Classic birthday cake

buttermilk layer cake with chocolate frosting

I'd love to have a yellow layer cake recipe in my list of go-to recipes -- those recipes that I know work, taste great, and don't demand great feats (or fancy ingredients) to make. I've made a couple of attempts at this classic (once as a small layer cake and cupcakes, and as mini vanilla cupcakes).… Continue reading Classic birthday cake


Baked croissants

Croissants have been on my list of things to make for quite some time. My goal is to come as close to the French style as possible -- crispy on the outside, with tender, buttery layers on the inside. But for a variety of reasons this project kept getting pushed to the back of the line.… Continue reading Croissants

6-inch ginger spice apple cake

Ginger spice apple cake

When I read Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe, the recipe for Apple Snacking Spice Cake jumped out at me as a must-make. I made an apple cake once before that was delicious, but didn't include the ginger and cloves. I cut the recipe in half in order to use my smaller 6-inch cake… Continue reading 6-inch ginger spice apple cake