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Almost-Raw Chocolate Torte

I hope you are having a lovely long weekend! I’ve skipped out of town to visit family and have a bit of down time. It’s a much needed bit away from the city. As I write this, the baby birds coo from the nearby apple trees and the smell of lilacs fills the air. I’m quietly drinking a rhubarb fizz and it’s so refreshing.  ...

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recipe, sweet, year-round

Cappuccino Layer Cake

Rich chocolatey ganache with a hint of espresso pours over a sweet and buttery almond icing. All of it surrounds a moist and just-dense-enough coffee layer cake. This cappuccino cake will have your friends and family, even the little ones, clamouring for another piece! I made this cake once for my sister’s birthday. It was so delicious,  ...

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autumn, recipe, spring, sweet

Carrot Cake with Meringue and Maple Cream

Back in May I made a cake in honour of Priscilla’s Bachelorette party. Well, the wedding day finally arrived! It was a beautiful event. In honour of such an occasion, I felt it only proper to make a tall layer cake. In this case, I made a carrot cake with lots of walnuts and pineapple, topped with a meringue crust and sandwiched between  ...

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The Perfect Pound Cake

Ben and I spent a glorious summertime-like weekend chez Yvonne (the writer for this past post). She welcomed us with open arms, big smiles, and lots.. and lots… of deliciously decadent and flavourful food. It was a weekend of dinner parties, and I volunteered to bring the dessert (of course)! Ben, not surprisingly, selected the wine.  ...

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Chocolate Date Loaf

If you frequent this blog every so often, you may have noticed I’ve been dying to make a dessert that is sweetened with dates. Well, I have not only found a chocolate date dessert, but I actually stole this recipe from my friend Evelyne. Yes, I stole it. Evelyne is a sports nutritionist, and one of Quebec’s top-tiered dietitians.  ...

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breakfast, recipe, sweet, winter

Pink Grapefruit and Rosemary Cornmeal Cake

My friends Priscilla and Patrick are getting married in less than a month, and we had a bachelorette party for Priscilla last Saturday. There were lots of decorations (pink, pink, and more pink), dancing, drinking, and of course food. I made a lemon meringue pie (it was gone in a flash- no pictures to prove its existence unfortunately) and the  ...

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autumn, recipe, sweet, winter

Cranberry Spice Upside Down Cake

 As a kid, I absolutely loved cranberry sauce with my turkey during special holiday dinners. I loved the added sweetness, and would often gobble up the red remains on my plate with a spoon. Those memories stuck with me, and later on in life when I went cranberry picking with my family in an Ontario marsh, I cheerfully popped a fresh one into  ...

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