Baking

Recipe: One-Bowl Strawberry Shortcakes — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Strawberry shortcake is a springtime staple that can hardly be improved upon, unless you can find a faster way to bake a shortcake. Enter: the one-bowl vanilla cake. Mixed in one bowl and baked in a sheet pan, this cake can be baked up from start to finish in less than an hour. Once baked, cut the cake into rounds, top with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, and boom — near-instant strawberry shortcakes for your you and your lucky family and friends!

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Recipe: Blueberry-Lemon Skillet Cake — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Have a hankering for cake? Skip the cake pan and break out your cast iron skillet! This breakfast-friendly cake has juicy blueberries and lemon, all in a light cornmeal batter. It's a low-key way to get a sweet start to any day.

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What’s Date Sugar, and How Do You Use It? — Ingredient Intelligence

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Dates seem to be having their time in the superfood spotlight. Full of potassium, iron, B vitamins, and fiber, this sweet fruit is being churned into paste and syrup, and even being dried and turned into sugar. Does date sugar rival its granulated counterparts when it comes to baked goods, and does it hold the same nutritional power as whole dates? We did some digging to learn all about how date sugar is made and how we can (and cannot) use date sugar in the kitchen.

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Recipe: Four-Layer Carrot Cake with Scalloped Cream Cheese Frosting — Video from Kitchn

Carrot cake already has a charming earthiness to it. The warmth of cinnamon, the vegetal sweetness of carrots, and the pop of raisins (their particular sweetness fruity and mellow in their own right) — all come together to make a dessert easily enjoyed on many occasions. Bake up four towering layers, pipe on the cream cheese frosting with a pretty technique, and decorate with garden-fresh flowers, and suddenly that charming, earthy cake takes on an air of pure elegance. In this video, you'll see just how the piping is done.

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Recipe: One-Bowl Tres Leches Poke Cake — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Popular throughout Latin America, tres leches is a buttery cake baked and then soaked in a combination of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk, hence the "three milks" name. While milk-soaked cake might sound soggy, this cake is the perfect summertime cake, thanks to its cool serving temperature. The cake acts as a sponge for the milk mixture and takes on a rich pudding-like texture after the milks are added. Served cold straight from the pan, tres leches cake tastes much like a rich vanilla ice cream with a pudding-meets-cake texture.

Tres leches cake often starts with a sponge cake, but here we use the magic of our one-bowl cake to make this classic dessert even easier to bake and make.

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This Is the Prettiest (and Easiest) Way to Dress Up a Cake — Delicious Links

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With all sorts of spring and summer entertaining on the horizon — graduation parties, Memorial Day cookouts, bridal showers — you're going to need a fast and fancy dessert to pull out of your back pocket. One gorgeous (and very on-trend) idea is to decorate a basic sheet cake with millennial pink swirls of frosting and gold flakes. Here's how.

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