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blackberry apple snacking cake

Blackberry Apple Snacking Cake

March 20

I acknowledge that this is the second loaf cake that I have posted here in less than a month. The last one, a pear and dark chocolate gem, is perfect as a special occasion treat. While it might look understated, it is a knockout filled with chunks of dark chocolate nestled in a brown butter cake batter. This blackberry apple cake, on the other hand, is for snacking. It’s amazing how two cakes that look so similar can be made up of such different ingredients. While I certainly love making indulgent desserts every once in a while, it’s way more essential for me to have somewhat healthy, homemade snacks that I can eat throughout the day. Every day between meals, I may eat some pickles, nuts, or squares of dark chocolate (sometimes all within the same snacking session). But, the best weeks are when I have prepared something like this blackberry apple snacking cake. It’s a perfect sweet treat that feels extra special and indulgent but that I know is actually made up of pretty great ingredients.

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pear and chocolate cake

Pear and Chocolate Cake

February 28

This past week, I got married. It was last minute and unceremonious but I wanted to mark the day with some cake. Many years ago, when my partner worked at a German bakery, he loved a pear and chocolate cake that they made. For someone who claims not to like cake, this is a big deal. So, when I saw this recipe on Smitten Kitchen (probably 5 years ago), I thought it looked very promising. I think at the time, I couldn’t make it right away because it is one of those recipes that really requires an electronic mixer, so I was patient, and came back to it after I finally got a handheld electric whisk. All of these years later, it’s one of the most delicious cakes that I have made. So, when I saw that I had some overripe pears, I knew immediately what cake I wanted to make.

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pistachio cardamom cake

Pistachio Cardamom Cake

August 30

Last weekend my friend and I cooked an Indian feast for 15 people. All I can say is: so much food. My friend was especially worried that we wouldn’t have enough to feed everyone, so on top of the coconut chai ice cream I made (basically just a frozen version of this with coconut milk instead of almond milk), I decided I would make some cardamom ginger brownies. On her way out the door though, she asked if I would make a pistachio cardamom cake with her one day. It’s one of her favourite treats. That sounded a lot more exciting to me than brownies so I quickly looked up a recipe, checked my pantry and got to work.

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blueberry and lemon cake

Blueberry and Lemon Cake

June 30

I have to admit, I get really stumped and slightly stressed when I have to make food for other people. Last week, we were going to a BBQ and other than knowing I wanted to make something sweet (I love sharing my sweet creations with other people so that the two of us don’t have to eat a whole cake, tray of cookies or tons of cupcakes in their entirety) I wasn’t sure what to pull together. I decided to go through the archives of some of my favourite blogs and landed on a blueberry and lemon cake from Green Kitchen Stories. Not only did it look delicious but I had tons of blueberries and lemon sitting around, so it was pretty much a perfect treat.

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