Cakes, Tarts & Cheesecake

Banana Upside Down Cake

Banana Upside Down Cake is the perfect dessert when you want something impressive, fancy, even fussy looking. A nice change for what to do with those too-ripe bananas we all end up with at one time or another. Though this recipe for Carrot Zucchini Banana Bread is the...

Perfect Pound Cake – Foolproof results every time

Pound cake is a delectable treat that pairs well with many different toppings- Of course, whipped cream, fresh fruit, drizzles of chocolate or sugar glazes. Try it soaked in liqueurs like rum or orange, and pound cake becomes lavish. Top it with Lemon Curd and it's...

Chocolate S’mores Bundt Cake

My 12-year old son is a campfire s'mores wizard. He can make a perfectly toasty, double decker s'more concoction that's a gooey, drippy work of art.  So, when I was trying to come up with a chocolate confection as a treat for my family, S'mores Chocolate Bundt Cake...

My Best Summer Party Recipes

Summer is all about being outside. And part of this season's outside fun is grilling and hosting summer parties. Often times these summer parties start with last-minute invitations. "Come on over, we'll throw extra burgers on the grill", that kind of thing. So, in the...

Raspberry Lemonade Cake

Summer is all about fresh flavors, and citrus really shines during the hot summer months. Lemonade is citrus-fresh for sure. It's such a perfect treat that even little kids know that if they put a table and chair at the end of the yard with a 'Lemonade' sign, you will...

Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

WARNING: These Chocolate Cake Doughnuts are addicting. Side effects include but are not limited to; the inability to eat just one; the urge to constantly make (and eat) them; eating them as a pre-dessert; eating them before the meal or eating them for no reason at...

Cottage Apple Spice Cake

This is a glorious cake that is super moist thanks to the addition of tangy cottage cheese. But even better are the spices of cinnamon, ginger and cloves which make every bite reminiscent of pumpkin pie but with the rich texture of a melt-in-your-mouth coffee cake....

Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake

Coffee cake is meant to bring people together. Meant to be shared. Never meant to be for a party of one, right? Well, this is THE ONE for conversation-stopping raves, to be served at any get-together, formal or casual. I am not kidding. When I first tested this, I...

Blitz Torte

I have been wanting to make this double decker beauty ever since it appeared on the cover for an issue of  Cook's Country magazine. And let me tell you I am in heaven with this dessert! Blitz Torte is new to me, but comes from fancy beginnings in Germany where...

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Yesterday, I shared a recipe that I told you "Looked like Christmas." Well, this one SMELLS like Christmas. Cranberry Upside Down Cake baking in the oven fills my kitchen with the heavenly scent of berries, cinnamon and orange. This beauty would be a perfect pairing...

Hazelnut Vanilla Cheesecake

Cheesecake recipes can seem quite intimidating. Use a "spring-form" pan, process in a "water-bath", bake until "slightly wobbly". For a long time, I had no desire to tackle this delectable it-must-be-a-special-meal-if-they're-serving-cheesecake kind of dessert. I...

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Fall is already in the air at my house. Well, at least in my house of recipes. That means soup, stew, slow-cooked menus and all things pumpkin. Pumpkin in scones and muffins, with and without nuts and of course with a little bit of chocolate. Pumpkin in as many...

Tiramisu With Homemade Ladyfingers

Tiramisu literally means 'pick-me-up' as in 'make me happy'. Watch someone take their first bite and you'll agree that it definitely lives up to its name. Really, if you want a hearty "mmmmmm" along with a smile, serve this to your guests or family. I was surprised to...

Sour Cream Blueberry Crumb Cake

Crumb cake or coffee cake. With fruit or cream, or fruit and cream! Beautiful, plump, juicy blueberries. Sour cream and butter. This beautiful sour cream blueberry crumb cake is perfect anytime you want to treat yourself and your loved ones. The cake is tender, moist...

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