If the fire-breathing dragon wasn't hint enough, one bite will prove this cake is packing heat. In her recently released cookbook, Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude, Libbie Summers stirs hot pepper extract into a lightly spicy batter, and spikes the cream cheese frosting with spiced pecans. The fruitiness of the pepper works well with the carrot-heavy batter, further enhanced by traditional cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves.
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Quite often, the best recipes are ones that can be made on the fly, allowing for changes and adaptations. The skillet corn cake from Sweet and Vicious: Baking With Attitude is one such beast; author Libbie Summers sticks to the same cake base, but provides five fruit options, each yielding a distinctly different flavor.
So named for the feeling they inspire, these Side-Slap & Tickle Cookies from Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude pack a powerful punch in the form of two dozen crushed malt balls, along with half a cup of cocoa powder. They're deeply chocolaty, with a delightfully chewy and crackly texture.
Pie that's ready to serve in less than thirty minutes is unheard of. That is, unless you're making mini coconut cream pies from Mother Daughter Dishes. The no-fuss crust is made of vanilla wafers, with a coconut pudding and meringue topping. Toasted coconut is scattered on top, for a double dose of flavor.
Certainly the easiest dessert in Mother Daughter Dishes, graham cracker bites are little balls of crunchy, toasty sweetness coated in salt-sprinkled chocolate. They barely require any effort, and taste even better after a nice chill in the fridge.
Icebox pie is one of those make-ahead treats that you can look forward to all day, knowing that a cold slice is waiting for you when you get home. Fruitful's icebox pie is a cloud of blackberry whipped cream set atop a condensed milk custard, all packaged in a graham cracker crust. The super-sweet custard is a pleasant surprise, hidden under purple clouds of berry cream, and the graham cracker crust adds a delightful toasty note.
Thick, juicy slices of nectarines are stewed in sweet wine and spices, then gently laid on a bed of tart crust in this Fruitful dessert. Nectarine syrup is distilled from the simmering fruits, and used as a garnish.
Traditionally, the delicate madeleine gets its flavor from vanilla, butter and eggs. In Fruitful, Brian Nicholson adds raspberries and lemon zest, taking them from a teatime treat to an anytime indulgence.
Pastiera di Grano is an Easter pie that combines chewy, nutty grains with light, fluffy ricotta in a citrus-flavored pastry crust. Robicelli's: A Love Story, With Cupcakes refuses to relegate it to a yearly treat, and so, these cupcakes were invented.
Brooklyn Blackout cupcakes from Robicelli's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes are made with enough chocolate to drown in. A base of chocolate cake is covered with chocolate custard buttercream, then dipped in a fudge glaze and sprinkled with chocolate cake crumbs. Based on the famous Blackout cake from Ebinger's Bakery, the beloved Brooklyn institution.
A traditional carrot cake recipe, bursting with spices and fresh carrot, is topped with a cream cheese buttercream and walnuts roasted in butter. The spices of the cake are set off splendidly by a dense, tangy buttercream.
Sometimes, A Lighter Way to Bake doesn't mean cutting corners on everything. Rather than compromising the flavor of a good shortbread, a full stick of butter is used in this recipe. Sugar is what's skimped on here, but the modest amount included is all that's needed to set off the bold flavors of cardamom and ginger.
Sponge cake is flavored with strawberries, pistachios, and white chocolate in this dessert from A Lighter Way to Bake.
Macaroons are sticky and sweet by nature, even when they haven't been dipped in chocolate. A Lighter Way to Bake swaps sweetened coconut for plain, adds a sprinkling of sugar and a kiss of lime to make these chewy, summery sweets.
It's natural to associate crème brûlée with overindulgence. A Lighter Way to Bake uses light cream and lemon to craft a lighter version. It's still sweet and creamy, but not as heavy.
Fresh blueberries and warm shortcakes; does it really get any better than that? Maybe with a fat scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. All you need is a sheet pan and a little elbow grease to put this crowd-pleasing cobbler together.
Named for the region of Illinois where Jeni first enountered them, these fritters from Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts are filled with corn, deep-fried, and dredged in powdered sugar. They're airy and oily, with crisp little bits of sweet corn.
Behold, a totally vegan, totally delicious vanilla ice cream, courtesy of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts. The secret? Pulverized cashews and coconut oil for fatty richness, and tapioca starch for thickness. Try it today.
In this recipe from Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts, a super-sweet custard is stirred into a white whiskey-flavored ice cream base and beefed up with salty, toasted pecans.
It's just what you want in a sour cherry pie: tongue-tingling fruit (and a dash of almond extract) encased in an easy-to-weave lattice crust.