Unusual or Retro Cakes

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Scratch Neapolitan Layer Cake

by on August 26, 2014 · 16 comments

Neapolitan Cake From Scratch

I’ve been super busy so it took me a while to get around to it, but here’s the scratch version of Neapolitan Layer Cake. We loved it! The boxed cake mix version was good, but it was fun putting together this one with flour sugar and butter. For the chocolate layer, I used the most […]


Published on August 26, 2014
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Neapolitan Layer Cake

by on August 23, 2014 · 12 comments

Neapolitan Cake

To celebrate Fuzz’s 13th birthday, I made the famous “Neapolitan Cake” which has a layer of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.  Truth  be told, Fuzz wanted nothing to do with this cake because she can’t stand strawberry cake mix, but her friends thought it was neat.  I did too, but I like anything Neapolitan because I associate […]


Published on August 23, 2014
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Melted Ice Cream Bundt Cake

by on February 11, 2013 · 8 comments

Melted Ice Cream Cake

I’ve been going through all my Cake Mix Doctor books lately and admiring the genius of Anne Byrn. As much fun as it is to bake from scratch, the number of things that can be done with a simple box of cake mix is pretty impressive.   So this week, in my ongoing attempt to […]


Published on February 11, 2013
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Hidden Flag Cake

The last time Fuzz returned from camp, I welcomed her home with red, white and blue sugar cookies. This time I got a little fancy! Or tried to, at least. I didn’t think my attempt at the famous hidden flag cake would amount to much, but I’m feeling so proud of this cake that I […]


Published on June 30, 2012
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Homemade Tandy Cake Bars

by on March 26, 2011 · 25 comments

Tandy Cake

This recipe was recommended to me by Louise, who grew up in Tastykake country and had the opportunity to try its namesake, the Kandy Cake, a thick sponge cake topped with peanut butter and enrobed in milk chocolate. While the actual Tastykake Kandy Kake has quite a different shape, this homemade knock-off is supposed to […]


Published on March 26, 2011
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Checkerboard Cake

by on February 6, 2011 · 20 comments


Have you ever see one of those chocolate and yellow checkerboard cakes and though “Gee, I’d like to make one of those, but I don’t have the pan.”? Well, this weekend I learned you don’t really need the pan. You can make a checkerboard cake with a couple of decorating bags and a little patience.


Published on February 6, 2011
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Meringue Cradle Cake

by on April 22, 2010 · 30 comments

Pillsbury Bake-Off Book

Last year a reader found an old Bake-Off book at a tag sale and sent it to me knowing I’d use it. I do. And when I’m not cooking from it, I read it. The other day I was flipping through pages and found a recipe called “Meringue Cradle Cake” from 1953. It wasn’t one […]


Published on April 22, 2010
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Tiramisu Cake

by on May 12, 2009 · 7 comments


You know what they say about tiramisu, even when it’s bad – it’s good. Maybe that’s why it took me so long to try this cake, because why bake a tiramisu-themed cake when you can just buy ladyfingers and build a really excellent tiramisu? Because cake is fun, that’s why…and I should just do it. […]


Published on May 12, 2009