Devil’s Fudge Icing

Makes about 5 cups, or enough to fill and ice an 8- or 9-inch cake Ingredients 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup hot water 2 1/4 […]


Flourless Chocolate Soufflé Cake

Makes one 8-inch cake Ingredients 5 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter plus extra for greasing 10 large eggs (divided use) 2/3 cup sugar (divided use) 1/4 cup Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional) Directions Preheat the oven to 375°F. […]


Italian Buttercream

Makes about 6 cups Italian buttercream starts with a very stable meringue, making it creamy and light, but also very sturdy. It is almost impossible to mess this recipe up, so don’t panic. If your buttercream appears melted, it means it’s too warm. Place the whole mixing bowl in the […]

Breakfast & Brunch, Cakes

Matcha-Swirled Pound Cake

Makes one 8 1/2-inch loaf Unsweetened matcha powder is bitter, so if you prefer a milder matcha flavor, use less matcha powder. The matcha is not structural, so you can use as little as none (for just a great pound cake!) or as much as 1/3 cup. Ingredients 3 tablespoons […]

Breakfast & Brunch, Cakes

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Muffins

Makes 12 muffins These muffins are the perfect way to showcase the ideal flavor partnership of bananas and peanut butter. They still satisfy the banana bread spot, with just the right amount of peanut butter flavor peeking through. The streusel topping adds a little sweetness and texture, but they are […]

Breakfast & Brunch, Cakes, Desserts

Pear Cake

Makes 10 to 12 servings This is a simple cake that is good for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Bosc pears are a good choice because of their lower water content. Make sure they are perfectly ripe. Consider swapping out the cinnamon for ground cardamom for a variation. Ingredients 1 […]


Pear Skillet Cake

Makes 12 servings Ingredients 2 cups cake flour 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground mace 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 2 Bartlett pears, peeled and cored 2 egg […]


Pumpkin Bread

Makes 1 loaf Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup pumpkin purée 1 egg 2 tablespoons water 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans Directions Coat a 5-in by […]

Cakes, Desserts

Pumpkin Date Cake with Maple Caramel Sauce

Makes 8 to 12 servings This cake is a cross between sticky toffee pudding and a fluffy pumpkin snacking cake. It is lightly spiced, spongy and moist, and best when bathed in maple caramel sauce. Leftover sauce should be refrigerated and lightly heated before serving. Substitute about 2 teaspoons of […]

Breakfast & Brunch, Cakes

Quark Stollen

Makes 1 loaf This recipe comes right from Bakeshop 6 at The Culinary Institute of America! A traditional German holiday treat, this stollen is leavened with baking powder, not yeast, so it’s a simple edition to your Christmas to-do list. You can find quark, a soft cultured cheese, near the […]