Cake and Pastry

Layer Cake with Raspberry and Chocolate Buttercream

piece of cake

Ever since I made that delicious dobos tort, I’ve been in the mood to bake cake. I’m usually a chocolate cake kind of a person, but I decided that I wanted to mix it up and make a yellow cake to bring to my parents house this past weekend. Specifically, I wanted to make a yellow cake filled with raspberry and iced with chocolate buttercream. As much as I love chocolate, there’s something wonderful about this combination. [….]

Daring Bakers: Dobos Torte

chocolate dobos torta

The August 2009 Daring Bakers’ Challenge was hosted by Angela of A Spoonful of Sugar and Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. they chose the spectacular Dobos Torte based on a recipe from Rick Rodgers’ cookbook Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Caffes of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.
The torte is a five layer sponge cake filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with wedges of caramel. It’s also one of the most amazing things I have ever baked. We devoured this cake in two days (luckily I only made a mini cake, because I’m sure we would have eaten a full size one just as quickly!) and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. [….]

Gingerbread, Mascarpone, and Plum Tart (+ Blogger Secret Ingredient Announcement!)

When Zoe asked me to host this week’s BSI, it didn’t take very long to decide on an ingredient. I had just gotten back from the Greenmarket, where I was so excited to see the first of this year’s plums! I think plums are a very versatile but often overlooked ingredient, don’t you? There are also so many different varieties – I bought golden plums, but for the BSI you can feel free to use any variety. [….]