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Banana Black Cake from Maida Heatter

  In last week’s Throwback Thursday Cookbook Review, I featured one of the works by an American icon: Maida Heatter’s Book of Great American Desserts, http://www.cookingbythebook.com/cookbook-reviews/tbt-cookbook-review-maida-heatters-great-book-of-american-desserts/ This is a wonderful and important book, as valuable for its headnotes as the recipes. You can get a real survey of American desserts by reading those headnotes and…

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Devils Food Cake from Flo Braker

There are a hundred versions of Devils Food Cake, or Devil’s if you still believe in English grammar. The “standard” ingredients have shifted substantially over the past century. Variations abound: with chocolate or with cocoa, with sour cream or with buttermilk or both. With water, even, as appears here in a lovely version from Flo…

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Angel Food Cake from Master Recipes by Stephen Schmidt

Light and yet satisfying. Angel food cake was originally described as the “food of the angels” and for good reason. Airy and light, a slice of this cake always seems perfectly fulfilling. You can frost it, or top with fruit, or glaze with honey and citrus flavored yogurt as I recently did. Or you can…

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Buttermilk Maple Spice Cake

  This cake is not gingerbread. Now, I personally love gingerbread, the spicier the better, but some folks have a different palate, one that does not appreciate the assault of too much ginger on the tongue. For those of you, and I respect you ginger sensitivity, here is a subtle substitute. “Subtle” by way originally…

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