When my daughter Lucia asked for vanilla cupcakes for her birthday, I had to figure out how to make them myself. Luckily, they turned out great. Actually, everyone was kind of shocked at just how good they turned out to be, especially because I cut the sugar in half! I made these in mini cupcake […]
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From my mother, I learned how to serve an army. She was constantly having to grab a cake out of the freezer when my father unexpectedly brought business guests home for dinner. This recipe was a regular at those dinners, pulled from the freezer in a square tinfoil disposable pan, already iced with buttercream icing. […]
I have always been a horrible cake icer. Horrible. My kids have said my cakes look like a dog vomited on them (although they eat them with glee and joy). The other week when I was making my own damn birthday banana cake, it happened to be the Monday of Martin Luther King Day, so my babysitter and cleaning lady in the house. They waited until I was done icing my cake, and then started giving me advice. In that few minutes of advice, I learned more about icing a cake than I had learned in a lifetime.
I always say I’m more of a cook than a baker. My freewheeling, improvisational style doesn’t do well with exact recipes for finicky fripperies. However, a few times a year there are things like birthdays, and so I am asked by my children to bake. They know what to expect by now. It will taste […]
Raised on America’s first organic farm, Scratch author Maria Rodale learned how to make everyday favorites from, yes, scratch — the way you remember them; the way they turn out best.Order Now