It's hard for some (i.e., me) to believe, but not everyone loves a great piece of pie — especially the littlest diners at the table. If any members of your family are on that list, consider spicing up this Thanksgiving's sweet selections by going for a nontraditional dessert: cake! From individual-size cake pops and cupcakes to large cakes featuring the holiday's favorite flavors, these nine cakey goodies might just become your family's new Thanksgiving favorites. Keep clicking to find a cake that just might make you say goodbye to pie this Turkey Day!
When I saw this recipe for a no-bake cheesecake, I immediately went to the store to purchase the necessary ingredients. The technique is simple, and this stunning dessert comes together quite quickly. There are no eggs involved, so if you dislike custardy cheesecake, definitely give this variation a try.
Make it the night before you plan on serving, because like any cheesecake it needs time to chill and set. It's an equally fabulous finish to a child's Halloween party or a grown-up ghoulish dinner. Get the spooky-sweet recipe.
The next time you're in charge of the cake, ditch the candles or icing tips and embellish it yourself using either flowers, citrus, or candy. In this episode of Picture Perfect Food, we're showing you three easy ways to take the celebratory dessert from canvas to masterpiece — and they're all so easy that you'll be left wondering, "Why didn't I ever think of that before?" The end result is such elegant simplicity that no one will guess your cake came from the market just around the corner.
I'm always reminded of the change in the seasons with the arrival of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown tonight. It seems to straddle the end of Summer and the beginning of Fall. For Jews around the world, it's a time to come together with family, contemplate the past year, and hope for good deeds in the months ahead.
Rosh Hashanah's food customs echo these sentiments. One ingredient that plays a recurring role is honey, which symbolizes sweetness for the new year. As a child, I remember counting on apples and honey, but honeyed cake is an equally traditional and more gratifying end to a meal. It's not too sweet, has a gingerbread quality, and would be the perfect finish (or start) to the day, whether or not you're observing the holiday. See the recipe when you read more
If you've ever wondered how the pros turn out perfectly polished layer cakes, then this video's for you. Cake expert Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes shared with us his secrets for decorating a gorgeous, modern cake at home, including tips on how to create a level cake, ice a crumb layer, and even how to work with fondant.
Want more Duff? Find out what he'll be demoing at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, this Sunday, Aug. 25.
Birthday cake options just got cuter! Yes, we love those traditional, showstopping birthday cakes, along with sweet cupcakes and oh-so-fun cake pops, but lately we've been noticing a new trend in the birthday cake scene: the mini cake. Whether you decide to dress up your dessert table with multiple smaller cakes, make a pint-size cake just for the birthday boy or girl (who might or might not smash it!), or offer each guest a single-sized cake, you'll be sure to impress with these adorable and delicious treats. Keep clicking to get some mini cake inspiration!
We've got a partnership with the recipe, equipment, and product-testing gurus at America's Test Kitchen. They'll be sharing some of their time-tested recipes and technical expertise with us. This week, blow you friends and family away by taking note of few insider cake-decorating tips.
What takes a perfectly frosted cake from every-day to special-occasion? A professional cake decorator might pipe intricate flowers and borders using a pastry bag and tip, but oftentimes less is more when it comes to decorating something homemade. Ahead are some easy techniques for decorating cakes that don’t require special equipment or professional experience. All you need are some simple, readily available ingredients and a few tricks up your sleeve — and you'll effortlessly turn out a special cake for family and friends.
With the Fourth of July on the horizon, there's no dessert more patriotic to make than a classic flag cake. This treat is easier to prepare than you think, and it's the perfect way to show your stars and stripes. Watch the video to learn how it's done, then print the recipe after the break.
Red, white, and blue cakes can be colossal without being food-colored: this festive Fourth of July cake is composed of three towering layers of fluffy white cake, a whipped cream filling studded with raspberries and blueberries, and a cream cheese frosting.
Beginners, listen up: if you've never attempted to make and ice a layer cake before, this is a great starter recipe, because the cake doesn't crumb as you ice it, which is half the battle. Do note, however, that while this recipe isn't complicated, it does have several steps and might take at least half a day to bake and assemble.
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We've got a partnership with the recipe, equipment, and product testing gurus at America's Test Kitchen. They'll be sharing some of their time-tested recipes and technical expertise with us weekly. Ready to take a campfire treat to the next level? Learn the secrets to creating a s'mores-inspired ice cream cake.
No campfire handy? Not to worry. We’ve translated the summertime thrill of hot, gooey s’mores into a satisfying chocolate ice cream cake—complete with toasted marshmallows.
To translate hot, gooey s’mores into an ice cream cake, we started with a graham cracker crust. A layer of fudge, along with plenty of chocolate ice cream, makes up the chocolate portion. Sweet marshmallow crème forms another layer of the cake, but it wouldn’t be s’mores without toasted marshmallows, and a quick turn under the broiler makes this possible. A ring of graham crackers around the outside is the final touch on this playful Summertime dessert.
Keep reading for the s'mores ice cream cake recipe.