cakes and tarts

  1. Brown Sugar Cake: Why You Should Commit

    Can you ever really stop looking forward to cake? I mean, there’s a reason you get one on your birthday and your wedding day. Cake is a celebration. I like cake as much as the next person but only to the extent that it is good cake. There’s nothing worse than biting into a less-than-mediocre Continue…


  2. Nectarine-Raspberry Upside Down Gingerbread Cake

    When I bit into this cake, the first thing that went through my head was: “It’s like Christmas Meets July.” Before I even picked up the ingredients, I was intrigued by the idea of pairing summer fruit with gingerbread. Would it work? Suffice it to say, David Lebovitz is a man who knows dessert so Continue…

  3. Poached Pear and Brown Butter Tart

    Most people make pies for Thanksgiving, but not I. No, I make tarts. Tarts or cakes, but preferably tarts. I used to make tarts in pie pans, but the situation simply wasn’t ideal. So when I finally acquired a tart pan, I could finally make the tarts of my dreams, with perfectly-shaped crusts that would Continue…

  4. Buttery Buckwheat Cake, How I Miss Thee

    I spotted this recipe for a buttery buckwheat flour cake on 101 Cookbooks a while ago, and suddenly thought to make it for dessert when Matt and I had a couple of friends over for a dinner party. It had appealed to me because of its simplicity (coupled with the fact that I had, in Continue…

  5. A Birthday and A Caramel Cake

    For a while there I was feeling like I was eating a lot of sweets, but I wasn’t making a lot of sweets, and I really had to fix that. I go through baking phases largely because when I bake, I find it very hard to resist eating my baked goodies. But, last week, I Continue…

  6. Pumpkin Tea Cake: I Knew This Would Happen

    I should have known. When I made this tea cake that it would go straight in my belly. And fast. As most crumbly, moist, and tender little cakes do. I haven’t always been a fan of Fall. Fall used to mean the end of long summer days. Dark mornings. But somehow, Fall made its way Continue…

  7. Raspberry Buttermilk Cake with Salt and Sugar Crust

    Days like we’ve been having lately tend to transport all of us to our childhoods. It’s hard to remember that it’s summer when you’re stuck in an air conditioned office, only to experience brief periods of sunshine on walks to and from picking up your lunch, prescription or a cup of coffee. In the adult Continue…

  8. Blueberry Cake + Musical Pairings Record Store Day Giveaway

    We don’t get days like this in San Francisco often–the temperatures soared into the 80s over the weekend and San Francisco felt like the East Coast during a heat wave. During a heatwave, there are few things more pleasant than long, lingering breakfasts over mimosas, fresh strawberries and picnics in the park. I have fond Continue…

  9. Poached Pears and Cranberry Apple Cake

    I have a go-to cake recipe that I make for a range of occasions. It comes from one of my go-to cookbooks by one of my go-to bloggers, Clotilde of Chocolate & Zucchini. I make this cake with apples and pears, but imagine it would be delicious with quinces (if I could ever find them Continue…

  10. From Conception to Fruition: The Birthday Cake

    I’ve never been a fan of German Chocolate Cake–largely, because of the coconut content. It’s one of the few things (besides cauliflower) that I simply can’t stand. But, my boyfriend Matt claims this cake to be his absolute favorite. In fact, back home in Ohio where he’s from, he heads to the Dorothy Lane Market Continue…

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