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Let Them Eat: Tender Citrus Sour Cream Cake

You'll find this cake moist, tender, and citrusy, holding a touch of spice from pungent cinnamon. The whole things is soaked with a mixture of condensed milk and heavy cream, then covered with a generous blanket of ultra-smooth Swiss buttercream frosting after a brief spell in the icebox. This cake doesn't need layers to be decadent or awesome. More

Let Them Eat: Cake Roll with Honey Semifreddo

Peel away the layers of my delicate and complex soul and you'll discover cheap sequins and over-processed junk food near the core. Attempting a balancing act between my bipolar desires, I made a gussied-up Twinkie. Twinkie gets a makeover! Twinkie goes to prom! Here's what I did: for the springy sponge-like exterior of the cellophane-wrapped snack I substituted an orange-flavored, fluffy chiffon cake. The filling is a meringue-based semifreddo sweetened with honey and speckled with toasted sesame seeds. More

Let Them Eat: Tartouillat (Cherry and Rum Cake)

This recipe jumped out at me from Jean Ferniot's French Regional Cooking, one of several French cookbooks my mother-in-law has given me. Tartouillat, a cherry and rum cake from the region of Burgundy, sounded right up my alley: ripe cherries and a generous pour of rum baked into a cake that is served warm. My mind drifted to a house in the French countryside, where I enjoyed the falling evening and chilly air while eating tartouillat... More

Let Them Eat: Green Tomato Cake

I saw some green tomatoes at the store last week, made the mistake of not buying them, went home, and promptly began obsessing about them. I really wanted to make a green tomato cake because I'd never made one and was seized suddenly with curiosity and desire. A Facebook cry for help and several frustrating phone calls later, I found the things and made this go-ahead-lick-the-plate cake. More

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