Vanilla Sheet Cake

I love sheet cakes…they’re easy to make, delicious and perfect for any celebration. This vanilla sheet cake has a tender crumb and a rich vanilla flavour. I like to finish it off with a whipped vanilla buttercream…sprinkles are optional but I definitely wouldn’t leave them out! Ingredients: 3 cups cake flour 1 1/2 cups sugar…

Apple Bread

Once the summer has run it’s course and there are no more zucchini left in the garden  for Our Favourite Zucchini Bread, it’s time to start baking with apples! This apple loaf cake is super easy to prepare and makes a great breakfast. I like to use a combo of whole wheat and all-purpose flours…

Funfetti Loaf Cake

This colourful vanilla-flavoured cake is the easiest birthday cake you’ll ever make! What I love about this recipe is that it is super moist, thanks to the addition of sour cream, and it does not require a mixer to make. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp…

Marble Bundt Cake

When I was in elementary school, I had a classmate who would bring in a slice of homemade marble cake almost every day in her lunch. For some odd reason, she would often give away her cake. I always tried to get a seat next to her in the cafeteria. That cake was delicious, plus…

Lemon Loaf

I often find myself craving citrus-flavoured foods at this time of year. This simple loaf cake is very moist and has a bright, lemony flavour because it incorporates fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and lemon extract. I like to up the citrus flavour of this cake by drizzling it with a lemon-sugar glaze, but you…

Pan di Spagna

Nearly every Italian family has a tried and true pan di spagna (sponge cake) recipe that’s been handed down and passed around. Some call it ciambella or ciambellone. I’ve tried many different pan di spagna recipes over the years and none comes close to the one my husband’s Zia Antonietta shared with me. It’s as…

Nonna Maria’s Apple Cake

People often ask me who my biggest baking influences are. Of course, Julia Child and Martha Stewart figure pretty prominently on the list. But I think the person who inspired my love of baking the most was my nonna Maria. I grew up hearing stories from my mother, aunts and cousins about what a fabulous…

Triple Berry Coffee Cake

I always wondered why coffee cake was called coffee cake when there isn’t any actual coffee in it. After some research (i.e. I googled it), I learned that it’s because coffee cake is meant to be eaten with coffee. Makes sense. This coffee cake is made with a luscious berry filling and topped with a…

Peach & Almond Coffee Cake

One of the first cakes I ever made was a coffee cake.  A few girlfriends and I were getting together to watch the much-anticipated season premiere of Beverly Hills 90210, and I decided we needed cake!  I’m still pissed that Brenda and Dylan broke up, but the cake was delicious and made everything ok. Coffee…

Olive Oil & Orange Ciambella

Ciambella is a traditional Italian sponge cake.  This moist, simple cake is perfect when you’re craving something sweet to dunk in your coffee or tea.  It is important to use a high quality, extra virgin olive oil in this recipe.  The olive oil lends a subtle fruitiness and tenderness to the cake.  Beating the batter…

Pan di Spagna al Caffè

Pan di Spagna is an Italian sponge cake.  This version is light, airy and has an intense coffee flavour to it.  The walnuts add great texture and crunch!  This Pan di Spagna is my adaptation of a recipe passed onto me by my husband’s aunt…you can find the original recipe here. Ingredients: 8 eggs, separated, at…