Cakes and Cheesecakes

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

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Fun fact: rhubarb is a vegetable!  If you’ve never baked with rhubarb before, expect to be wowed.  Who would have thought a vegetable could taste this yummy!  You know Spring is here when rhubarb shows up at the store or farmer’s markets!  The season is from April to June.  And […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Lemon Polenta Cake

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When you think of polenta, you might not think of cake!  But Italians love polenta, so it is not surprising that a baker in Varese, a town near the Italian-Swiss border, created Amor Polenta or Dolce Varese around 1930.  This Italian cake has a beautiful golden color and a texture […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Torta Caprese

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Torta Caprese is a classic Italian cake that comes from Capri, Italy.  Most Italian cakes are characteristically a bit dry, so I have tweaked it to my tastes.  This sublime flourless chocolate almond cake is irresistibly moist with an intense chocolate taste.  The use of both bittersweet chocolate and cocoa […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Crostata di Ricotta

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Crostata Di Ricotta is an Italian tart with a slightly sweet bottom crust (Pasta Frolla) and lattice top and a creamy, ricotta and mascarpone filling.   It is often made simply with vanilla or citrus flavors, but the Sicilian version often includes one or more additional ingredients such as candied orange […]