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This is a staple that is respun. If you want your banana loaf plain and simple, omit that riveting ripple of coffee nut streusel that streaks through it. If using this streusel, omit the walnuts later on in the cake batter.

Chocolate swirls its way through this moist marbled honey cake.

A great, moist classic carrot cake that, along with Lawsuit Muffins, launched my baking career. The lemon-scented cream cheese icing covers a tall, California health food cafe style layer cake that is still exceptional. In my days as an underground baker supplying restaurants all over the city with this famed cake, I tinted extra cream cheese icing with enough cinnamon to make a cinnamon-hued decorator icing. Originally, this recipe was scaled up to make 50 cakes at a shot. I sold 200-300 a week! (and had the orange tinged carrot fingers to prove it)


 

Nothing beats gorgeous, ripe apricots in a brown sugar glaze on top of a fresh butter cake. This is so good, I might try it with plums next time. It slices like a dream and is simply the tastes of summer in a cake.



Nothing beats fresh-in-season peaches for this spin on pineapple upside down cake. It features brown-sugar infused peaches as the foundation of a dewy, buttery cake. It is almost a peach tarte tatin, for you invert the cake on a serving platter and the brown sugar, fruit bottom becomes the top, created a sweet, fruity halo atop a gorgeous cake.

A silky, dark chocolate wonder – somewhere between a cake and a torte, this deep, moist cake features fresh raspberries, raspberry eau de vie (if you have it; otherwise use a bit of raspberry extract) and is topped with ganache and dusted with cocoa for a truffle effect. Scharffen Berger semi-sweet chocolate or perfect or any similar high quality chocolate such as Callebaut or Lindt. Garnish with a fresh raspberry or two. For some people, raspberries and chocolate is their fatal attraction. What a way to go......

Pure vanilla paste makes all the difference...
Vanilla bean paste is available from specialty stores or via mail order (i.e. Williams-Sonoma). It makes this cake sublime.

James Beard was very fond of this cornmeal and dried fruit cake which is a sophisticated and beautiful holiday cake. I’ve updated the dried fruit – nixing the currants and figs for yellow raisins and minced California apricots. It is a lovely slicing cake, with a subtle grainy crumb (thanks to the cornmeal), beautiful color, and very Old World in a Mediterranean, versus Dickens sort of way.

I saw versions of this unusual, multi-layered pastry like cake for years. When a baking acquaintance gave me her sister’s Rosette’s recipe simply inscribed as “Mrs. Peterson’s Vinartera or Iceland’s National Cake,. I was inspired to finally give it a whirl. In the end, I fiddled and adjusted with that recipe and the others I researched but I think kept the concept of Icelandic prune cake intact. This is an easy cake, a great keeper, and most unique. Prune is the traditional filling but I have made it with apricot filling or alternated apricot and raspberry preserves. This is superb with tea or afternoon coffee.This is decidedly European and a one-of-a-kind treat that could become your trademark. The Lemon Glaze is optional but a nice touch - in a café, such a dessert would fare a lot better with the sides neatly slicked up with this easy coating.

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