Caramel Apple Cake

It’s fall! Time for pumpkins and apples and all my other favorite seasonal ingredients that get blended with sugar and spice to make even more delicious treats.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Torte with Walnut Custard Filling

An unusual cake that uses mashed sweet potatoes and ground walnuts with eggs for the batter. Filled with a walnut custard and topped with a chocolate glaze, it’s rich and tender but not overpowering. And now it sounds like a skeezy romance novel hero.

Kid’s Cookbooks and Trunchbull Cake

A recipe for “The most scrumptious cake in the entire world” and a roundup of the kid’s cookbooks and recipes I grew up making. Do you have a favorite childhood cookbook or recipe?

Citrus Sukkot Cake

Here’s another cake recipe, this one a nice bright moist lemon cake. I like cakes that don’t require frosting because they’re tasty enough on their own, though this is more like a pound cake anyway.

Guinness Chocolate Cake and Ice Cream

This is the matured version of the Irish Chocolate Cupcakes I’ve made a few times – it’s been adapted from the Barrington Brewery to Bon Appetit to Smitten Kitchen to (via Kim) me. I decided to add the Guinness Ice Cream by Emeril Lagasse as well, since I had the right quantity in the bottle…

Bananana…. Baking with Bananas

Discount bananas have been inspiring me to bake, but there’s only so much banana bread one family will want to eat. So this includes three recipes: banana bread, banana scones, and banana cake.

Marbled Chocolate Orange Cake

This was one of those cakes that had me struggling not to lick my fingers as I mixed it up, going back for seconds right after the first slice, then eating every crumb off the platter after everyone else had their portions. I didn’t lick the platter clean, but then I was at church. Obviously…

S’Mores Cheesecake

This may not be as “American as apple pie” but it’s close, and a lot less work to put together. I made this last for our community garden’s bake sale, where it was very popular with the kids and the adults. It’s one of the easiest cheesecake recipes I have, especially if you decide to…

Irish Chocolate Cupcakes

I knew I wanted to include chocolate cupcakes for my party – when I found these in a book of recipes from famous international tea rooms, I  couldn’t resist the idea of Bailey’s flavored icing. Want an even more Irish alcohol flavored recipe? Pair it with a Guinness cake (and ice cream?). The frosting definitely made…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

A friend at church today told me her favorite dessert is the peanut butter chocolate cake at Whole Foods. I don’t have a recipe for that exact cake, but I do have a picture of the first cake I baked, from Betty Crocker’s ©1969 cookbook. I will now try to combine my friend’s request and my ~20 year old memories to create a recipe that might just serve the purpose.

Banana Split Birthday Cake

If you’ve ever baked cornbread or muffins, you can make a really fabulous looking birthday cake with very little trouble. It looks like a fancy bakery creation, tastes wonderful, and is even relatively healthy. Or you can use the cake recipe to just make banana cupcakes.