Paris Brest from Zoë Bakes on Magnolia Network

A close up of the finished Raspberry Paris Brest.

Here in Minneapolis we have several lakes right in the city, along with miles and miles of gorgeous bike trails. Seeing everyone out and about had my wheels turning about making one of my all-time favorites — a raspberry Paris Brest. It’s a wheel-shaped dessert based on a French bicycle race between the cities of Paris and Brest, but you don’t have to be French or know how to ride a bike to enjoy this special treat!

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Cranberry Desserts

Cranberries are often associated with Thanksgiving, and it’s true that they make for a nice little burst of tartness on your plate, but they are also perfect for desserts. I love them dusted with a little sugar in a recipe because the sweet and tart flavors pair so beautifully. This list of cranberry desserts is, of course, perfect for Thanksgiving, but you don’t need to be tied to the holiday. Let this “berry” free for other festivities and gatherings throughout the year!

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Victory (Victoria) Sponge Cake

A close-up of Zoë Francois' finished Victoria Sponge.

I fell in love with Victoria sponge cake on a trip to Dublin. The cake itself was so deliciously light but I had a difficult time replicating its texture when I got home. Once I employed “self-raising” flour, a common ingredient in the UK, which contains baking powder and salt in the mix, I had a total victory! The traditional filling is whipped cream and jam with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar. I added some strawberries for flavor, texture, and decoration along with some edible flowers.

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Spice Cake with Brown Butter Buttercream and Cranberry Filling

Fall Spice Cake with Brown Butter Buttercream and Cranberry Filling

As the temperature turns chilly and the holiday season nears, it makes me crave all the warm spices. This cake is adapted from my Zoë Bakes Cakes Yellow Cake, but with the quintessential fall spice blend added to the mix. You can buy Pumpkin Pie Spice in the baking aisle or make your own with individual ground spices from your pantry. See my notes in the recipe if you want to make your own.

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