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.
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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.
This brown butter cake is dense and moist with a sturdy crumb and an intense brown butter flavor. The decadent brown butter glaze on top knocks the cake out of the park.
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.
This rich and luxurious flourless chestnut-and-chocolate torte is flavored with bourbon and topped with a swirl of sweetened chestnut purée. It's the perfect end to a wintertime holiday meal.
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.
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.
Swiss buttercream is silky-smooth, incredibly creamy, and unbelievably delicious. Because it's made with Swiss meringue, it holds up pretty well in warmer temperatures. The meringue base also makes it a lot lighter in color than most buttercreams.
This chocolate meringue cake with whipped cream and fresh raspberries is a surefire crowd pleaser and easy to make. Layers of dense, moist chocolate cake topped with delicate, crispy meringue are sandwiched together with whipped cream and fresh raspberry sauce to make the ultimate holiday dessert.
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.
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!
The recipe combines two classic fall quick breads: pumpkin and gingerbread. It grabs the ginger and molasses from a classic gingerbread and adds just enough pumpkin for moistness without adding too much pumpkin flavor. Think of it as a really spicy variation of your favorite pumpkin bread.
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.
This almond cake may be healthy, at least as far as desserts go, but that's just an incidental benefit. What matters most is how light, tender, and delicious it is. The secret to its success: beating the egg whites properly. Here's how.
This cake uses whole wheat pastry flour and the zest of four lemons in its base, along with hearty glugs of extra-virgin olive oil. The top is all slices of caramelized Meyer lemon, and the whole shebang is baked up in a cast iron skillet, which gives it a bit of a crust, and a lot of rustic appeal.
This chocolate bundt cake follows the inelegantly named "dump cake" method. You dump all the ingredients into one bowl, whisk, and you're done. Be sure to whisk the dry ingredients together before adding the coffee, oil, and eggs. This prevents clumping of the xanthan gum and tapioca starch. An optional chocolate or confectionary glaze finishes it off.
Indulge in a little no-bake bliss with this cheesecake from Seriously Delish. Greek yogurt is mixed in alongside cream cheese, with a little sweetened condensed milk for, well, sweetness. It's tart, creamy, but not too dense; just the kind of cake you can enjoy more than once in a while. The simple base allows for all kinds of toppings, an assortment of which are suggested. Feel free to eat it plain or switch it up entirely.
This dessert was developed for Tonia George's young daughter, who was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Not wanting to exclude her from enjoying sweets, The Ginger & White Cookbook author came up with this Middle Eastern-inspired loaf cake heavily flavored with pistachios and lemon. It's a crumbly take on pound cake, made super-sweet with the addition of a sugar and rosewater syrup.
A "tray bake" sounds like a peculiar thing, but it merely references a sweet dish baked in a rectangular container, cut into pieces—we're talking everything from brownies to fruit bars to sheet cakes. This iteration from The Ginger & White Cookbook may look to be a standard orange sponge, but that's far from the case: Ground almonds and egg form the base of the cake, with a flavorful orange purée folded into the mix.
Light layers of sponge cake sandwich bright, citrusy lemon curd in this cake from The Ginger & White Cookbook. The cakes bake up quickly and cleanly in springform pans, while the curd comes together on the stove. It's simple, but doesn't look that way, which is sure to impress a teatime guest.