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New Year’s Resolution Cake: Brown Sugar Layers with Caramel Buttercream Frosting

  “You are an idiot,” Suzen said. It’s a term of endearment I often hear. Sometimes softly, sometimes with passion. This time it was delivered with particular force. “Sweetie, it’s really going to be really interesting. You love caramel. I picked this recipe for you.” “Brian, it has TWO POUNDS OF BUTTER. Do you understand…

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Molten Chocolate Cakes with Kahlua-Caramel Sauce

Molten chocolate cakes. Been there. Done that. They seemed so good when they first appeared. And they were. But after a couple of decades of them, it’s a tired dessert. Where’s the excitement, the passion? It’s here. Keep the molten part, but now adorn the outside with a sauce. Not just any sauce. A Kahlua-Caramel…

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Big Momma’s Blackberry Jam Cake from the Loveless Cafe

Exceptional. Elegant. Ecumenical. I am not a raisin fan. Suzen is not big on walnuts. Yet we saw this picture and agreed to temporarily set aside our culinary differences. We would agree to raisins and walnuts. [Yes, we did put pecans on the edge!] I had no problem with the blackberry jam in the cake.…

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Caramel Apple Cake from Baked Explorations

Why are recurring dreams always so scary? Mine are terrible. Long, unpleasant and intense. There’s the one where the Head Librarian from my graduate school has summoned me back to Baltimore. She’s seven feet tall, dips down towards me, and nastily says I have to retype my dissertation. On the original Selectric typewriter. Two hundred…

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