1 cup (145 grams) grated apple (from 1 7-ounce/medium-large apple)
1 cup (115 grams) grated carrot (from 1 thick carrot)
1/2 cup (80 grams) very well-drained crushed pineapple or chopped fresh pineapple
1/3 cup (30 grams) shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup raisins or another dried fruit (optional)
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
2/3 cup (130 grams) raw or granulated sugar
2/3 cup (155 ml) neutral oil
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups (160 grams) all-purpose or whole-wheat flour
2 tablespoons toasted, salted pepitas (optional)
Heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 8-inch square baking pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment and let it extend up two sides of the pan.
In a large bowl, combine apple, carrot, pineapple, coconut, dried fruit, if using, lemon zest, sugar, and oil. Add eggs, and whisk to combine. Sprinkle spices, salt, baking powder, and baking soda over the batter and stir very well to combine. Add flour, and stir just until it disappears.
Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle pepitas over cake, if using. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out batter-free. Let cool in pan then carefully cut into squares with a serrated knife.
The cake is very moist and a little crumbly. I find that it keeps best in the fridge. The cake will keep for 5 to 6 days, chilled.
½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted, plus more for greasing
5 ounces frozen and thawed or fresh, hulled strawberries (about 1 cup)
⅔ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup whole milk, at room temperature
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8-inch (square or round) baking dish with butter. Set aside.
Using your hands or the back of a fork, mash the berries to release all their juices, and stir in 1/3 cup of the brown sugar. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, remaining 1/3 cup brown sugar, milk and salt, then add the flour and baking powder and continue whisking just until the batter is smooth. Transfer the batter (it’s not much) to the greased baking dish, and spread evenly into corners.
Spoon the strawberries and all their juices over the top of the cake batter. Place in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or just when a toothpick comes out clean in the center. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 3 to 5 minutes before spooning into bowls. Serve warm with ice cream.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 8 inch round cake pans with flour-based baking spray, or grease and flour.
Place the cranberries in a medium bowl and add brown sugar; toss to coat and set aside. Combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together until incorporated. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the egg, sour cream, melted butter, and almond extract. Beat until well blended. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix together on low speed until just combined. Use a large spatula to scrape down the bowl and fold batter together to make sure no pockets of flour or wet ingredients remain.
Divide half of the batter between the two prepared pans. The batter will be thick and sticky, so coat a rubber spatula with cooking spray and use it to press the batter evenly into the pans (re-spray as needed). Top each pan of batter with 1/4 of the brown sugar-coated cranberries. Cut almond paste in half and crumble one half of the paste into each pan over the cranberries. Divide the remaining batter between the two pans. Spread evenly with a greased rubber spatula. Divide the remaining brown sugar-coated cranberries between the two pans; sprinkle with the sliced almonds.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the cakes are golden brown on top and a toothpick tester inserted into the centers comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to the skewer. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the icing, stir together the confectioners’ sugar, milk and almond extract in a medium bowl. Add additional milk if needed to thin. Drizzle the icing over the cooled cakes. Serve.
Refrigerate leftovers. Bring cake to room temperature or warm in the microwave or oven before serving.
1-1/2 cups + 2 Tbs. flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup solid pack pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 Tbs. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 Tbs. canola oil
3/4 cup water
1-1/2 Tbs. Butter, unsalted at room temperature
2 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl or the 8 x 8 pan you are going to bake in place the flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Mix with a whisk until combined.
Make three indentations (wells) two small and one large one in the flour mixture. Pour the vanilla and vinegar into the small wells and the oil into the large well.
Pour the water over the whole mixture then add the pumpkin. Mix well until completely combined. If needed add more water up to a total of 3/4 cup.
Pour into an 8 x 8 baking dish.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or just until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Do not over bake. Mine was done at just 35 minutes exactly. Mine took 40 min
Cool the cake completely then frost. (If you want this to be a dairy free cake choose a frosting without an dairy products instead of the following)
To make the frosting place the butter and cream cheese in a bowl and beat until completely smooth.
Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix until it is smooth.
Spoon the whole bowl of frosting onto the cake and spread to the edges. Slice and serve.
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 ½ cups granulated sugar (divided)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 (29 ounce) can sliced peaches in juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9×13 baking dish (or 2-8×8 baking dishes). Set aside.
Place butter in a medium size microwave safe mixing bowl. Heat butter in microwave until melted. Add 1 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and whisk to combine. Add milk and vanilla, whisk until combined. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
Spoon peaches over top of batter, placing them evening around the pan. Reserve the juice from the can.
Add 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to the juice. Whisk to combine. Pour juice over peaches.
Bake 55-60 minutes until golden brown. Serve with a scoop of ice cream on top if desired. Enjoy! serves 12
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pie plate 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 1 large egg 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch pie plate. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.
Put butter and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low; mix in egg, milk, and vanilla.
Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to buttered pie plate. Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut sides down and as close together as possible. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.
Bake cake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 1 hour. Let cool in pie plate on a wire rack. Cut into wedges.
4 eggs (separate yolks from whites) at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
150 g (3/4 cup) sugar
125 g (1 stick or ½ cup) unsalted butter, melted
115 g (4 oz or ¾ cup) of all purpose flour
500 ml (2 cups) milk lukewarm *
powdered sugar for dusting cake
Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Grease a 8 inch x 8 inch baking dish or line it with parchment paper so that it’s easier to get the cake out.
Separate the eggs and beat the egg yolks with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add butter and vanilla extract and continue beating for another minute or two after which you can add the flour and mix it in until fully incorporated.
Slowly start adding the milk and beat until everything is well mixed together.
Add the egg whites to a mixer and mix until stiff peaks form.
Add the egg whites to the cake batter and gently fold them in. Another variation to folding in the egg whites would be to whisk them in to the cake batter, this is a lot faster and easier. Make sure you don’t fold the egg whites in completely, you still want to see some of the white bits floating at the top.
Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 40 to 70 minutes or until the top is lightly golden. The baking time could vary greatly depending on the oven, so take a peek at around 40 minutes and see how it looks.
Sprinkle some powdered sugar after cake has cooled.
* To get the milk lukewarm I usually warm it in the microwave for about a minute.
The baking time can vary greatly for this cake. I’ve baked this cake in 3 different ovens and I’ve always needed different times which were from 40 to 70 minutes. The oven I have right now only requires about 45 minutes to get a nice golden color on the cake, whereas other ovens I’ve used required the full 70 minutes. Test if after 40 minutes to see what it looks like. The cake is done when it only jiggles slightly but feels firm to touch.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a greased 8″ square baking pan. Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients – two small, one larger (see #3 in photo below). Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression. Pour water over all. Mix well until smooth.
Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes. Check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. Cool. Top with your favorite frosting ( I used vanilla). Enjoy!