Strawberry Dream Cake

Strawberry Dream Cake

I kept hoping September would be hot and I’d get to do a little more swimming in the lake, especially since I got some wild water shoes (below.) I waited and waited for them and now it’s September cool. There’s no denying fall is in the air, and right on time this year and I’m already thinking about pears and apples. In the meantime, though, I’m pulling out one last summer hurrah. I’m breaking out with this Strawberry Dream Cake.

Strawberry Dream Cake

The view of the Strawberry Dream Cake from the top.

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The Best Chocolate Cupcake with Vanilla American Buttercream

Best Chocolate Cupcakes

It might be time to take a little break from all things “fall” and food made with pumpkin (and the resulting Pumpkin Spice) and put aside all those thoughts about Thanksgiving (coming up so fast!) and have a little sumpin sumpin that’s chocolate, maybe a little sumpin like these Best Chocolate Cupcakes.

Best Chocolate Cupcakes

The Best Chocolate Cupcake with Best Vanilla Buttercream, American Style

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Original Blackberry Torte

Original Blackberry Torte

I’ve been making little summer cakes all summer long, and one I especially wanted to make was the famous Original Plum Torte by Marion Burros of the New York Times. The Times published this recipe every year from 1983 to 1989 and pledges every year the recipe will be available to all. The more I thought about, though, the more I wanted to forgo the plums and adapt the recipe. So here it is, the Original Blackberry Torte.

Original Blackberry Torte

Original Blackberry Torte – a riff off of Marion Burros Original Plum Torte

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