Naked Cakes

Food has fashion. Popular flavours and food ingredients come and go. Some like bacon, hang around for a little longer….but eventually change comes. The hot “new” thing these days are naked cakes. I see them at weddings and on display in bakeries. For me, the really nice thing about the current fashion is the ability […]

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Blackberry Cheesecake for Two (or three)

Blackberry season is upon us and although they are thought of, in some parts of the world, as food for fairies and should therefore be left alone, there seem to be many first harvest recipes that include blackberries as they are the naturally available fruit of the season. “Thank you fairies for your willingness to […]

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Minis!

The best kitchen purchase I have made in the past few years was this 4 inch spring form pan. It is great for a couple of reasons. One, community includes people we are living on their own. People who do not have a need for a cake that serves ten but still enjoy the occasional […]

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Dandelion Cake with Forsythia Frosting and Sugared Violets

Fairies is a broad category for a range of magical creatures. Hobgoblins and brownies are more connected to homes while sprites and pixies are happiest outside and trolls, under ground. They range from wrinkled old men, the height of ones thumb to enticing women who have relationships with Gods. Legends say that under The Tor […]

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Whipping Cream Cake with Almonds and Apricots

Variations of this recipe has been around for awhile. Simple ingredients, lovely cake and a crunchy topping made with almonds, butter, sugar and cream. In Italian, the word for almond is Mandorla and it connects into the mystical traditions of the Vesica Pisces, the shape that forms in the middle of two interconnected circles. You […]

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Orange Marble Cake

At spring equinox I like to bake things that reflect that balancing time of light and dark. A time that can be well used to consider what might be out of balance in our own lives and what steps taken can adjust our paths. In the ancient religion of China, orange is thought of as […]

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Salted Turtle Sundae Cake

Valentine’s Day is the day after tomorrow and I have been playing with an “I love turtles theme” as a treat. Turtles mean chocolate, pecans and caramel. Chocolate, vanilla, ice cream, sugars are considered love foods, as is cake. Pecans are connected to wealth so it seemed to me that this combination with the addition […]

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Fall Leaves

I needed a birthday cake yesterday for a friend I have known 96.5% of my life. She is watching her sugar intake so I was looking for a balance between honouring her 60 years of adventures and filling her full of icing. As Samhain and American Thanksgiving are just around the corner, taking some pictures […]

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Rhubard Nut Coffee Cake

I believe I mentioned I like (make that love) rhubarb and that is sometimes an issue when others in the house do not, so I take every opportunity to bake with it when I am doing anything that involves a pot luck. This is my “go to” for spring get togethers if I am on […]

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Banana Nut Upside Down Cake

It was a dark and stormy night…well, no it wasn’t…. More like a gray, cold and rainy Sunday afternoon and I had bananas in need of being used up. Bananas have a long list of health benefits that I am not going to go into here but if you would like more information check this […]

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