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Tipsy Cornmeal Cake

Soft, delicate, subtle. Not this cake. If you want a cake with “texture” and “flavor” that bites you back, resists your bite, then here is a recipe for you. And, it’s one to absorb any leftover berries you might find before fall freezes us all. The cake uses equal amounts of cornmeal and all-purpose flour.…

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Devil’s Food Cake from Retro Cakes and Cookies

  For Halloween, why not a Devil’s Food Cake. Chocolate. Rich. Tangy. Ah, but the devil is in the details. I know of no other cake recipe with such a diverse base of recipe alternatives. It’s a light, chocolate cake but getting to that end can mean many different combinations of ingredients and techniques are…

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Frosted Maple Drops

As you wander the fall farmers markets, you are sure to see bottles and even jugs of a wonderful American product: maple syrup. When Suzen and I travel to Europe, we take a bundle of small bottles to give away to old and new friends. Eyes widen when they see the liquid gold and we…

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Lemon Pudding Cake

  Pudding is something we rarely encounter as adults. We have fond memories of Jell-O boxes and multiple servings of chocolate pudding topped with whipped cream. But pudding now? When Suzen suggests that teams coming for an event at Cooking by the Book finish their hands-on experience with pudding, well pudding cake, there is often…

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