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Orange Cream Cake

I was zipping through Lowes the other day, and the latest issue of Southern Living caught my eye. The cover was so beautiful, an issue all about cakes and pies, totally spoke to me. I grabbed it, paid way too much for it, and have loved poring over it ever since. The cover recipe is for a Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake. The cake is made with orange zest and fresh orange juice. I got that far, made the cake I mean, and then read the frosting part more closely. It wants you to serve this orangey cake with a lemony orange frosting. But I disagreed, I felt like that would've been too much. I felt like the frosting would've stolen from the flavor of the cake. So I whipped up some Fork Cake Frosting and threw it on, and garnished with a little bit of orange zest. I decided it would be called an Orange Cream Cake. And I ate like 3 pieces of it. It was really, really good!
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Penny vs. the dentist

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Next Day Brownies

I named these guys Next Day Brownies. Because, sure they're great when you first make them all warm and gooey and maybe with some Blue Bell vanilla involved (if I could ever get my hands on the stuff), but their true glory emerges the day after when they've had a chance to set up and become who they're meant to become. Which, today, is my breakfast.

Fork Cake

B. Hinds affectionately dubs this my "Fork Cake" because why cut slices? Just grab a fork! So, obvs had to make it for his birthday while they were here visiting. It's really about the frosting, and less about the cake. Another pal of ours calls it Flip Flop Frosting; as in, it's so good you could eat it on a flip flop. I wouldn't recommend that, but it is really good frosting.

butter cake, yum

Rose Levy Berenbaum's butter cake. The Cake Bible is really where it's at, for me anyway.