Almond & Pear Cake

The delicate flavours of pear and almond come together perfectly in this delicious snacking cake. This is a dense, moist cake that is studded with pieces of sweet, ripe pears. If you like a more intense almond flavour, you can replace the vanilla extract with almond extract. The sliced pears and slivered almond that decorate…

Cranberry Bundt Cake

I love to bake with cranberries during the holidays because they add a bright, tart flavour and a pretty pop of colour to baked goods. This cranberry bundt cake is super moist and tender thanks to the addition of buttermilk to the batter. I like to add Grand Marnier or rum to this recipe for…

Italian Apple Cake

This cake is a riff on my Nonna Maria’s Apple Cake. It’s a simple, rustic recipe to which I’ve added a splash of Sambuca. I also like to grate the apples so that they melt right into the batter and create a moist and tender crumb. You can use any variety of apple in this…

Strawberry Cake

This easy-to-make snack cake is filled with sweet strawberries and topped with a tangy cream cheese frosting. It’s a great way to make the most of in-season berries! It is important to lightly puree the strawberries in a food processor before adding them to the cake batter so you don’t end up with big chunks…

Classic Vanilla Butter Cake

Butter cake is a simple, old-fashioned dessert that’s a cross between pound cake and sponge cake. It’s the perfect vehicle for fresh berries and whipped cream. It is important to use good quality butter and vanilla in this recipe because that’s where all the flavour comes from. The addition of buttermilk and oil ensures a…

Lemon Ricotta Cake

This traditional rustic Italian cake can be whipped up easily with pantry ingredients and little fuss. The ricotta in this recipe creates a tender, hearty crumb while the lemon adds brightness and flavour. I like to dust the cake with powdered sugar before serving — but it’s just as delicious without it. Ingredients: 1 1/2…

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Sheet cakes are awesome because they are so easy to make and they don’t require any fancy gadgets or skills. This Chocolate Sheet Cake is moist and rich and topped with a light and fluffy chocolate frosting. It’s the easiest cake you’ll ever make! Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup cocoa powder 1…

Carrot Sheet Cake

I love sheets cakes because they’re so versatile and uncomplicated to make — there’s no messy cake layers to stack or fancy frosting techniques. This carrot sheet cake is very moist, loaded with sweet carrots and spiced with cinnamon. I like to top it all off with a vanilla cream cheese frosting. You can also…

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Nothing makes me happier than a dessert recipe that’s simple, requires few dishes and gadgets to make, and involves chocolate. This one-bowl, moist chocolate cake has become my go-to recipe when company’s coming or if I just need chocolate cake in a hurry. I like to drizzle a rich chocolate glaze over this cake once…

Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake

When it’s the dead of winter in our neck of the woods, tropical citrus fruit season is at its peak. That makes this the perfect time to bake with the sunny flavours of lemons, limes and oranges. My Lemon Poppyseed Bundt cake is super light and tender, thanks to the addition of tangy buttermilk. Laced…

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…

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…