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I love this golden slicing cake with a generous rainbow of sprinkles throughout and on top. The sprinkles soften in the cake make colourful tasty swirls.


A gossamer little almond cake, fortified with marzipan (almond paste) and slivered almonds, finished with a pirouette of plum jam makes this a dreamy tea cake for after the ballet.

A gorgeous loaf with chunks of clementines decorating the top. It’s easily whipped together in a food processor and serves up like a classy pastry store cake but it’s really just a great quick bread. You can also bake it in a 9 inch layer pan. Greek yogurt is fantastic but the Greek honey called for in the glaze is out of this world - it's worth finding some in a specialty store. This is a lovely summery cake or better yet - bake it in chilly months like February to both brighten your palate and your day.

Oatmeal streusel topping makes a nice change from the usual walnut variations.

From The New Best of BetterBaking.com, Marcy Goldman, Whitecap Books, 2009, this is a  lofty spice cake, perfect for Thanksgiving or any coffee klatch occasion. This is a fine-grained, delicate cake that's also moist and gently spiced. It features a penuche-style sweet pecan brown sugar glaze. This is the recipe my testers bring to work, volunteer venues, schools and the book club when they want to get that wow! reception.

A unique way to present homey, sweet , spicy quick bread. You can also use this batter to make a few dozen muffins which freeze well. A touch of apricot jam makes this especially mellow and moist.

Shortcake by any other name, in any guise. This is so good; no wonder some 2500 people have downloaded this favourite BB recipe. Berries and a coating of Swiss chocolate on a buttery scone, aka rich, buttery shortcake base. This recipe is the bomb which explains why it is downloaded constantly. It has shades of country fair crossed with Black Forest Cake - Nothing but nothing is as fresh, decadent, and easy or crowd-pleasing as this cake.

You know those delightful chocolate oranges by Terry's? A whole chocolate orange splits into milk chocolate, orange-scented wedges that are just wonderul (and a traditional holiday gift). The Terry's orange is always a welcome sweet treat but really divine, if you coarsely chop one up and add it to this tender, buttery cake. You can marbleize this cake or leave it as a vanilla-orange batter, with the Terry's Orange pieces, flecked throughout the cake. This cuts into thick, moist slices of cake - not as heavy as most pound cakes and richer than a quick bread. 

Two English inventions (scones and nippy dry mustard such as Coleman's) come together quite  nicely. Don't spare the cheese - measure a bit more and it's fine and don't spare the quality either. Opt for a flavorful, strong orange Cheddar. These scones are lofty, golden-crusted and buttery - pure heaven. Perfect with a good cuppa Breakfast tea or a fine Assam.

You might call this a coffeecake with all the wonderful elements and flavors of soda bread. Moist, fine-grained and a good keeper. It is an Americanized soda bread and a great introduction for neophytes. If you have some Kerry's Irish Gold butter, this would be over the top delicious but American or Canadian sweet butter is just fine.

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