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Cakes + Tortes

Ever wonder why we love cake so much? Maybe it’s because it’s just like Mom used to make, or it reminds us of our favorite childhood birthday party. Whatever the hold is that cake has over us, we’ve got you covered. Here you’ll find plenty of tried and true vintage recipes plus creative and modern specialties for any occasion, all tested to perfection so you don’t have to.


delicious sliced banana nut bread on a cutting board

Easy and Moist Pistachio-Pecan Banana Nut Bread

Piistachio-pecan banana bread is full of crunchy toasted pecans and topped with freeze-dried Sicilian pistachios to add a delicious nutty surprise to our all-time favorite classic banana bread recipe. For those of you who have already made this (super moist) banana bread you know that adding nuts could only ever […]

a fully baked beautiful Easter egg covered colorful Colomba

Strawberry and Apricot White Chocolate Colomba (Sweet Italian Easter Dove Bread)

For those of you already familiar with our favorite Italian Easter Colomba recipe, you’ll notice that this version is a little more fantastical. This sweet slow-risen yeasted dough gets filled with homemade candied apricots and strawberries, Belgian white chocolate chips, and a few nonpareil candy sprinkles.  I opted to top […]

sliced strawberry banana bread cake sliced

Best Ever Strawberry Banana Bread Cake

Sweet summer strawberries are a perfect match when paired with our favorite classic banana bread recipe.  For those of you who have already made this easy and super moist banana bread recipe, you know that adding strawberries could only ever be a good thing. This strawberry banana recipe couldn’t be […]

a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and one slice removed with freeze-dried pistachios sprinkled on top

Incredibly Moist Carrot Cake (best carrot cake recipe ever)

Carrot cake lovers hold on to your hats. This is a seriously tender, moist, and balanced carrot cake made 100% from scratch — perfectly spiced, with the warm toasted crunch of walnuts (or pecans) in delicious harmony with a tangy cream cheese frosting (that has an extra vanilla bean kick). […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chestnut Graham Cracker Crust

This delicious pumpkin cheesecake recipe is filled with pumpkin purée, cream cheese, pumpkin spice, and vanilla with a middle layer of roasted chestnut graham cracker crust cutting right through the middle. This cheesecake has even garnered affection from someone who claimed they “don’t like pumpkin-anything” (they asked for seconds♡).  How to Make […]

top down view stacked mini vanilla bean cheesecakes

Easy Classic Cheesecake w/Biscoff Cookie Crust (with Mini Cheesecake Option)

This creamy fluffy vanilla bean cheesecake recipe is so delicious and easy anyone can make it! In fact, this is the perfect beginner’s cheesecake recipe. It was a favorite we used for my adult and kid’s cheesecake baking classes in China. Even better, this is a no-water bath-required cheesecake. To make […]

Baked swirled Double Biscoff Cheesecake lying on a cutting board

Easy Double Biscoff Cheesecake

This creamy fluffy vanilla bean Biscoff cheesecake recipe would be great on its own, but since we LOVE Lotus Biscoff everything around here, I created an easy cheesecake recipe that packs in as much caramel Biscoff cookie flavor as possible. This is a no-water-bath-needed cheesecake recipe and it’sa perfect make-ahead-and-freeze […]

a bite of cheesecake in a small spoon and drizzled with strawberry sauce and a biscoff crust with the rest of the cheesecake in an individual terra cotta ramekin typically used for creme cramel

White Chocolate Creme Brûlée Cheesecake w/Biscoff Cookie Crust

Creamy white chocolate vanilla bean filling with a Biscoff Lotus cookie crust gets brûléed to crunchy crackly perfection and served with fruity strawberry coulis in one of our all-time favorite cheesecakes (ever).  The secret to this easy cheesecake’s smooth texture and flavor is the addition of Callebaut white chocolate and […]

slice of an amber colored white chocolate caramel cheesecake with Oreo cookie crust drizzled with a beautiful homemade red mixed berry sauce with a view of bright fluorescent green mini cypress trees in the immediate background

White Chocolate Salted Caramel Cheesecake With Oreo Cookie Crust

This salted caramel cheesecake recipe has it all — a super creamy tangy combination of mascarpone cheese and cream cheese flecked with vanilla bean and infused with homemade (white chocolate) salted caramel and baked into an Oreo cookie crust.   Without a doubt, this is a restaurant-quality cheesecake. It’s one of […]

a whole cheesecake topped with cute fat ghost meringues

Spooky White Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake w/Ghostbuster Meringues

Boo! If you’re looking for a Halloween Cheesecake dessert that both kiddos and adults will love, this silky smooth white chocolate caramel cheesecake will do the trick. This fall cheesecake recipe is a treat for the whole family. Ample chocolate Oreo cookie crust is filled with a homemade white chocolate-caramel […]

a slice of Apple rum cake with a golden crunchy pecan topping next to another slice on a sheet of white parchment paper in the sunlight

Easy Apple Rum Cake with Pecan Crunch

Cinnamon and apples have always made sense, but adding a little rum, vanilla bean, and a buttery pecan-crunch topping adds a whole new dimension to this apple-licious dessert. This homemade apple cake recipe is bakery-level good and almost as easy as a boxed mix. It’s incredibly moist and full of […]

a stack of three brownies on top of each other with a layer of golden brown cornflake crunch on the top of each one

Super Fudge Biscoff Brownies w/Cornflake Crunch

This is pure brownie dessert heaven. It might even be our favorite brownie recipe of all time. It starts with my Better Than the Best Chocolate Fudgy Brownie batter that’s dotted with creamy Biscoff cookie spread and 70% dark chocolate chunks. Finally, it’s layered inside and topped with a Momofuku […]

closeup of a single devil's food cake cupcake next to the others frosted with a thin layer of glistening dark chocolate ganache frosting with pink, turquoise, lilac and orange jimmies and green balls with a few nonpareil sprinkles

Super Moist Devil’s Food Cupcakes (w/Chocolate Ganache Frosting)

This signature Devil’s Food Cupcake recipe is easy to pull together and consistently makes the most tender (super) chocolatey crumb. It looks like it came from a box and is almost as simple to pull together, but is 100% scratch-made and tastes every bit like Grandma used to make. It’s one […]

a beautifully almond covered crackly glazed top with white sugar logs (known as candita) on top

How to Make Italian Easter Bread From Scratch (Colomba Pasquale)

This homemade sweet artisanal Italian Easter Dove bread is a recipe that needs a little extra time and effort to make. This Italian dessert bread is special because it takes hours to make and develop its beautiful weblike gluten structure. For this authentic Colomba yeast bread recipe, I’ve made it […]