Tag Archive: Cakes

Torta di Mele (Italian apple cake)

November 10, 2017

I would probably choose an apple dessert over chocolate. Did I lose you already? Hang in there. I love the contrast of sweet and tangy and the freshness that apples add to a dessert. When I have a chocolate dessert, I prefer it with a raspberry sauce, a cherry or some other fruity relief to provide contrast and context. Not that I can’t gorge on pure dark chocolate alone, I can do that well, but... View Article

Sticky date pudding with salted toffee sauce

October 18, 2017

One of my favourite fall desserts is a sticky toffee pudding, dense and moist, drizzled with sticky toffee sauce and served with ice cream. It doesn’t matter what I have for dinner, there is always room for this dessert. I have a few recipes that I rotate when making this pudding but I always keep my eyes open for something new and I found this one in a new dessert book. For those of you... View Article

Chocolate buttermilk bundt cake with chocolate sauce

November 15, 2016

This is a light and moist cake that keeps well although I doubt it will last long. You can fancy it up with a chocolate glaze or serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce (recipe below) as a casual dessert. Cake recipe adapted from Martha Stewart. Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 1/4 cup buttermilk 1 cup... View Article

Let them eat (strawberry) cake

August 23, 2016

What cake did Marie Antoinette have in mind when she said “Let them eat cake”? What she supposedly said was “Qu’il mange de la brioche”, not exactly translated to “let them eat cake” but close enough in the sentiment. Perhaps she never said that at all and the phrase was unfairly attributed to her, but in any event, had she been alive still she’d be “eating her words” as that phrase is seen as the... View Article

Chocolate layer cake with strawberry sauce.

June 15, 2016

Told ya, I am into cakes this week. This is a chocolate cake that I slice horizontally to end with four layers and fill with rich and velvety chocolate buttercream. I glazed the cake with a shiny chocolate glaze and let it drip down the sides. This is an Ina Garten cake recipe that I slightly adapted to make this cake. I like the simplicity of the execution: mix all the dry ingredients in the... View Article

Strawberries and cream cake

June 10, 2016

My head has been filled with visions of cakes lately. Vanilla cake, chocolate cake, lemon cake, oye. There is not much opportunity to bake cakes these days because I cook for two most of the time but on the weekend we had friends visiting so the opportunity arose. I baked a vanilla cake and instead of serving a slice of cake with a pile of berries and a large dollop of whipped cream I thought... View Article

Blondies have more fun – blondie bites with candied nuts

May 17, 2016

I love to bake and often wonder what I like better, cooking or baking. There is no large audience here for baking as it is just the two of us at home. With the blog however, I invite you into my kitchen, virtual as this may be, and now I can bake for you. I spoke to a blogger friend about this and she said she would bake a cake and throw it out. I... View Article

Easy chocolate cake with chocolate sauce

August 27, 2015

My husband loves chocolate cakes, I love fruit desserts. So…when I feel like being nice I make him a chocolate cake and if I feel like being really nice I also make a chocolate sauce to go with it. The other day I made a lemon-basil cake and thought I’d make captain G a chocolate cake. This recipe is from Martha Stewart website and since it only calls for cocoa powder, no melted chocolate, I... View Article

Lemon and basil summer cake

August 19, 2015

Summer is slipping by like sand through my fingers. Can we be nearing the end of August? The hydrangeas are beginning to show signs of the approaching fall as their colour turn antique rose and on my last trip to the market there were pears and a few winter squashes alongside ripe tomatoes, cucumbers and yellow beans. I love fall but not ready to give up summer just yet. There is still summer foods to... View Article

Red currants buttermilk cake with olive oil

July 14, 2015

Bundt cakes are one of the easiest cakes to make. No mixer, not too many dishes, never fail recipes. If you find one recipe that works for you, you can improvise with the ingredients as long as you keep the basic proportions of wet and dry ingredients constant. Red currants make a sweet and tangy cake that you can serve on its own or with a little whipped cream or ice cream. The red currants... View Article

Ricotta and berry cake

May 10, 2015

This is a cross between a cheese cake and a butter cake, combining the best of both. It’s a very moist and light cake dotted with fresh berries and scented with lemon zest. I saw the recipe in Bon Appetite and marked it to make when the need arise, and it has. I like the look and aroma of a freshly baked cake on the kitchen counter inviting you to slice a piece and enjoy... View Article

Lemon Rosemary Bundt Cake

March 19, 2015

In anticipation of summer herbs I bought a few rosemary plants and planted them in pots to place in a row on my kitchen counter. I also wanted to have something sweet on hand and thought I’d make a simple bundt cake with the newly acquired rosemary and the small pile of lemons sitting on the counter next to them.  These are really Meyer lemons, ripe and ready for juicing, but regular lemons would work... View Article