Making Martha’s Cakes – Easy, No Butter Chocolate Cake (Cake #13)

This is a great cake for a young person who doesn’t have a lot of experience baking. Not having to use butter and eggs keeps the entire situation a little tidier. Mom or dad can handle the ganache, while the little ones whisk the wet and dry ingredients togethers. Everyone can play a part, and the kid will feel like a real champ when this baby comes out to the dining room table.

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Making Martha’s Cakes – Buttermilk Cake with Rich Chocolate Frosting (Cake #12)

I actually forgot to put the salt in when I was supposed to, and without much thought to the consequences, tossed it in at the last second, thinking some serious time with the beaters would effectively weave the flavor in. This did not happen, and the frosting tasted like beach sand.

So what do I do?

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Making Martha’s Cakes – Devil’s Food Cake with Seven-Minute Frosting (Cake #11)

Michael and I agree: Martha Stewart’s Devil’s Food Cake with Seven-Minute Frosting is the best cake I’ve made from Martha’s book so far.  Not only was this devil’s food cake a rich, decadent, mile-high mountain of fudge-flavor-moistness, there was an extra flavor boost that sprung out of a frosting fail.

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Making Martha’s Cakes – Carrot Tea Cake (Cake #10)

Not every president will be an Abraham Lincoln.  Not every Hitchcock film will be a Rear Window.  And not every episode of Game of Thrones will be “Red Wedding.”

And not every Martha Stewart cake will be a ten-plus, off the charts, mind-scrambler.  Witness Martha’s Carrot Tea Cake, made last weekend, and taken to work to celebrate the big solar eclipse this past Monday.

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Making Martha’s Cakes – Chocolate-Ginger Marble Cake (Cake #9)

The ginger weaves its presence in and out like a vaguely motivated ghost, and the glaze adds a deep sweetness to a cake that wouldn’t be much to write home about otherwise.  More than that, it gives off a wonderful vibrant shine that calls the eye from any place in the room.  

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Making Martha’s Cakes – Two-Colored Squash Loaf Cake (Cake #6)

Now that I’ve made it, I can tell you that even though it’s not going to end up one of my favorites, Michael absolutely adored this cake.  When I asked him to describe his thoughts on the cake with 5 words, here’s where he went:

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January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day!

As it’s Friday, I’m sure many of you already had plans to tear home from work, drop yourselves down onto

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