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Choco-vanilla marble chiffon cake

When they were younger, the girls loved Goldilocks mocha-vanilla chiffon cake. You know, the one sold by the slice? That and the chicken pie were the only Goldilocks items we bought. Well, until the crust of the chicken pie became bread-like rather than flaky and the filling … [Read more...]

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Cream cheese coffee cake with cinnamon streusel topping

My favorite butter cake baked with a twist -- a cream cheese filling and streusel topping. Can you imagine? A split cake with custard or frosting layer in the middle is common enough. But a cream cheese filling? What a surprise. And guess what? You don't need to split the … [Read more...]

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Chocolate cupcakes with crème brûlée frosting

Chocolate AND custard. Plus a little crunch from the caramelized sugar on top. Can you imagine? It's not a new idea. If you Google "crème brûlée cupcakes", you'll get quite a number of pages in the result. Most, however, use yellow or vanilla batter for the cupcakes. Why did … [Read more...]

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Dulce de leche banana cream tart

It's a pity that Mexican Made Easy airs locally only once a week. Wish there were more sensible food shows like it on TV. Personally, I can do away with Gordon Ramsay, The Next Food Network Star, Iron Chef, Bobby Flay and Bruce Lim.Mexican Made Easy, I love. But it airs … [Read more...]

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Eye-candy cake with chocolate ganache

If you've been following this blog long enough, you might remember the zebra cake and the rainbow cake from three years ago. This cake -- and I really can't think of a better name for it except eye candy because it is so, so, soooo pretty -- is a cross between the zebra cake … [Read more...]

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Vanilla streusel cupcakes

Alex came home last weekend looking tired and wan. But I was ready with some comfort food. I talked to her a few nights earlier and she had a very specific request -- vanilla cupcakes with streusel topping. And they were ready by the time she got home.What does "vanilla … [Read more...]

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Jam-filled cupcakes

My girls love cupcakes so I bake when they're home on weekends. Seems to be the only practical time to do it anyway. A cupcake recipe usually yields eight to 12 cupcakes which are too much for Speedy and myself. But when everyone's home, eight to 12 cupcakes are rarely too … [Read more...]

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Dulce de leche mini cheesecakes

Now that we are again able to successfully make dulce de leche at home, my mind's running wild with all the desserts that I can make with it. Trifles, truffles, brownies and blondies... I'm hoping that these mini cheesecakes will only be the first among many dishes that I … [Read more...]

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Salted caramel cake

When I saw a recipe for dulce de leche pound cake, my heart jumped. I adore anything with dulce de leche and I so wanted to make that cake. The problem is that it has gotten more and more difficult to make dulce de leche at home. For some reason, sweetened condensed milk is … [Read more...]