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Like cinnamon sticky buns but packed with apple chunks. A velvety, buttermilk sweet dough is the foundation of these amazing, puffy, moist, huge, sticky buns.

 

My painter is lactose intolerant. These are the sort of things you discover when a 3-day house painting job dawdles from June to just after Labor Day. It's like having an extra son/husband around. I wanted to bake our painter something flavorful but dair- free. So I created this cake which is wonderfully flavor rich, moist and gorgeous but lactose-free. It was intended for the painter to share at a company dinner with his out-of-town relatives. Instead, he offered a few slices and apparently hid the remaining, coveted slices in an empty paint can. Ok, I don’t know that for sure. I do know he a) loved the cake and b) he hid some extra slices – but not in an empty paint can. This cake features a gloriously rich but butter and milk free batter, with a river of apples running through it and an elegant fondant ripple topping. I made two of these cakes – one for him and one for us. You know, I also ending up hiding a few pieces and considering I could whip up another one in seconds, that says something about how good this cake is.

This is a stunner – a cross between pastry, cake and something altogether unique in its own right. It is a crust that houses a ton of apples. Bake it all up and when it is still warm, pour over the vanilla sauce or ‘glue’ that will hold it altogether (along with an overnight stay in the fridge). It serves 12-20 and keeps well for days. A wonderful go-to favourite cake of mine. A Goldman girl classic. Perfect for New Year’s or anytime a company apple cake is called for. (That said, it’s easy- so relax! A beginner can do this cake)

Big, bold, moist, simple – hey, give me a slice! This cake calls for raisins and nuts but it also is nice with dried or fresh cranberries, chocolate chunks or really, absolutely wonderful with nothing added.  The scent of this baking will bring crowds to your kitchen. I don't think I have ever made a cake that has a better perfume-while-baking than this cake! A drizzle of melted white chocolate, tinted with some cinnamon would be extra special on this cake, or a lemon glaze but the dusting of confectioners’ sugar is perfect. Use your own fresh applesauce or jarred/canned unsweetened applesauce. Btw - my big secret is I rarely use a Bundt pan but I do adore Nordicware's (famed for Bundt pans) colorful non-stick angel food cake pans. It's what I bake honey cake in, chocolate, marble, and any sort of tall, grand hospitality cake.

Not your traditional fruit cake. A butter based batter, a touch of spice.

 If you ever had Matthews House 1812 fine Apricot Fruitcake, you will love this recipe for that was my inspiration in creating this wonderful fruitcake. Way before the Internet, I had to mail away to purchase this cake (since I love anything apricot). I am not surprised to see Matthew's House is still in business and has greatly expanded their line. But I also like DIY so enjoy this golden wonder and I highly recommend you use Californian dried apricots - I get mine at http://www.bellaviva.com/ They are deeply orange and amazinly flavorful, tart and sweet and the soul of this cake.

A moist pound cake with an almond studded crumb topping. Great with apricots or you can do half cranberries and half apricots.

 Is this a scone in a loaf or an unusual quick bread? This is wonderful fresh or toasted. It is not quite cake; not quite a bread – somewhere inbetween.  If you can, use Californian dried apricots.
This recipe has some 800 hits - it's a winer.

This recipe is one deep cut of another sort and much like the Indie, now-famous band it was created for, Arcade Fire, it's fabulous and unique. Of course, everyone knows Arcade Fire now, especially with their best album of the year at the recent Grammys 2011. But I first learned about them when I put my old piano up for sale on Craigslist a few years back. This person called Will Butler (who told me he just was a musician) came to buy what he called my 'black beast' (an ancient Heinzman piano). He shared cookies and challah (I was test baking as always) the next day while we waited for the piano mover to transfer the piano from my house to Arcade Fire's practise premises. Of course, the rest is history. Like everything, I honored the occasion by creating a cake. This is my Arcade Fire Cake. Imagine a dark, dense chocolate cake – a great big hunk of cake, all topped with an old-fashioned thick white, butter-based icing like Woolworths and diners used to sell. Don’t bother washing the knife you cut this with; just leave it in the cake pan. It's going to be getting alot of action.

The pure buttery taste of this loaf is quite satisfying. This pound cake is traditionally glazed with a thin pink fondant but you can omit it or use a white or chocolate fondant glaze topping. You may wish to substitute chocolate chips for the currants if you prefer but only use one cup of chocolate chips (not two). This is just one buttery, solid poundcake from Australia that begs for a big pot of tea and a fluffy, vapid magazine or a great read-it-at-one-shot novel.

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