Posts in the category: Cakes

Heart-Shaped Salted Molten Chocolate Cakes

Heart-Shaped Salted Molten Chocolate Cakes

Maybe I’ve been watching too much of The Taste, but I feel like Anthony Bourdain would tell me these molten chocolate cakes are so 2004. And they kind of are, but who cares? They’re delicious. My valentine was temporarily put on a big project at work with some late nights and my job has been crazy busy, so Valentine’s Day 2014 was me picking up an aged ribeye for sharing and making a side of creamy polenta topped with a quick sauté of the shiitake mushrooms and broccoli I purchased earlier in the week with no particular plan in mind. I made… Continue reading

Blood Orange and Vanilla Waffle Donuts

Blood Orange and Vanilla Waffle Donuts // Dula Notes

It’s just the best coincidence that blood oranges are in season during Valentine’s Day so I can make things pink. One year I made Blood Orange Heart Scones and those are pretty great, but these waffle donuts are my favorite thing right now. They come together quickly and the recipe makes a small batch of 5 to keep your waffle donut crush in check. I wanted to make another batch as soon as I had my last bite, though. Aren’t blood oranges the dreamiest? Sigh. I should have a poster-sized picture of them above my bed. Isn’t everything better in waffle… Continue reading

Pistachio-Coconut Chai Coffee Cake

I like a little bit of sweet in my day and usually it’s dark chocolate, but sometimes a girl just has to bake. This easy coffee cake has the most beautiful golden brown topping with crunchy bits of pistachio and coconut mingled with fresh spices. It’s the grown up, tastier version of those sad Little Debbie coffee cakes. Remember those? I always felt very adult eating them as a kid, probably because it had the word coffee in it. This kind of cake just makes me smile because it is best shared with a good friend over a hot cup… Continue reading

Raw Meyer Lemon Raspberry Dreamcake

Raw Meyer Lemon Raspberry Dreamcake Recipe // Dula Notes

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. The air is still cool in Michigan, but we’ve had lots of sunshine lately and it makes a world of difference as we wait for spring weather. I have wanted to make this vegan dreamcake since I first laid eyes on it. There’s just something about a layered dessert and especially one with a pretty pink layer naturally colored with raspberries. We had Easter dinner with friends and our hostess does not eat gluten or diary. I researched spring recipes for our dinner and then we divided the recipes between 3 of us.… Continue reading

Coconut Buttermilk Pound Cake

At some point while I was growing up, my Mom started watching the weather channel religiously. Her weather obsession intensified when she started driving a school bus. It surprised many of our friends and family that she would choose this job because she is a notorious worrier. It turns out the job was practically made for her. Her no-nonsense nature kept the kids line and they still loved her. Her attention-to-detail and careful disposition made her safe on the roads.  She usually arrived at the bus lot before the sun to warm up the bus and make sure everything was… Continue reading

German Christmas Stollen 2011

Stollen brings back so many happy memories of my Oma arriving from Canada with her arms full of food and gifts at Christmas. She would empty her arms quickly and give us big hugs and kisses. One of the items she always brought was a foil-wrapped loaf of homemade stollen. When we were kids, we’d pretty much eat the sugary crust off of a slice and be done with it while the adults ate their slice leisurely with coffee. Back in 2009, I started making stollen to carry on the tradition my Oma started in our family.  I’ve been tweaking the… Continue reading

Sticky Gingerbread Cake

Did you have a nice weekend? I hope so. My weekend was filled with Christmas-type things and my holiday cheer was at an all-time high. On Saturday we went to an old theater built in1928 that features a Barton Theatre organ because silent films were still being produced when the plans for the theatre were drawn up. When we arrived Santa was in the lobby, real butter popcorn was popping, a train set was on the move and of course, holiday favorites were playing on the big pipe organ. We watched It’s a Wonderful Life, complete with intermission and marriage… Continue reading

Cranberry Almond Cake

Cranberry Almond Cake Recipe // Dula Notes

Hey there! How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was tasty and relaxing. Everything you hoped it would be. I know other bloggers are serving up lighter recipes this week, but I need to tell you about how I turned cranberry haters into cranberry lovers. A Thanksgiving Miracle. There must be a cheesy (read: awesome) holiday movie with this title, no? Let’s go with that and start with a flashback… I went to Whole Foods before Thanksgiving and was greeted with a display of fresh cranberries. I was looking at the small bags because my family doesn’t like cranberries, but… Continue reading

Spiced Honey Apple Cake

A few of my friends have been using Facebook to say what they’re thankful for and this is a trend I can really get behind. I must admit that I sometimes get annoyed with the folks that use social media to air every complaint that comes to mind, but the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday tends to quiet discontentment. This particular holiday reminds us to stop and reflect on what we’re most thankful for. When we focus on all that we have and how lucky we are, it really amps up the warm fuzzies you already have about a holiday that centers… Continue reading

Vegan Breakfast Fruit Cake

I woke up early on Saturday to a gray and quiet morning. Even though I had a large to-do list, I thought starting the day with this pretty cake would provide proper sustenance as  I attacked my list. I also happened to go stone fruit crazy the night before and knew it would have to factor into my weekend baking. All of the blogging and tweeting about the dwindling supply of peaches and plums really got to me, you know? Our Whole Foods has local red velvet apricots that I just cannot get over. They are my new fruit crush and… Continue reading