Category Archives: Cakes

Laying Down Our Spatulas

Not every recipe we bake is a winner. More often than not it takes many trials and errors to get a recipe worth posting. Our signature cake, the Burnt Almond Torte, took over 25 trials. 25 different cake recipes. 25 different versions of frosting. 25 different cakes that ended up in the garbage. But it …

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K’s Gluten-Free Birthday

K’s birthday is this week and in between blowing up balloons, decorating our parade floats, and petition the Queen for a bank holiday (birthdays are a big deal around here) we developed the perfect gluten-free cupcake. Now, instead of contemplating the thoughts of store-bought. gluten-free cupcakes or naturally gluten-free birthday desserts (can anyone say, “Birthday …

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Hummingbird Cake

“Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder today” (Did everyone get the Princess Bride reference? If not, watch the movie then re-read this post). The marriage that we are speaking of today is between Banana Bread and Carrot Cake and the result of their union: Hummingbird Cake. This cake possesses the best qualities of both …

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Cake Fit For a King

QUICK!!! Name three things you know about New Orleans. GO. When we made our list, we came up with: 1) Jazz 2) Beignets 3) Mardi Gras This week we are celebrating Mardi Gras and then the beginning of Lent. When we did our research on Mardi Gras and some of the traditional foods associated with …

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Dog-gone Good!!

We’re dog people. We own two of them and love them dearly. They’re part of our family. So when we were asked to make a birthday cake for a friend’s dog, Dixie, we jumped at the chance! Every dog has its day and we wanted to make sure Dixie had the best 1st birthday. In …

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Sub-Zero Weather and a Baumkuchen

Our January Baker’s Challenge is in the books!  It’s Baumkuchen (pron “bahm koo chen”) which translates into “tree cake” in German. We get the alliteration because this culinary delicacy honestly looks like a cross-sectional cut of an ancient tree. That is…the many layers of cake look like the rings on a tree.  The end result …

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Drop Dead Delish Brownies & A Reason For Science Experiments

We finally found a reason to use a cake mix. You read that correctly….a cake mix…from a Box!  Usually we strongly advocate against the consumption of sweet treats from a cardboard container because of the abject inferior flavor.  But, in this instance (and probably ONLY this instance) we recommend you use a really chocolatey cake …

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Baker’s Challenge – November & Happy Thanksgiving

Sfogliatelle Ricci On this Thanksgiving Day in America, we give thanks for both the freedoms with which we are endowed by God, but also pay tribute with sincere gratitude to our Italian grandparents who sacrificed all to enable their families to live in freedom and peace. As luck would have it, this month’s Baker’s Challenge …

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Reese’s Whoopie Pieces

Our final day of tribute to Halloween and then we’ll start gearing up for Thanksgiving. (It’s a big holiday around here). We would love to say we saved the best for last, but we can’t!  We think every single one of our 4 creations has been stellar, and today is no exception! If you look …

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Gimme a Break–Kit Kat Kake

Kit Kat Kake Day 3 of our tribute to Halloween leftovers begs the questions…What does this cake want to be when it grows up????  Is it a cake?  Is it a bread?  Is it “refrigerator surprise?”  What??????? Let me ‘splain…. Halloween usually has loads of chocolate for the little spooks and witches, and our house …

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