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Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet Cake New York Cheesecake Cupcake Recipes
Red Velvet Cake is very dramatic looking with its bright red color sharply contrasted by a creamy white frosting. more New York Style Cheesecakes are creamy, and smooth, and rich, and dense, and absolutely delicious. It has a graham cracker crust. more A delightful collection of Cupcakes, from Vanilla Cupcakes with a Buttercream Frosting to Chocolate Cupcakes with a Marshmallow Frosting. more
Simple Chocolate Cake Boston Cream Pie Carrot Cake
A chocolate layer cake that is so simple to make yet is wonderfully moist with a lovely chocolate flavor. We fill and frost it with a delicious chocolate fudge frosting. more Boston Cream Pie consists of either a white sponge cake that has been split in half and filled with pastry cream. A chocolate glaze is then poured over the top of the cake and allowed to drip down the sides. more This Carrot Cake is moist and flavorful with grated carrots and is covered with a delicious cream cheese frosting. more
Chocolate Chiffon Cake Black Forest Cake Cake Pops Recipe
Moist and chocolately this Chocolate Chiffon Cake is filled with a mocha cream and frosted with a rich and glossy chocolate glaze. more A Black Forest Cake is a delicious combination of chocolate cake, Kirsch soaked Morello cherries, and loads of whipped cream. more Cake Pops are cake crumbs mixed with frosting, formed into balls, and covered with a crisp outer shell of colorful candy coating. more
     
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Cakes began in ancient Egypt as round, flat, unleavened breads that were cooked on a hot stone. Their evolution from crude cakes to what we enjoy today was possible, over many centuries, through the introduction of new ingredients and technology. The Egyptian's discovery and subsequent skill at using natural yeast helped leaven those once flat cakes. When butter and eggs made their way into the cake dough, their consistency became the precursor for today's cakes.

Cake making continued to improve especially with the new ingredients such as chocolate and vanilla, and eventually sugar, that came to Europe with the discovery of the New World. 

By the 18th century cakes were beginning to be made without yeast. Some yeast risen cakes survived, such as the Alsatian Kugelhopf, but the new cakes got their lightness from beaten eggs. But not only did some recipes call for an astounding number of eggs (upwards of 30) but they required long hours of beating. Unfortunately, this went on until technology caught up with the invention of baking soda (1840s) followed closely by baking powder (1860s).The quality of baked goods would continue to improve over time as ingredients became more refined and of a consistent quality.  .......  Continued below

German Chocolate Cake

Pavlova

Vanilla Cake

This beautiful German Chocolate Cake has three moist layers of chocolate cake, with a sweet and gooey caramel frosting, laced with coconut and pecans. more This meringue cake, with its unusual soft sweet marshmallow center and crisp crust is produced by folding a little vinegar and cornstarch into stiffly beaten egg whites. more This Vanilla Cake has a sweet buttery flavor and a moist velvety texture. The buttercream frosting used to both fill and frost the cake has a sweet and buttery flavor with a light and fluffy texture. more

Angel Food Cake

Chocolate Mousse Cakes

Cream Puffs

Angel Food Cake has a sweet golden brown crust and a soft and spongy, snowy white interior. more Each individual Chocolate Mousse Cake takes a moist and dense flourless chocolate cake and tops it with a pretty swirl of creamy smooth chocolate mousse. Garnish with a bright red raspberry. more A favorite is these Cream Puffs, which consist of a hollow round of crisp choux pastry that is split in half, filled with a whipped cream, and dusted with powdered sugar. more

Orange Chiffon Cake

Chocolate Cake

Pound Cake

This Orange Chiffon Cake has the flavor of oranges with a wonderful light and spongy texture. It has a moist and tender crumb and that keeps the cake soft even when refrigerated. more This single layered chocolate cake has a moist and tender crumb with a rich and creamy chocolate Ganache frosting. more This Pound Cake is wonderfully rich and buttery with a lovely golden brown crust. more

Molten Chocolate Cakes

Tiramisu

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Molten Chocolate Cakes have a rich chocolate flavor with a pudding-like center that is dense and moist. Delicious hot or cold. more Tiramisu is made by layering ladyfingers, that have been soaked in espresso and spirits, with a rich custard. more A Pineapple Upside Down Cake consists of lovely caramelized slices of pineapple and a buttery white cake. more

Coffee Cake

Banana Cake

Coconut Cake

This Coffee Cake is rich and buttery with a soft and moist texture. The crumb topping and filling is a delicious mixture of toasted nuts, chocolate chips, ground cinnamon and brown sugar. more This Banana Cake is tender and moist with the sweet flavor of bananas. It is frosted with creamy smooth Chocolate Fudge Frosting. more This cake consists of layers of moist coconut-flavored butter cake that are filled with a tangy lemon curd and then the entire cake is frosted with a smooth and shiny 7-Minute Frosting and sweetened coconut. more

Whipped Cream Frosting

Strawberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Banana Cake

This recipe makes the perfect whipped cream frosting that will keep in the refrigerator several hours without separating. more This delicious New York style cheesecake has a graham cracker crust with a top layer of strawberry sauce set with gelatin. more This Chocolate Banana Cake is moist and flavorful with sweet mashed bananas and chocolate. It is frosted with a delicious Ganache made with cream and dark  chocolate. more

American Sponge Cake

Marble Cake

Lemon Frosted Lemon Cake

This American Sponge Cake has a sweet and lemony flavor and while its texture is moist, it is also wonderfully light and spongy. It does not contain solid fat. This cake can be eaten plain, or with whipped cream and fresh fruit. more This pretty butter cake is a combination of white and chocolate batter that are swirled together just before baking to give that wonderful marbled affect. more A simple pound-like cake that has a wonderful citrus flavor that comes from adding both lemon zest and juice to the batter. A lemon glaze finishes this cake off nicely. more

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Strawberry Shortcake

Individual Cheesecakes

Pumpkin Cheesecake combines two American favorites; New York style cheesecake and pumpkin pie. It is the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving. more Strawberry Shortcake is composed of a scone or biscuit that is cut in half and filled with whipped cream and lightly sweetened strawberries. more Individual Cheesecakes are miniature New York cheesecakes. They have a creamy smooth texture and a wonderfully rich flavor. more

Chocolate Torte

Chocolate Sponge Cake

Ganache

Chocolate Torte with its broken and cracked surface has a rich and chocolately flavored, with an almost pudding-like texture. more This is a deliciously moist chocolate sponge cake that melts in your mouth. Can be filled with plain, chocolate, or raspberry whipped cream. more Ganache is a French term referring to a smooth mixture of chopped chocolate and heavy cream. more

Chocolate Butter Cake

No Bake Cheesecake

Yellow Butter Cake

This beautiful Chocolate Butter Cake has two layers of moist and tender chocolate butter cake sandwiched together and frosted with a delicious chocolate frosting. more A No Bake Cheesecake combines a graham cracker crust with a light and creamy no-bake cheesecake filling. The finishing touch is a sweet cherry topping. more This Yellow Butter Cake has two moist and buttery cake layers that are filled and frosted with a delicious chocolate frosting. more

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

White Butter Cake

Berry Shortcake

This Cream Cheese Pound Cake has a wonderful rich and buttery flavor, moist texture, and a golden brown crust that is both sweet and crisp. more This White Butter Cake has a sweet and buttery flavor and a light and fluffy texture. A layer of jam is placed between the cake layers and it is also filled and frosted with  a delicious cream cheese frosting. more Berry Shortcake is composed of a large scone that is cut in half horizontally and filled with whipped cream and lightly sweetened berries. more

Gingerbread Cake

Hummingbird Cake

Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

This moist and buttery Gingerbread Cake is flavored with ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves and molasses. It can be eaten plain or covered in a lemony frosting. more This Hummingbird Cake is moist and flavorful with chopped pecans, crushed pineapple, and mashed bananas. It is frosted with a delicious cream cheese frosting. more A Chocolate Hazelnut Torte has a rich chocolate flavor, and a soft, moist, almost pudding-like texture. It is similar to a Chocolate Torte only ground hazelnuts are added to the batter. more

Chocolate Marble Bread

Chocolate Meringue Cake

Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate Marble Bread has lovely swirls of chocolate and vanilla scented batters so we can enjoy a chocolate and a vanilla cake at the same time. more This Chocolate Meringue Cake is very impressive looking with its two layers of sponge cake and meringue sandwiched together with whipped cream and crushed raspberries. more A Chocolate Cheesecake is a real showstopper that combines three delicious layers of chocolate. more

Blueberry Buckle

Apple Streusel Cake

Ricotta Cheesecake with Cran-Raspberry Sauce

A Blueberry Buckle has soft and sweet blueberries that are sandwiched between a layer of white cake and a cinnamon flavored streusel. more This Apple Streusel Cake is a delicious combination of butter cake, sliced apples, and a cinnamon flavored streusel. more Ricotta and cream cheese are used in this cheesecake which makes it both light and fluffy and smooth and creamy. Lovely with a cranberry-raspberry sauce. more

Chocolate Pavlova

Paris Brest

Chocolate Genoise

A Chocolate Pavlova is similar to a regular Pavlova only it has cocoa powder and chunks of semi sweet chocolate. This gives it a wonderful chocolate flavor and color. Lovely served with whipped cream and fresh raspberries. more Paris Brest is a dessert consisting of a large baked ring of choux pastry that is cut in half and filled with softly whipped cream. The ring shape of the pastry is meant to resemble a bicycle wheel. more This Chocolate Genoise gets its chocolate flavor from cocoa powder and it also contains melted butter which produces a tender and flavorful sponge cake. more

Ricotta Cheesecake

Buttermilk Fruit Cake

Profiteroles

This Ricotta Cheesecake uses both ricotta cheese and cream cheese to produce a cheesecake that is creamy smooth yet wonderfully light and fluffy. more Buttermilk Fruit Cake is wonderfully moist and buttery and it is loaded with aromatic spices, dates, raisins, and currants. more Sweet Profiteroles are delicious. This dessert takes small, crisp, hollow rounds of choux pastry and fills them with ice cream and drizzles a warm chocolate sauce over the top. more

Blackberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pumpkin Roll

This delicious Blackberry Coffee Cake has a thin layer of white butter cake, a delicious layer of cream cheese filling, fresh blackberries, and a layer of crunchy streusel. Absolutely delicious. more What sets this moist and flavorful pumpkin spice cake apart is its wonderful maple-flavored cream cheese frosting. more This lovely Pumpkin Roll consists of sweet and moist pumpkin sponge roll wrapped around a tangy cream cheese filling. more

Pumpkin Cake

Lemon-Cranberry Pound Cake

Strawberry Charlotte

I particularly enjoy this honey colored Pumpkin Cake with its shiny chocolate glaze. This cake is full of flavor and keeps fresh for days, thanks to the pumpkin puree and oil. more This Lemon Cranberry Pound Cake has a rich and buttery lemon flavor and is stubbed with lemon and brandy-laced dried cranberries. The finishing touch is a lemon glaze. more A Strawberry Charlotte takes fresh strawberries, cuts them in half. and places them on top of a sponge cake. A lovely strawberry cream filling completes this cake. more

Cherry Cake

Almond Sponge Roll Lemon Cheesecakes
This Cherry Cake has a lovely golden brown crust and some of the fresh sweet cherries are folded into the batter and some are placed on top to give it a wonderful polka dot design. more This Almond Sponge Roll has a pinwheel design, with a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture. I love this cake's subtle almond flavor which goes beautifully with raspberry flavored whipped cream. more Each individual Lemon Cheesecake has a New York style cheesecake filling that is set in a graham cracker crust and topped with a layer of lemon curd. more
Linzer Torte Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake Chocolate Pound Cake
Linzertorte originated in Linz, Austria and is very distinctive looking with its beautiful golden brown crust, filled with ruby red preserves peeking through the pretty lattice design. more Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake combines two favorites, a New York Style Cheesecake and ruby red cranberry sauce. more A Chocolate Pound Cake is moist and buttery with just the right amount of chocolate flavor. This is one cake that does not need a frosting. more
Clementine Torte Plum Coffee Cake Cranberry Upside Down Cake
This Clementine Torte contains whole cooked Clementines, peel and all. It is dense and moist, flavored with the oranges, ground almonds, eggs, and sugar. No butter or oil is needed. more This moist almond flavored Plum Coffee Cake is topped with Italian Prune Plums that after baking become soft with lovely caramelized edges. more A Cranberry Upside Down Cake consists of lovely caramelized ruby red cranberries and a buttery white cake. more
Royal Icing No Bake Chocolate Cake Chocolate Almond Torte
Royal Icing is a pure white icing that dries to a smooth, hard, matte finish. Besides its lovely finish it also colors beautifully and it is used as a frosting for cakes and cookies and also for intricate piping of decorations. more This wonderful chocolate cake is like making your own chocolate bar. Besides its wonderful taste, this recipe is appealing because there is no baking involved and it contains only four ingredients; chocolate, butter, nuts, and digestive biscuits. more Ground almonds are used instead of flour, which adds a subtle almond flavor to this dense and moist Chocolate Almond Torte that has an intense chocolate flavor. more
Light Fruit Cake Lamingtons Meringue Cake
A delicious Fruit Cake with a delicate almond flavor that is full of candied and dried fruit.. more Lamingtons are very popular in Australia and consist of a small square of white cake that is dipped in a sweet chocolate frosting and then rolled in coconut. more This cake has two layers, with each layer having a golden brown meringue baked directly on top of a yellow butter cake. Once baked and cooled the two layers are sandwiched together with whipped cream and fresh strawberries more
Fruit Cake Easy Fruit Cake Panforte (Italian Christmas Cake)
Fruit cake is the traditional British Christmas Cake that is full of fruit and nuts, laced with alcohol (usually brandy), and sometimes covered with marzipan and royal icing. more This Easy (Boiled) Fruit Cake is a much simpler version of the traditional British fruit cake. It contains all the necessary ingredients, like candied and dried fruits, yet it is so very easy to make. more Bite into a slice of Panforte and you may be surprised to find how chewy it is. This chewy texture comes from mixing the fruit, nuts, spices, and flour with a boiled syrup made from sugar and honey. more
Apple Cake Mincemeat Cake Blueberry Coffee Cake
An Apple Cake is the perfect Fall dessert, with its chunks of apples and pecans, along with plump and juicy raisins, all wrapped in a cinnamon-laced batter. more This is a moist and flavorful fruit cake that is studded with chunks of sweet almond flavored marzipan. more This Blueberry Cake is bursting with soft and sweet blueberries that are sandwiched between a layer of white cake and a cinnamon flavored streusel. more

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Sponge Cake Profiteroles
I love this Angel Food Cake's lovely chocolate brown color and its uneven and ragged appearance. It has an airy lightness and a subtle chocolate flavor. more This Sponge Cake (Jelly Roll) has a beautiful pinwheel design and is filled with a delicious raspberry flavored cream. more. Sweet Profiteroles are delicious. It takes crisp, hollow rounds of choux pastry and fills them with ice cream and drizzles a warm chocolate sauce over the top. more
   
  Chocolate Eclairs  
  A delectable French pastry that  fills a crisp hollow of choux pastry with pastry cream and then dips the top in a chocolate glaze. more  

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Many centuries would pass from the baking of a cake on a hot stone to baking in a hot electric/gas oven. One step along the way to the modern oven was the placement of an oven (box) inside the fireplace that sometimes had a door. Obviously it was quite an art to control the temperature and items were placed in the oven according to their baking times. Even the early replicas of modern ovens we have today did not have temperature controls. Some women as late as the early 1900s were still measuring an oven's temperature by sticking a piece of paper into the oven and waiting to see how long it took to brown. Or worse yet, they stuck their hand in the hot oven judging the temperature by how long they could leave their hand in the oven.  

The lines between a bread and a cake were once almost indistinguishable. The main difference was their shape and that cakes had a sweetener, usually honey. But over time their differences grew to the point where bread remains a staple food and cakes are now considered desserts .........More on Cake Making

 
 
     
 

 

 

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1. Red Velvet Cake

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4. Cake Pops

5. Vanilla Cupcakes

6. Peanut Butter Balls

7. New York Cheesecake

8. American Sponge Cake

9. Brownies

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13. Pound Cake 14. Chocolate Cupcakes 15. French Macarons
16. Cinnamon Rolls 17. Carrot Cake 18. Chocolate Chip Cookies 19. Pancakes 20. Oatmeal Cookies
21. Orange Chiffon Cake 22. Whipped Cream Frosting 23. Biscuits 24. Apple Pie 25. M&M Cookies
26. Fruit Tart 27. Cake Doughnuts 28. Sugar Cookies 29. Cream Puffs 30. Homemade Doughnuts 
31. Chocolate Cake 32. Pavlova 33. No Bake Cheesecake 34. Molten Chocolate Cakes 35. Meringue Cookies
36. Chocolate Chiffon Cake 37. Chocolate Banana Cake 38. Lemon Curd 39. Cheesecakes (Individual) 40. Ganache
   
 
   
 

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