DSCF2361My cousin brought these little bottles of tiramisu to our Thanskgiving potluck last year, and they were so delicious I had her give me the recipe – from the Internet of course. She skipped the rum from the recipe, since we had lots of toddlers at our event, but when I finally got around to testing the recipe and included it, I could barely taste it… perhaps just adds a bit of depth to the dessert. Note that I didn’t heat my custard enough so it was a bit watery in the pictures. But it tasted delicious and I will be trying this recipe again!

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first attempt – pound cake

DSCF1741I’m going to call this an unsuccessful attempt, because what I really want is a copycat Sara Lee pound cake recipe, and this is not it. Plus, my first couple slices of this cake had a funny after taste, and it was definitely not a great hit with the house. Kind of a medium satisfactory baked good, that satisfies “I’m hungry…” but not really anything else.
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black velvet cake

DSCF1848I was telling my coworker about how red velvet cake is really just chocolate cake plus a bottle of red food coloring, and he said, “You know, the real reason why people go crazy over red velvet cake is the cream cheese frosting.” And I said, “Well then, why don’t I just make a normal chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting? Ok, I’ll do it.” And thus, black velvet cake is born. 6/21: This post has been updated to be assembly instructions instead of baking instructions 😉

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moistest chocolate cake

DSC_6619This is the only chocolate cake recipe you will ever need for the rest of your life. It’s perfect.

Single bowl recipe. Super chocolatey. Stays fresh for multiple days. Not that you’ll need that last trait because this cake will get eaten up so quickly, if not by yourself and your friends/family, then by ME. Goddamn I love this recipe. Ugh. Don’t be fooled by that cupcake photo above – this cake recipe cares not for the shape of its end result. Frosted or not, cupcakes, layer cakes, loaves, ice cream cakes (!)… great in all forms.
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boccone dolce

DSC_6526Papa Haydn is a dessert-centric restaurant in Portland that serves amazing cakes all the way ’til midnight on most days. Thank goodness I don’t live in Portland because I’m pretty sure the only thing keeping me from gaining 15 lbs a year is the fact that bakeries in the Suburbs of Silicon Valley all close in the late afternoon, well before that 9 pm daily cake craving hits. But when in Rome, do as the Romans do; we visited the city a few months ago, and per a friend’s recommendation the three of us came by at 11:30 pm to get three slices of cake. Normal!!!! Read more