Fresh Berry Butter Cake

Berries are beautiful — and make this quick, buttery cake the best.  This is a redo of one of my earlier recipes, scaled smaller optimized for berries.  I think it’s perfect for an afternoon treat. Fresh Berry  Butter Cake (makes one 8″ cake) 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 5 oz (3/4 cup) granulated sugar…

Barbie Cake: Project Runway

This year’s birthday cake of choice for my daughter was another Barbie Cake.  She’s going off to Parsons in the Fall, so I was challenged to make a Project Runway cake. I didn’t feel like I had what it took to do that, so delayed my start – procrastination coupled with fear.   The cake was…

Whiskey Cake

Ahh . . . Whiskey Cake.  How many times have I made you?  I’ve lost count.  This cake is a sultry, moist, make-ahead dream. Though most of my baking is from scratch, this is one super quick recipe for which I use a cake mix.   I developed this recipe many years ago at the…

Barbie Cake

The Barbie Cake is a sugary creation of epic proportion.  My daughter has been a Barbie fan for years.  And so for years at her request I’ve made her a Barbie cake for her birthday.   She just turned 17 and requested a Barbie cake.  She usually had a particular actual Barbie she wanted in the…

Chocolate Cake

    This is perhaps my favorite all time baking recipe.   I was in search of the perfect, simple, fool-proof chocolate cake.  For two years I tried multiple chocolate cake recipes, tweaking this and that.  After much experimentation, this is the one.  It’s fast to make and tastes just like a good chocolate layer cake…