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Strawberry Heart Cake

This year’s Valentine’s Day effort I have dubbed it the Strawberry Heart Cake. Literally, it’s a vanilla victoria sponge cake with strawberry buttercream frosting, dark chocolate strawberry filling, and some kirschwasser sprinkled on for a bit of fun. I used some … Continue reading

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Strawberry Custard “Cleveland” Cassata Cake

So, back in April, a friend let me know that his brother’s birthday was coming up. There’s a tradition in their family of celebrating birthdays with a cassata cake from Corbo’s Bakery in Cleveland. Unfortunately for them, they live in … Continue reading

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(Mostly) Persimmon Bread

My mom gave me a persimmon. She told me to eat it as soon as possible–she always tells me to eat my fruits as soon as possible; to her, fruits are always on the brink of self-destruction–but, my habit of … Continue reading

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Creme Brulee

So it’s been a while but I finally got around to baking something last week. A friend had me over for a dinner of eggplant parmesan and I offered to bring dessert. Eggplant parmesan sounded like kind of a heavy meal … Continue reading

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Carrot Muffins, Carrot Galette

When life hands you carrots… I have a surplus of carrots lately. Dad’s been eating them raw and in stews and in salads and then finally asked if I could do anything with them. The obvious way to go was … Continue reading

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Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes

A quick peek at my decision-making process… Having decided I wanted to make a less dense cake than my usual, I spent some time looking into sponge cake recipes. But sponge cake/angel food cake has always been a little too … Continue reading

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Blackberry (mango) Tarts

A tarty experiment Last week, or maybe a couple of weeks ago, I saw this post on Smitten Kitchen: Rustic Rhubarb Tarts. Instantly, I was in love and determined to make them as soon as possible. However, I had no … Continue reading

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Chocolate-Orange Cake

This weekend’s baking mission: revamp the recipe I have for Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake.  After doing some reading for inspiration, I decided to enhance it with an orange flavor.  Here’s how it looked at the beginning of the night: And after … Continue reading

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