Dessert

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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No Grill? No Problem! You Can Still Make S’mores Outside! — Party Tricks

The party problem: You want to make s'mores, but you don't have a grill or a fire pit.

The party trick: Use a terra-cotta planter to toast all the marshmallows.

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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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How To Make Date Caramels — Make More Good

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Date caramels are one of those culinary magic tricks that you can't even believe works until you try it. You pulse whole dates with a few other ingredients, press them into a pan, and top with a bit of flaky salt. Just 30 minutes later you can cut out soft, chewy caramels that are free from added sugar (not to be confused with the loads of sugars naturally occurring in dates) and high in dietary fiber.

You didn't even have to turn on the stove.

But the ease of preparing date caramels is hardly the best part. These date caramels are incredibly delicious. Rich and creamy like classic caramels, they don't have any actual cream, making them a vegan-friendly treat. Sweet, chewy, and just a touch salty — they're the perfect little treat to share with friends or give as a gift.

Ready to try this culinary feat of flavor? Here's how to make date caramels at home.

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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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