This Christmas Tree Is More Elegant (and Way Easier) Than a Gingerbread House
Simple and fun to make, this centerpiece will be the hit of your holiday dessert bar. All you need is your favorite no-fail cookie recipe and some star-shaped cutters.
Applesauce Spice Cake
When the weather turns cold, you just might crave our Applesauce Spice Cake. It’s one of those desserts that tastes like fall, with a bit of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla. And it’s a snap to make. Nearly two cups of chunky applesauce take the place of oil and help create a dense, moist cake, flecked with raisins. The finished product is intensely spiced, so it needs very little in the way of accessories—add a dust of confectioners’ sugar and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and dive in. Bake it the afternoon before an autumn dinner party, and display it on a cake stand when guests arrive.
Pecan Cake With Rum Frosting
A delightfully nutty cake topped with vanilla-rum frosting, this dessert feels at once humble and downright celebratory. The dense cake, made with a standard buttermilk batter that gets its deep hue from over a cup of ground pecans, slices beautifully, and the finished product is an ideal pairing with a cup of strong coffee, a big glass of milk or even, in deep winter, a spicy hot toddy. Try our Pecan Cake in place of a traditional pie for Thanksgiving or a fall or winter potluck—and don’t be surprised if friends and family ask you to make it again.
This coconut cake gets a major flavor upgrade, thanks to sweet apricot preserves and a deliciously rich icing. Half of the jelly gets mixed into the batter before baking, and the other half is sandwiched between the two layers of moist white cake. That sinfully creamy frosting incorporates heavy cream, whole milk, and sour cream, for a thick whipped topping that’s spread over the top, and along the sides, where you’ll press toasted, shredded coconut for a little texture and crunch. Plan ahead to bake the two layers, in 8-inch round cake pans, well before you’re ready to put the dessert together.