Back in October, we had a potluck at work and one of the designers, Brady, brought this wonderful apple cake that everyone loved! He said it was his grandma’s recipe. And he had baked the cake himself! It really was one of the … Continue reading
When I think of autumn flavors, cinnamon is one of the first to come to mind for me. I use cinnamon in quick breads, muffins, cakes, all kinds of treats…and I guess that’s why this Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn stood … Continue reading
Crumb-topped coffee cakes are my favorite kind. That’s why I wanted to try this recipe–it’s actually a blueberry coffee cake recipe, but I substituted the blackberries I had recently picked. I doubled the original recipe so I could make it in … Continue reading
Today is National Chocolate Chip Day–WooHoo! It sounds like a great excuse to enjoy lots of chocolate chip goodies, doesn’t it? Here’s a little roundup of some recipes you may want to try… These Chocolate Chip Muffins are great for breakfast or … Continue reading
Are you making mom a cake for Mother’s Day? Here’s some last-minute ideas that she’ll love, and these are all easy to make! Lizzie’s Sour Cream Pound Cake is a classic dessert. For moms who are banana-lovers…Banana Pound Cake with … Continue reading
Sweet potatoes recipes are perfect not only for Thanksgiving, but all holiday season long–and actually, some are great year-round! This Thanksgiving, I had made Never Fail Sweet Potato Pie, which was really good, and I thought I’d share a roundup … Continue reading
Do you like breakfast pastry? Or how about coffee cake? If you do, then I think you’d really like this recipe, because it’s a combination of both. It has a thin, rich cakey layer that’s topped with apple pie filling and … Continue reading
Caramel apples are the best…I love the combination of gooey, buttery caramel and crisp, slightly sweet and tart apples. Yum! What could be better? Maybe nothing. Or maybe this Caramel Apple Coffee Cake! It has yummy bits of caramel and chopped apple, and … Continue reading
I think the term “dump cake” is a little misleading–it just doesn’t sound very appetizing! It’s true that you do kind of “dump” most of the ingredients into a large bowl, stir them together, and pour in a pan…and then just sprinkle on the toppings–in … Continue reading
I mentioned in my last post that I had been picking some blackberries this past week. And this is one of the recipes I made with them–Blackberry Buttermilk Cake. It’s a recipe I’ve had for awhile, clipped from a newspaper and kept … Continue reading
If you are a fan of Downton Abbey (or even if you’re not), this is a recipe you may be interested in! It’s from a cookbook called Edwardian Cooking: The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook (softcover), which features 80 recipes inspired by this … Continue reading
I love baking with sweet potatoes–I’ve made Sweet Potato Bread, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Loaded Sweet Potato Muffins, and Sweet Potato Cinnamon Cake… so I thought it was about time to try a sweet potato pound cake! I found a great-sounding recipe at Taste … Continue reading
The title read, “A Cake You Can Eat for Breakfast and Dessert.” Well, that got my attention! The Yahoo Food article also said “A cup of coffee will disguise this treat as breakfast, and a scoop of ice cream transforms it into dessert.” Perfect! I always love recipes that give you that kind of flexibility! :)
So of course I had to try this coffee cake. I used more dark chocolate, added a little more cinnamon, and used pecans instead of hazelnuts. Yum! This coffee cake has a thick batter that bakes into a dense yet cakey chocolate-cinnamon treat. I found that my baking time was less than what the original recipe recommended, and you do want to be careful not to overbake this, or it will be a little dry.
This coffee cake is great for morning or anytime–especially if you are a fan of dark chocolate!
DARK CHOCOLATE-CINNAMON PECAN COFFEE CAKE by NancyCreative, adapted from Bon Appetit
Makes 9-12 servings in an 8 x 8″ pan
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for greasing pan
- 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 cup (6 ounces) dark chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup plain whole Greek yogurt
Preheat oven to 350°. Butter 8” square baking pan; set aside.
Toss pecans, chocolate chips, cinnamon, and ¼ cup of the sugar in a small bowl; set aside.
In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In large bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and remaining ¾ cup sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend between additions and occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. With mixer on low speed, add dry flour mixture ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with yogurt in 2 additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. You’ll end up with a nice thick batter.
Spoon half of the batter into prepared pan and smooth top; top with half of the chocolate/pecan mixture. Spoon remaining batter over this and smooth top; top with remaining chocolate/pecan mixture. Bake cake until top of cake is golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes (be careful not to overbake, or it will be dry! I recommend checking it after it has baked about 35 to 37 minutes). Transfer pan to a wire rack; let cake cool in pan before cutting into squares, and serve (if you want to eat it warm, let it cool about 10 minutes before cutting). I think this coffee cake tastes best warm myself!
It’s been awhile since I’ve made a coffee cake, so this hit the spot! I have a few other coffee cake recipes I’ve been wanting to try. Have you made any good ones lately?
Every autumn I get in the pumpkin-baking mood. Here are some of my favorite recipes I’ve posted before–if you haven’t seen them already, you may want to check them out!
Pam’s Pumpkin Sheet Cake (above)…a large, moist, yummy cake topped with rich cream cheese frosting!
Pumpkin Cornbread or Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins…great for a fall breakfast or brunch!
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting…a great autumn cupcake!
Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Buttercream…tastes great with or without the frosting–you can serve it for breakfast or brunch unfrosted, or serve it for dessert with the frosting!
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread…another pumpkin bread, with a delicious cream cheese filling!
Double-Glazed Pumpkin Scones…a real treat any time of day!
Have you been doing lots of pumpkin-baking? Let me know if you try any of these out!
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I had some lemon curd I needed to use, and I came across this recipe from Good Housekeeping that looked so good! A lemony cake with lots of fresh berries–yum! And I could just imagine how good the lemon flavor would be with the lemon curd. I thought I would make it even more lemony by using lemon extract instead of vanilla and using more lemon zest. Add I added a dash of fresh lemon juice, too. The original recipe suggests using a mix of blackberries, blueberries, and/or raspberries. I just had blueberries, so that’s all I used. I also made a glaze topping to go over the cake, but you could serve it with whipped cream and fresh berries like the original recipe suggests.
If you like lemon-flavored treats, this would be a great recipe for you to try!
LEMON CURD BERRY CAKE by NancyCreative, adapted from Good Housekeeping
Makes 1 bundt cake with a 12-cup pan (about 12 servings)
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1/3 cup finely ground toasted slivered or sliced almonds (they work fine untoasted, too)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 Tablespoon finely grated lemon peel (lemon zest)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice (from the zested lemon)
- 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 1/2 cup prepared lemon curd (you’ll need about an 8 to 10-ounce jar of lemon curd for the cake and the glaze, and you’ll have some left over; I used this brand)
- 2 cups mixed fresh berries–blackberries, blueberries, and/or raspberries (or if you just have one kind of berry, use that–I used all blueberries)
- Lemon Curd Glaze (see recipe below)
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan.
PREPARE CAKE: In medium bowl, whisk flour, almonds, baking powder, and salt. In large bowl, with mixer on high speed, beat butter and sugar 4 minutes or until light and fluffy (or you can beat by hand). Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then reduce speed to low, if using a mixer, and beat in lemon extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Beat in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, until combined. Beat in lemon curd until just combined. Fold in berries.
Spoon batter into prepared pan; lightly tap pan on counter to remove any air pockets. Bake, in center of oven, 60 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack. After cake has completely cooled, top with Lemon Curd Glaze.
LEMON CURD GLAZE
- 5 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tablespoons prepared lemon curd (if the lemon curd is very thick, heat it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to make it more stirable)
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- additional berries for garnish
In medium bowl, blend the whipping cream, lemon curd, and lemon juice, blending well. Add confectioner’s sugar and blend well. Spoon glaze over cake, let glaze set, top with additional berries, if desired, and serve. There’s plenty of glaze, so you can drizzle some extra glaze from the cake plate onto each slice with a spoon–it tastes great that way!
Note: The original recipe says to serve the cake with Lemon Cream (instead of glaze), so that’s another option you may want to try…
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup prepared lemon curd
- 1 Tablespoon sifted confectioner’s sugar
- Additional confectioner’s sugar to lightly dust the cake, optional
- Mixed berries (or one kind of berry) for garnish
In medium bowl, beat cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Reduce speed to low; beat in lemon curd and confectioner’s sugar until combined.
Serve cake with Lemon Cream and berries. You can give the cake a light dusting of confectioner’s sugar before serving with the cream and berries if you like,
If you like making your own lemon curd, I’m sure it would be fantastic in this cake recipe! I used store-bought lemon curd, but one of these days I want to try making my own!
Do you have any great recipes that use lemon curd as an ingredient?