Rhubarb Desserts

A bunch of rhubarb | ZoeBakes by Zoë François

One of the first signs of summer in Minnesota is rhubarb season. Most of our produce isn’t ready until later in the summer, but those big, leafy rhubarb plants are often ready to harvest by May. I love rhubarb because it adds a great texture and sour flavor to baked goods. You need a lot of sweet fruit (like strawberries) and sugar to balance out the natural bitterness, but when you get the right combination of sour and sweet, the result is truly marvelous.

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Birthday Desserts

Sprinkle cake on a cake stand from Zoë François's cookbook, Zoë Bakes Cakes, one of many perfect birthday desserts!
Sprinkle Cake from my book Zoë Bakes Cakes!

Happy Birthday! If you’re reading this you’re on the hunt for birthday desserts, which means it’s somebody’s birthday. I love choosing birthday treats because you can make anything that the birthday celebrant loves. Sure, you’ll find a bunch of cake recipes below, since it’s the faithful symbol of birthdays, but you don’t have to stick to cakes. You’ll also find some bars and brownies on my list, which are great for parties and offer fun ways to play with flavors. If you are looking for cakes, check out my book, Zoë Bakes Cakes for a comprehensive guide, or find a few of my favorite cake recipes below.

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Vegan Desserts

Vegan Mango Pudding | ZoeBakes by Zoë François
Vegan Mango Mousse: A vegan dessert I didn’t tell my family was vegan. They had no idea!

I will start out by saying that I am not a vegan and therefore I have not experimented much with vegan desserts or substitutions. I do have friends who avoid dairy and/or gluten and/or eggs, so I have dabbled a little bit with vegan swaps, but I am by no means an expert. So, for this post, I asked a friend for a few suggestions as to what vegan blogs she’s had success making baked goods from and what she knows about baking vegan desserts.

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Chocolate Desserts

Hot Chocolate Cake | ZoeBakes by Zoë François
Hot Chocolate Cake

Chocolate desserts: decadent, rich, deep, sweet—there are so many ways to describe them. Chocolate is romantic, dramatic, purported to have healing properties, and is absolutely delicious. The wonderful flavor is representative of devotion and love. Chocolate can come in so many forms that even those who don’t consider themselves chocolate fanatics almost always find a chocolate treat to love. So to all the chocolate lovers’ out there—this list of chocolate desserts is for you.

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FAQ: Pie & Pie Crust

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie | ZoeBakes by Zoe Francois
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Thank you to everyone to who sent me baking questions on Instagram last week. There were hundreds of questions, so I’m compiling a few posts to answer as much of them as I can. This one focuses on questions about pie and crust and there are also posts about Baking Homemade Bread, Cake Baking and Decorating, Meringue, vegan desserts, Pies and Pie Crust and Equipment. If you have additional questions about pie or pie crust, please leave me a comment and I’ll get to as many of them as I can!

I also have a guide to making pie crust for you to check out!

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FAQ: Meringue

Spiky Lemon Meringue Pie
Lemon-Honey Meringue Pie

Thank you to everyone to sent me baking questions on Instagram this week. There were hundreds of questions, so I’m compiling a few posts to answer as much of them as I can. This one focuses on questions about meringue and there are also posts about Baking Homemade Bread, Cake Baking and Decorating and Pies and Pie Crust, Vegan Desserts, Equipment, and more.

Find my answers and related recipes below:

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