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  1. Week 43: Eggnog Basket of Candies Cake

    December 18, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    This one looks pretty good, huh? You can use this decorating technique with any two-layer cake. I’ll show you how I made mine festive for the holiday season using an eggnog recipe. (more…)

  2. Week 42: Mocha Chocolate Chip Icebox Cake

    December 18, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    My last attempt at an icebox cake didn’t turn out so great. So I wanted a second chance to make a good one. During the summer I researched a lot of icebox cake recipes. The classic icebox cake recipe, on the box of Nabisco Classic Chocolate Wafers package, is a great one. But I’ve done that before. I wanted to do something different. And since it’s the holiday season, I wanted to do something festive. Since cookies are so popular this time of year, why not make a cake out of them? (more…)

  3. Week 41: Italian Ricotta Cheesecake

    December 15, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    This cheesecake will KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF. Seriously. I was dying to try a piece after having tasted the batter, but it needed to chill in the fridge overnight in order to set. When I finally sunk my teeth into a slice, I experienced a lot of emotions. I panicked. How would I get through the rest of the day without gobbling up the rest of the cake? What if this 2012 thing was for real? Maybe I should just go for it, right? This cake is so good, it can make you go a little crazy.


  4. Week 40: Sweet Potato Cake

    December 5, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    I love a sweet potato. And this cake has been on my list since I started this project at the beginning of this year. (more…)

  5. Week 39: Butterscotch Cake

    December 5, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    Gosh this Butterscotch Bundt is pretty! This cake started out as a non-chocolate version of the Tunnel of Fudge Cake. But then things went awry and it turned into more of a “ribbon of butterscotch” as opposed to a tunnel. It all turned out okay, more than okay. I’ll explain. (more…)

  6. Week 38: Flourless Nutella Cake

    November 25, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    I need to start this post with an apology. You probably saw the title and thought, “YES! Nutella cake! I’m so there.” I thought I was so “there” too until I made the recipe. (more…)

  7. Week 37: Strawberry Shortcake

    November 18, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    My goodness, is this a gorgeous cake! I’m proud of this one. I’m not a huge fan of strawberry shortcake, but as I’ve mentioned in weeks past, when a friend with a birthday makes a special request, I’m forced to bake outside of my chocolatey, nutty, caramelized box. And I have to acknowledge that not EVERYONE loves a good sugar coma. (more…)

  8. Week 36: Hurricane Sandy Oatmeal Cake

    November 17, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    I have been dreading writing this post. I baked this cake a few weeks ago on October 28, the day before Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast. I baked while hoarding drinking water and preparing food that could withstand a blackout. I Googled “hurricane cake” to find a recipe fit for the occasion. And it was my hope that I’d post this cake a few days later and make light of a little rain storm that swept through. But that wasn’t the case at all. While myself and those closest to me were largely spared any damage, there are so many still working to rebuild their lives following the storm. It was a very tragic event and I don’t mean to make light of a tragedy by naming a cake after it. (more…)

  9. Week 35: No Bake, Low Calorie, Low Fat Black Cherry Cheesecake

    November 17, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    I know what you’re thinking – “Oh! It’s marbled. How pretty!” Yes, it’s pretty, but it was not supposed to be marbled. The marbling means I didn’t mix the batter well enough. So if you make this, don’t go for a marbled look. (more…)

  10. Week 34: Black Forest Earthquake Cake

    October 27, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    Traditionally this type of cake is called a “dump cake”. I was lamenting to a friend that I couldn’t give my cake such a hideous title and he informed me his mom called this type of cake an “earthquake cake”. Doesn’t that sound SO much more appetizing than a dump cake? Hence, this is an earthquake cake. (more…)