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The Top 2020 Baking Recipes From Food Network Canada’s Sweet Treat Queen

2020 was truly a strange year. With everyone spending more time at home and more time in the kitchen, my hope was that these Baking Therapy treats would inspire you to try something new. I’m sharing some of my favourite recipes from this past year, from my soft and pillowy rolls to one of my all-time favourite carrot cake recipes, that will hopefully ignite the baking enthusiast in you. Happy baking!

East Soft Dinner Rolls

Does the thought of baking bread intimidate you? Don’t let it! These soft and fluffy rolls are easy to make and require just a few basic pantry ingredients that you probably already have at home.

two soft dinner rolls on cooling rack

Get the recipe for Easy Soft Dinner Rolls

Key Lime Pie Icebox Cake

Layers of tart key lime curd, creamy vanilla ice cream and soft graham cracker cookies make up this delicious icebox cake. Did I mention it’s no-bake? Plus: it only requires 30 minutes of prep!

No-bake key lime pie icebox cake on wood cutting board

Get the recipe for Key Lime Pie Icebox Cake

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Start your mornings on a sweet note with these gooey cinnamon rolls. Soft, fluffy and drizzled in the most addictive brown butter cream cheese icing, I promise you will not be disappointed.


Get the recipe for Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake Pastry Pockets

These pastry pockets will get you feeling nostalgic. Flaky pie crust filled with your favourite jam or jelly and the most delicious cream cheese. To make it even easier, try store-bought pie dough.


Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake Pastry Pockets

Ginger Molasses Cookies

The quintessential holiday cookie. These ginger molasses cookies are soft, chewy, full of bold flavours and have the perfect crackly tops. My little secret? Spicy ginger candies to take it to the next level.

Ginger molasses cookies with crumbled candied ginger on top

Get the recipe for Ginger Molasses Cookies

Pumpkin Pie Squares With Spiced Candied Pecans

If you love pumpkin pie, you will love these pumpkin pie squares! Velvety smooth filling with a spicy ginger snap crust.

pumpkin pie squared on cooling rack

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Pie Squares With Spiced Candied Pecans

Sweet Potato Brownies

No one will ever know these fudgy brownies are made with sweet potatoes. They’re perfectly chocolatey, loaded with nutrients and — surprise! — also gluten-free.


Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Brownies

Sticky Toffee Pudding

This is the perfect ending to any dinner. Sweet and spongy cake soaked in a decadent toffee sauce, there’s no passing up this sticky dessert.

sticky toffee pudding on white plate

Get the recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding

Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

The one cake recipe you will make time and time again. Carrot cake has always been a favourite of mine and since carrots are available year-round, there’s no reason to wait until spring to enjoy it! This one is loaded with coconut, pecans and fresh pineapple chunks.


Get the recipe for Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

12-Layer Chocolate Cake

Impress your family with this 12-layer chocolate cake. Yes, you read that right. But here’s a little secret: it’s made with just one single 9-inch cake pan.


Get the recipe for 12-Layer Chocolate Cake

Hasselback Apples With Coconut-Oat Streusel

Apples are such a versatile fruit and there are unlimited ways to enjoy them. These Hasselback apples are sliced open like a fan and stuffed with a truly addictive coconut-oat streusel. Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Caramel being drizzled on Hasselback apples

Get the recipe for Hasselback Apples With Coconut-Oat Streusel

Tiramisu Cream Puffs

You can have more than one favourite dessert right? Tiramisu is one of my weaknesses. Sweet custard layered between coffee-soaked lady fingers — what’s not to love? All the flavours of tiramisu wrapped into a handheld treat.

tiramisu cream puffs on cutting board

Get the recipe for Tiramisu Cream Puffs

Banana Upside-Down Cake

We all have a bunch of brown bananas lying around in our kitchen. Skip the banana bread and make this impressive upside-down banana cake instead! Topped with sliced bananas, caramel and of course — you must always add ice-cream.


Get the recipe for Banana Upside-Down Cake

White Chocolate Funfetti Cookies

Everyone needs an emergency cookie stash. These funfetti cookies are crispy on the edges, chewy in the centre and deliciously nutty from the brown butter.

White chocolate funfetti cookies on white plate

Get the recipe for White Chocolate Funfetti Cookies

Rainbow Crepe Cake

Brunch never looked so good. This vibrant cake has 24 layers of soft, colourful crepes layered between light whipped cream.

rainbow crepe cake with berries on top on white cake stand

Get the recipe for Rainbow Crepe Cake

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Yule log finished on platter

This Whimsical Chocolate Espresso Yule Log is Surprisingly Easy to Make

It’s not the holiday season without a lot of chocolate. This Baking Therapy chocolate espresso yule log is a fun way to celebrate the holidays — and it’s surprisingly easy to make. Made with dark chocolate sponge cake and filled with a creamy chocolate cream cheese frosting, this yule log recipe is not only delicious, but it also doubles as a centrepiece!

Yule log finished on platter

Chocolate Espresso Yule Log

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 9 to 12 minutes
Rest Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 52 minutes
Servings: 8 to 10 pieces of cake

Ingredients:

Yule Log
5 large eggs
⅔ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
6 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp espresso powder
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
4 Tbsp butter, melted
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup icing sugar, for dusting

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
2 ½ cups icing sugar
⅓ cup cocoa powder
4 oz dark chocolate, melted
1 tsp espresso powder
1 tsp water
¾ cup cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup butter, room temperature
3 Tbsp heavy cream

Yule log ingredients on kitchen counter

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line and grease a half sheet pan with a lip (12 x 17) with oil and set aside.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, on high speed, whisk together the eggs and sugar until the mixture has tripled in size, about 5-7 minutes.

Yule log ingredients in standmixer

3 In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

4. Add the flour mixture to the stand mixture and then stream in the melted butter and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared sheet pan, spread the batter into one even layer. Bake for 9-12 minutes until the cake is set and when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Yule log on baking tray

5. While the cake is still warm, run a knife around the perimeter of the pan to release the cake. Dust the top with icing sugar, place a larger piece of parchment paper and cookie sheet over top and invert the cake. Gently peel back the parchment paper. Starting with the longer end, slowly and gently roll up the cake along with the parchment paper until you have a log. Let the cake cool completely as a log, about 2 hours.

Yule log process

6. To make the frosting: sift together the icing sugar, cocoa powder, set aside. Melt the chocolate in the microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time, set aside. Mix together the espresso powder and water, set aside. In the bowl of stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk together the cream cheese and butter until combined. Add the icing sugar mixture in 2 batches, mixing well after each addition, about 1 minute. Add the melted chocolate and espresso mix and mix on high for 1 minute. Add the heavy cream, 1 Tbsp at a time and continue to whisk on high for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.

Related: Festive Yule Logs for Your Holiday Table

7. To assemble: gently unroll the cake and evenly spread on a ¼ inch thick layer of frosting. Slowly roll up the cake again, without the parchment paper this time. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to chill. Once chill, slice off both ends to create clean edges. To create the yule log, slice off ⅓ of the log, then slice that log in half diagonally. Stagger the half pieces onto the longer log to resemble a branch, attach with a bit of frosting. Ice the entire cake with the frosting, leaving the ends exposed. To create the bark look, run a fork gently over top of the frosting to create ridges. Decorate with sugar-rolled cranberries and rosemary sprigs.

Yule log being decorated

Like Sabrina’s yule log? Try her gingerbread doughnuts or her chocolate eggnog sandwich cookies.

Apple cider coffee cake on white tray

This Apple Cider Coffee Cake is the Sweet, Warm and Comforting Recipe You Need

Apple cider is the perfect fall drink: it’s sweet, warm and comforting — and it’s extra delicious when baked into a coffee cake. This Baking Therapy apple cider cake consists of layers of tender cake made with fresh pressed apple cider and layered with a sweet, cinnamon crumble. This apple cake recipe is best enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or better yet — warm mulled apple cider!

Apple cider coffee cake on white tray

Apple Cider Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Bake Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Servings: 8 to 10

Ingredients:

Crumb Topping
½ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
6 Tbsp butter, room temperature

Apple Cider Cake
2 cups apple cider
5 Tbsp butter, room temperature
¼ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
½ cup Greek yogurt

Apple Cider Glaze
1 ½ cups icing sugar
4 Tbsp apple cider
½ tsp vanilla extract

Apple cider coffee cake ingredients on kitchen counter

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line and butter a 9-inch round springform pan.

2. In a heavy bottom saucepan on medium-high heat, reduce 2 cups of apple cider to half, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

3. In the mean time, prepare the crumb topping, work together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and butter until it clumps together like wet sand. Set aside.

Apple cider coffee cake crumbs in bowl

4. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk together the cake ingredients: butter, oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar and eggs for 5 minutes until light and fluffy.

5. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a small bowl. Stir together the reduced apple cider, as well as the Greek yogurt. With the mixer on low speed, alternate adding small amounts of the flour mixture and apple cider mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Make sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

Related: 20 Fall Desserts That Can Totally Double as Breakfast

6. Transfer half the batter to the prepared cake pan. Sprinkle on half the crumb topping. Top with the remaining cake batter and finish with the rest of the crumb topping. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let cool completely on wire rack.

7. Prepare the glaze by whisking together the icing sugar, apple cider and vanilla extract. Drizzle on cooled cake and enjoy.

Slice of apple cider coffee cake

Like Sabrina’s apple cider coffee cake? Try her sticky toffee pudding and pumpkin pie squares with candied pecans.

Molly Yeh’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is a Birthday Treat to Remember

Many of us have elevated our at-home baking game in recent months, seeking solace in the nostalgia that comes with revisiting quintessential desserts. But what happens when you combine two sweet tooth classics – chocolate chip cookies and cake? Well, it’s a whole new level of dessert that you’ll want to add to your repertoire ASAP, birthday or not.

Almond flour, brown sugar, hazelnut flour, chocolate chips and colourful homemade buttercream frosting come together beautifully in this mouth-watering dessert that comes straight from Molly Yeh‘s oven. It’s as delicious as it is gorgeous and can be enjoyed year-round.

Related: Molly Yeh’s Show-Stopping Carrot Cake With Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Molly Yeh’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Yields: one 8-inch cookie cake

Ingredients:

Cookie Cake
Nonstick cooking spray, for the pan
1 cup almond flour
1 cup hazelnut flour
1/2 cup lightly-packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Buttercream
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp kosher salt
3 Tbsp heavy cream

Related: Our Best No-Bake Desserts That Won’t Let You Down

Directions:

1. For the cookie cake: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch cake pan with nonstick cooking spray and line it with parchment. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the almond and hazelnut flours, brown and granulated sugars, salt and baking soda. In a small bowl, combine the vanilla and almond extracts and egg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, add the chocolate chips and stir to combine. It may seem dry at first but keep on stirring. Pat the dough out evenly in the prepared cake pan.

3. Bake until golden brown on top; begin checking for doneness at 22 minutes. Let the cake cool fully in the pan.

4. For the buttercream: In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Once combined, beat in the heavy cream until smooth.

5. Remove the cake from the pan. Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag and decorate the cake as desired (or spread on the cake to decorate).

Special Equipment: a piping bag, optional

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This No-Bake Key Lime Pie Icebox Cake is the Perfect Summer Treat

As the weather gets warmer, all I want is ice cream and sweet treats that will keep me cool. This Baking Therapy key lime pie icebox cake is made up of layers of creamy vanilla ice cream, a tangy lime curd and graham crackers that soften to the perfect cake-like texture. The best part is, you won’t even have to turn on the oven!

Key Lime Pie Icebox Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Rest Time: 8 hours or overnight
Total Time: 8 hours, 30 minutes
Servings: 8 to 10 pieces of cake

Ingredients:

2 cups white sugar
4 large eggs
2 egg yolks
1 ¼ cup fresh lime and lemon juice (6 limes, 2 lemons)
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups heavy cream
150 mL condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
16-20 graham cracker sheets

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, eggs, yolks, lime and lemon juice and salt. Heat over medium-high heat, whisking constantly until hot to the touch. Whisk in 1 Tbsp of butter at a time until the curd begins to thicken. Bring back to a boil, then remove from heat.

2. Strain the lime curd through a fine sieve and into a bowl or shallow dish. Cover with plastic directly on the curd to prevent a skin from forming. Place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to chill.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the heavy cream and condensed milk until medium peaks, add the vanilla and whip until stiff peaks. Make sure not to over-whip.

Related: No-Bake Cookies You Can’t Mess Up (Because Ovens Are Overrated)

4. Line a 10-inch loaf pan with parchment paper with a 1-inch overhang to easily lift the icebox cake out of the pan once its’ frozen. To help the parchment paper adhere to the loaf pan, lightly grease with vegetable oil.

5. Layer one layer of graham cracker on the bottom of the pan. Spread about ½ cup of the ice cream followed by the lime curd, about 1/3 cup. Continue layering until you fill the loaf pan. You should have about 4-5 layers.

6. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight until completely firm.

7. When you are ready to serve, run the outside of the pan under warm water for 10 seconds to loosen the parchment. Using the parchment paper overhang, pull the icebox cake out of the pan. Slice and enjoy!

Like Sabrina’s baking? Check out her easy recipe for soft rolls, along with her gooey overnight cinnamon buns and fudgy gluten-free sweet potato brownies.

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This Impressive 12-Layer Chocolate Cake is Made With a Single Pan

Would you believe that this 12-layer chocolate cake was made with a single 9-inch cake pan? You better believe it! Rich layers of buttercream sandwiched between moist chocolate cake, my Baking Therapy dessert is a chocolate lover’s dream. Plus, making it is a piece of cake!

12-Layer Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Rest Time: 30 to 60 minutes
Bake Time: 38 to 42 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes to 2 hours
Servings: 6 to 8

Ingredients:

Cake
2/3 cup cocoa powder
¾ cup freshly brewed coffee
½ cup whole milk
¼ cup sour cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ¼ cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 egg yolk

Buttercream
2 ½ cups icing sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
Pinch salt
1 ¼ cup (2 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
2 to 3 Tbsp heavy cream
¾ tsp vanilla extract

Milk Soak
¼ cup whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line and grease a 9-inch round cake pan, dust with cocoa powder, set aside.

2. In a bowl, whisk together cocoa powder and hot coffee. Let sit for a couple minutes. Stir in milk, sour cream, vanilla extract and salt.

3. Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda.

Related: 25 Sinful Chocolate Desserts That Are Worth the Indulgence

4. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until creamy and light. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure to mix well after each addition. With the mixer on low, add the wet ingredients and dry ingredients in two additions, ending with the dry. Making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

5. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan. Bake for 38 to 42 minutes until a toothpick, when inserted, comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Then invert, remove from pan and let cool completely.

Buttercream

1. Sift together the icing sugar, cocoa powder and salt.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the butter for 2 minutes until light and creamy. On low speed, add the icing sugar mixture in two batches. Add the melted chocolate, cream and vanilla. Whip on medium-high for 1-2 minutes until light and creamy.

Tip: You can make the buttercream ahead of time and store in the fridge. Before you’re ready to use, bring the buttercream to room temperature, rewhip for 1-2 minutes until light and creamy.

Related: This Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Will Change Your Life

Assembly

1. Prepare the milk soak by mixing the milk and vanilla extract. Transfer the chocolate buttercream to a piping bag, with or without a tip works.

2. Using a cake leveler or serrated knife, level off the top of the cake. Cut the cake in half and then cut each half into three even layers. Finally, cut the cake into quarters, this will give you 12 layers/triangles.

3. Start with one layer, brush on the milk soak, pipe on one even layer of chocolate buttercream and layer on the next layer of cake. Continue layering cake, milk soak, buttercream, ending with the cake layer. Chill in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes to firm up the buttercream. With the remaining buttercream, ice the outside of the cake. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes to set. Slice and enjoy!


Like Sabrina’s baking? Check out her easy recipe for soft rolls, along with her gooey overnight cinnamon buns and fudgy gluten-free sweet potato brownies.

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confetti cake with pink icing

This Confetti Sheet Cake With Pastel Frosting is Straight-Up Magical

We’re not lying when we say this dessert is magical. The cake recipe is absurdly moist and tender. And the pastel frosting? It’s basically the silky smooth love child of Swiss meringue buttercream and whipped cream. Also, the icing is substantially less sweet than the traditional butter and icing sugar mixture, so you can eat more than one slice. Plus those rainbow sprinkles! So, yeah, it’s straight-up magical.

confetti cake with pink icing

 

Confetti Sheet Cake With Magic Pastel Frosting

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 10 to 12

Ingredients:

Cake
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 ¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 eggs, room temperature
3 egg whites (here’s an idea on what to do with the extra 3 yolks!)
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup whole milk or 2% milk
½ cup unsalted butter, cubed
¼ cup vegetable oil
4 Tbsp rainbow sprinkles

Frosting
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup whole milk or 2% milk
2/3 cup granulated sugar
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup unsalted butter, cubed and softened
Gel food colouring
2 tsp rainbow sprinkles

confetti cake with pink icing ingredients

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper with slight overhang on the long sides.

2. In bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

3. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat eggs, egg whites, sugar and vanilla on medium-high speed until thick and batter falls into a ribbon pattern, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in flour mixture until just combined.

Related: The Easiest Sheet Pan Dessert Recipes to Feed Your Family

4. Meanwhile, heat milk in small saucepan over medium-low heat until just hot. Remove from heat; stir in butter and oil until melted. Stir into flour mixture until just combined. Stir in sprinkles.

batter for confetti cake with pink icing

5. Scrape batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake until edges are lightly brown and a toothpick inserted into centre of the cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool in pan 15 minutes. Transfer to rack right side up and let cool completely, 45 minutes.

6. In medium saucepan, whisk together flour and milk for the frosting, until smooth. Place over medium heat and whisk constantly until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in sugar and salt. Scrape into a wide shallow plate to cool (stir until slightly warm).

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7. Beat butter in bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment on medium-low for about 5 minutes. Scrape the bottom; beat 1 minute. Gradually add cooled flour mixture, 2 spoonfuls at a time on medium-low until combined. Scrape bottom; beat until smooth.

confetti cake icing in mixing bowl

8. Switch to whisk attachment and whip on low just to combine. Increase speed to medium-high and whip until silky and light. Frosting should have an airy consistency. Add desired food colour, stirring until incorporated. Spread on cake immediately with offset spatula to create swoops and pipe shapes (if desired) using a piping bag fitted with a star or crown piping tip. Add rainbow sprinkles.

Tip: Don’t be alarmed if the frosting feels stiff or looks curdled, your flour mixture was likely too cold. To warm, set the mixing bowl over a pot of simmering water until the edges start to melt; then rewhip. If the frosting looks loose, it’s likely too warm. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, stir and then rewhip until silky.

confetti cake with pink icing

Tip: When using gel food colouring, use the end of a toothpick to dip into colour and then into frosting. Stir or whip until combined and repeat if needed for desired colour. A little goes a long way.

Want more fun, colourful baking recipes? Try these white chocolate funfetti cookies or these perfect lemon meringue cupcakes.

Transform Those Overripe Bananas Into This Impressive Upside-Down Cake

With the world turning to banana bread these days, I wanted to take it to the next level. How, might you ask? Imagine for a moment if banana bread and sticky toffee pudding had a baby — and you’ll get this delicious Baking Therapy upside-down banana cake. It’s moist, covered in the most delicious toffee sauce and looks pretty impressive if you ask me! I know you have a bunch of overripe bananas lying around your kitchen, so what are you waiting for?

Banana Upside-Down Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 45 to 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 pieces of cake

Ingredients:

Toffee Sauce
6 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 bananas, sliced

Banana Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup neutral oil
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2-3 bananas)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, whisk together the following toffee ingredients: butter, brown sugar, cream, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil and let bubble for 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract. Pour 2/3 of the mixture to a 9-inch pan and set aside to slightly cool.

3. Arrange the sliced bananas tightly on top of the toffee sauce in the pan.

4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

5. In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, melted butter, oil, egg, buttermilk, mashed bananas and vanilla extract until smooth.

Related: How to Make The Perfect Banana Bread Every Time (Plus Freezing Tips and a Recipe!)

6. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until just combined. Transfer the batter to the pan and distribute evenly so that the bananas are not disturbed. Smooth out the top and bake for 45 to 50 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick when inserted into the centre comes out clean.

7. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

8. Run a knife around the perimeter of the pan to release the cake. Place a plate slightly larger than the pan on top and wearing oven mitts invert the pan quickly. If the cake is stubborn, insert a knife on the side of the pan to release the suction. Serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and a drizzle the remaining toffee sauce.

Like Sabrina’s baking? Check out her easy recipe for soft rolls, along with her gooey overnight cinnamon buns and fudgy gluten-free sweet potato brownies.

Watch out for Sabrina’s baking videos on the Food Network Canada Instagram account.


 

Molly Yeh’s Carrot Cake With Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting is Simply Show-Stopping

Your carrot cake game will never be the same once you try Molly Yeh’s sensational spring recipe. The secret ingredient that sets this dessert apart from the other carrot cake recipes you’ve tried in the past? Cardamom-forward hawaij, a warm spice blend from Yemen that Molly adds to both the cake and the creamy frosting. The simple (read: genius!) rainbow carrot rosettes adorning the cake also lend a touch of whimsy. Don’t be surprised if your friends and family ask for a second slice… it really does, dare we say, take the cake as the recipe to bake this season.

Related: Carrot Cake Recipes in Every Form, From Cupcakes to Cookies

Molly Yeh’s Carrot Cake with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Serves:
6-8

Ingredients:

Carrot Cake
Nonstick cooking spray, for the cake pans
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ tsp kosher salt
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp hawaij (see Cook’s Note)
1 ½ cups neutral oil, such as canola
1 cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste or extract
2 cups shredded carrots
2 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

Spiced Frosting
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp heavy cream
1 Tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp hawaij
Pinch of kosher salt
Rainbow carrots, peeled into ribbons with a peeler, to decorate
1 rosemary sprig, leaves picked, to decorate

Cook’s Note: Hawaij is a Yemeni warm spice blend that’s heavy on the cardamom and can be used to flavour baked goods, frosting or even sprinkled in coffee! You can make a substitute by mixing 1 Tbsp ground ginger, 1 Tbsp ground cardamom, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground cloves and 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon.

Related: Carrot Cake and Cheesecake Combine Into One Glorious Dessert

Directions:

Carrot Cake
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two 8-inch cake pans with non-stick cooking spray and line with parchment. Set aside.

2. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda and hawaij in a large bowl. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the oil, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Whisk in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Whisk in the vanilla.

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3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, and mix until about 90 per cent incorporated. Add the carrots and sesame seeds, and mix to incorporate (by this time, all of the flour mixture should be incorporated as well).

4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in the pans, and then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Related: Simple Spring Dinners Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

Spiced Frosting
1. Add the butter and cream cheese to a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until smooth and combined. Add the powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Then add the heavy cream, vanilla, hawaij and salt. Mix until combined and smooth.

2. Cover the cakes with frosting and stack. Use the carrot ribbons to roll into rose shapes and place on top of the cake. Decorate with the rosemary, and serve!

Looking for more standout dishes from the celebrated food blogger and Girl Meets Farm star? Start your day the Molly Yeh way with these breakfast recipes!

Anna Olson Buttercream Decorating Tips

Anna Olson’s Cake Decorating Ideas for Swiss, Italian and French Buttercream

If you are a fan of cake, then you must be in-the-know when it comes to buttercream since it is the most common frosting. But have you fully immersed yourself into all of the many styles of buttercream, and how to use them?

Cupcake buttercream (also known as American butterceam) is the simplest to make, and is best used to top its namesake: cupcakes. I’ve written a piece on cupcake fun – check it out here.

Swiss Buttercream

Swiss buttercream is the next level – it’s fluffy, yet satin texture balances butter and sugar wonderfully, and it is my all-time favourite buttercream for decorating cakes. It’s easy to make, it takes food colouring well, holds piping detail, and can sit out at room temperature for presentation. Essentially, egg whites and sugar are warmed together and then whipped (a Swiss meringue) and once cooled, butter is whipped in along with flavours and/or colours.

Check out this video as I make it step by step.

Italian Buttercream

Next is Italian buttercream, for the frosting fancier. If you are covering a cake that has a mousse or curd filling, or if you are assembling a tiered cake such as a wedding cake, then you will want this most stable (yet still fluffy and tasty) buttercream. Boiled sugar is poured into egg whites while they whip (an Italian meringue) and once cooled, the butter is worked in. Italian buttercream has all of the virtues of Swiss buttercream, but it sets up more firmly when refrigerated, and is very stable at room temperature, which is why it is ideal for wedding cakes.

French Buttercream

The last buttercream to mention is the least known: French Buttercream. Instead of being made with meringue, egg yolks are the base, making this buttercream rich and custard-like. It tends to have a softer set than Swiss and Italian buttercreams, so I like to keep my décor simpler, with less piping detail.

Pecan Torte with French Buttercream

Get the recipe for Pecan Torte with French Buttercream

Getting Creative with Buttercream

Using Swiss or Italian buttercream, décor is unlimited! Here are some ideas to get you started:

Rustic – Not into piping, but still want a polished look? You can mask (cover completely with frosting) your cake fully and then use the tip of your palette knife to “rough up” the sides as you spin the cake around on a wheel – just treat your palette knife like it’s a needle on a record and start at the base of the cake, moving your way up.

Anna Olson Rustic Buttercream

Ombré – By tinting buttercream in varied shades of the same colour, you can gradiate the colour from dark to light or vice versa as you pipe.

Chocolate Berry Cake with Italian Buttercream

Get the recipe for Chocolate Berry Cake with Ombre Italian Buttercream

Sheer – While a “naked” cake fully exposes the sides, the “half-naked” or sheer style of décor adds a little buttercream to add finesse but the layers can still be seen.

This sheet cake is actually inspired by my own wedding cake, which I made 20 years ago this month. Amazing how what is old becomes new again, even with cake décor trends!

Get the recipe for Chai Layer Cake with Maple Meringue Frosting

Buttercream Tips

A few final buttercream tips to get you on your way:

  •  All buttercreams should be used at room temperature, freshly whipped.
  • That said, you can make any buttercream ahead of time and chill or freeze it. Before using, let it come fully to room temperature and re-whip it to fluff it up.
  • Gel food colouring is best for buttercreams – a dab of colour on the end of a toothpick goes a long way, but remember that the colour intensifies as the frosting sits, so keep that in mind before you add more.

So jump into the kitchen and start playing…today is a perfect day to make and decorate a cake!

For even more baking tips, see her top tips for assembling and icing cakes and get inspired with 67 of Anna Olson’s best-ever cake recipes.

Candy-Filled Pumpkin Pail Cake for Halloween

Bursting with colourful candy and pumpkin spice, this charming Jack O’Lantern cake is the ultimate Halloween dessert. A little less spooky and a lot more whimsy, celebrate the haunting holiday with treats instead of the creepy crawlies. Made from two Bundt cakes sandwiched together to create the pumpkin shape, even the inside has a candy surprise! The pumpkin spice cake is the perfect seasonal flavour, but feel free to fill and top the cake with whatever candies you’d like.

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Prep Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 to 60 minutes
Total Time: 2 to 2 1/2 hours
Serves: 14 to 18

Bundt Cakes:

Note: To create the pumpkin design, two cakes will be needed. Repeat recipe for each bundt cake.

Ingredients:
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1/2 tsp salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup whole milk
1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 whole eggs
3 egg yolks

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Liberally grease and flour a 10-cup Bundt pan and set aside.
2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, pumpkin spice and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl or liquid measuring up, whisk together the vanilla, pumpkin and milk. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sugars and oil with an electric mixer. Add in the eggs and yolks, 1 at a time, and mix until combined. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl.
4. With the mixer on low, add in half of the dry ingredients. Once incorporated, slowly stream in the milk mixture. Add in the remaining dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
5. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack until it is safe to handle before inverting the cake out of the pan. Allow the cake to completely cool, about 1 hour, before assembly.

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Vanilla Spice Frosting

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
5 1/2 to 6 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon, or to taste
3 to 5 Tbsp milk
Orange food colouring

Directions:
1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add in the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk until combined.
2. Once combined, turn the mixer up to medium-high and beat until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add more sugar and/or milk until desired consistency is reached. Add the orange food colouring until desired shade is achieved.

Assembly
Ingredients:
1 cup assorted chocolate candies
Whole candy bars and lollipops for decoration
2 oz black fondant

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Directions:
1. Once the cakes have completely cooled, turn upside down and trim the bottoms so that they are flat. Reserve the cake scraps for later.
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2. Stack the cakes on top of each other. Using a serrated knife, begin carving the cakes until they resemble the shape of a pumpkin. Depending on the initial shape from whatever pan you are using, be sure to trim so that the gap between the 2 cakes is fairly seamless. If desired, go back and define the ridges on top by cutting grooves into the cake to resemble that of a pumpkin. Most importantly, save the cake scraps.
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3. Once trimmed, separate the 2 cakes. Place the bottom cake on a serving dish or cake board. Press the cake scraps into the hole to create a bottom layer about 1-inch thick. Fill the center with chocolate candies.
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4. Spread on a thin layer of frosting on the top of the cake. Place the second cake on top to form the pumpkin. Continue to fill the center with candy. Press the remaining cakes scraps to cover the top of the hole. Crumb coat the entire cake with frosting before giving it a smooth finish.
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5. Roll out the black fondant to 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick. Using a parking knife and round cutters (or the large end of a piping tip), cut out eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Stick the cut pieces on the cake to form the Jack O’Lantern. Cover the top with an assortment of candy and enjoy!
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Pumpkin S’mores Sheet Cake is the Fall Dessert to Make This Season

Just when you thought you’d heard of all the pumpkin spice desserts out there, let us introduce you to this Pumpkin S’mores Sheet Cake. Anything baked in a sheet pan is already party-ready, but top it with silky ganache and fluffy, marshmallow-like frosting and it’s definitely a celebration. Dotted with chocolate chips and punctuated with show-stopping toasted meringue, this recipe is sure to impress this fall.

Pumpkin S’mores Sheet Cake

Bake Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 90 minutes
Servings: 12 to 16

Ingredients:

Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp pumpkin spice
½ tsp salt
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cups brown sugar
14 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
15 ounces pumpkin puree
1 cup chocolate chips

Chocolate Ganache Frosting
6 ounce bittersweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 ounces heavy cream

Marshmallow Meringue Frosting
3 large eggs whites
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Cake
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9-by-13-inch cake pan with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin spice and salt. Set aside.
3. Using a stand or hand mixer, mix the eggs, granulated sugar and brown sugar together on medium speed for 3 minutes, or until pale in colour. Mixing on low speed, add the eggs, one at a time. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bottom of the bowl.
4. With the mixer on low speed, add in half of the flour mixture. Stream in the melted butter and mix until combined. Add in the remaining flour and mix until just barely incorporated. Add in the pumpkin and mix until combined. Stop the mixer and fold in the chocolate chips.

5. Tip the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake for 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
6. Allow the cake to cool completely before spreading the top with the Chocolate Ganache Frosting. Allow the ganache to set (at room temperature or in the refrigerator) before topping with the Marshmallow Meringue Frosting. Use an offset spatula or the back of a spoon to make swirls and peaks with the meringue. Gently toast the meringue with a culinary torch.

Chocolate Ganache Frosting
1. Place the chocolate chips and butter in a heat-safe bowl.
2.
Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it just begins to simmer. 

3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and butter. Let stand for 30 to 60 seconds, then whisk until smooth.
4. Allow ganache to thicken before using (at least 30 minutes at room temperature, or 20 minutes in the refrigerator, stirring every 5 to 10 minutes).

Marshmallow Meringue Frosting
1. Place the egg whites and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Stir to gently combine. Fill a saucepan with a few inches of water and bring to a simmer. Place the mixer bowl on top to create a double-boiler.  Stirring intermittently, heat the egg mixture until it is 160°f on a candy thermometer.

2. Once the egg whites are hot, carefully move the bowl back to the stand mixer. Whip on high speed with the whisk attachment until the meringue holds medium-stiff peaks, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine.
3. Spread the meringue on top of the ganache, being careful not to disturb or mix in the chocolate layer underneath. Lightly toast the meringue with a culinary torch.

We’ve got plenty more pumpkin-spiced desserts to make you drool. Start with these 40 perfect pumpkin treats, before exploring these healthy (and genius) recipe hacks using a can of pumpkin and 20 pumpkin pie recipes (if the classic fall dessert is your thing).

This Sweet Honeycomb Cake Involves a Genius Decorating Technique

This un-bee-lievably cute cake is a total show-stopper, and is actually easy to execute, whether served at a birthday party, summer backyard bash (like afternoon tea!) or even a baby shower. The secret decorating tool this cake requires? Bubble wrap! It’s used to create the playful honeycomb decor that embellishes the dessert.

Melted yellow candy or coating chocolate is transferred to a sheet of bubble wrap to cool, creating a large sheet of chocolate with little pockets. Once the “honeycomb” has set, a hexagonal cookie cutter is used to punch out each honeycomb before adorning the cake. This technique can be applied to any cake of your choice, but it’s especially fitting for a tender lemon almond version with honey cream cheese frosting. Trust us when we say this darling dessert will be the buzz of any occasion.

Lemon Almond Cake with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

Lemon Almond Cake
1 ½ cup granulated sugar
Zest of one lemon
¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4 eggs, room temperature
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup almond flour
2 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¾ cup sour cream
½ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Honey Cream Cheese Frosting
12 Tbsp cream cheese, room temperature
¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4-5 cups confectioners sugar
¼ cup honey
1-2 Tbsp whole milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

Honeycomb Candy Decor
1 cup yellow candy melts/coating chocolate
Oil-based food colouring (optional)
Bubble wrap

Directions:

Honeycomb Candy Decor
1. Melt candy melts as directed but instructions on packaging in a microwave-safe bowl.

2. While the melted candy melts are still warm, use a spatula or spoon to carefully spread a thick even layer of the candy onto the textured side of the bubble wrap.

3. Let candy layer harden before using a hexagonal cookie cutter to cut out the honeycomb pieces. Alternatively, you can break the honeycomb pieces into shards by hand.

Honey Cream Cheese Frosting
1. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth. With the mixer on low, mix in the remaining ingredients until just combined. Beat on high until fluffy. Add more or less milk until desired consistency is reached.

Lemon Almond Cake
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease three 6-inch cake pans.
2. In a medium sized bowl, rub together the lemon zest and sugar with your hands, until sugar becomes fragrant. Set aside.
3. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until mixture becomes light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, and mix until well-combined.
4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk together.

5. In large measuring cup, combine the sour cream, lemon juice and vanilla extract.
6. Add half the dry ingredients and half of the wet ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture. Mix together lightly. Add the remainder of the ingredients and mix until combined.
7. Bake the 3 separate cake layers for 33–35 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the middle of each comes out clean.
8. Allow cake layers to cool completely before assembling, frosting and decorating. Then slice, and serve!

Don’t let your cake baking skills stop there. Try your hand at this easy berry, lemon & tahini pound cake or master one of these 25 summer desserts from The Pioneer Woman.

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This Lemon Meringue Cake is Just Like the Pie, Only Better

Step into spring with a sunny citrus dessert! Lemon pie lovers will delight in the light and fluffy lemon cake layers, made even better thanks to the cake’s tangy lemon curd filling.

In case your mouth wasn’t watering already, the entire confection is swirled and smothered with cloud-like meringue frosting. Fresh slices of nearly neon-hued citrus fruit become simple, natural embellishments for this cheerful cake. Each light bite is literally bursting with flavour, making it an extra special treat for a Mother’s Day brunch, an extra special tea or a spring birthday treat.

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Lemon Meringue Cake

Bake Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours
Serves: 12 to 16

Ingredients:
2 Batches of Lemon Curd (reserve egg whites for meringue)

Cake:
1½ cups granulated sugar
Zest of two lemons
2½ cups cake flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs

Meringue:
6 large egg whites (reserved from making Lemon Curd)
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Assembly:
Assorted citrus fruit for garnish

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Directions:
Lemon Curd:
1. Prepare a double-batch of Lemon Curd and allow to thicken for at least 4 hours or overnight. Save the egg whites for the meringue.

Cake:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the sugar and lemon zest. Rub them together with your fingertips until fragrant. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl with the lemon sugar. Using the paddle attachment, beat the ingredients on low speed until just combined. Add the butter and mix on medium speed until evenly distributed. Add the lemon juice, vanilla and about half of the milk, and mix until the dry ingredients are moistened, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
3. Whisk the eggs into the remaining milk mixture and stir to combine. With the mixer running on medium speed, add the egg mixture in three additions, mixing for about 15 seconds after each addition and stopping the mixer between additions to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
4. Evenly divide the batter among the prepared pans. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of each cake comes out clean. Let the cakes cool on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes before removing from the pans. Allow the cakes to cool completely before assembling.
Notes: To keep the cake batter from getting too lumpy, add the liquid ingredients slowly and take care to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl often. Do not be tempted to over-mix if a few lumps remain in the batter before baking.

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Meringue:
1. Put the reserved egg whites and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Briefly whisk them together by hand until just combined. In a medium saucepan, bring an inch or two of water to a simmer over medium-low heat. Place the mixer bowl on top of the saucepan to create a double boiler (be sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water). Heat the mixture, whisking occasionally, until it registers 160°F on a candy thermometer.
2. Carefully place the bowl back on the stand mixer and fit the mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat the egg white mixture on high speed until glossy, medium-stiff peaks form, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix until combined. Use immediately.

Assembly:
1. Place one layer of cake on a cake board or serving dish. Fill a piping bag fitted with a medium round piping tip with a portion of the meringue. Pipe a ring of meringue around the top edge of the cake. Fill the centre of the meringue “dam” with half of the lemon curd. Place the second layer of cake on top and repeat. Place the final layer cake, bottom-side-up, on the top. Fill in any gaps between the layers of cake with the meringue right away to keep the curd from escaping.
2. Frost the cake with the remaining meringue. Use an offset spatula or the back of a spoon to give it a rustic, swirly finish.
3. Cut away the skin/pith of the citrus fruit and slice into rounds (about ¼-inch thick). Place the fruit slices on top the cake and serve. Cake may be stored in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

Looking for more spring sweets inspiration? Try these 50 Stunning Mother’s Day Desserts.

5 Gorgeous Pastel Cakes That Will Make Your Spring Table Shine

It’s been a long, drawn-out winter. The upside? Spring’s arrival is all the more deserving of celebration! We’re paying tribute to perfect temperatures, fresh blooms and heaps of sunshine with five show-stopping pastel cakes from professional baker and food blogger Tessa Huff’s latest cookbook, Icing on the Cake. From her rainbow no-bake cheesecake to a blueberry galaxy cake, these eye-catching desserts promise to brighten spirits (and plates) everywhere.

1. Lavender Blackberry Cake

This stunning buttercream cake is the epitome of spring: not only does it feature a brilliant flower crown, the batter is subtly infused with lavender milk and simple syrup, which is complemented by thin layers of blackberry jam and tangy cream cheese frosting. While the flower wreath is completely optional, Tessa provides helpful step-by-step instructions in her book on how to pipe them to perfection. Get the cake recipe here!

2. Rainbow No-Bake Cheesecake

Rainbow No-Bake Cheesecake

The fact that this pastel-happy cake doesn’t require an oven is already a win. Even better is the cheesecake’s light, mousse-like texture and warm-weather flavours (think strawberry, mango and lime). Prepare it for Easter dessert, or simply make it on the weekend to welcome spring in style. Get the cake recipe here!

3. Blueberry Galaxy Cake

This isn’t your average galaxy cake. Instead of being coated in a shimmering mirror glaze (see here for instructions on this technique), this version features a delicate watercolour frosting that resembles a starry galaxy just the same. The cake is lemon poppy seed, iced with vanilla and blueberry buttercream. We love how Tessa adorned the berries with gold and silver luster dust before arranging on the cake. After all, creating a delicious and dazzling dessert is all in the details. Get the cake recipe here!

4. Blackberry Elderflower Vertical Cake

This vertically layered dessert turns traditional cake filling on its head (and looks mighty fine while doing so). The technique is also easier to achieve than you might think. The sugary secret? Cutting the cake lengthwise to create four long strips, then rolling one strip to create a spiral before wrapping the remaining strips around it. The vanilla sponge cake is also infused with an elderflower syrup, which perfectly complements the blackberry buttercream. Be sure to slice this dessert before serving to show off your baking acumen. Get the cake recipe here!

5. Orange Salted Honey Cake

While each of these spring-inspired cakes are almost too pretty to eat, the good news is they taste just as scrumptious as they look. This decadent butter cake combines citrus with salted honey for an unexpected, zesty flavour pairing that hits all the right notes. The ruffle petal piping technique is certainly worth a try, too! Bake this show-stopper for an upcoming baby shower, Mother’s Day brunch or as a DIY wedding cake. Your guests will be happy you did. Get the cake recipe here! 

Recipes excerpted from Icing on the Cake by Tessa Huff, reprinted by permission of Abrams Books. Photographs by Tessa Huff.

How to Make a Dreamy Mirror Glaze Cake

Ever wonder how to make a mirror glaze cake at home? This show-stopping masterpiece is made doable with some gelatin, chocolate and a range of contrasting colours, so you can cover nearly any cake in this gorgeous coating. The trendy technique may appear tricky to pull off at home, but carefully following these six steps and being mindful of key temperatures will lead you to a shimmering, galaxy-like cake glaze in no time! Just image this pretty pastel version at your Easter feast or springtime tea party.

How to Mirror Glaze Any Cake 

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Glaze Setting Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour (plus 2 hours for chilling baked cake)
Makes: Glaze for 1, 8- to 9-inch cake
Serves: 10 to 12

Ingredients:

1 filled and smoothly frosted 8- or 9-inch cake
3 envelopes powdered gelatine
1 cup water, divided
1½ cups granulated sugar
7 oz. sweetened condensed milk
12 oz. white chocolate, chopped
Gel food colouring in 3 to 4 contrasting colours

Directions:

1. Place the smoothly frosted cake in the freezer until very cold and firm, at least 2 hours. Meanwhile, set up your glazing station by placing a wire rack over a rimmed sheet pan. Set aside.

2. Sprinkle the gelatine into a small bowl and stir in half of the water, ½ cup. Set aside for 5 to 10 minutes for gelatin to bloom. Meanwhile, stir together the remaining ½ cup water, sugar and condensed milk in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once the mixture is hot, remove from the heat and whisk in the bloomed gelatine until it melts.

3. Place the chopped white chocolate in a large, heat-safe bowl. Pour the milk and gelatine mixture over the top of the chocolate. Gently stir until the chocolate melts. Use an immersion blender to make sure the mixture is completely smooth. Keep the device submerged in the glaze to prevent air bubbles. Strain the mixture back into the saucepan using a fine-mesh sieve to make sure the glaze is smooth and to remove any air bubbles.

4. Divide the mixture into 3 to 4 bowls. Add a few drops of different gel food colouring to each and gently stir until the desired colours are achieved. There is no need to divided the colours evenly – create a larger base colour with a few smaller portions of accent colours.

5. Add the base colour to a spouted cup or large measuring cup. Pour in the remaining colours and gently stir a little (stirring too much will muddle the colours together). Allow the mirror glaze to cool to 95°F when tested with a candy thermometre – pouring the glaze at the correct temperature is crucial to the cake’s success. If the glaze drops below 95°F, gently reheat in the microwave, 10 seconds at a time, and stir until the correct temperature.

6. As the glaze cools, place the chilled cake on the wire rack. Once the glaze hits 95°F, pour it over the top of the prepared cake. Starting in the centre, swirl the glaze around the cake. Make sure the glaze pours over each side of the cake as well. Immediately pop any obvious air bubbles with a toothpick. Allow the glaze to set for about 20 minutes before serving (the chilled cake with help the glaze set quickly). Cut the cake with a sharp knife and clean it between slices, and then serve.

Notes:

  • To prevent air bubbles, do not whisk or stir the glaze too vigorously.
  • Make sure to properly chill the cake ahead of time.
  • Frost the cake as smoothly as possible with buttercream or ganache.
  • Pour the glaze at a precise 95°F.

For more artfully prepared slices, bake up one of Our 40 Most Spectacular Layer Cakes.

The Ultimate Vegan Carrot Cake with ‘Cream Cheese’ Frosting

Carrot cake is a decadent, classic dessert that can easily be made vegan and still retain its trademark moisture and texture.

Rich and delicious, this carrot cake is filled and topped with a thick layer of faux cream cheese frosting for extra creaminess in every bite. A slice paired with a cup of coffee feels right any time of day — even at breakfast.

Prep Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 12 hours, 20 minutes (includes chilling time)
Serves: 8 to 10

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Ingredients:

Carrot Cake
4 carrots, roughly chopped
1 cup raw pecan halves
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup bran (miller’s bran, not prepared cereal)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or soy milk
1/2 cup grapeseed oil or canola oil, more for pan
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

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Orange “Cream Cheese” Frosting
2 cups full-fat canned coconut milk or unsweetened soy milk
1/2 cup vegan butter such as Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks, room temperature
1 cup icing (confectioner’s) sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tsp orange zest
2 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz/227 g tofu ‘cream cheese’ such as Tofutti, room temperature

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Directions:

Carrot Cake
1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Line the bottom two 8-inch cake pans with a round of parchment paper; grease sides and parchment with a bit of oil.
2. In a food processor, pulse carrots and pecans until finely chopped. Add remaining carrot cake ingredients except raisins, if using, and pulse until a smooth. Quickly pulse in raisins, if using, and smooth into prepared baking pans.
3. Bake cake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out nearly fully clean and top is dry to the touch.
4. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, run a knife around perimetre, unhinge springform pan or flip out from cake pan and transfer to a cooling rack. Cool completely to room temperature.

Orange “Cream Cheese” Frosting
1. In a medium saucepan, add milk, butter, icing sugar, cornstarch and orange zest. Whisking constantly, bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn off heat and whisk in small pieces of cream cheese until completely smooth; whisk in vanilla.
2. Pour into a medium bowl, cool to room temperature, cover and chill for at least 8 hours in refrigerator, preferably overnight.

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Assembly
1. Whisk frosting straight out of refrigerator (let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before whisking if too firm). Frost cooled cake in between layers, on top and on the sides, if desired. Slice and enjoy.
2. Store frosted cake airtight in refrigerator up to 5 days. Freeze unfrosted cake, wrapped tightly, for up to 2 months.

Looking for more tasty vegan treats? Check out: 25 Vegan Desserts Even Non-Vegans Will Love.

Gingerbread Bundt Cake

A Stunning, Make-Ahead Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Eggnog Glaze

When it comes time to celebrate, we know that you’ll love this show-stopping Christmas dessert. As we head into a season full of guests, gatherings and last-minute dinner parties, you’ll definitely need an easy, back-pocket dessert recipe that can be dressed up in an instant – and this gingerbread cake does the trick! An eggnog glaze compliments the festive season while not overpowering the gingerbread spices in the cake. And for a final flourish, add a trim of rosemary, glittery cranberries and fresh flowers, or just let the simple beauty of this intricate Bundt cake shine on its own. Not only does this gingerbread spice cake perfume the entire kitchen, it stays extremely moist for several days, so it’s perfect for baking in advance.

Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Eggnog Glaze

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 60 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Serves: 10 to 14

Ingredients:
Gingerbread Bundt Cake
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp ground dried ginger
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1-1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/4 cup canola oil
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup fancy molasses
1/4 cup honey
1 cup buttermilk

Eggnog Glaze
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups icing (confectioner’s) sugar
2 to 3 Tbsp store-bought eggnog
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or bourbon
pinch, ground nutmeg

Assembly
Sugared cranberries, optional
Fresh rosemary sprigs, optional
Fresh flowers, optional

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Directions:
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1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 10-cup capacity Bundt pan with butter and coat with a thin layer of flour. Set aside.
2. For the dry ingredients, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, dried ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl and hand mixer), add the butter and mix on medium speed for a couple of minutes until smooth. Add the sugar and fresh ginger. Mix on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 2 to 4 minutes.
4. With the mixer on low, add in the oil, then the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla, molasses and honey and mix until combined. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
5. With the mixer on low, add half of the reserved dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Next, stream in the buttermilk and mix until combined. Finally, add the remaining dry ingredients. Mix on medium speed no more than 30 seconds after the last streaks of flour are combined, or until smooth.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Tap the bottom of the pan on the countertop a couple times to release any air pockets. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a long wooden skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. If the batter begins to rise too high, place a baking sheet in the bottom of the pan to catch any drips.
7. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 15 to 20 minutes. Gently slide a flexible rubber spatula around the rim of the cake, but resist sliding it too far down or it may damage the sides of the cake. Place a large cutting board or cooling rack on top of the cake. Using oven mitts, hold the cake pan and cutting board together. Carefully invert everything and remove the pan. Cool completely. Do not allow the cake to completely cool in the pan or it may get stuck. Meanwhile, make the glaze.

Eggnog Glaze
1. In a mixing bowl, stir together the cream cheese and butter with a wooden spoon until well combined. Gradually stir in the icing sugar and mix until incorporated.

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2. Add the eggnog, vanilla and nutmeg, and then stir until smooth. The glaze should be rather thick but still able to drip slowly off of a spoon; add more eggnog, as needed, until it does.

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Assembly
1. Spoon the glaze over the cooled cake. Decorate with sugared cranberries, rosemary, fresh flowers or as desired. Slice and serve.

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This Sticky Toffee Pudding Bundt Cake is a Thing of Beauty

A take on the classic Christmas pudding, this sticky date Bundt cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday season. Drizzled with a toffee caramel sauce, it is elegant enough to be served for Christmas but simple enough to be enjoyed over coffee.

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Christmas Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Bake Time: 1 hour
Makes: 1 (12-cup) Bundt cake

Ingredients:
Toffee Sauce:
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
½ cup unsalted butter
1 Tbsp molasses
2/3 cup heavy cream
½ tsp salt

Cake:
2 ½ cups dates, chopped and pitted
1 ¾ cups boiling water
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 large eggs
3 Tbsp molasses
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp salt

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Directions:
Toffee Sauce:
1. Combine brown sugar, butter and molasses in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from heat, and stir in heavy cream and salt. Let cool completely.
Tip: When adding heavy cream you can also add a splash of spiced rum or whiskey to toffee sauce, if desired.

Cake:
1. For the cake, preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with nonstick spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine dates, boiling water and baking soda. Cover and let stand 1 hour. In a blender, puree mixture until smooth, about 1 minute.
3. Cream butter and brown sugar with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until combined. Stir in molasses.
4. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Add to butter mixture alternating with pureed date mixture, starting and ending with the flour mixture until incorporated. Pour into prepared pan.
5. Bake 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
6. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert onto cooling rack. Brush exterior of cake with toffee sauce and cool completely. Drizzle remaining sauce over cooled cake.

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The Prettiest Pom-Pom Wreath Cake to Dress up Your Christmas Table

A flirty, festive cake for the holidays that’s sure to be the star of the dessert table! Starting with a spiced gingerbread cake with creamy eggnog frosting, this show-stopper comes together easily and just in time for your holiday celebration. A splash of colour and a few piping tips turn simple icing into a festive wreath around the top of the cake. Feel free use the colours of your choice to match your party décor!

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Gingerbread Pom-Pom Wreath Cake Recipe

Bake Time: 22 to 26 minutes
Total Time: 90 to 120 minutes
Serves: 12 to 16

Ingredients:
Gingerbread Cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 ¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
3 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp all-spice
¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 tsp finely grated ginger
4 large eggs
3 Tbsp grapeseed or canola oil
¾ cup molasses
1 cup buttermilk

Eggnog Frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
5 to 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 Tbsp eggnog
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg

Vanilla Decorating Icing:
¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
3 to 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 Tbsp heavy cream or milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Gel food colouring

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Directions:
Gingerbread Cake:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees. Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and all-spice. Set aside.
3. Using an electric mixer (hand or stand), beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and ginger and continue to mix for 2 to 4 minutes or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium-low, add in the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Add in the oil and molasses and mix until smooth. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
4. Add in half of the dry ingredients and mix on low until combined. Stream in the buttermilk and mix until it is absorbed into the mixture. Add in the remaining dry ingredients and mix on low until combined. Mix on medium for no longer than 30-seconds or until smooth.
5. Evenly distribute the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for 22 to 26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 to 20 minutes before removing the cakes from their pans. Allow to cool completely before filling and frosting.

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Eggnog Frosting:
1. Using an electric mixer (stand or hand), beat the butter until smooth. Add the cream cheese and continue to mix until combined. With the mixer on low, gradually add in 5 cups of the sugar and the remaining ingredients. Once incorporated, turn the mixer up to medium-high and beat until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. If the mixture is too soft to spread, add in the additional amount of sugar until the desired consistency.

Vanilla Decorating Icing:
1. Using an electric mixer (stand or hand), beat the butter until smooth. With the mixer on low, gradually add in 3 cups of the sugar and the remaining ingredients. Once incorporated, turn the mixer up to medium-high and beat until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. If the mixture is too soft to pipe, add in the additional amount of sugar until the desired consistency.

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To Assemble:
1. Place one layer of cake on a cake board or serving plate. Dollop on about 1 cup of the eggnog frosting and spread until smooth. Top with the next layer of cake and repeat. Crumb coat the cake in a thin layer of eggnog frosting and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Once chilled, continue to smoothly frost the cake with the remaining frosting.
2. To decorate the cake, divided the vanilla decorating icing into three bowls. Tint the frosting with gel food colouring. For depth, pipe a ring of icing around the top edge of the cake using a piping bag fitted with a medium round tip. Fill three piping bags fitted with star tips (various or those of the same size) with the tinted icing. Pipe “pom-poms” around the top of the cake to create a wreath. Starting with the large piping tip, angle the pom-poms on top and on the sides of the ring of icing. Fill in the gaps and layer on colour and texture with the remaining icing. To pipe, apply pressure to the piping bag until a small bulb of icing forms, stop the pressure, and then pull the bag away from the cake. Add tiny sugar pearl sprinkles, if desired.

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