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Strawberry Fraisier with Lillet Chiffon Cake

I woke up this morning to discover that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. It’s a shocking result, that leaves me feeling like the whole world has gone utterly mad. Even as an American, I’ve been able to enjoy the benefits of open borders between EU countries in my travels and …

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13 Ways of Looking at a Chocolate Cake

When our friend Traci commissioned a surprise birthday cake for her significant other, Dan, she requested something chocolate. So I started flipping through my cookbook collection looking for inspiration for chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. This was no time for restraint. Special occasions call for special cakes. And this would be a special cake. I …

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Thai Tea Parfait Tart with Almond Crunch Crust and Lemon Mascarpone

This tart is sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy, tannic and, well, tart. It tastes like Thai iced tea with an almond cornflake crust and dollops of lemon mascarpone on top. Our friends Traci and Dan were having a garden party and they were making David Chang’s Momofuku pork which was succulent with a gorgeous crispy …

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S’mores Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Meringue Frosting

This cake is a beauty. It’s an oversized s’more in cake form. Four layers of honey graham cracker cake get filled with vanilla marshmallow cream and bittersweet chocolate ganache and topped with a gooey marshmallow meringue frosting which gets toasted with a kitchen blow torch to bring in a whiff of campfire. This cake was …

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