posts tagged: baking

upside-down pear almond torte


It’s no secret ’round the internet that my almond torte is my favorite thing in the world. When I was in college, it was the cake that my mom would make me and send up as a treat. When I got my first apartment and mom made me a little cookbook of my favorite family recipes, the almond torte is the first one in the book. It’s one of the easiest recipes around, so I make it often, but sometimes I want to mess with a good thing. This upside-down pear version is definitely a good thing.

cherry winks!


It’s all baking around these parts right now, but it’s no surprise, right—it’s the holidays! It’s baking time! Today on our snow day I decided to finally make some cherry winks. These are a traditional holiday cookie in my family, but I realized today that I’ve never made them myself. Mom always made them without me, or before I came home to visit. I love them best!

let them eat cake!


Sometimes, when you’re charged with bringing a dessert to a party—a frequent request in the holiday season, especially—you just don’t have the energy to bake layers upon layers, frost everything, etc. etc., despite your desire to impress everyone with your baking prowess. Sometimes you want to make a tried and true recipe, but you still want to knock their socks off with the look of the cake.

These cakes are for you! I provide you with recipes for two simple cakes, and homemade pdfs for you to download and cut out. Get ready to wow them all.