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{recipe} Spiced Blueberry Upside Down Cake

I don’t know what it is about me, but if something can be made 1) rainbow or 2) upside down, I am most likely going to go ahead and do it that way. I had never thought of blueberries going upside down, but then it hit me – why the heck not? And while we’re at it, why not punch them up in a cake spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, vanilla, and cloves?

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July 25, 2013   No Comments

{recipe} Cherry Almond Upside Down Cake

I think the planets must be mis-aligned or something, because I’m kind of a cherry hater and yet this is my second cherry-focused recipe in a row. True, the last one involved ground lamb where this one involves sweet, sweet, caramel, so clearly they are pretty different in all aspects.

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the gooey, sticky, butter-and-sugar-based fruit upside down cake (I refer you to the Pear Ginger Upside Down Cake, Caramel-y Banana Upside Down Cake and Apple Upside Down Cake of yore.) Here’s the reason: an upside down cake is a pretty quick and easy dessert that self-sauces, tastes delicious, and generally impresses guests.

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June 23, 2011   2 Comments

{recipe redux} Pear Ginger Upside Down Cake

A few weeks ago I posted about this Banana Caramel Upside Down Cake. I made it again recently, but instead of bananas I upside downed pears sliced on a mandoline, put some orange zest in the caramel, and used whole wheat pastry flour instead of white flour.

Divine! Although I did dump it out and realize it wasn’t done yet, so I had to re-upside-down it, cook it some more, then re-un-upside-down it. It worked surprisingly well in the end although there was a period of severe swearing that involved liquid hot caramel magma all over the kitchen and my pants, but the cake looked good after all that so no big deal in the end.

April 20, 2010   No Comments

{recipe} Caramel-y Banana Upside Down Cake

This is a pretty easy cake that was inspired by a delicious, gooey pear-ginger cake we used to make at Rose Pistola. I had no recollection of the recipe so I made a few attempts and came up with this excellent facsimile of the original cake. Of course, it doesn’t have to be made with bananas, you can use another kind of tasty fruit like peaches, mangoes, pears, plums, or apples. You can get creative with adding citrus zest, toasted coconut, or chopped nuts into the batter as well.


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March 26, 2010   No Comments

{recipe} Apple Upside Down Cake

My mom calls this an apple cake-pie, but I don’t know why. She has been making it since I was a kid. It’s delicious! The hardest part is peeling and cutting the apples, which I hate. I mean, really hate it. Like, if you want to come over and peel and cut the apples I will make you this cake and we can each eat half!

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September 19, 2009   3 Comments

{recipe} Upside Down Banana Bread

I am a huge fan of all things upside down, and this recipe is no exception. A caramel-y, buttery layer of banana slices atop a moist and delicious banana bread – what could possibly be better?

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September 8, 2014   4 Comments

{happy birthday} How to Make an Easy Cat Cake

When my son turned one, I made him a cake in the shape of the number one. But lately he’s been pretty obsessed with cats of all kinds, so for his 2nd birthday, I wanted to make a cat-shaped cake. It was pretty easy to do, and came out great! He absolutely loved it.

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June 30, 2014   2 Comments

{recipe} Spiced Peach and Fig Caramel Cake

Tomorrow I’m heading up to British Columbia for one last week of summer vacation. I haven’t been since I was ten years old so I’m pretty excited about it. Before I go, I wanted to share a cake that highlights some of my favorite late-summer fruits.

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August 26, 2012   4 Comments

{make this} Chocolate Guinness Cake from Simply Recipes

This might be the perfect chocolate cake recipe – deep and rich, not too sweet, not at all dry, and sturdy enough to transport easily. The cream cheese icing gives it the perfect boost of sweetness. And no, it doesn’t taste at all like Guinness, but I think the combination of melted butter, sour cream, and beer add to the moist crumb. I brought it to a dinner party and it was a huge hit all around. You can get the recipe from Simply Recipes here.

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March 12, 2012   8 Comments

{recipe} Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

My friend Laura likes chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting. I told her husband I would surprise her with a very special version of that flavor combination so I made her some homemade Hostess cupcakes. These are fun because they look like a boring chocolate cupcake with shiny glaze, but they have a surprise inside- a big yummy blob of vanilla frosting!

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August 27, 2010   13 Comments