Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

How to make carrot cake with cream cheese frosting | photo by Zoë François

“This is the best cake I’ve ever eaten!” was the reaction from my husband Graham to my latest creation. He has tasted many cakes during our 21 years together, so I pay attention when he makes a proclamation like this. I have to agree, this carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is a winner! The recipe comes from Carole Bloom’s book The Essential BakerHow to make carrot cake with cream cheese frosting | photo by Zoë François. I’ve made some minor changes to the recipe but for the most part it is hers. Read More

English Breakfast Tea Angel Food Cake

English Breakfast Tea Angel Food Cake | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

My second venture into Carole Bloom’s baking book resulted in a new household favorite. English Breakfast Tea Angel Food Cake (p. 590) from The Essential Baker is absolutely amazing. It is scented with tea, has the perfect texture and isn’t overly sweet. Paired with sour cherries and raspberry sorbet it is a lovely and light dessert for spring. (That is if spring ever comes!)

I was so taken with this cake and its unique twist on a traditional and often dull recipe, that I am going to share it with you. I’ve mentioned that I am in the process of baking my way through many of the cakes in this book for the Edesia cookbook group on May 19th. In fairness to Carole Bloom I will not share all of the recipes I make. I’ve decided to pick 2-3 that are exceptional in my modest opinion. If any of you have suggestions please share them with me!

English Breakfast Tea Angel Food Cake by Carole Bloom: Read More

Chocolate Rum Cake for Children’s Heartlink

Chocolate Rum Cake | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Children’s Heartlink asked several pastry chefs from all of the top restaurants in the Twin Cities (I’m talking the BEST our city has to offer!) to come up with the most decadent dessert for Valentine’s Day that they could think of. This team of pastry goddesses and one very talented guy, includes: Michelle Gayer (Le Belle Vie & Solera), Christina Kaelberer (Chambers), Khanh Tran (Cosmos), Margo Bredeson (Patisserie Margo) and even Andrew Zimmern with his best ever fudge brownies. I’ve worked with Andrew and if there is one thing that man loves, its chocolate! Well, they asked me, too. WOW, what an honor to be in this line up!!!

For the Warm Chocolate Rum Cake recipe and more information about Children’s Heartlink: Read More

Caramel Apple Cake

Here is my favorite apple cake adapted from a recipe my friend Laura gave me, she got it from a friend who in turn got it from a friend. That is how the best recipes are, shared and made personal with little changes. Enjoy this cake and please let me know if you have made some fabulous change I should know about! Read More