Archive for the ‘Cakes’ Category

Viennese Cake

In Cakes on November 18, 2009 at 6:51 pm

I love beauty.

To me, beauty isn’t commercial – the high price-tag definition of beauty thrust upon us by Madison Avenue. It’s not the latest fad or trend dictated to us by family, friends or the culture. To me, beauty is found in those places and things that exalt our senses and make each of us feel better about being in our world and living in our own skin … [read more]

From Fresh New England


Spiced Pumpkin and Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

In Cakes, Vegetables on October 30, 2009 at 5:59 pm


As a mother there is an emotional sanctuary that, in my opinion, is unprecedented on all emotional levels. That being the unconditional love a mother feels for her child. This love defies all boundaries of tantrums, embraces pain and sorrow, expels sickness, is joyous at success and finds an answer to any question or problem. I honestly believe a mother would put her hand in the fire for her child without even a second thought … [read more]

From What’s For Lunch, Honey?

Dark Chocolate Light-As-Air Individual Bundtlets

In Cakes, Chocolate, Cupcakes and Muffins on October 20, 2009 at 10:07 am


The shock and hurt of losing a loved one has been tempered by the sweet memories of times shared with him. Some people may think us crass, but laughter is indeed the best medicine. Would our brother have wanted us to sit around and pound on our chests, wailing over our loss, or would he rather watch us from above sharing stories and laughter, jokes and fond memories? … [read more]

From Life’s a Feast

Poppy-Seed Lemon Butter Cake

In Cakes on October 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm


This wedding shower cake also answers to the name “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”as it was in honour of my friend April, who is getting married in a few weeks.

Thanks to a series of house visits and random strangers tromping through my (spotless) kitchen, I found myself starting this cake at 8PM on a Saturday without much of a plan … [read more]

From Under the High Chair

Macadamia and Whole Wheat Layered Vanilla Sponge Cake

In Cakes on October 12, 2009 at 3:49 pm


Firstly, let me thank each one of you for the warm wishes that you left in my last post. Each wish added to our happiness.

Like most of our anniversaries, we just had a quiet dinner among ourselves. We did think of sharing the joy with a couple of our friends, but Dinesh was neck deep in work on that day, so the idea was promptly cancelled … [read more]

From Sunita’s World

Walnut, Lemon and Cardamom Cake

In Cakes on October 8, 2009 at 1:11 pm


I suspect that the Cardamom Brigade have been hard at work, stealthily making their way into my list of favorite baking ingredients, judging by the spice’s appearance in a number of desserts I’ve prepared this month.

Cardamom is a highly polarizing spice – you either love it or you don’t, and I definitely fall in the former category. I’m intrigued by its vivid aroma, with hints of mint, eucalyptus and citrus … [read more]

From Bon Vivant

Chocolate and Strawberry Mascarpone Cake

In Cakes on October 7, 2009 at 6:50 pm


I love October. The weather’s finally changing. There’s a nip in the morning air, ever so slight, but it’s there. It’s October, and with October comes DH’s birthday … [read more]

From Passionate About Baking

Apple Tart Cake

In Cakes, Fruits on October 7, 2009 at 10:19 am


Here is what I like most about autumn, even more than the apple cider and the crunchy leaves and the chilly air that makes me reach for a sweater while I cradle a cup of tea: like the other seasons, fall doesn’t arrive in one grand, magical instant … [read more]

From Food Loves Writing

Secret-Ingredient Zucchini Bread

In Cakes, Vegetables on October 2, 2009 at 4:49 pm


In the same way that I only got a grill a couple of weeks ago, I just managed to perfect my zucchini bread recipe with the last two fresh zukes in the tristate area. And in the same way that I always thought I was normal growing up, and then it turned out I totally wasn’t, I first went looking for a zucchini bread recipe in Joy of Cooking … [read more]

From Roving Gastronome

Plum and Walnut Cakes

In Cakes, Fruits on September 24, 2009 at 9:26 am


I decided to walk to the farmer’s market with Lulu. It was going to take us a solid hour, which I was really looking forward to since it was one of these perfect sunny days of late summer, early fall. Lulu was chatty, making all sorts of ma ma ma da da sounds in my ear, and I was singing silly French songs that I was just making up as the words came out of my mouth … [read more]

From La Tartine Gourmande