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Ice Cream Filled July 4th Cupcakes

Moist buttermilk red velvet cupcakes are filled with the whitest ice cream you can find (such as coconut or vanilla). Rings of white- and blue-tinted cream cheese frosting are piped on top to complete the 4th of July theme. Make these cupcakes ahead of time and serve directly from the freezer for a cool treat. More

French Madeleines With Almonds and Apricot Glaze

French madeleines, the delicious shell-like tea-cakes, are an impressive dessert that also happens to be very easy to make. They're often flavored with vanilla bean or citrus, such as lemon or orange, but in this recipe, the buttery flavor of the madeleines is paired with the slightly bitter taste of almond extract and a sweet apricot glaze. Vanilla is added for a touch of warmth, while the brown butter in the batter gives the madeleines a rich, complex flavor. More

Molten Chocolate Cake

Looking for the perfect Valentine's dessert? This gooey chocolate cake for two, loaded with whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauce more than delivers. And it couldn't be easier to make. More

No-Bake Banana and Peanut Butter Caramel Icebox Cake From 'The Kitchn Cookbook'

With all the cookie baking going on around the holidays, it was nice to not have to turn on the oven for this over-the-top icebox cake from The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking, by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand. Graham crackers are layered with a cream cheesy whipped cream, bananas, chopped peanuts and pecans, and a killer peanut butter caramel sauce. More

Buttery Marzipan Stollen

Stollen is one of the world's great Christmas breads, a delicious treat whether you celebrate Christmas or not. Most people buy it, but the truth is that stollen is as easy to make at home as any basic bread. More

Champagne Cake Roll With White Chocolate (White Chocolate Bûche de Noël)

Filled with Champagne buttercream and decorated with gold chocolate shards and sugar pearls, this cake roll is the pinnacle of festivity. Instead of using ordinary Champagne, I make this cake with Marc de Champagne, a pomace brandy made from Champagne grape skins, seeds, and stalks that pairs beautifully with the cake's creamy buttercream filling and sweet white chocolate ganache coating. More

Gingerbread Buche de Noel From 'Baking Chez Moi'

Among the plethora of simple, straightforward French desserts that fill the pages of Dorie Greenspan's new Baking Chez Moi, there is a handful of more involved desserts, and those she reimagines in her own way. Her Gingerbread Buche de Noel is both. Yule logs are a staple of the French holiday season, but this version seems quite American, with it's cream cheese filling and sweet meringue frosting. More

Slow and Easy Panettone

Of all the holiday breads that pop-up around this time of year, panettone is the stand out. Boozy, sweet, and ubiquitous, it can be found at grocery stores and bakeries everywhere. This year, it's time to start making panettone at home. More

Ultimate Birthday Cake From 'Baked Occasions'

Nearly every cookbook has one crowning jewel of a recipe. One big, beautiful must-try. In the case of Baked Occasions, this is that recipe. Three layers of densely spongy "very vanilla" cake are enveloped in layers of bright white frosting and coated with rainbow sprinkles. Cutting into the cake reveals more sprinkles, folded into the cake batter. The effect is childlike and utterly charming, with the innocent sweetness of vanilla providing the perfect backdrop. More

Salted Caramel Soufflé From 'Baked Occasions'

Crafted for the late, great Julia Child, this salty-sweet soufflé from Baked Occasions celebrates the life of a woman who found her calling at fifty, and who taught her audience the secrets of French cooking in the comfort of their own kitchens. Make this to celebrate a great woman in your life, or anyone who has achieved lofty heights and sweet success (much like a caramel soufflé). More

Microwave Rocky Road Sponge Cakes

We use the rapid cooking power of a the microwave to make lighter-than-air sponge cakes that pack in the flavor of rocky road ice cream with three forms of chocolate, marshmallows, and toasted walnuts. The best part? They bake in under a minute! More

Chocolate Chocolate Teacake From 'Huckleberry'

A name so nice, they said it twice. In this recipe from the new Huckleberry cookbook, author Zoe Nathan layers melted and chopped dark chocolate over a foundation of cocoa powder and strong coffee to make a dark, densely delicious teatime cake. Of course, teatime can be extended to mean anytime, which is lucky for you. More

Gluten-Free Apple Fritters

Apple fritters should not be jelly doughnuts in which the jam is merely replaced with an apple filling. No, an apple fritter is a nubby affair with crisp bits of chopped apples scattered throughout and just the slightest hint of confectioner's glaze. Gluten-free fritters can be tough to make, but as it turns out, size matters. Our small fritters come out with the ideal ratio of crisp fried exterior to apple-packed crumb. More

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