Cakes and Cheesecakes

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Berry Simple Almond Cake

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Berry Simple Almond Cake is a simple cake to make, but the flavors are anything but.  Spring has officially arrived, but local berries and fresh rhubarb are not yet available.  If like me, you can’t wait, grocery store raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries will bake up nicely in this cake. When […]

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Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars

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This dessert has it all! Buttery melt in your mouth shortbread crust is just the beginning.  Next, a layer of tart and spicey apple filling is spread over the crust.  Top this with a rich and creamy cheesecake swirled with caramel for a perfect combination of flavors – an explosion […]

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Tiramisù Cheesecake

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The inspiration for this Tiramisù Cheesecake was born out of necessity.  We are all suffering supply shortages.  After promising dinner guests Tiramisù for dessert, I was unable to find soft lady fingers (I prefer soft, sponge cake lady fingers to the dry, cookie-like Savoiardi).  I didn’t think it would be […]

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Torta Tutta Mele

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Bolzano (Bozen) is located in the Italian province of Trentino-Alto Adige in the farthest northeastern region of Italy, bordering Switzerland and Austria. Torta Tutta Mele (All Apple Cake) from Bolzano is a good example of the gastronomy of this cultural melting pot and a classic northern Italian peasant dessert.  Torta means […]

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Apple Spice Cake

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After an unusually hot summer, fall is approaching and so is cooler weather, beckoning me to the kitchen.  I can’t wait to be done with gardening and yard duty and get back to what I truly love to do, BAKE.  September is all about apples.  There are so many varieties […]

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Plum Upside-Down Cake

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Gooey, delicious, and gorgeous – the color of in-season plums is stunning!  And this is peak plum season.  Most plums are on the tart side which makes them perfect for caramelizing in butter and brown sugar.  Sweet and tangy caramelized plums are topped with a moist and buttery almond cake.  […]

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Wicked Chocolate Cake

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This cake is dense and rich, moist, and double chocolatey with a hint of coffee and a unique melt-in-your-mouth texture. It is the improved Wicked Chocolate Cake recipe that was served at D’Amico’s Café for many years.  And my family taste-testers agree that it is even better than the original.  […]

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Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars

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I’m all for easy yet delicious desserts.  Beautiful, tasty desserts don’t need to be complicated and this recipe for Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars is a perfect example.  If you love cheesecake but don’t want to get out the springform pan and set up a water bath, you can still enjoy […]

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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 […]

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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 […]