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  1. Week 44: Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

    December 18, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    Some may call this a “dump cake” in that you dump the ingredients into the pan and bake it. However, as I explained in my Black Forest Earthquake Cake post, a “dump cake” sounds so unappetizing. Therefore, this is an earthquake cake. What’s underneath that crumbly topping is essentially pumpkin pie filling, making it a delicious treat to enjoy during the holidays. (more…)


  2. 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…)


  3. 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…)


  4. 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…)


  5. Week 32: Pop-Tart Filled Cake

    September 30, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    I have to say, you haven’t truly lived until you bake six Pop-Tarts into a yellow cake loaf and then nearly eat the whole thing in a weekend. And I don’t regret it one bit(e).  (more…)


  6. Week 27: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

    August 17, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    A few weekends ago my boyfriend, Chris, and I spent the weekend in Bridgehampton. I know, we’re very chic people. Anyway, I needed a cake to bring to our hosts’ home that would survive the train trip so I chose my go-to when a cake needs to travel – a Bundt! (more…)


  7. Week 24: Pistachio Cake

    July 10, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    I am especially proud of this cake. I think it turned out beautifully and tasted great too. I owed my dad a belated Father’s Day cake since I was out of town on Dad’s Day. Pistachio is one of my dad’s favorite flavors, so I had no doubt this one would be a hit. And based on my previous experience with using yellow cake mix as a base (Beer Cake and Irish Cream Cake), I knew this recipe would yield a super moist and tasty treat. The only change I made was adding a full tablespoon of almond extract instead of the called for 1/2 teaspoon. (more…)


  8. Week 20: Key Lime Cake

    June 21, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    It’s summer, so it’s as good a time as any to help yourself to a slice of refreshing lime cake. This recipe was inspired by a “Key Lime Poke Cake” recipe I found on the Betty Crocker website. It sounded like key lime pie, which I LOVE. The layer of topping that soaks into the cake, just under the frosting reminded me of the method used when making tres leeches cake. It sounded delicious, but I had two concerns – the fussiness and the calorie content. Don’t get me wrong, I love a fussy, fatty cake, but sometimes you need some balance. So I cut some corners on the Betty Crocker recipe and made it my own. It was so easy, I didn’t even prepare a mise en place. You’ll see why. (more…)


  9. Week 10: Baileys Irish Cream Cake

    March 15, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! I’m not Irish and I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but I need to declare my disdain for green food coloring. It’s gross. Why do we need to turn everything green to celebrate this holiday, people? Why, when you have fabulously festive recipes like this one(more…)


  10. Week 8: Strawberry Ginger Cake

    February 29, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

    Since I started this project, the cake recipe that generated the most enthusiasm was my Dr. Devil’s Food Cake aka Diet Soda Cake. I could see why. It’s easy, cheap, low calorie, and more importantly, delicious! I was pleased when so many friends tried the recipe for themselves. (more…)

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