bowl from your salad spinner — and a plate. We’re all about using kitchen gadgets for as many jobs as possible, and the salad spinner is way more of a multitasker than people realize (see: 10 Alternative Uses for Your Salad Spinner). Perhaps one of its most handy uses — aside from, duh, drying lettuce — is as a cake dome.
Jan 19, 2017
Say No to Mug Cakes, but Yes to Mug Omelets
There is something supremely comforting about eating food from a mug. And when it can be cooked in the very same mug, it has the potential to feel like a tiny victory. The internet surely thinks so — mug food, like cakes and omelets, have been buzzing for years. This year I let curiosity get the best of me and entered the Pinterest-loving world of mug cakes and mug omelets. I approached it with an open heart, an open mind, and a heavy dose of skepticism.
Jan 11, 2017
Recipe: Nutty Banana Sheet Cake
Now here’s a wholesome cake you can feel equally happy about for dessert as you can for breakfast. A fluffy sheet of banana cake is the perfect partner to a mix of crunchy, earthy nuts and seeds. To make this wholesome cake a bit more sweet, we’re finishing it off with a drizzle of bittersweet chocolate. I love the ease of making this cake. Like banana bread, it’s a one-bowl wonder, thanks to the use of oil instead of creamed butter and sugar.
Jan 9, 2017
Make DIY Cake Toppers with Pipe Cleaners
The party problem: You don’t have the skills or patience for elaborate cake-decorating. The party trick: Skip the piping and make a cute cake topper with some pipe cleaners and a straw. Instead of searching for the right cake topper last minute, just spell out whatever you want with pipe cleaners. Make numbers, letters, or shapes. Not only is this trick incredibly easy, but it’s also 100 percent customizable!
Jan 6, 2017
How Cake Taught Me About My Family’s Past
Two years ago, on my husband’s birthday, I decided to surprise him with a cake. The surprise wasn’t the actual cake (he knew it was happening) — it was that I wanted to bake it (I’m not much of a baker). Admittedly, it was a selfish gift. I wanted to learn to recreate my grandmother’s biskvit with her help. His birthday was just an excuse and I knew he’d enjoy it.
Dec 20, 2016
Recipe: Gingerbread Red Velvet Cake
When the perfume of gingerbread floats through the air, and you catch a first glimpse of gingerbread men and houses, you know that holiday season is here for real. Gingerbread, in some form, has been a European holiday staple since medieval days, when using prized spices meant that it was a very special time of year.
Dec 7, 2016
The Cupcake Strategy for Surviving High School
One of my favorite artifacts of my early relationship with my now-husband is a Facebook post he left me in February of 2008. It was the spring of our senior year in high school. He was an 18-year-old, Birkenstock-wearing, slightly overconfident soccer player who had probably spoken a grand total of 22 words to me in the five years we had been going to school together. Thanks again for the cupcakes. They were honestly the best.
Nov 14, 2016
This Is the Chocolate Cake to Try Baking with Beets
If you’ve never baked with beets, you’re missing out. Not only do beets provide extra moisture to baked goods, but they also lend a natural pink hue. Intrigued? Move this chocolate-beet bundt to the top of your must-try list. One key time-saving tip here is that the author urges you to use canned cooked beets instead of fresh ones. “This cake is all about convenience, so you’ll be making the beet purée from one can of cooked beets (the ones that come in water!).
Oct 28, 2016
Can You Bake a Bundt Pan Recipe in a Regular Pan?
Beautiful Bundt cake recipes can give the Bundt-less fear of missing out, or FOMO. Seeing an incredible Bundt recipe may lead some home bakers to ponder “Can you bake a Bundt cake recipe in a regular pan?” The short answer is a resounding yes! But a little more guidance will help the Bundt-less cure their FOMO for Bundt cake baking. Here’s what you need to know about baking a Bundt cake recipe in a regular pan.
Oct 21, 2016
Celebrate National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day with This No-Bake Treat
Today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, and since the weather is uncharacteristically warm for October, we’re celebrating with a no-bake version. This dessert is essentially a layered pudding. The base (or “crust”) is crumbled cookies mixed with butter, and the filling is a mixture of cream cheese, powdered sugar, pumpkin purée, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and whipped topping (like Cool Whip).
Oct 21, 2016
The Best Way to Prevent Sticking in a Bundt Pan
Bundt cakes are made extra special by the shape of the pan they are baked in. While they all have the standard open tube down the middle, the design and shape of the sides can be any number of things. You want to take every precaution to ensure that your cake comes out of the mold in one piece. Here’s the best way to prevent sticking. Nonstick pans are important, but don’t trust only a pan.
Oct 13, 2016
In Germany, You Eat Cake Every Day
Cakes, among other sweet treats, are a hugely important part of German culture. The next step to getting to know someone in Germany isn’t getting together at home for cocktails, like in France, or for dinner, like in the United States, but for cake and coffee on a weekend afternoon. Across the country people still bake tray-size cakes for the Sunday afternoon Kaffeezeit (coffee time) with their friends and family.
Oct 13, 2016
15 Magic Cake Recipes That Will Make You a Believer
Magic cake has been around for a few years now, but in the last week or so the internet has become pretty obsessed with this baking phenomenon. Magic cake, at its basic level, is one very loose cake batter that magically turns into a three-layered custard cake. The cake looks like it took a ton of effort and time, but it’s actually super easy to create. Not convinced? I’ve rounded up 15 magic cake recipes that will make you a believer.
Sep 21, 2016
Lorelai Gilmore Would Love This Giant Pop-Tart Cake
If you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, you know how much Lorelai Gilmore loves Pop-Tarts In true Lorelai Gilmore fashion, this cake is not made from scratch. All you have to do is bake up a boxed vanilla cake, cut it into two layers, fill the center with buttercream and strawberry jam, and then frost the outside with tan buttercream (to look like the pastry) and top with pink royal icing and sprinkles.
Sep 12, 2016
Can You Guess What This Gorgeous Wedding Cake Is Made Out Of?
This summer we’ve seen a lot of trendy wedding desserts picking up steam. A couple favorites have been these cakes that look like rocksdoughnut wall Can you guess what this cake is made out of? This gorgeous cake is made out of ice cream! Did you get it right? Rockwell Ice Cream is the creator of this three-tiered cake. The ice cream cake was inspired by two regular customers at Rockwell Ice Cream who were getting married.
Aug 25, 2016
How To Build a Better Watermelon Cake
A cake made of watermelon would have seemed like an oddity years ago, but if you spend anytime on Pinterest you know this flour-free confection is very much a thing. We’re big fans of the concept. After all, what’s not to love about a no-bake summer treat made with four ingredients? But we had to give it own own spin.
Aug 25, 2016
This No-Bake Berry Cheesecake Is the Perfect 4th of July Dessert
Happy 4th of July! If you’re still looking for a dessert recipe for today’s festivities, allow me to suggest this mixed berry cheesecake tart. Not only does this patriotic-looking dessert require only 30 minutes of your time, but it’s also a no-bake treat, which means you don’t have to turn on your oven on a hot summer day. The crust for this tart is simply a mixture of almond flour, pecans, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and butter.
Jul 4, 2016
Recipe: Muffin-Tin Ice Cream Cakes
Ice cream cake is, hands-down, my favorite kind of cake. The thing I’m picky about, though, is that it must actually have cake. Ice cream cakes consisting of only ice cream are just a gallon of ice cream in disguise. Now that we’ve established what must go into an ice cream cake, here’s a fail-proof way to make them in the summer: in a trusty muffin tin to make cute, single-serving sweet treats. Making mini ice cream cakes in a muffin tin is all about layering.
Jul 1, 2016
Recipe: Sara Moulton’s Creamsicle Pudding Cake
I’m a purist when it comes to summertimes treats. I like fresh berries folded into whipped cream or a sheet cake with a tumble of fresh fruit — and when the ice cream truck comes around, I always get a creamsicle. So when I came across Sara Moulton’s recipe for creamsicle pudding cake in her new book, Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101, I knew I had found my new go-to dessert for summer. First, let’s talk pudding cakes.
Jun 13, 2016
This Strawberry Shortcake Is Drunk on Rosé
Happy National Wine Day! Let’s celebrate with strawberry shortcake. But this, my friends, is not just any ol’ strawberry shortcake — this version has rosé-soaked strawberries. Yes, you toss sliced strawberries with rosé and sugar, and let everything mingle in the fridge while your shortcake bakes in the oven. You’re essentially macerating the berries, with a little help from everyone’s favorite summer wine.
May 25, 2016
7 Essential Tools for Making Any Cake Like a Pro
Just as important as knowing how to make a great cake is having the right tools for the job and knowing how to use them. No matter what kind of cake you plan to bake, these seven tools (many of which you probably already have) will set you up for sweet success. The easiest way to mix up cake batter is with a stand mixer, but that’s not the only way. A hand mixer proves an easy substitute for mixing up cake batter with excellent results.
May 20, 2016
Recipe: Riesling Rhubarb Crisp Layer Cake
This Riesling rhubarb crisp cake has it all: tender white cake, rhubarb-strawberry compote and matching buttercream, a crispy oat crumble, and a fanciful, ruffled finish. It’s the perfect cake to bake when you’re feeling like showing off your cake-baking skills or looking for a weekend project to tackle when you want to spend the day in the kitchen.
May 20, 2016
Recipe: Lemon Supreme Layer Cake
When you’re looking for something beyond vanilla, but still aiming to please a crowd, try a classic lemon cake. Something as simple as lemon might get overlooked in a world of salted caramel, velvety raspberry, and matcha-everything, but this lemon supreme cake is anything but ordinary. With three layers of lemon-soaked cake blanketed in satiny vanilla buttercream, this little cake makes for an exceptional dessert for anything from a bridal brunch to afternoon tea to a birthday party.
May 19, 2016
Recipe: Honey-Apple Layer Cake
Craving cake, but don’t necessarily have an occasion to make one for? Well then it’s a pretty good thing that you don’t need to wait until your birthday to make this honey-apple cake. This recipe falls under what I call “casual cakes,” meaning cakes that are perfectly suitable for Sunday brunch, afternoon tea, or any random Wednesday night when you need to fulfill a relentless cake craving without having to make something completely over the top.
May 18, 2016
Recipe: Towering Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry shortcake is the ambassador of summer, showing off juicy berries like jewels. It’s usually a humble dessert built on a biscuit, but here we turn it into a towering showstopper of cake, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. Yet it brings drama without fuss; this is layer cake the easy way. This cake stands four-layers tall, each one too gorgeous on its own to be hidden behind a blanket of frosting or smothering of chocolate sauce (although that totally works for other cakes).
May 17, 2016
I Can’t Stop Staring at These Gorgeous Glossy Cakes
I know, it kinda looks like a Roomba boogied its way into West Coast Customs and got “pimped” by Xzibit, but this pretty work of art isn’t a fancy vacuum — it’s a fancy cake. It’s so fancy and so mysterious that I’m beginning to think I’ll find the meaning of life hidden somewhere in all that glossy, glorious, goodness if I stare long enough. The creator of these beauties is Olga Noskova, a baker from Russia.
May 13, 2016
Recipe: Lemon Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting
These Easter cupcakes are everything I want in a treat this time of year, bringing together a trifecta of lemon, marshmallow, and whimsy. The citrus cake is bright and perfectly tart, the ideal foil to a fluffy, sweet marshmallow buttercream. Citrus and candy both make these cupcakes feel right for Easter, but the coconut “grass” and jelly beans take the theme to the top.
Mar 8, 2016
Why Can’t I Reduce the Amount of Sugar in a Cake?
It’s really tempting to reduce the sugar in a cake recipe. The average vanilla layer cake recipe is made with at least one cup of granulated sugar. A whole cup of sugar to make two layers of vanilla cake does seem like a lot, but that sugar does more than just sweeten the cake layers. Here are the most important ways sugar impacts your cakes.
Feb 17, 2016
What’s the Difference Between Bundt Pans, Sponge Cake Pans, and Chiffon Pans?
Size matters, and so does shape. This truism is never as true as when you are baking in tube pans. Each has a specific purpose and usage, and they aren’t easily interchangeable. Does that mean that if you want to bake a Bundt and a chiffon cake or an angel food cake that you need different pans? The answer is a firm yes. Tube pans share one distinction: the tube down the center. But some have sloped sides, some drop straight from top to bottom, and some are decoratively fluted.
Feb 16, 2016
Say I Love You with This Pink Crepe Cake
Love is like a crepe cake. From the outside, everything looks perfect — all neatly frosted and garnished just so — but once you cut into it, there are all of these different layers. The layers may be a little uneven, but they come together to tell the story of the cake in their own beautiful way. Crepe cakes, like love, require hard work and patience. To make this cake, you must first create all three components: the whipped cream, the raspberry-rose compote, and the almond crepes.
Feb 12, 2016
Discover the Most Popular Recipe from the Decade You Were Born In
If you were asked to guess the most popular name from the year you were born in, you would likely score close to the top of the list. Undoubtedly, you’d know a person with each of the top 10 names. But could you even begin to guess, if asked, what recipe was the most popular from the decade you were born in? The most popular recipe of the 1990s surprised me, but I suppose I should have expected that.
Feb 8, 2016
The Enduring Allure of Tomato Soup Cake
You don’t see tomato soup cake on dessert menus at Michelin-starred restaurants. It’s not a postmodern invention of the molecular gastronomy set. Unlike donuts or meatballs, it’s not going through some upscale comfort food revival. Yet for the past century, tomato soup cake has endured, remaining a stalwart presence through decades of food trends to become an American dessert icon. And if you haven’t tried it yet, you’re in for a revelation.
Jan 29, 2016
Why Fruitcake Is One of the First True Global Recipes
When my partner and I decided to run away to Scotland to get married, we thought nothing could be more romantic. Bagpipes, whisky, and local venison for an intimate wedding party of four. And then came the delicious sweet finale, that symbol of riches and good fortune served at every British wedding: the fruitcake.
Dec 23, 2015
The Last-Minute, Gluten-Free, No-Bake Dessert That You’ll Bring to Every Party
Never know what to bring to that party your ex-whatever is throwing? Need to impress your sweet-yet-sour mother-in-law? Totally forgot your kid needs a dessert for the school bake sale? Completely out of time but not trying to show up empty-handed to that event? This dessert takes only four ingredients and 10 minutes to assemble — and it’ll only cost you $10. These cute no-bake cheesecake-stuffed strawberries are fast and easy (and affordable!
Dec 10, 2015
What’s the Best Frosting for My Homemade Wedding Cake?
Q: I’m preparing to make my own wedding cake for my wedding in July of next year. I’m planning a three-tier sponge cake and I want to fill the layers with both jam/curd and buttercream, but I’m worried the buttercream in particular will melt and the cake will slump. I’m planning to cover each layer in fondant icing.
Nov 20, 2015
7 of the Easiest Ways to Make Your Cake a Work of Art
Creating an Instagram-ready cake doesn’t mean you have to be a pro with the pastry bag. In fact, you don’t even need to have a pastry bag! Arm yourself with some cereal or chocolate chips and you’ll be good to go. Here are seven ways to make your cake look over-the-top dramatic — yet don’t require decorating genius to achieve. Reach into the pantry and pull out a box of brightly colored cereal. Trix or even Fruity Pebbles should do the trick.
Oct 30, 2015
This Slow-Cooker Chocolate Cake Has a Surprising Ingredient
You’ve heard of putting carrots in cake, but what about beets? This chocolate cake gets a double dose of beets — both in the cake itself and the whipped cream topping. The best part: it practically cooks itself in the slow cooker. This cake gets a lot of its moisture and sweetness from puréed cooked beets. You mix them with the standard cake essentials — butter, sugar, eggs, flour — and a bit of cocoa powder to create a rich, fudgy masterpiece.
Oct 23, 2015