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English Plum Pudding aka Christmas Pudding aka Cake

English Plum Pudding aka Christmas Pudding is one of those super delicious, super impressive and super easy desserts. To Americans, the name can be fairly confusing because its not a pudding, its a cake…and there are no plums in it. You see, in England, pudding...

Chocolate Sheet Cake with Toasted Pecans

For many years, on my husband’s birthday, I baked a chocolate cake.  It was different every time because he never liked any of them.  He liked chocolate cake, just not my chocolate cake.  Until about five years ago when I stumbled across this sheet cake at...

Spiced Pumpkin Bread, or Is It Cake?

The line is very fuzzy between a quick bread and cake.  The naming seems to be traditional.  I mean the ingredients are almost exactly the same and who could argue that your average zucchini bread or banana bread is anything but dessert.  It’s baked in a loaf...
Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

This lick-your-fingers frosting is your basic American buttercream with a twist.  It’s like the best part of a cinnamon roll condensed into frosting form.  Spread it on Pumpkin Bread or Apple Cake.  Try it on top of Fudgy Chocolate Brownies or sandwiched between...

Rain, Homecoming and Pear Walnut Spice Cake

The rain poured outside as I put this cake together.  It had been coming down since 3am.  That morning, my eldest daughter woke me excitedly around 7am so we could have breakfast together on the porch because she knows how much I enjoy a good rain.  That day was more...

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Cake is a bit of an enigma.  I mean what flavor is it?  It isn’t chocolate, but how can it be vanilla?  It’s red!  Ultimately, it doesn’t matter.  Whatever it is, the not-to-sweet balance of the silky tender cake with the creamy slightly...

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