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Although I love all types of baking, cakes are my specialty. For 10 years, I owned an operated an award winning custom cake business. I have baked, literally, thousands of cakes throughout my career.

I test and retest every one of these recipes until I am proud to share it with you.

Dutch-Indonesian Spekkoek (Spice cake)

Spekkoek is a Dutch Indonesian spice cake sometimes called Thousand Layer Cake in English. The cake is rich with butter and eggs and it’s flavored with an intoxicating mix of spices. The name for this cake is Spekkoek in Dutch and Spekuk in Indonesian. The recipe was created during Dutch East Indian colonial times. The …

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French Financiers

Financiers are perfect little French cakes made with almond flour, browned butter and vanilla. The cakes are rich, flavorful and very, very satisfying. Here is yet another traditional French pastry recipe that I just adore. Like Sablé cookies and Madeleines, this recipe requires just a few basic ingredients and no special technique. The batter comes …

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Sourdough Chocolate Cake

Sourdough Chocolate Cake is moist, super-dark and slightly tangy. Top it with buttercream, whipped cream or just a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Everyone loves a moist and tender chocolate cake. You know what helps make a cake super tender and moist? Sourdough discard! This isn’t a “fancy” chocolate cake with layers and special fillings. This …

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