Buttery Vanilla Bundt Cake

This post is sponsored by Nordic Ware, a valued partner of The Vanilla Bean Blog. We’re also hosting a giveaway together on my Instagram channel for a $250 shopping spree to Nordicware.com, a copy of my new cookbook, Baking for the Holidays, and …

vanilla bundt cake sliced, on parchment

This post is sponsored by Nordic Ware, a valued partner of The Vanilla Bean Blog. We’re also hosting a giveaway together on my Instagram channel for a $250 shopping spree to Nordicware.com, a copy of my new cookbook, Baking for the Holidays, and a Nordic Ware anniversary braided Bundt pan. Restrictions due apply. This Bundt cake is a wonderful recipe from Baking for the Holidays, my third cookbook that was just released. I’ve been making Bundt cakes since I started my baking career 20+ years ago, and this particular cake evolved from a variety of sources, including bakeries I worked in and decades of making Bundt cakes in my own kitchen. This is why you’ll find it titled the “Everything Bundt Cake” in my cookbook, as it has a bit of everything in terms of flavor profile and techniques from all of the recipes I worked with. Sour cream adds a slight tang here, and a little canola oil keeps the cake moist over several days. I prefer this cake on the second and third days; the flavor develops and the crumb is tender and perfectly buttery. The cake is lovely on its own, with a simple powdered sugar dusting […]

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Classic French Apple Cake

Classic French Apple Cake
This easy French Apple Cake is packed with apples, has a dense, creamy base, and a cake-like top layer. A simple recipe perfect for company!
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Classic French Apple Cake

This easy French Apple Cake is packed with apples, has a dense, creamy base, and a cake-like top layer. A simple recipe perfect for company!

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Streusel Coffee Cake

In just a few days, my 3rd cookbook, Baking for the Holidays, will be available to purchase! This book is a collection of 50+ holiday-inspired sweets and treats, including recipes for morning pastries and buns (my cinnamon rolls are there with lots of …

streusel coffee cake in a cake pan

In just a few days, my 3rd cookbook, Baking for the Holidays, will be available to purchase! This book is a collection of 50+ holiday-inspired sweets and treats, including recipes for morning pastries and buns (my cinnamon rolls are there with lots of variations, plus many more yeasted treats), holiday desserts, recipes that make great gifts, and a whole chapter on “Beyond Christmas,” for those long, cold months of the New Year (always winter, never Christmas). And even though it is only a few days into September, I can’t wait for you to bake from this one and start making traditions of your own. My hope for all who use this book is that the recipes and notes contained among the pages bring comfort and cheer to your own festivities and families, however they are shaped and chosen. Writing a Cookbook During a Pandemic This book was written, photographed, and edited in my home from May 2019 – March 2021. I started the book with my usual book-writing schedule in mind, but of course, March 2020 had other plans, and I found my husband and children home with me for the next year and half, working and schooling alongside me […]

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20 Best Vegan Baking Recipes

A selection of the 20 best vegan baking recipes. From English classics like flapjacks and sticky toffee pudding to fancy delights like molten chocolate cakes and rhubarb tart. The recipes below are all made without animal products so they’re dair…

A selection of the 20 best vegan baking recipes. From English classics like flapjacks and sticky toffee pudding to fancy delights like molten chocolate cakes and rhubarb tart. The recipes below are all made without animal products so they’re dairy-free and eggless, or have simple vegan alternatives in the recipe to make them so. 1. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies 2. Vegan Molten Chocolate Cakes 3. Vegan Flapjacks 4. Vegan Self-Raising Flour Banana Bread 5. Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding for 2 6. Vegan Chocolate Yule Log 7. Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Muffins 8. Vegan Pecan Pie 9. Vegan Simple Rhubarb Tart 10. Vegan Brownies with Maple Caramel 11. Vegan Chocolate Fridge Cake 12. Vegan Sourdough Hot Cross Buns 13. Vegan Rhubarb & Almond Cake 14. Vegan Apple-Cardamom Chelsea Buns 15. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pots 16. Vegan Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzels 17. Vegan Graham Crackers 18. Sourdough Focaccia 19. Vegan Sweet Potato Breakfast Bread 20. Vegan Marble Cake

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(Almost) No-Bake Cheesecake with Jam Swirl

I’ve found this almost no-bake cheesecake to be a great substitute for the real deal, especially during the hot summer months when I want to keep my oven use at a minimum. The secret to no-bake cheesecake is using a combination of cream cheese an…

no bake cheesecake with jam swirl, sitting on marble

I’ve found this almost no-bake cheesecake to be a great substitute for the real deal, especially during the hot summer months when I want to keep my oven use at a minimum. The secret to no-bake cheesecake is using a combination of cream cheese and heavy cream, or Icelandic skyr, to get the filling to set without using an oven! The graham cracker crust only needs to bake a few minutes, just to ensure it’s crisp, and the filling easily sets in the refrigerator. The swirls of raspberry jam add a bit of fruity tartness to the cheesecake that I find delicious, but you could leave it out and top it instead with Chocolate Ganache. More Cheesecake Recipes: White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Vanilla Cheesecake Cookies Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

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The BEST Tiramisu Recipe

The BEST Tiramisu Recipe
The BEST tiramisu recipe! Layers of mascarpone custard, espresso and Kahlua-soaked ladyfingers, and cocoa powder make up this traditional Italian dessert.
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The BEST Tiramisu Recipe

The BEST tiramisu recipe! Layers of mascarpone custard, espresso and Kahlua-soaked ladyfingers, and cocoa powder make up this traditional Italian dessert.

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Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie is one of my favorite desserts of all time. It was one of the options in the cafeteria line at my elementary school and the one I always grabbed and put on my tray, next to my codfish sticks, boiled potatoes with parsley, and butter sandwiches on dense Pepperidge Farm-style white bread, which they served in half-portions, each rectangle slipped into a…

Boston Cream Pie is one of my favorite desserts of all time. It was one of the options in the cafeteria line at my elementary school and the one I always grabbed and put on my tray, next to my codfish sticks, boiled potatoes with parsley, and butter sandwiches on dense Pepperidge Farm-style white bread, which they served in half-portions, each rectangle slipped into a brown waxed bag. (The other option was peanut butter.)

I still remember finishing lunch and diving in with my fork to that wedge of golden sponge cake filled with rich, vanilla custard. In a world that seems hopelessly in favor of milk chocolate (which I’ve come to appreciate), there was a deep-dark chocolate glaze on top, which may have been my first taste of bittersweet chocolate. And one I never forgot.

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Best-Ever Chocolate Cake Recipe

Best-Ever Chocolate Cake Recipe
This triple-layer chocolate cake from scratch is easy to make and turns out moist every single time. It’s the only chocolate cake recipe you’ll ever need!
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A chocolate cake on a white cake stand with slices removed to see the layers of the cake.

Best-Ever Chocolate Cake Recipe

This triple-layer chocolate cake from scratch is easy to make and turns out moist every single time. It's the only chocolate cake recipe you'll ever need!

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How to Make Cake Pops

How to Make Cake Pops
These Cake Pops are made completely from scratch, using homemade cake and homemade frosting. Included are tips for assembling the perfect cake pops!
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How to Make Cake Pops

These Cake Pops are made completely from scratch, using homemade cake and homemade frosting. Included are tips for assembling the perfect cake pops!

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