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Strawberry Rhubarb Buckle, a rustic fruit-laden cake

This strawberry rhubarb buckle is just the thing to bake right now. “Now” meaning, whenever you’re reading this and happen to be in the possession of some rhubarb and strawberries. Buckles are part of the family of unfussy fruit desserts that includes things like crisps and crumbles and cobblers (and if you want a rhubarb …

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Carrot Loaf Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake has a tendency to veer into maximalist territory. If you let it, it can become a multi-layer affair with not just shredded carrots, but pineapple and raisins and even shredded coconut. But this simple carrot loaf cake is not like that. It is carrot cake stripped down to its essentials. This minimalist carrot …

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Makrut Lime Leaf Cake with lemon and a lime icing

This makrut lime leaf cake is the result of an idea that had been percolating in my brain for years. I love citrus flavors in desserts. (Like these meyer lemon ginger mousses or this strawberry pavlova with mezcal and lime or this not-quite-citrus-but-similar-in-spirit passion fruit tart.) And I’ve always loved the aromatic, citrusy, just-slightly-floral fragrance …

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Pumpkin Cake, Cinnamon-Nutmeg-Clove Goodness

We’ve reached an odd place with pumpkin-spice flavored products. It’s a flavor that’s become absurdly ubiquitous during the months of October and November. It’s not just the notorious Starbucks’ lattes, but also the Pringles and the beef jerky and the Peeps. Clearly, the flavor is popular, but it has also become, in recent years, a perennial object …

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