September 19, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro
“Baking” this icebox cake was a lesson in reading directions, not just skimming them, but reading them carefully. I didn’t do that when I made this cake.
I have to go off on a tangent for a moment here. When I was growing up, Charles in Charge was one of my favorite shows. On one episode in particular, Charles, played by Scott Baio, exclaims when referring to a bowl of unbaked cake batter sitting in the kitchen:
GREAT! This is just great. Welcome home, Commander Powell! Would you like a sip of cake?
I just thought it was the funniest thing in the world. I burst out laughing every time I saw it, which was often in the days before DVRs and cable television. The episode, titled “Piece of Cake,” is available on YouTube and embedded below. Go to 05:33 for the moment I’m referring to.
Category 52 Cakes | Tags: icebox cake,pineapple,pudding,vanilla pudding,vanilla wafers | 1 Comment
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…)
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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…)
Category 52 Cakes | Tags: bundt,cake mix,chocolate,ganache,pistachio,pudding,yellow cake | 2 Comments
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…)
Category 52 Cakes | Tags: bundt,cake mix,glaze,pecans,pudding,vanilla,yellow cake | 3 Comments
February 11, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro
I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I bake it into a cake.
I baked this cake for Super Bowl Sunday, and I have to say it was a real touchdown (apologies for the pun). I’m not into football, but I love a food holiday. Super Bowl spreads don’t traditionally include dessert, which I find to be a real tragedy.
Before baking this cake, I asked around about which type of beer I should use. And I was happy it incited some debate. The most popular answer was Guinness. However, I baked with Guinness a few years ago and I was… unimpressed. I once heard that when cooking with wine, you should never use a wine you wouldn’t drink. I don’t drink Guinness, not even on St. Patrick’s Day. So I opted for Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale. The description on the bottle says, “An abbey ale crafted with roasted malts, hint of Belgian sugar, and a touch of wheat. Rich caramel and toffee notes.” Sounds like dessert to me! (more…)
Category 52 Cakes | Tags: beer,blue moon,bundt,cake mix,glaze,pudding | 13 Comments