Hot Cross Buns With An English Accent

Hot cross buns are a traditional treat for Easter weekend that originated in England.  When I was researching them I found lots of interesting history and superstitions.  For instance, hot cross buns were said to last a year without spoiling if they were baked on Good Friday; they were thought to cure illness and protect from evil spirits; Continue reading “Hot Cross Buns With An English Accent”

Chocolate Malt Cake With Vanilla Malt Frosting

I was trying to choose what kind of layer cake to make for Easter this year, so I went back through my previous posts and considered  making a carrot cake, then I thought about a white cake, or maybe a coconut cake.  Still undecided, I ran across a recipe for a chocolate malt cake with vanilla malt frosting in  “All-Time Favorite Sheet Cakes & Slab Pies” by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, their new cookbook just released at the end of 2017.   I immediately decided that malt would be the flavor of our Easter cake this year! Continue reading “Chocolate Malt Cake With Vanilla Malt Frosting”

Moist White Layer Cake With Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

I make cakes.  Lots of cakes for various occasions; last month I made three birthday cakes in eight days.  I regularly make yellow cake, pineapple upside down cake, chocolate cake, carrot cake, orange and walnut cake, Louisiana crunch cake, almond cake, brown sugar crumb cake, chiffon cake, apple walnut cake, Caribbean rum cake, red velvet cake, etc. etc. etc.  Notice anything missing here?  Yep, no white cake.  I honestly cannot remember the last time I made a white cake.  Weird, huh? Continue reading “Moist White Layer Cake With Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting”