In my continuing search for classic American sweets I came across Cottage Pudding. As one look reveals, it is neither a cottage nor a pudding. What is it you ask? A simple cake topped with sauce. Lovely boozy sauce.
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Cottage pudding is neither a cottage nor a pudding. It is however, a simple cake topped with sauce. Lovely boozy sauce.
Oh, Moravian Sugar Cake—you're not the prettiest cake in the bakery case, in fact, let's be blunt: you're a bit of a plain Jane. But if cakes could score points on personality, you're a solid ten.
Moravian Sugar Cake is a traditional Easter breakfast, though fluffy and sweet coffee cake is always in season. The secret to this warm, yeasty bread's lightness is the addition of mashed potatoes.
These pretty cupcakes have a kaleidoscope-like multicolored starburst pattern that will definitely elicit "ooh" and "ahhs" when served.
These cupcakes have such a pretty, multi-colored starburst pattern in their crumb that the icing is piped into the middle.
Heaps of Oreo cookie whipped cream form the filling and frosting of this major kid friendly cake.
Clafoutis are simple batter- and fruit-based French cakes. Traditionally served after dinner as a light, seasonal dessert, they also make a quick delicious brunch that can easily satisfy a group.
Since appearing in Southern Living magazine in February 1978 as the recipe of a Mrs. L.H. Wiggins of Greensboro, North Carolina, Hummingbird Cake has become the magazine's most requested recipe of all time. While this beloved Southern classic is chock full o' goodies like bananas, pineapple, and pecans, it's not a fussy to prepare, making it a favorite for picnics and barbecues.
My favorite cakes are usually nutty, brown butter-based, booze-soaked, dark caramel swirled, or fruit inflected. Click through the slideshow to see my top ten favorites from Let Them Eat Cake.