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Walnut Cake with Chocolate Buttercream and Candied Walnuts

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Walnut Cake with Chocolate Buttercream and Candied Walnuts

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own.  I’m excited to share this cake with you, for two reasons. First, it has been a whole month since I made a layer cake, so I was due for another one. Second, this cake involves candied walnuts, and I didn’t realize until I made them how incredibly delicious they are. (My family agreed, and…

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chocolate chip snack cake

Saturday, August 11, 2018
chocolate chip snack cake

I have another snack cake for you, this time one with a yellow cake base and mini chocolate chips: chocolate chip snack cake. I must admit I’ve been enjoying these snack cakes more than layer cakes – the frosting to cake ratio is perfect, and eating small squares of cake instead of giant triangles somehow feels just right. If you prefer an all chocolate cake, I have that…

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dark chocolate snack cake

Thursday, July 19, 2018
chocolate snack cake

I posted a picture of a chocolate snack cake on Instagram this week and had many requests for a recipe, so here it is. I’ve featured a snack cake on my site before, but found that cake recipe to occasionally sink in the middle, so I’m offering you this one instead. It is based on my favorite cake recipe, is tried and true, and is very chocolatey and…

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strawberry shortcake cake, in three layers

Monday, July 2, 2018
Strawberry Shortcake Cake Recipe | Sarah Kieffer | The Vanilla Bean Blog

I made a similar cake to this strawberry shortcake cake over on Handmade Charlotte last week, and then decided to try it again, this time with 3 layers of cake for a slightly ‘fancier’ presentation. It was a win – the cake layers are thin (which I prefer on a shortcake), are made of cake instead of biscuit-like (which I also prefer), and are piled with cream cheese…

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Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I know it’s spring, and I should be straying away from citrus and moving towards rhubarb, but I made this lemon poppy seed Bundt cake last week and wanted to share it. It’s a recipe inspired by a wonderful Bundt cake from Yossy’s book (affiliate link), but I swapped regular lemons for Meyer, and cream cheese for sour cream. I also swirled in some poppy seeds and lemon…

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chocolate cardamom cake

Saturday, April 28, 2018
chocolate cardamom cake recipe | The Vanilla Bean Blog

I posted  a piece of this cardamom cake on Instagram a few weeks ago and had a lot of people asking for the recipe, so here it finally is! One of my biggest failures as a blogger is just getting a post up – I love the baking part, and photography also, but for some reason when I sit down to edit photos and type up recipes, I…

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Ermine Buttercream

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Ermine Buttercream

The ermine buttercream method is an old-school boiled flour frosting that I came across years ago and instantly fell in love with. It is a great way to infuse flavor into buttercream, and is less sweet than traditional buttercreams. In the recipe card below, you’ll find these variations: coffee buttercream basil buttercream cardamom buttercream rosemary buttercream green tea buttercream lavender buttercream I like using it for filling Macarons,…

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Coconut Almond Chocolate Cake

Saturday, January 20, 2018

So far, I’ve spent most of January freezing. It’s not that unusual for me to be constantly cold, but here in Minnesota we’ve had a long string of below zero days, which means I’m wearing several pairs of socks and shivering under blankets. I’ve done quite a bit of baking this month, and hope to have more recipes for you soon. In the meantime, here’s a list of…

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Pumpkin Pound Cake with Chocolate

Monday, November 27, 2017
Pumpkin Pound Cake Recipe | The Vanilla Bean Blog

I have a few recipes tucked way back in my site archives that deserve the light of day again. Here is one of them – pumpkin pound cake with chocolate. This recipe also made it into my cookbook (affiliate link), but since it originally debuted here, I thought I’d make it shine with some new photos and feature it again for the holiday season. This cake been faithful to…