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Honey Cake with Orange Buttercream from Scandinavia Baking by Trine Hahnemann

  For this holiday season, how about a very different dessert from a place that is always, or almost always, cold. Here is a Honey Cake with Orange Buttercream recipe from Scandinavian Baking by Trine Hahnemann. It’s a lovely book filled with recipes from a part of Europe that we too often pass by, as…

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A Gentle Banana Cake from Lisa Yockelson in Baking Style

It was one of those conversations that just was going sideways. I had just suggested three, yes three, different desserts to try this past weekend. Her responses grew in intensity. “Chocolate cookies. Chocolate pie,” her voice began to rise. “Chocolate cake.” Now she was loud. She continued in strong style, “There are flavors other than…

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Chocolate Comfort Cake with Creamy Chocolate Frosting from Baking Style by Lisa Yockelson

Someone reminded me that I owe you this recipe, this perfectly perfect recipe from Baking Style by Lisa Yockelson. This is the ultimate combination: luxury in the chocolate cake and then this creamy, almost fudgy frosting. My mother made this style of frosting, a long time ago, and I had forgotten about it. But one…

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Flourless Chocolate Meringue Cake from Sugar Rush

Yesterday I did a cookbook review for Sugar Rush, a dessert book to teach you the foundation of pastry, from creams to cakes to frostings. It’s an alternative path to becoming a faux pastry chef without leaving home. Or spending three years in school in New York! There’s an extensive discussion of meringues: French, Swiss,…

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