Category Archives: Cakes & Cupcakes

Blood Orange Poppy Seed Cake

Jose, who runs my favorite taqueria, puts his heart into his work. It’s delightful to hear the passion in his voice when he talks about recipes, family dishes, and thoughtful ingredients. When he told me he’d been looking at my … Continue reading

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Buddha’s Hand Citron and Pistachio Pound Cake

Several years ago, my dad sent me this beautiful poem written by his longtime friend. I couldn’t wait to find the unusual fruit on which she’d written such heartfelt verses — to smell it, taste it, and transform it into … Continue reading

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Ginger Celery Cake

I was munching (and munching and munching) on a giant bag of homegrown celery when I started daydreaming of turning it into a cake. My green-thumbed friend had been so generous to share his harvest, and these stalks were beautifully … Continue reading

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Green Artichoke Cake

I started daydreaming of artichoke-laden desserts around the same time that I discovered Pablo Neruda’s fabulous poem Ode to the Artichoke: “…For the final act, we reveal its deliciousness, plucking it leaf by leaf, and devour the peaceable dough that … Continue reading

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Chocolate Teacakes with Raspberry and Lavender

Over time, I’ve found that lavender and chocolate can form a mouthwatering marriage, where the decadence of each is somehow mellowed and complemented at once. The depth of chocolate is met with unexpected earthy tones, often with crisp bits of … Continue reading

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Rustic Almond Apple Cake with sherry and rosemary

At a Spanish restaurant not long ago, the most delicious dessert (of the many I tried) was surprisingly simple: creamy vanilla ice cream with sherry poured over the top. The sherry was so fragrant, caramely and warming, I knew it … Continue reading

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Nutty Orange Poundcake Bites with Jack Cheese

My recent weeks have been jam-packed with budgets, hospitals, and notaries — and you know what? All this adulthood has me daydreaming of simpler times. Believe me, I don’t want to go backward, and I’m ever thankful for my life … Continue reading

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