Recipe Post: Tropical Carrot Cake with Pineapple Cream Cheese Icing

This recipe is my absolute go-to recipe for all things carrot cake; its origin comes from my little More Food That Really Schmecks baking book by Canadian home-cook heroine, Edna Staebler. I’ve fiddled around with it over the years, adding this and removing/altering that, until I developed what I consider to be the best carrot…

Spotlight on Spring Produce: Rhubarb

Ahhh, rhubarb. There are few other spring crops that call to me like rhubarb does, saying good weather and hot sunny days are imminent (the others being stars of their own Spotlight on Spring posts this season). Rhubarb is a weirdly named plant whose imprecise origins are somewhat confusing. It was purportedly used in Central…

Recipe Post: Chocolate Toffee Coffee Cake

I made this cake (in a loaf tin) a while back, and I was struck at how such a simple recipe turned out an outstanding loaf. This coffee cake is chock-full of pockets of gooey chocolate and toffee, and is absolutely amazing still slightly warm from the oven with a cup of coffee or tea….

Recipe Post: Quick and Easy Berry Swirl Cupcakes

There’s nothing like the flavour of market-fresh, in-season fruit in cupcakes and muffins. This recipe is not that. Let’s be honest; many of us in the Northern hemisphere are in the cold, dark days of winter, and fresh fruit is expensive and of a lower quality than during harvest season. But hey, when we want…

Recipe Post: Berry Lemon Coffee Cake

I came up with this recipe to use up some fresh blueberries that were going past their freshness date, but I didn’t want just another “blueberry lemon loaf” like I saw in recipes everywhere. I decided to get a bit creative and do a mash-up of a coffee cake and a lemon loaf, where instead…