Category Archives: Cakes & Crisps

By the Seat of Our Pants

“By the Seat of Our Pants” is a summer tale by Cynthia Briggs. The story was a winner of a summer writing contest offered by the Women’s Memoirs website and subsequently published in an award-winning anthology, Seasons of Our Lives: … Continue reading

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Blueberry Orange Cake

Blueberry Orange Cake 1-quart blueberries, fresh or frozen ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 orange or lemon cake mix (1 lb. 3 oz.) 1 cube margarine or butter, melted Place blueberries in lightly greased 9″ x 12″ x 3″ baking dish, … Continue reading

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A Birthday Pinch

“They pinched me on my birthday!” cried my brother, Randy, as he plopped down onto our living room sofa. He folded his arms tightly across his chest, and glared blindly at a Rin Tin Tin re-run not even noticing the … Continue reading

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German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake is a vintage recipe that fully deserves the spotlight as Recipe of the Month. A longtime friend, April Poirier, gave me the recipe back in the early 70s. I still have the original recipe, handwritten on a … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Strawberry Cake

Rhubarb, or what’s also known as the pie plant, is either loved or loathed. I personally love it but I find it much tastier and more appealing to the eyes when it’s combined with strawberries, blueberries or raspberries. This recipe … Continue reading

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Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake

When I was a kid we frequently ate Lemon Cheesecake at our house because my mother absolutely loved it. Indeed it was her favorite dessert, not just because it tastes terrific, but also because it’s a breeze to make. I … Continue reading

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Chocolate Snack Cake

This is a cake with many aliases. Crazy Cake is what Mom called it; Vinegar Cake is a handle I’ve seen used in old cookbooks; One Bowl Cake, Busy Day or Everyday Cake (all popular in the 40s and 50s); … Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting 8 ounces regular cream cheese, softenedDark Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons cream 3 cups powdered sugar, fluffed or sifted 2/3 cup Special Dark cocoa powder Dash of salt 2 teaspoon … Continue reading

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Ask Cynthia a Question – February 6, 2013

Susan asked: Frosting is the best part of any cake in my opinion. What is your most chocolaty, dreamy chocolate icing that you make in your house? My answer: My favorite for a simple-to-make, everyday frosting for cakes, cookies, cupcakes, … Continue reading

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Drunken Fruitcake

Use a spray bottle filled with rum or brandy for dampening cheesecloth that’s wrapped around fruitcake.

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