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Vanilla Cloud Cake

My devotion to chocolate is generally absolute, but last week I was in the mood to bake something a little lighter, a little wintry-looking, and something very, very vanilla.  This angel food-style cake was a slam-dunk winner on several fronts: … Continue reading

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Blueberry Coffee Cake

As the product of a sound Catholic school education (plaid kilts from kindergarten to 12th grade), I’m an inveterate rule follower. I make full and complete stops at all stop signs. I return my library books on time. I find … Continue reading

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Lemon Yogurt Poundcake

I’ve been coming back to this recipe every spring and summer (over and over again for half a decade) and though many, many praises have already been sung for Ina Garten’s lovely, versatile tea cake, I’d be remiss if I … Continue reading

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Chocolate Glazed Bundt Cake

Let’s say you don’t have much patience for scratch cake recipes that end up dry, or boring, or gummy. Let’s say you’re ringing in the New Year in the country, with a postcard-lovely but unfamiliar kitchen without a stand mixer. … Continue reading

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Panforte di Siena

Panforte di Siena is a specialty of that Tuscan town, a chewy-gooey confection that tastes like Christmas even if you’ve never set foot in Italy: sweet spices and honey, candied citrus, dried fruits, almonds and hazelnuts. On the books as … Continue reading

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Plum Walnut Cake

This is a quiet little cake, a simple one-layer affair with a buttery, coarse-grained crumb from almond meal and walnuts, moistened with tart-sweet plums. It comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Kitchen Diaries, a year-in-the-life chronicle of an affable … Continue reading

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Birthday Cake

Happy birthday, little blog: Scarpetta Dolcetto turns one year old today! I’ve been on something of a birthday roll this week (yours truly turned 29 again on Monday): dinner out with family, celebratory mint juleps one night and one of … Continue reading

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Gingerbread

We are in full Christmas swing, friends. The tree is trimmed, the halls are decked, I’ve had about three gallons of seasonal lattes, I’ve already indulged in a little wassailing (hello, amaretto) and my “Hot Toddy Holiday Mix” is steady … Continue reading

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Apple Spice Cake

I have the nicest neighbors here in San Francisco. (Think city folk are all surly, suspicious types who hack out lonely existences in an over-stimulated sea of crime and cruel anonymity? Just not the case, in my experience.) These are … Continue reading

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Hummingbird Cake

I grew up in a suburb outside of Washington, D.C., just south of the Mason-Dixon line with a Mid-Atlantic lean towards the North. (President Kennedy once slyly remarked that Washington is a town of “Northern charm and Southern efficiency.”) It’s … Continue reading

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