The Simple Spatula

Category: Cakes

mostly of pound cakes.

About a month ago I received an invitation to bridal shower for my friend Kait. With it was a card and instructions to write a recipe for the bride to be and drop it in the recipe box at the shower. Since this was the same Kait from this cheesecake story, I wanted to pass [...]

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Sometimes you just can’t make it through the day without eating banana bread straight from the pan. Today was one of those days. Cinnamon Chocolate-Chip Banana Bread I was wary of the lack of butter and/or oil in this recipe but, since it came from Molly, I decided to trust her and take the leap. [...]

A list for a hurricane in New York.

-a rainy Saturday evening walk through the deserted city -homemade quesadillas (tortilla + shredded monterey and fontina + black beans + guacamole + salsa) -homemade refried beans (pork fat + olive oil + chopped onion + pinto beans + water all in a pot and blended with an immersion blender) -a wet, windy post hurricane [...]

Only on your birthday.

In a perfect world I could serve a cake with one slice missing. I could make a cake in the daylight hours, cut a slice out and spend 20 minutes taking pictures, changing settings, creating the scene around the plate. In this way I could photograph properly; in the right light, at my leisure, before [...]

In the meantime

I know I’ve been a little absent lately, you’ll have to excuse me it’s graduation week and I’m overwhelmingly busy. I have been baking my butt off though, and I’ll have plenty of delicious things to share when I return. In the meantime I’ll leave you with this almond cake from 17 and baking. I [...]

Topfenkuchen (Austrian Cheesecake)

Does anyone notice what’s wrong with this picture? Yep I put the number 1 in backwards. Way to go Lisa. Nobody even noticed until the cake was on the table and the candles were blown out. Oh well. My housemate, Arthur, turned 21 last week and I simply couldn’t let this go unrecognized, after all, [...]

Lemon Chickpea Salad with Goat Cheese and Cilantro

This is one of those recipes that evolved from whatever I had in my fridge. The basic idea stemmed from Susan at Farmgirl Fare but in the spirit of not wasting food, I switched it around a bit. Good thing I had a jar (or a few) of pre-cooked chickpeas lurking in my freezer. Twenty minutes before [...]

Guest Post: Cath Eats Roasted Banana Bars with Browned Butter-Pecan Frosting

I’m still in Aruba so here is my friend Cathy to talk about this delicious dessert we made for New Year’s Eve. “After talking Lisa into co-hosting a New Year’s Eve party at her house Binghamton, we had to come up with some recipes to serve.  Lisa and I love to experiment with new ingredients, [...]

Lemon Yogurt Cake

Simple. Delicious. Try not to eat the batter with a spoon–it will be a struggle. Lemon Yogurt Cake Adapted from A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenburg (of Orangette). Serves 9 Cake 1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder pinch of salt zest of two lemons 1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt (I used stony [...]

Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream

Lately I’ve been looking for good cupcake recipes but until recently I really haven’t had any that lived up to my favorite box mix- Duncan Hines Devil’s Food. (I hate to admit that cause box mixes are full of so much crap and generally not as good as homemade but the devil’s food has always [...]