with Greg Patent, Award Winning Cookbook Author

Cakes

Foam Cakes: Sunshine Cake

Foam Cakes: Sunshine Cake

Are you fascinated by how cakes rise, especially cakes made without the help of baking powder or baking soda? Ever since I was a kid, angel food cake and sponge cake, both rising to magnificent heights solely by the air beaten into them, held a special magic for me. But how does the magic happen?

Treasure State Tropical Bundt® Cake

Treasure State Tropical Bundt® Cake

I am wild about this cake, a buttery, eggy, not-too-sweet pound cake loaded with citrus flavor. Montana is known as the Treasure State, and western Montana, where we live and where the climate is strongly influenced by Pacific coastal weather systems, tends to have milder […]

Spanish Buns

Spanish Buns

Just why this heavenly, light-textured and spiced sweet cake baked in a sheet pan has this name was clarified by food historian, William Woys Weaver. He says it was called “Spanish” because its concept was derived from a cake made in Latin America. And “buns” […]

Chocolate Doughnuts

Chocolate Doughnuts

These are very chocolaty doughnuts, and the recipe comes from my book, Baking in America. I received an email from two avid bakers who had baked several yeast breads from the book with great success and then moved on to this recipe.  They said that […]

Food Processor Chocolate Cake

Food Processor Chocolate Cake

Most food processor owners don’t know how versatile their machines really are.  Making cakes is something the food processor does extremely well and extremely fast.  In the 1980s, Abby Mandel developed a technique by thinking out of the box.  And an entirely new method of  […]

Whipping Egg Whites with a Flat Wire Whip

Whipping Egg Whites with a Flat Wire Whip

When whipping whites you can do the job by hand with a wire whip or with an electric mixer. For angel food cake, which uses about 14 egg whites, either elbow grease or electricity accomplish the task in minutes.  When I posted my recipe and […]

New York Style Crumb Cake

New York Style Crumb Cake

There’s crumb cake and there’s coffee cake, and in New York never the twain shall meet. Crumb cakes get their name from their special topping—buttery pea-sized crumbs resting atop a fine-textured butter cake.  You can drink coffee with crumb cake, of course, but don’t call […]

Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake

If you want to create pure baking magic, and have an air-raising experience, make an angel food cake.  Air, and air alone raises it to cloud-like puffiness. How to manage that?  Read on to find out! My granny’s magic with egg whites hooked me on […]

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

These crowd-pleasing cupcakes are as delicious as they look. The startling contrast between the crimson-colored cake and the white frosting just draws people in. The advantage of a cupcake over a slice of cake is that there’s more frosting to cake ratio.  Maybe that’s why […]

Pound Cake

Pound Cake

Pound cakes got their name from the weight of their ingredients, typically one pound each of flour, sugar, eggs, and butter. The hallmark of a pound cake is its compact, firm texture produced by vigorous beating of butter and sugar, then eggs, to create millions […]