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  • Glazed lemon pound cake Glazed lemon pound cake

    Glazed lemon pound cake

Glazed lemon pound cake

It’s about that time of year when my after-dinner cravings are for something a bit lighter, tangier, fresher. I’m not as likely to reach for the dense-chocolate cake or the decadent cheesecake, the fruits are plentiful and ripe and in abundance. Still, sometimes you want to have something on hand for when company comes over on the weekend, and this recipe perfectly fits the bill. This recipe comes from Real Simple magazine, a publication I am often ripping pages out of due to the high success rate. Substitutions: I didn’t make any, but I would have no hesitation in using lower-fat Greek yogurt. Would I make this again? Certainly, the tang of the lemon pairs nicely with the sugary glaze and it’s just the thing to serve alongside a double long espresso. Grade: Five stars out of five. Simplicity rules here and this recipe is hard to mess up. (Do […]

  • 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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  • New York, New York Super Crumb Cake New York, New York Super Crumb Cake

    New York, New York Super Crumb Cake

New York, New York Super Crumb Cake

  It may have been seeing the Cake Boss waxing poetic about the huge palmfuls of crumbs on the crumb cake at Carlo’s Bakery on the Food Network, but one Sunday night I was suddenly seized with the feeling that I must make crumb cake. I had never eaten it before, but I imagined it to be warm, moist, with a hint of cinnamon, and perfect alongside a steaming mug of coffee. Comfort food at its sweetest.Fortunately for me, I had recently purchased Jill O’Connor’s “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids” just because I am so utterly besotted with O’Connor’s earlier tome “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey.” (Jill, if you are out there, can we be friends?) And sure enough, my latest cookbook addition included O’Connor’s take on crumb cake, which became popular in New York with the arrival of German and Dutch immigrants in the 1800s. You can find […]

  • Butterscotch spiral coffee cake Butterscotch spiral coffee cake

    Butterscotch spiral coffee cake

Butterscotch spiral coffee cake

  If you love cinnamon buns, you’re going to love this gorgeous coffee cake with an adult twist. So many times, delicious coffee cakes are baked in loaf pans, and they just don’t have the same wow factor. I found this recipe in a new book I purchased, “Baking for All Occasions” by Flo Braker, which I have been poring over for weeks now. There are few photos in this 396-page book but it is full of tips about technique and variations on old classics. Already, dozens of ripped Post-it Notes are peeking through the pages. This was the first recipe I tried from this book and it won’t be the last. The wafting smell of cinnamon was enough to win me over from the beginning. Below, you will find the recipe with some adaptations. Yield: One 9-inch round cake, 14 to 16 servings. Dough Ingredients2 1/2 to 2 3/4 […]

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  • Maple apple cinnamon cake Maple apple cinnamon cake

    Maple apple cinnamon cake

Maple apple cinnamon cake

Ever had guests coming over for coffee, but you have nothing on hand to serve? This happens to me a lot, particularly because I try not to buy sweets that I will be tempted to snack on. I have, in the past, made a run for the 24-hour grocery store that’s within walking distance. But usually that results in serving stale desserts that I normally wouldn’t be caught dead eating. Fortunately, I can whip up a quick coffee cake that is as indulgent as its aroma is pleasing to guests as they walk through the door. This recipe is one of those such coffee cakes. Bonus, you can safely tell your guests it’s a more nutritious recipe, thanks to Rose Reisman, who finds easy alternatives to fattening ingredients such as butter and sugar. Try maple syrup, applesauce, or even low-fat yogurt. You won’t even know the difference. This recipe is […]