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Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

There’s a special place in my heart for loaf cakes. They’re unfussy and unassuming. They don’t demand layers and decoration and all of the foofaraw that can go along with a serious baking project. They don’t demand a special occasion. They’re suitable for dessert, portable for picnics, and a great excuse for sweet snacking. If …

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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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