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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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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: 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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Recipe: Peach and Rooibos Tea Fruit Gummies — Snack Recipes from The Kitchn

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The surefire way to make my toddler happy is to give her gummies. It doesn't matter if they're regular, organic, or even vitamin — if it's in gummy form, she'll eat it. She's onto something, though, as I sometimes find myself sneaking one of her treats for myself and wondering why they're always marketed to kids. Here's a homemade gummy recipe with a tasty tea twist for grown-ups instead!

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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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