Category Archives: Cakes/Cupcakes

Peach Polenta Cake

Monday, 19 June 2017

I found this cake in an email that I received from the Gourmandise School. The Gourmandise school is a sweet little cooking school at the top of the new Mall in Santa Monica. I’ve taken a few classes there and I always enjoy myself. This recipe grabbed me. It’s the perfect summer dessert recipe and it’s a very special cake. Stone-fruit – peaches, olive oil, polenta and almond flour. It’s a beautiful, dense cake with a wonderful depth of flavor and texture. The addition of honey that sinks to the bottom makes it all so delicious and decadent. It’s really one of my very favorite cakes (although the family favorite remains the orange, olive-oil, cornmeal cake that I wrote about on April 30, 2014. I highly recommend...

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Helene’s Chocolate Brownies And Khai’s Send-Off

Thursday, 23 October 2014

I really like reading David Lebovitz’s blog. Someone set it up so that it automatically pops up in my email. I think Sele Nadel-Hayes did that for me. Various people help me in various ways with my computer. Sele is one of my helpers. Issa is another. Alex is another. Jared is another. Etc. I also like David Lebovitz’s app ‘Living the Sweet Life in Paris’ – especially when I’m in Paris. The app is about pastry shops, sweet shops, etc. from David Lebovitz’s view. I like his view. Lebovitz is a Chez Panisse trained chef living now in Paris – so he’s got the chops to know food and to talk about it. He’s charming. He’s witty. He knows his stuff. His blog has typos in it. I’m always happy reading...

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Orange Cornmeal Olive Oil Cake

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

I have been wanting to make an olive oil cake for a long time. I’ve been reading recipes for months – truly. I had in my mind that an olive oil cake would be dense, simply rich – not heavy rich - flavorful, moist and elegant. I have never eaten an olive oil cake before to my knowledge but I just had in my mind what it would taste like. I really wanted to make one but I was also wary because I didn’t want to be disappointed if it didn’t turn out moist and delicious. Well...Ellie’s visit prompted me (Ellie is my mother-in-law – Alan’s step-mom who is visiting us from Florida. I wrote about her previously). Tonight, Sunday, - Easter Sunday by the way - the kids came to celebrate and visit Ellie and I needed...

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Chocolate-Coconut Pound Cake

Thursday, 03 April 2014

On the same day that I made the ridiculous chicken pot pie and the Spice-Crusted carrots with Harissa Yogurt, I also made dessert. My eye caught this recipe, as I was flipping through Bon Appetit March 2014 issue, that looked so delicious I couldn’t resist. It’s a chocolate coconut pound cake. I haven’t had pound cake in years and even though I’m still on that darn diet I just couldn’t resist this recipe. I did taste it and it’s really really good, dense, chocolately, the perfect crumb, sweet but not too sweet, so good, and I think it would be even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Chocolate-Coconut Pound Cake (from Bon Appetit, March 2014) -Preheat oven to 325°F -Butter an 8” x 4” loaf pan....

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Chocolate Torte with Bittersweet Ganache Glaze

Thursday, 20 March 2014

(Vegetarian Times, Jan/Feb 2014 issue) I love chocolate. I love chocolate. I love chocolate. Even when I’m on a diet – like now – I love chocolate. I love chocolate even if I don’t get to eat the chocolate thing I make – I’m content to just be cooking with it (sort of). When the new Vegetarian Times ( came in the mail I started my perusal ritual and I discovered a photo and recipe for the most delicious looking cake ever. Ever. Ever. The lead in read: “The No-Oil-Added Chocolate Torte to Live For with Bittersweet Ganache Glaze” and the photograph made this “Torte” look like the most mouth-wateringly delicious thing in the entire world. I had to make it. But like I said I’m on...

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Pumpkin Bundt Cake With Cinnamon Glaze

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

We took our Thanksgiving on the road this year. Celebrating the holiday and all that we are thankful for with my younger brother and niece and our kids. We rented a house in a pine forest. It was lovely. More on that to follow. The Mandels housesat for us.  Danny Mandel is my brother from another mother.  He came from Colorado with his dear wife Linda and his kids Annie and Ben.  The day before we left they came over for dinner and house/dog sitting instructions.  I made my big brother’s Pork with beans and garlic (recipe posted on March 29, 2013), roasted cauliflower, green beans, sourdough baguette, and a pumpkin bundt cake with cinnamon glaze for dessert. It’s the first time I’ve made a bundt cake and the first time I’ve...

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Chocolate Sheath Cake – A Family Staple

Friday, 15 November 2013

I’ve been MIA from my blog for a bit. Overwhelmed with myriad family drama and upset. But I’m back. And I bring you today ….. my son’s all time favorite desert. And Lily Link’s favorite birthday cake (Lily is the daughter of Paul Link and Christine Healy). Chocolate Sheath cake. I have no recollection of where the recipe came from so I cannot give attribution but I can say for sure it’s delicious and the consummate crowd pleaser. I made the cake two weeks ago for our friend Terry Hoffman’s going away party. She’s now moved to St. Louis – her childhood home – for a “better job.” She was nervous and sad but finally resigned to her decision – and all reports from her have been positive. We will...

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Birthday Cake No. 2 And A Shout-Out To Mary Miller Wherever You Are!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

So like I said in my last post – I made Nico TWO cakes for his birthday. The second one was this carrot cake. Very basic – most basic. No raisins. No currants. No pineapple. And I don’t even do the walnuts. Although I haven’t made this cake since I was in my 20s – honest – I remembered it’s pure, simple, straight-forward deliciousness and I loved that it was made with oil and not butter and at the time that I learned the recipe that really impressed me – no idea why but it did. I got this recipe from my college friend Mary Miller. I have lost touch with her – no idea how to find her. I knew her when I lived in San Francisco and we used to hang out. She was great. She came from a big Catholic family of mostly...

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Birthday Cake

Monday, 17 September 2012

It was Nico’s birthday and he came home from San Francisco to celebrate with his folks. They (Pablo and Mary) invited us to celebrate with them. I said I’d make the cake (I love making cake) and so I did. I made Orange Cake with Apricot Cream – an ancient Cook’s magazine recipe (1987 – honestly) – one of my non-chocolate favorites. It’s a lovely cake if you don’t over-cook it and the apricot whipped cream frosting is really delicious. So I told Nico that I had made it and then he said he was in the process of calling 10 of his friends and also he didn’t sound completely convinced that it sounded delicious. Well obviously there wasn’t going to be enough cake if 10 of Nico’s friends and his parent’s friends...

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Oregon Berries And So Much More

Saturday, 01 September 2012

We just got back from a vacation to Oregon. Wow. It was perfect and I’m telling you – those Oregonians love their trees. It’s something to behold. The mountains are blanketed with a deep, sumptuous, thick, green velvet. Dense, dark, evocative, beautiful, trees. Wide, wild, tree-lined rivers, jumping fish, big birds, mountains, and blackberries, blackberries, blackberries, everywhere…. I’m in love with Oregon, in summer. Our trip started out with a few days on the Rogue River with friends. The whole experience there is perfect. The home we stayed at is gorgeous – a log mansion you could call it. Our hosts were warm, welcoming and generous in so many ways. There is so much room in their...

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