154. Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting p.726

154. Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting p.726

The recipe
As I mentioned yesterday I’m not a huge fan of icing on cakes. As a result, my icing skills suck. I’m far more likely to bake a cake, and sprinkle it with powdered sugar, or cocoa than make icing. If I do decide to top a cake, I prefer to use flavoured whipped cream. [...]

4 April 2008 | Cakes, The Book | 3 Comments
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153. Golden Cake with Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting p.725

153. Golden Cake with Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting p.725

The recipe
This cake and its frosting are separate recipes, so I’ll only be tackling the cake in this post. That’s fine by me. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I’m not really a frosting person. For me, the icing is just getting in the way of the cake. There are icings I like more (buttercream) and [...]

3 April 2008 | Cakes, The Book | 5 Comments
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144. Coffee Coffee Cake with Espresso Glaze p.644

144. Coffee Coffee Cake with Espresso Glaze p.644

The recipe
I brought this cake to a brunch at a friend’s last spring. I’m going to have a difficult time giving it a fair rating, because I had horrible seasonal allergies and couldn’t taste anything. I barely remember the brunch, and had to leave after about an hour. My head was so muddled that I’d [...]

30 January 2008 | Breakfast and Brunch, The Book | 3 Comments
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109. Strawberry Shortcake p.813

109. Strawberry Shortcake p.813

The recipe is a variation on this one from epicurious. The main difference is that the linked recipe uses buttermilk biscuits, while The Book calls for the cream biscuits I wrote about the other day.
It starts with three pints of strawberries, hulled and quartered. This is the kind of recipe instruction that I consistently underestimate. [...]

24 October 2007 | Fruit Desserts, The Book | 5 Comments
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78. Ginger Pound Cake p.704

78. Ginger Pound Cake p.704

no recipe for this one.
I served substantial pieces of this pound cake following our Beef Wellington supper. If that sounds like a ridiculously rich follow-up to one of the heavier items of the British cookbook, you’re absolutely right. I served both the cake and the Wellington to one of The Boys and his lady friend. [...]

21 August 2007 | Cakes, The Book | Comments Off
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69. Almond Cake with Kirsch Cream and Lingonberry Preserves p.710

69. Almond Cake with Kirsch Cream and Lingonberry Preserves p.710

The recipe
In the comments for yesterday’s cassoulet someone mentioned that many of the recipes I’ve posted are heart attacks waiting to happen. This cake is no exception. With 8 eggs, 2 sticks of butter, and a bunch of almond paste it is no where near anyones definition of a light finish to a meal. The [...]

1 August 2007 | Cakes, The Book | 7 Comments
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41. Orange-Poppy Seed Cake p.706

41. Orange-Poppy Seed Cake p.706

Sorry, no recipe.
I made this cake for a friend’s birthday party. The best way I can describe it is as a brunchy coffee-cake dressed up for dinner. During the day it works down at the espresso shack as that cute poppy seed loaf in the counter. It’s moist and rich with sour cream, and has [...]

20 June 2007 | Cakes, The Book | 3 Comments
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40. Warm Chocolate Raspberry Pudding Cake p.740

40. Warm Chocolate Raspberry Pudding Cake p.740

the recipe
I can’t say that I pulled this off with the grace or style of Julia Child, I hope that I honored her commitment to salvaging disasters with this dish. The concept here is basically an upside down cake. The bottom of the pan has a chocolate pudding layer, and then a cake batter [...]

20 May 2007 | Cakes, The Book | 11 Comments
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32. Flourless Chocolate Cake p.739

32. Flourless Chocolate Cake p.739

the recipe
This cake will make you believe flour and leavening were just getting in the way of every cake you’ve ever made before. It’s the chocolate cake equivalent of shortbread, the essence of the dish with all the frills stripped away. Cheap butter spoils shortbread; cheap chocolate would spoil this cake. There’s nothing in here [...]

17 April 2007 | Cakes, The Book | 5 Comments
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11. Cherry Clafouti p. 817

11. Cherry Clafouti p. 817

This was a very straightforward dish, an eggy batter poured over cherries and baked until puffed and golden. It was very easy to put together, the whole batter is made in the blender, and the addition of almond and vanilla extracts as well as kirsh gave it some complexity of flavour. I’m always happy to [...]

15 March 2007 | Fruit Desserts, The Book | 7 Comments
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