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Iced Berry Cake

This iced berry cake couldn’t be easier. A store-bought cake is filled with fresh raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and whipped cream. An easy and fast celebration cake. Adapted from Bill Collison | Cook, Eat, Smile | Salt Yard Book Co., 2011 As author Bill Collison explains, “This is an all-singing, whooped-up, somewhat-over-the-top, photo-opportunity cake that requires no cooking at all and can be… devour more »          

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Basic Chocolate Cake

This basic chocolate cake checks all the boxes: easy, moist, simple, classic. And, most importantly, it boasts a rich chocolatey flavor thanks to a lovely blend of unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder. Dress it up with frosting and prepare to be asked for seconds. Adapted from Emily Luchetti | The Fearless Baker | Little, Brown & Company, 2011 This basic chocolate cake may be modestly named but it elicits reactions far more impassioned than its… devour more »          

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Brown Betty Bakery Coconut Cake

This Brown Betty Bakery coconut cake is dubbed Company’s Comin’ Coconut Cake at the boutique where it’s sold in Philadelphia. True to it’s name, this beauty of a pound cake will have you dreaming up excuses to invite guests for dinner. Adapted from Linda Hinton Brown | Norrinda Brown Hayat | The Brown Betty Cookbook | Wiley, 2012 This coconut cake from Philadelphia’s Brown Betty Dessert Boutique is charmingly dubbed… devour more »          

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Brown Sugar Pound Cake

This brown sugar pound cake with caramel glaze is dense, rich, and incredibly sweet, as most things Southern tend to be. Adapted from Nancie McDermott | Southern Cakes | Chronicle, 2007 This brown sugar pound cake is perhaps the most aptly titled cake there ever was seeing as it calls for an entire 1-pound box of brown sugar. What results is a deep, rich, sweet, traditional Southern dessert. (And surely you know just how notorious Southerners are… devour more »          Related Stories Linzer Bars Mississippi Mud Cake […]

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Flourless Almond Cake

This flourless almond cake is made with ground almonds and quick and easy to toss together. Yet it’s French-inspired and flavorful and gluten-free through and through. Crisp and crunchy on the outside, dense and chewy on the inside. Perfect for Passover. Adapted from Bernard Laurance | Baklava to Tarte Tatin | Flammarion, 2015 “Exceptionally sweet, moist, and dense, almost more like a giant almond macaroon or a marzipan confection of… devour more »          

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Ina Garten’s Lemon Cake

Ina Garten’s lemon cake is similar to a classic, old-fashioned pound cake but not quite so dense. It’s magnificently buttery and exponentially lemony thanks to a tart soak in a lemon and sugar syrup and a drizzle of lemony confectioners’ sugar glaze. Adapted from Ina Garten | Barefoot Contessa Parties! | Clarkson Potter, 2001 Ina Garten’s lemon cake, like everything else we’ve experienced from the kitchen maven, is… devour more »          Related Stories Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Pies Compost Cookies® Roast Leg of Lamb  

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Ligurian Almond Cake

This ligurian almond cake is a classic Italian dessert made with blanched almonds, flour, sugar, eggs, and lemon. It’s not overly sweet, so you can easily enjoy it any time of the day (breakfast included). Adapted from Nick Malgieri | Bake! | Kyle Books, 2010 This remarkably—and deceptively—simple Ligurian almond cake boasts an understated elegance, a not-too-sweet taste, and pleasantly dense crumb that are the hallmarks of this… devour more »          

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Twinkie Bundt Cake

This twinkie Bundt cake is essentially a giant, cream-filled twinkie. It’s made from scratch, and all of the ingredients are pronounceable, so you won’t be partaking of any weird chemical concoction here. Adapted from Shauna Sever | Pure Vanilla | Quirk Books, 2012 This cake is essentially an enormous from-scratch version of the iconic American snack cake made with pronounceable ingredients. It’s golden and terrifically moist and… devour more »          

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Chocolate Bundt Cake

This chocolate Bundt cake, made without sour cream, is a homemade paean to the chocolate cakes of yesteryear but with a contemporary dark chocolate oomph that turns tradition upside-down in the best possible way. Adapted from Cenk Sonmezsoy | The Artful Baker | Abrams, 2017 This homemade chocolate Bundt cake gets its intensely knee-wobblingly dark chocolate smack from bittersweet chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder. And its chocolate glaze… devour more »          

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Spiced Carrot Cake

This spiced carrot cake is made with all the goodness of the classic including carrots, cinnamon, walnuts, and cream cheese frosting, but has an slightly exotic edge with the addition of chai tea and cardamom. A slightly more grown-up version of the original. Adapted from Benjamina Ebuehi | The New Way to Cake | Page Street Publishing, 2019 This spiced carrot cake isn’t the carrot cake of your childhood. It’s unspeakably better. The tender… devour more »          

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