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Category: Cakes

Dorie Greenspan’s Rhubarb Upside-Down Brown Sugar Cake with Fresh Strawberries and Crème Fraiche

Dorie Greenspan’s Rhubarb Upside-Down Brown Sugar Cake with Fresh Strawberries and Crème Fraiche

In the annals of Chewing the Fat, never has one cake come close to having a name as long as this one.  However, I could write a new adage: ‘the longer the name, the better the cake’.  Because I’d be hard-pressed to find a salute […]

Easter is upon us…and these Coconut Cakes are a great way to celebrate

It finally feels like Spring and it’s about time.  March was a beast whose departure made us all pine for our abnormally warm February. Now that it’s April, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Easter will usher in warmer weather for good.  And in that […]

Pecan Honey Cake

Pecan Honey Cake

A lot of bakers love this blog and all that Andrew bakes.  Sad to say, it’s been weeks since we published our last baking post…for Dorie Greenspan’s Beurre et Sel Jammers (see http://www.chewingthefat.us.com/2016/12/best-christmas-cookie-ever-dorie.html)not counting the skillet cornbread at New Year’s.  The reason is simple to […]

One of Andrew’s Top Ten Cakes of All Time: Rumfest’s Ding Dong Cake

Rumfest’s Ding Dong Cake in a blaze of glory          Every year, our friend Jayne’s Birthday Celebration is declared Rumfest.  That’s a combination of her maiden name and the fact that Jayne’s Birthday is never confined to a single day. It seems to carry on […]

Pluot Upside-Down Cake adapted from Fine Cooking

           What is a “pluot”?, you may well ask. It’s the Labradoodle of fruits.  Actually it’s more like a Cockapoo or even a Maltipoo in size. The Pluot is a plum and apricot hybrid bred first in California in the 1800s.   Initially it […]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Baking this Almond Bundt Cake

Andrew is not the only baker in his family.  His sister Lauren is also a great baker.  So when her birthday rolled around, he sent her a great luxury: a case of Almond Paste.  Or so he thought.  The other day he got a frantic […]

Strawberry Cheesecake

Marcus Porcius Cato 234-149 BC If New York has a cake, it is most certainly our richly indulgent and sumptuously creamy cheesecake.  There is a lot of culinary history to support this claim.  And then there’s Junior’s, a Brooklyn Temple to Cheesecake which made history […]

Pistachio and White Chocolate Cheesecake from "Baked Occasions" by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

        Solomon and The Queen of Sheba as painted by Piero della Francesca Nobody seems to know why, but February 26th is World Pistachio Day.  The day even has its own website: www.worldpistachioday.com And, as the site points out, it’s hard to […]

The Coconuttiest of Coconut Cake of all time from John Barricelli of SoNo Bakery and Café

                 Our friends, Don and Jeff had a dinner party this weekend.  Among the invitees were two of their friends from Miami, where they have a winter home. We’d met Jorge and Peter before.  In fact, the last time […]

Martha Stewart’s Cornmeal Berry Sheet Cake

 There’s a twitter feed called “Drunk Ina Garten” written by someone as a parody.  And every time I post an Ina Garten piece, the guy who tweets it picks up on it in about five minutes flat, re-tweets it and I get tons of hits […]

Martha Stewart’s Strawberry Shortcake with Basil. The Perfect Cake to celebrate Uncle Andrew’s Day!

Uncle Andrew…there from the very beginning. Last weekend, we celebrated Father’s Day with all the necessary cards, salutations on Facebook, telephone calls filled with praise for Dear Old Dad.   I know how much it meant to me and how much I admire the Dad in […]

Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake from Abigail Johnson Dodge in Fine Cooking Magazine

       I needn’t tell you the Sweets Factory at our house has been in overdrive ever since we arrived here for the holidays.  There have been dozens of cookies, a Red Velvet Cake, even a Norwegian “Fyrstekake” a Cardomon Almond confection, beautifully decorated […]

B’Soffener Kapuziner, an Austrian Family favourite nut-based cake, liberally doused with Gluhwein from the Stracey Family Cookbook

         When I was growing up in Montreal, my family had an endless stream of visitors, most of whom had some connection to my parent’s time in Britain during the Second World War.  They were both volunteers—my father was a Major in the Canadian Army […]

Blueberry Crumb Cake from John Barricelli’s "The Seasonal Baker"

        John Barricelli, Chef and author of “The Seasonal Baker” It’s blueberry season but I’ll take any excuse for making this combination of a vanilla cake with fresh blueberries and a chunky brown sugar crumb topping.  And since it can be eaten […]