Week 23: Applesauce Cake with Salted Caramel Glaze

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It’s been a while since I made a birthday cake for anyone (if we aren’t counting my own 😉 ) and this week I was so excited to make a cake for one of my close friends. Her parents came into town all the way from Italy to make a huge Italian b-day brunch spread and I wanted to bring a cake to the party to end on a sweet note.

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Week 14: Lemony Hazelnut Cake with Seasonal Fruit & Cardamom

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Several months ago, I purchased an outrageously expensive jar of cardamom spice to make Cardamom Currant Snickerdoodles made popular by Food52. If you’ve never made these cookies, make them! And if you’ve never heard of Food52, take a few minutes to check them out.

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Week 13: My Recipe for Coconut-Banana Cake

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Anyone who’s anyone that shops at Trader Joe’s knows their bananas are the best deal in town. At 19 cents a pop they’re hard to beat. Throw them in you smoothies, pack them as a mid-afternoon snack, sprinkle them over a little peanut butter toast–you can’t go wrong. However, you can go wrong when you leave them on your counter uneaten all week. And since you’re anyone who’s anyone, you know that Trader Joe’s produce isn’t one to wait around for you to eat it. Don’t even get me started on how fast their conventional sweet potatoes last!

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Week 12: Vegan Chocolate Cake

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I double checked the astrology charts to make sure mercury wasn’t in retrograde. Maybe it has to do with the change of the seasons, but I suddenly and unexpectedly found myself craving chocolate cake. While I usually go for light fruitier flavors with a nut flour based recipe, I could not get the thought of biting into a luscious slice of chocolate cake out of my head.

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But why vegan?

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Week 10: Pistachio Cake with Honey Apples

I’ve had boxed cake in the back of my mind for a while now. Before you start to question my cake-baking scruples, I want to point out that nowhere in the Sweet Sweet Love parameters does it state that I cannot phone a friend, aka dial up my girl Betty Crocker.

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If there was ever a week to make a box cake, this would have been it. I traveled to Michigan over the weekend and was welcomed back to Chicago with back to back booked weeknights. Not ideal for baking a cake, letting it cool and eagerly waiting for the perfect Saturday morning light to snap a few pictures. however, I didn’t want to give into cake mix just yet!

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