Leftover Peeps? Shaved coconut in the fridge ready for toasting and this cake? I think it could be a new tradition since 3-layer coconut cake with cream cheese icing is one of those cakes which doesn’t get as much play as others. We’ll see how it works out next year. It’s worth making just for … More Peeps-a-boo Toasted Coconut Cake
So many photos of baked items are shades and bumps of brown because … well, baking. Muffins are a good example. No matter what you put in them to give them flavor or texture, they come out of the oven brown on top, so I shoot fixings. Sure, the close-up isn’t exactly brown but I … More Ginger, Date & Clementine Muffins with Orange Glaze & Tulips
The mother of a neighbor child asked me to make her daughter’s birthday cake again this year. She wanted a three-layer cake with two white layers, top and bottom, a chocolate layer in the middle and with vanilla buttercream filling, top and sides, to provide cake for 18-20 people. I said that a 9″ cake … More Feliz Cumpleanos, otherwise Happy Birthday without the tilde
There was frozen peanut butter cookie dough needing to be used and some leftovers in the Rolo bag put out by Hershey’s. I left a thumbprint in each spoonful of dough, then put the Rolo in at 9 minutes so the milk chocolate covered caramel would melt in place, not leak as happened with the … More Oops. Peanut Butter Cookie & Rolo Fall Out of Line. I blame cookie.
Sunday was Mark’s 65th birthday so I invited a few of his close friends over for a casual lunch and chat and cake. One of the attendees had a birthday two days prior, so we sang the song to both and they both blew out a candle. Someone asked how this cake is made. “Easy. … More Pineapple Upside Down Cake, 2 Methods, 1 by Navy Seal
It’s no surprise that fresh cranberries are currently a bargain, so I went through three bags of them this morning, poured into a big bowl of cold water and pulled out one at a time to get approximately 1 1/2 cups of firm berries for a cake. It’s not an easy cake. It’s necessary to … More Friday Cake: Fresh Cranberry Orange
Having seen a friend’s post on Facebook yesterday concerning the requirements for items children bring to school to share on Valentine’s Day, I had sighed a little sigh. No gluten. No dairy. No peanuts or tree nuts. No candy. No sugar. Shortly thereafter, I agreed by text to an order of baked goodies for Valentine’s … More Valentine Goodies for children to take to school, now with gluten, dairy
There were apples needing use, so Saturday afternoon I decided to make the Apple Pie Bread Pudding with the baby cinnamon roll base and custard, so me and the big mixer got busy with some dough and a plan. The plan included making a smaller version of the 1955 Pillsbury Bake-Off recipe for Swedish Ripple … More 3 Breads 3. Well, maybe not breads.
“There’s a lot going on in there,” said a neighbor looking at a huge chunk of cake on its way to his family for dessert. Indeed. The cake has sourdough starter in it for one thing, so there’s a flavor that only an experienced palate will detect as well as adding moisture and density. The … More Juliyya’s Cherry Chocolate Coconut Sourdough Cake, Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing
Yesterday when I offered cake to people who’d also never had custard cake*, one said that she used to love Boston Cream Pie. Me, too, both the original and some variations unBostonly. However, chocolate draws, so I made a small batch today of the same cake as yesterday with two exceptions: doubling the orange extract … More Orange Cream Custard Cake, Seattle, Not Boston, but with Chocolate