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Category: Cakes

Italian Plum and Almond Cake

Italian Plum and Almond Cake

It may surprise you to know that Figs actually do grow on the East End of Long Island And when they are briefly in season they are a treat we look forward to. But move fast or you’ll miss them. Which is exactly what happened […]

Gail Simmons’ Bumbleberry Buttermilk Upside Down Cake

Gail Simmons’ Bumbleberry Buttermilk Upside Down Cake

Gail Simmons is such a glamorous presence on “Top Chef” that it’s easy to forget she’s first and foremost a great cook.  She’s also a fellow Canadian so I took a great deal of heat from Andrew for not knowing what a Bumbleberry was.  I’d […]

Ovenly’s Banana Nutella Coffee Cake

Ovenly’s Banana Nutella Coffee Cake

“Ovenly” is a bakery that was started in, where else, Brooklyn.  It was the love child of two self-taught cooks, Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin.  The pair are given to experimentation which has resulted in out-the-door lines of people waiting to buy items like their […]

Rhubarb Pound Cake from Melissa Clark in The New York Times

Rhubarb Pound Cake from Melissa Clark in The New York Times

Rhubarb grown in greenhouses is always the first to appear in Rhubarb season. It’s grown for those people who simply cannot wait to cook with these rich, red stalks.  So growers rush out ‘hothouse rhubarb’, which is a brighter red, sweeter tasting and more tender […]

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Coconut, Almond and Blueberry Cake

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Coconut, Almond and Blueberry Cake

I’ve written so much about Yotam Ottolenghi that he feels like an old friend. But if he’s not familiar to you, please feel free to click on the links below this recipe and you’ll read all about this Israeli-born chef of Italian origin who has […]

Dorie Greenspan’s Rhubarb Upside-Down Brown Sugar Cake with Fresh Strawberries and Crème Fraiche

Dorie Greenspan’s Rhubarb Upside-Down Brown Sugar Cake with Fresh Strawberries and Crème Fraiche

In the annals of Chewing the Fat, never has one cake come close to having a name as long as this one.  However, I could write a new adage: ‘the longer the name, the better the cake’.  Because I’d be hard-pressed to find a salute […]

Easter is upon us…and these Coconut Cakes are a great way to celebrate

It finally feels like Spring and it’s about time.  March was a beast whose departure made us all pine for our abnormally warm February. Now that it’s April, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Easter will usher in warmer weather for good.  And in that […]

Pecan Honey Cake

Pecan Honey Cake

A lot of bakers love this blog and all that Andrew bakes.  Sad to say, it’s been weeks since we published our last baking post…for Dorie Greenspan’s Beurre et Sel Jammers (see http://www.chewingthefat.us.com/2016/12/best-christmas-cookie-ever-dorie.html)not counting the skillet cornbread at New Year’s.  The reason is simple to […]

One of Andrew’s Top Ten Cakes of All Time: Rumfest’s Ding Dong Cake

Rumfest’s Ding Dong Cake in a blaze of glory          Every year, our friend Jayne’s Birthday Celebration is declared Rumfest.  That’s a combination of her maiden name and the fact that Jayne’s Birthday is never confined to a single day. It seems to carry on […]

Pluot Upside-Down Cake adapted from Fine Cooking

           What is a “pluot”?, you may well ask. It’s the Labradoodle of fruits.  Actually it’s more like a Cockapoo or even a Maltipoo in size. The Pluot is a plum and apricot hybrid bred first in California in the 1800s.   Initially it […]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Baking this Almond Bundt Cake

Andrew is not the only baker in his family.  His sister Lauren is also a great baker.  So when her birthday rolled around, he sent her a great luxury: a case of Almond Paste.  Or so he thought.  The other day he got a frantic […]

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Marcus Porcius Cato 234-149 BC If New York has a cake, it is most certainly our richly indulgent and sumptuously creamy cheesecake.  There is a lot of culinary history to support this claim.  And then there’s Junior’s, a Brooklyn Temple to Cheesecake which made history […]

Pistachio and White Chocolate Cheesecake from "Baked Occasions" by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

        Solomon and The Queen of Sheba as painted by Piero della Francesca Nobody seems to know why, but February 26th is World Pistachio Day.  The day even has its own website: www.worldpistachioday.com And, as the site points out, it’s hard to […]

The Coconuttiest of Coconut Cake of all time from John Barricelli of SoNo Bakery and Café

                 Our friends, Don and Jeff had a dinner party this weekend.  Among the invitees were two of their friends from Miami, where they have a winter home. We’d met Jorge and Peter before.  In fact, the last time […]