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Category: Cakes

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

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…

Martha Stewart’s Cornmeal Berry Sheet Cake

 There’s a twitter feed called “Drunk Ina Garten” written by someone as a parody.  And every time I post an Ina Garten piece, the guy who tweets it picks up on it in about five minutes flat, re-tweets it and I get tons of hits…

Martha Stewart’s Strawberry Shortcake with Basil. The Perfect Cake to celebrate Uncle Andrew’s Day!

Uncle Andrew…there from the very beginning. Last weekend, we celebrated Father’s Day with all the necessary cards, salutations on Facebook, telephone calls filled with praise for Dear Old Dad.   I know how much it meant to me and how much I admire the Dad in…

Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake from Abigail Johnson Dodge in Fine Cooking Magazine

       I needn’t tell you the Sweets Factory at our house has been in overdrive ever since we arrived here for the holidays.  There have been dozens of cookies, a Red Velvet Cake, even a Norwegian “Fyrstekake” a Cardomon Almond confection, beautifully decorated…

B’Soffener Kapuziner, an Austrian Family favourite nut-based cake, liberally doused with Gluhwein from the Stracey Family Cookbook

         When I was growing up in Montreal, my family had an endless stream of visitors, most of whom had some connection to my parent’s time in Britain during the Second World War.  They were both volunteers—my father was a Major in the Canadian Army…

Blueberry Crumb Cake from John Barricelli’s "The Seasonal Baker"

        John Barricelli, Chef and author of “The Seasonal Baker” It’s blueberry season but I’ll take any excuse for making this combination of a vanilla cake with fresh blueberries and a chunky brown sugar crumb topping.  And since it can be eaten…

Joanne Chang’s Balsamic Strawberry Shortcakes from Boston’s Flour Bakery

  It’s strawberry season in the Hamptons and they’re truly flawless this year.  Nothing could be more welcome after our rainy, cold spring than these beautiful, bountiful berries.   And nothing says June like their arrival.  But time isn’t on our side.  The season is fleeting…

Peppermint Patty Flourless Chocolate Cake…And yes, it’s Gluten-Free!

Peppermint Patty Flourless Chocolate Cake decked out for Easter        One of my oldest and dearest friends, Michael, was the first person I ever met with Celiac Disease, the root cause of which is gluten.  He suffered terribly through college, fearing the worst and not…

Raspberry Pistachio Cheesecake from John Barricelli of the SoNo Baking Company

            Just before Thanksgiving, Andrew heard from a friend from his college days requesting a dessert recipe using raspberries.  Well it took all of two minutes to remember a spectacular cheesecake he made earlier in the season.  But why it has…