Kelly Miller’s Polenta Cake with Berry Sauce [RECIPE]

Author Kelly Miller loves baking up this family favorite, Polenta Cake with Berry Sauce. (Photo courtesy Kelly Miller)

Many years ago, Kelly Miller, author of Accusing Mr. Darcy, attended a family gathering where her husband’s cousin Linda served them Polenta Cake with Berry Sauce. Upon Kelly’s request, Linda generously wrote out the recipe for her, and to this day, it remains one of the novelist’s all-time favorite desserts.

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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting [RECIPE]

Banana cake with cream cheese frosting
Use those ripened bananas to make this yummy banana cake with cream cheese frosting. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

If you’re like us, you may find that bananas always seem to ripen before we can eat them all. Since we hate to waste food, we usually wind up using those very ripe bananas to bake up a batch of Banana Nut Bread or Banana Crunch Muffins. But sometimes we just get a hankering for something sweet. That’s when this delicious Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is just what the doctor ordered. It is tall, beautiful, and super moist and the citrus zest adds just the right amount of brightness. Best part of all, you probably already have all the ingredients on hand. Enjoy!

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Apple Cranberry Cobbler Cake [RECIPE]

Apple Cranberry Cobbler Cake

Our Apple Cranberry Cobbler Cake blends the fresh flavors of the season with a yummy cake topping.
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In my opinion, autumn is the perfect time of year to bake because two of my favorite things are in season: apples and cranberries! While Heather is the primary baker in our house, there are a few things I do like to prepare when she’s not using the oven. In this case, I love this hybrid recipe which takes advantage of ripe seasonal fruit and tops it with yummy batter that rises too thick to be called a traditional cobbler. But it is oh so good. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Read more of this post

Simply Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream and Berries

Simply Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream and Berries

As the name indicates, our Simply Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream and Berries is easy enough even a novice in the kitchen can prepare it! Heather taught our youngest niece, Esperanza, 10, to prepare this tasty treat on a recent trip to down South.

Kids love to be included in family activities and taught how to do new things. Not only are they usually quick learners, but they oftentimes surprise us with their natural talent. On a recent trip down South to visit family, we taught our youngest niece, Esperanza, 10, how to make this yummy cake. She did a spectacular job, and we were so proud of her effort. In fact, she liked it so much that she promised to make it for us again when we come for another visit!

PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 35 to 40 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Simply Chocolate Cakes, baked in 2 8-inch round cake pans
  • 2 pints heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, washed, trimmed and thinly sliced

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bake cakes and cool completely.
  2. Whip the cream to soft peaks, then add the sugar and vanilla, and whip again until just stiffened. Do not over mix!
  3. Slice the top off 1 cake round to make a flat surface. Spread bottom cake round with a thick layer of whipped cream. Top with half the strawberries. Top with the other cake round and spread with another thick layer of whipped cream. Top with remaining strawberries.
  4. Slice and serve with any extra whipped cream and berries on the side.

YIELDS: 1 two-layer cake, about 8 servings

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Simply Chocolate Cake

Simply Chocolate Cake

With this simple chocolate cake recipe, you'll never have to buy a boxed cake mix again!

Why use boxed cake mixes when it is just as simple to make your own cake from scratch? Not only does our chocolate cake take only minutes to prepare, but it is also light, rich and oh-so-delicious. Top it with fruit, ice cream, your favorite icing, or double this recipe and dish up a layered cake with whipped cream and berries!

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 35 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon butter

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Liberally butter an 8-inch round cake pan or an 8-inch square baking pan, set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda and kosher salt.
  2. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add vegetable oil, pure vanilla extract, white vinegar and cold water. Whisk until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

YIELDS: 8 servings

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