Maple spice cakelets

Cakelets have become very popular in recent years, as everyone seems to prefer just a bite for dessert, instead of a large piece of pie or cake.  So having a choice of cakelet pans for every season has become a goal of mine in recent years.  Recently, I found this pan at Williams-Sonoma.  The recipe…

Birthday cake icing

For years I have owned a checkerboard cake pan and finally decided to attempt to make this layer cake.  First and foremost, I want to emphasize–this takes time.  I planned two days to prepare the cake, chill the cake, and make and decorate the cake. And by no means, am I any sort of expert. …

Ginger Walnut Bundt cake

After seeing so many beautiful cake pans displayed from Nordicware, I just had to prepare an old-fashioned bundt cake at home.  This cake was super delicious, with the recipe coming from the pages of Taste of Home, November 2015.  Even though I often adjust other cookbook recipes, for baking, I always follow the recipe exactly…

Easy Holiday Petit Fours

Years ago I found this recipe for easy petit fours.  This is a “go-to” recipe that can be made for just about any holiday.  It uses the standard frozen pound cake, which is thawed overnight in the refrigerator.  Then, after cubed, the pound cake squares are glazed with a typical confectioners’ sugar mixture.  During the…

one pan cake with fruit

I am becoming a fast fan of Martha’s cookbook  One Pot.  I have been trying recipes in every category with outstanding results.  Even in her dessert chapter, all of the selections are made with just one type of pot, pan or skillet.  So, I would call these quick and easy desserts.  Reading through the recipes,…

carrots in the garden cake

  the weather was lovely in Michigan yesterday.  it really seems like Spring is here.  of course, the season of chocolate came as well, with another round of chocolate bunnies and just about everything dipped in chocolate in the stores.  it is certainly difficult to resist all of the temptations at the market.  my husband…

trader joe’s gingerbread

a couple of weeks ago i tried a Trader Joe’s box cake mix.  it was delicious.  i added a topping of chopped walnuts.  the cake is very moist and easy to prepare.  and, it is only offered during the holiday season in the stores. there is something special about the taste of gingerbread.  it reminds me…

square angel food cake

  as a fan of angel food cake, i had to share this information.  i found a wonderful angel food cake pan that changes the whole look of the cake slice.  typically, angel food cake is made in a tube pan with a removable bottom, which provides tall slices of cake in a classic shape….

birthday cake — texas sheet cake

  may is birthday month around our home.  so, for the 8th this year, i made Martha’s recipe for Texas sheet cake, from her cookbook titled Martha’s American food.  the cake is made in an old-fashioned rectangular pan, and is probably a recipe that has been made for 60 or more years. it is a…

chocolate lava cakes

  for that special someone, for that special day, or for that special dinner, think about trying this recipe for chocolate lava cakes.  i found the recipe online and decided to give it a try.  the preparation time is less than twenty minutes, and the baking time is about 20 minutes.  so, this recipe is…

angel food cake with chocolate drizzle

here is an option for decorating an angel food cake for fall entertaining.  after making the boxed angel food cake, i simply drizzled melted chocolate with a spoon over the cooled cake.  i think it gives an appearance of a spider web, which could be a great feature for a Halloween buffet. at the base…

lemon balm blueberry cake

one of my favorite herbs to grow has always been lemon balm. the scent of the leaves is quite refreshing and the herb can be used in a variety of ways, although until today, i have never actually baked with lemon balm. for many years, this recipe has been in a folder just waiting to…