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Elegant and easy, this streusel-topped, moist coffee cake does triple duty as a breakfast sweet, coffee-bread snack, or springtime dessert for a more elaborate meal.

Here is a beautiful, pure-of-heart cheesecake – all white chocolate and vanilla sweetness. As for the topping, well, I suppose this is more compote that coulis but compote has no flair (or business) in a recipe title. Offer this sauce alongside a vanilla and white chocolate cheesecake. It is the perfect marriage of smooth rich cheesecake and tart rhubarb. I would also offer this with rich, cream scones.

Warning: I call this a bundt cake because who doesn't love the sound of a bundt cake. But bake it in an angel food cake pan for best results. This is a great traveling and keeping cake. This fabulous cake is both a spring or summer spectacular treat. It features all the wonderful flavors of fresh strawberry shortcake but in a neat, eat-out-of-hand style (no picnic mess!) and make-ahead convenience.

I love the components of strawberry shortcake: tender cake, whipped cream and berries. What I don't love is having to assemble it pronto and serve it soon after. On top of that, we all know leftover biscuit-based shortcake is not a great keeper (talk about mush!) Happily, this cake combines the best of shortcake flavors but a novel way. This recipe offers a rich golden cake as the foundation for sweetened cream cheese and dollops of strawberry preserves. It all bakes up into a pretty affair that will bring raves. Our testers already reported tasters demanding the recipe after one bite!

This yeasted sweet coffeecake bread,  is as tender as a buttery brioche and reminiscent of a feather-textured Italian panettone, except with a totally new spin. It is a mildly sweet dough that encases chunks of banana, brown sugar, and (optionally), butterscotch or chocolate chips. The dough featured finely ground, toasted walnuts. Definitely not your average banana bread. Just sweet enough and just buttery enough to deliver a lovely bouquet of taste and texture. . If you hankering for a traditional baking powder/baking soda Banana Bread, quick bread style, check our recipe index Search. If you like this concept but are not a banana fan, omit the butterscotch and chocolate chips, and use 2 cups blueberries instead. Everyone who tested this, and shared it with others said:
Not a crumb left. Disappeared in seconds. Fabulous (raves from Connecticut to Florida and Indiana)

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.

Yeasted kutchen? I could kiss you. How good is this lovely buttery pastry cake that bakes up like a coffee cake and tastes like a croissant studded with raspberries and fresh cherries that ooze into the sweet batter as it bakes?

Everyone needs something easy, fruity, and a good keeping cake. This one works with any pie fillin but blueberry makes for a fabulous tasting and good looking cake. The crumb topping is just the perfect final touch.

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.

This recipe is just so sweet, including all the favorite flavor notes and textural perks of S’Mores bars, in a quickly assembled ice-box cake that is kid-approved and company perfect. S’mores are messy affairs but this cake serves up in (somewhat) neater slices. It is oh-so-good that I am almost embarrassed it is a no-bake wonder. It is….home-assembled! For nut allergies, do make sure to make these with peanut-free manufactured milk chocolate bars so that your allergy kids and friends can enjoy this too. This recipe is about layering stuff; how you do it doesn’t really much matter as long as you use up all the components.
Do check out the notes for the Ice-Cream S’Mores Bar Cake too, included in this recipe.

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