Suzi's Blog

Olive Oil Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote

Ordinarily, I want my cake made with butter and not oil. It’s a personal preference matter. I just find oil-based cakes to be less attractive in terms of taste and texture. Except for olive oil cakes. Somehow a good olive oil seems to shine in creating a very special density and texture that I love…

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

Some food items are simply hard to photograph. Soup. Drinks. Flourless chocolate cake. The taste of this cake is exceptional but photographing it is hard. The side is one solid slab of darkness. No grain or texture. Just a mass of dark something. This could probably double as part of a set on a science…

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Sourdough Coffee Cake from Maximum Flavor

    “I’m making this cake,” Suzen announced last Sunday morning. She had a book in her hands, cleverly hidden, and I was not shown the recipe. Three hours later I was presented with the dish in the top picture: a dense coffee cake with streusel topping and that wedge of something slicing down into…

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On Frosting Cakes

  At Cooking by the Book, we do a lot of baking. Whether it is a corporate client or a private party, dessert is on every menu. Often a cake is requested. If the party is for a birthday or anniversary, you can be sure that a cake will be on the table. I thought…

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