Chocolate Velvet: Chocolate Cake of the Month

If you love cheesecake and also love chocolate, this recipe is for you. This is one of the finest cheesecakes I have ever made and the name says it all…chocolate velvet..smooth and creamy all the way down from your lips to your tummy. It sits in a yummy pecan-enhanced graham cracker crust.

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The Original Tunnel of Fudge Cake

The Tunnel of Fudge Cake is somewhat of a legend in cake making land and precursor to the now-hot restaurant dessert of individual chocolate cakes with a oozing, under baked center that looks like a thick sauce. Tunnel of Fudge was a Pillsbury Bake

Its still going strong/ the 44th Pillsbury Bake Off for home cooks last April at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando hotel/photo courtesy of FoodGal Carolyn Jung, who was a judge for the Sweet Things category/the grand prize is a cool $1 Mil Cash

Off Winner decades ago and has never lost its appeal.

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Chocolate Cake of the Month: Chocolate Chip Cake

Ingredients

3 large eggs
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup (6 ounces) sour cream
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
dash salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup milk chocolate or semisweet chocolate…

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The Classic Poppy Seed Butter Cake

Back when I was learning how to bake, around 1970 or so, I was always on the look out for good recipes. Especially cakes and quick loaves. I wanted cakes that garnered praise and not a crumb left on any plate. One of the most elusive cakes was poppy seed cake, the kind you could buy a slice in a Jewish deli, have on a Jewish holiday, or have at someone’s grandmothers’ house for brunch.

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Gold Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


I used to make a gold layer cake like this for my father’s birthday. It may not be fancy, but it is the quintessential layer cake. Really really good.

Ingredients

Cake
1 1/4 cups (176g) all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups (150g) cake flour
1…

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The Easiest Cranberry Lemon Hot Cross Buns


Hot Cross Buns show up every Easter in bakeries and have a long tradition in the British Isles since raisin buns and muffins are popular for both home, bakery, and tea room items. They are a beloved breakfast and tea…

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Raspberry Devil’s Food Cupcakes

Mmmmmm c u p c a k e s !! Gotta lov’em,” says my fellow Veggie Life magazine food writer Shanna Masters when I asked her for her favorite cupcake recipe. “Try these out! They are very moist and fudge-y luscious vegan cupcakes…

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Chocolate Cake of the Month: Raspberry Devil’s Food Cupcakes

I think hands down cupcakes are everyone’s favorite because technically you own that little cake and don’t have to share. Add some new thinking, and the mass-produced bakery case staple and homespun signature school lunch sweet is hip and hot. As one of my local baker friends says, “a cupcake brings a bigger smile than a slice of cake.”

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Chocolate Cake of the Month: Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Cake

When asking many of my friends what their favorite winter layer cake is, I am always surprised when most of them emphatically reply “Black Forest Cake!” Never having made it myself and finding bakery versions much too sugary with canned cherry pie filling, my interest perked up when a friend told me of the best Black Forest Cake she ever had; it was from an old recipe printed in Bon Apétit magazine in the 1970s.

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Everyone’s Favorite White Chocolate Ginger Cheesecake

This cheesecake is as close to divine as food gets. It is a uber creamy standard cheesecake with lots of sweet-hot candied ginger and a hint of ground ginger in the cake, and a gingersnap cookie crust. It is a perfect Easter dessert. Make the day before, as the cake needs to chill overnight in the refrigerator to develop the proper texture. Beware. This is truly addictive and everyone’s favorite.

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