Cakes

Hawaiian Coconut Icebox Cake

Hawaiian Coconut Icebox Cake

When I lived in Boston I made the classic icebox cake - layers of Famous Chocolate Wafers and sweetened whipped cream. It was the perfect summer cake requiring no baking, just assembly. When I moved back to Hawaii, I was surprised that Famous Chocolate Wafers were...

Springtime Fairy Cakes

Springtime Fairy Cakes

It is officially spring and we are celebrating with these sweet little springtime fairy cakes. What are fairy cakes? Unlike their American cupcake counterparts, fairy cakes in the UK are smaller and lighter - like a delicate little fairy. The cakes themselves are a...

Confetti Bundt Cake

Confetti Bundt Cake

When I was looking for a cake to make for my sister's birthday, I wanted something fun and festive. It also had to be something my nephew would enjoy making with me but not overly complicated as his attention span only goes so far. And finally, given the price of...

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Black Bottom Cupcakes are a heavenly combination of chocolate cake and cheesecake. These humble little treats are proof that a cupcake doesn't need to be hidden under piles of buttercream to be delicious. For me, these cupcakes evoke memories of my mom in the kitchen...

Citrus Almond Cake

Citrus Almond Cake

I am the first to admit that while I claim my Chinese ethnicity, I am far removed from the language and culture of my ancestors. My main connection to cultural celebrations is food. As we approach Chinese New Year (February 1st this year), I started thinking...

Filled Chocolate Dobash Cupcakes

Filled Chocolate Dobash Cupcakes

In bakeries in Hawaii you will often find Dobash cake in the display case. This Hawaii-born cake layers chocolate chiffon with a pudding-like frosting. It is a favorite in the islands, but many, including my co-worker, will be quick to tell you that despite its...

Chocolate Pistachio Marbled Cupcakes

Chocolate Pistachio Marbled Cupcakes

This week I reimagined another family cookbook favorite, transforming a bundt cake into festive Easter cupcakes. This is one of those old-fashioned recipes that many families, including ours, shared through the years. And with some small differences, the recipe has...

Fig and Almond Cake

Fig and Almond Cake

Fresh figs are in season and I'm loving it. It's funny because as a child I had access to my neighbor's fig tree and had no interest in eating them. I thought they were an odd fruit. It's nice that I can get them in the local grocery store but I find that they don't...

David Lebovitz’s Madeleines

David Lebovitz’s Madeleines

For me, the month of July means one thing, Le Tour de France. I'm not a cyclist and never will be. In fact, the last time I was on a bike that wasn't stationary I ran directly into a hedge. I started watching the Tour years ago and look forward to it each year. In...

Blueberry Lemon Cake

Blueberry Lemon Cake

It's early enough in the summer that I don't mind using that oven. In another week or two that will change I'm sure. I came across a recipe on Natasha's Kitchen for Blueberry Lemon Cake and it's perfect for this time of the year - blueberries are...

Sour Cream Cardamom Pear Cake

Sour Cream Cardamom Pear Cake

I have always maintained that I am not a baker. I can bake things but not very well and my nature is somewhat averse to the required precision. However, recently and perhaps it's the weather, I've been in the mood to bake. Whatever the reason, I've been inspired but...

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

it was a co-worker's birthday this past week and I used it as an excuse to bake one of my favorite cakes. Both recipes come from the Barefoot Contessa - although she didn't have them paired together in her cookbook. The pairing came about several years ago when a...