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Apple Walnut Spice Cake

This apple spice cake from all recipes.com has to be the moistest cake I have ever made.  I shouldn’t be surprised given that the recipe requires 4 cups of chopped apples which makes a large apple spice cake, perfect to take to a party or for a large gathering at home. Give this recipe a try if you are craving a super moist cake chock full of walnuts and fresh apples. Apple Walnut Spice Cake Continue reading Apple Walnut Spice Cake

Sweet Wine & Dried Fruit Poundcake

Sweet Wine & Dried Fruit Poundcake
makes 2 
poundcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick), plus about 1 tsp softened butter for pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh grated apple
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup sweet dessert wine
  • 1/2 cup dried fruits such as raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried figs, and dried apricots. Soak overnight in 1/4 cup sweet wine.

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All-Natural Christmas Fruitcake

The term fruitcake usually conjures up images of a heavy dense cake that is cloyingly sweet with bad quality dried fruits and fake syrupy candied fruits, all soaked in alcohol. This has always been my impression of fruitcake because over the years I have tried them all, and they have all – I hate to put it this way – but they all taste grossly teeth tingling sweet 😝.   So when my friend Basanthi told me she had an amazing fruitcake recipe that she makes every year over the holidays with our mutual friend Lakshmi, I was needless to say very skeptical.

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Then last year at Basanthi’s Christmas party she served the Christmas fruitcake she had been raving about.  I have to say it was the best fruitcake I have ever tasted!  In fact, the cake just disappeared before our eyes, as everyone at the party couldn’t get enough of it! Continue reading All-Natural Christmas Fruitcake

Ginger Vanilla Pound Cake with Golden Raisins

Sometime’s it’s just easier to eat a piece of cake not knowing exactly what’s in it 🤔, because then we can blissfully enjoy our cake clueless as to how much fat and sugar are in each piece 🍰😋😊.  That is my love/hate/love affair with poundcake 💛💔💛.

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I love pound cake 🍰😋😋! That dense, yet soft and moist buttery cake is so delicious I could eat at least two pieces. It’s the butter that makes pound cake taste so good 😋.

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This ginger vanilla pound cake was my attempt to make a soft, buttery, moist pound cake with half of the butter required, while still keep that unique pound cake characteristics. It’s the Greek yogurt, fresh grated ginger, and orange juice that give my pound cake that wonderful dense, buttery moist texture and outstanding flavor. Try it! Here is the recipe. Continue reading Ginger Vanilla Pound Cake with Golden Raisins

Spiced Plum Cake

I have been wanting to make a plum cake for a long time now, ever since I had a spiced plum cake at my friend Roli’s home when we stopped by for tea.

Roli and her daughter had made their cake from scratch, added spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and used plums from their backyard as a topping for their cake.  With so much care and detail going into this cake it was bound to taste amazing 😋. Continue reading Spiced Plum Cake

Apple Bread Loaf

I was gifted a delicious apple bread loaf for Mother’s Day from our neighbor and friend Karen, and I have to say this apple bread loaf was outstanding. I’ve never had an apple bread loaf before, so naturally I didn’t know what to expect.  What I tried I liked very much 😋.

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The loaf itself is unusual as it is not like a cake but rather it had a whole grain nutty texture, which got me wondering if it was made with whole-wheat flour?  I asked Karen for the recipe and she graciously shared it with me, and yes, it was made with whole-wheat flour.

This apple bread loaf had a thick topping of a yummy cinnamon sugar and nut mixture, while the loaf itself was not very sweet.  In fact, it was so mild on the sweetness scale that if we wanted to we could have had it with some jam. But wait; there was a surprise inside when I cut the loaf! Continue reading Apple Bread Loaf

Fresh Apple Ginger Cake

An apple cake that is not too sweet, not too dry, but just right? This recipe is the one. This apple cake is the perfect balance of sweet with a little kick of spices, all mixed together with grated fresh apples and fresh ginger.  I am loving fresh ginger in sweets and treats lately. I find it adds a nice spicy fragrant kick and especially balances the sweetness of cakes really well.

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Zucchini Teacake with Fresh Ginger & Allspice

This is a teacake recipe that I came up with inspired by the giant zucchini our friend Karen dropped off from her garden.  I had already made a Zucchini Curry and a Zucchini Soup with this giant squash. The next dish had to be something sweet and a teacake seemed like the perfect treat for this super tender zucchini.

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When I came up with this teacake recipe I was trying to replicate a zucchini loaf bread I used to have at Peets Coffee & Tea years ago.  It was super moist, not too sweet, with some lovely sweet spices, and a few walnuts.  I used to admire the delicate green specks of zucchini that always caught my eye when I would take a bite.

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Salted Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel

One of my twins Rani got in the mood to make some chocolate cupcakes a few weekends ago. But Rani is a picky one; she likes dark chocolate, even in her cupcakes. YES! I thought. I am going to be treated to an adult cupcake made with dark chocolate!

Now as you may know, there are countless chocolate cupcake recipes out there, hundreds of recipes actually. Yet somehow Rani was able to narrow down her search to this one recipe from Gimmesomeoven.com. She asked me to take a look at the recipe for 1: do we have the ingredients and 2: for approval – i.e. is this an easy recipe to follow. I gave her the thumbs up 👍.  This is how Rani’s chocolate cupcakes turned out.  Pretty cool!

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