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  • Canadian Living’s Best Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting Canadian Living’s Best Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

    Canadian Living’s Best Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

Canadian Living’s Best Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

  First of all, a heartfelt apology for my blogging hiatus. I’m now 8 months pregnant and trying to be realistic about my priorities – baking has fallen by the wayside for now – just for now. I made this cake ages ago and rather than waffle over blogging about it, so long after I made it, I’m just eager as ever to let my readers know how just right on the money it was. This is Canadian Living’s most popular recipe ever and it’s clear why. When I was in Grade 7, our home ec teacher gave us some photocopies of recipes. She gave me a few extra ones that she didn’t cover in her class because I expressed to her – even then – my interest in baking. One of those recipes was one for carrot cake with cream cheese icing. I made it for years, but somehow […]

  • The case of the curious Christmas cake pops The case of the curious Christmas cake pops

    The case of the curious Christmas cake pops

The case of the curious Christmas cake pops

  Christmas is well behind us, I know. I can’t even use Armenian Christmas as an excuse (it falls on January 6) but I think this post on cake pops still merits a read for those of you, seasoned or newbie, who are considering making these. While I have always dismissed suggestions cake pops were the new cupcakes, I also followed this trend from a distance. I concede I thought they were a charming novelty.I skulked around on Bakerella’s blog but I wasn’t sure I’d have the patience to make some of her more complicated creations, nor did I want to. But then I started seeing some simpler designs that I thought I’d be able to recreate. And when I volunteered to make desserts for my Christmas Eve dinner, like I always do, I thought it might be a good time to try my hand at cake pops. I’d be […]

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  • Sweetapolita’s Inside-Out (Mini) Neapolitan Cake Sweetapolita’s Inside-Out (Mini) Neapolitan Cake

    Sweetapolita’s Inside-Out (Mini) Neapolitan Cake

Sweetapolita’s Inside-Out (Mini) Neapolitan Cake

  Isn’t this sweet? I made this mini cake with 4.5 inch springform fans for a dear friend of mine for her 30th birthday. I wanted to make something special so I thought I’d tackle a three-buttercream recipe. I was inspired from the cover of the latest cookbook from Miette (I just adore the bare edges) but mainly from Sweetapolita. It was harder to make than I thought because I didn’t level the layers of cake properly so one of them was at an angle, and it seemed to me like the cake would tip over. This cake ended up being a bit of an investment because of the springform pans, but I’m so glad I purchased them because I am always looking for a way to indulge my friends and I think a mini-tiered cake is the perfect way. I’ll be honest. This recipe has completely changed the way […]

  • Nutella Swirl Pound Cake with Espresso Glaze Nutella Swirl Pound Cake with Espresso Glaze

    Nutella Swirl Pound Cake with Espresso Glaze

Nutella Swirl Pound Cake with Espresso Glaze

  I’ve said this before, maybe a handful times, but this time I really mean it: I think this is the best cake I’ve ever made in my life. Ever. And it’s not just my ego speaking. Several people said so. It’s the kind of cake that whispers your name when you pass by, whispering, imploring you to cut “Just another small sliver.” It was gone, and fast. I made it for my husband’s birthday because a) he loves Nutella; b) he loves espresso and c) I don’t need to impress him with fancy piping skills or rosettes. Even my mother in law, who is a great cook and baker in her own right asked me “You bought this ready-made, right?” Nope. Of course, it’s not difficult to make a pound cake tasty, with the amount of butter that goes into it. But this one goes above and beyond with […]

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  • Cake batter and sprinkle bark Cake batter and sprinkle bark

    Cake batter and sprinkle bark

Cake batter and sprinkle bark

  This recipe comes to you by way of one of of my favorite bloggers these days — you guessed it — Sweetapolita. Obviously I haven’t outgrown my childhood need for sprinkles, because this called out for me as soon as I saw it on Rosie’s blog. Heck, my favorite donut is the Hawaiian so this was a no-brainer.You may notice some of the nonpareils and jimmies are not evenly distributed. That’s because I decided I would include my son in this venture and he just dumped them right in the middle as I yelped and tried to spread them in the melting chocolate. And he went back to watching race cars on his iPad. Right. But the beauty of this bark is that it’s okay to be uneven, crooked. Substitutions: Really the decoration is up to you so it shouldn’t even count as a substitution but I used silver […]

  • Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu

    Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu

Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu

  If you love pumpkin, if you love chocolate, heck even if you just love cake, you will love this dessert. I found this recipe after doing some Googling to find a way to use up my leftover pumpkin puree. And I’m so very glad I took a chance on this revamp of the classic Italian dessert. Luscious, moist, delicate, the perfect combination of fall flavours. What can I say? I’m a big fan of this dessert.It came together rather easily, especially because it’s a no-bake recipe, as you will know if you’ve made tiramisu before. If you are a tiramisu purist, don’t be turned off. The pumpkin flavour works in harmony with the chocolate and almond-flavoured liqueur despite any apprehensions you might have. And if you follow my lead, and lightly brush the ladyfingers rather than soaking them until they fall apart, this tiramisu will hold its consistency rather […]

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  • Marie-Helene’s apple cake Marie-Helene’s apple cake

    Marie-Helene’s apple cake

Marie-Helene’s apple cake

  It’s been nearly a year since I made this cake for my father’s birthday and I’ll admit part of the reason why I haven’t written about it until now is because I’m disappointed in the photo. But this cake was so simply delicious I’d be remiss in my duty to my blog readers if I skipped it entirely. I made this cake around the time Dorie Greenspan’s “Around the French Table” came out, a book that has not once disappointed me. A book you must purchase if you haven’t already. I’ve written about Dorie Greenspan several times already and there’s good reason for that. She’s a true francophile who writes recipes for the everyday person but works with the top professionals. Her recipes turn out. Every time. How many times can you say that about someone else? In any case, the reason why I baked this cake for my […]

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  • Midnight madness meringue cake Midnight madness meringue cake

    Midnight madness meringue cake

Midnight madness meringue cake

  There’s nothing I like more than alliteration and this is why I made this cake. OK, I’m lying but I must admit I like the name of this cake. Now that I have my Grammar Geek confession out of the way …. To be honest, I don’t really see it as a cake. It’s much more airy and light than a traditional cake. And this is why it’s the perfect dessert for a Canada Day barbecue, which is where this made its appearance. (I told you I was catching up with old posts). Tiers of hazelnut meringue (which I have finally conquered) sandwiched between berries and whipped cream make this an easy dessert to create in steps. And a dramatic-looking one at that. Imagine displaying this on a beautiful cake plattered in candlelight. Sensual, no? I dog-eared a page in a special recipe-only magazine put out by Chatelaine, which has not […]

  • My Paris-and-tea-cup themed birthday cake My Paris-and-tea-cup themed birthday cake

    My Paris-and-tea-cup themed birthday cake

My Paris-and-tea-cup themed birthday cake

  I don’t like surprises. So when a milestone birthday of mine was approaching, I told my husband what I wanted as my gift. A cake. No jewelry, no flowers. No surprise party. Definitely, no surprise party. Just a cake. Is this a test, he asked me in disbelief, was I going to be disappointed if I got just a cake? I assured him, I wouldn’t. And you can see why. I didn’t want just any old birthday cake. A Cake Boss-type, amazeballs, I-can’t-believe-it-cake. Maybe, just maybe, I seem spoiled to you.  I just wasn’t sure if I’d ever really celebrate a birthday again on a larger scale, especially with a young son. So I wanted to do this one my way. I told him who he should get it from, Bakerbots Baking, which you may remember from the stunning Noah’s Ark-themed cake I purchased for my son’s baptism. I also had a […]

  • Prince William’s chocolate biscuit cake Prince William’s chocolate biscuit cake

    Prince William’s chocolate biscuit cake

Prince William’s chocolate biscuit cake

  When Prince William requested a second cake to be served at his wedding — a chocolate biscuit cake that was a childhood favourite — I knew I had to make it in honour of the occasion. Please forgive the photograph, as I was in a rush to get to bed so that I could be at work at 3 a.m. to cover the event. My co-workers will tell you I often bring in sweets to mark a big news event, for a holiday, or just because, so it wasn’t unfathomable that I would make a cake. But imagine my surprise when this simple cake became a fan favourite, spurring my colleagues to send me emails thanking me for bringing in an “amazing” cake, which they couldn’t believe I had made myself. So what’s it like? It’s less like a cake than layers upon layers of chocolate-covered biscuits. It’s crunchy, rather than soft […]

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