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Take one bite of this apple cider pound cake recipe and you'll be transported to the orchard country of Quebec. This deliciously spiced quatre quarts cake was inspired by a drive on La Route des Cidres, in Quebec's Monteregie region, which is dotted with apple orchards, cider houses, and picturesque inns. Serve this tender cider cake with a latte for a mellow, effortless snack.
This French olive oil cake recipe makes a tangy, simple cake from ingredients already in most kitchens. A little lemon and a bit of olive oil create a lusciously light texture in this recipe, which is derived from a classic pound cake. Serve it with coffee or tea for a simple sweet, or as part of a breakfast buffet. It's guaranteed to be a hit at the dessert table and it's preparation is amazingly effortless.
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Quatre Quarts translates into “four fourths” and is a traditional French pound cake. Some creative liberties have been taken here with the addition of vanilla and dried cranberries.
This apple thyme cake recipe gives my family's heirloom sponge cake recipe a delicious twist. Plain vanilla cake, though always scrumptious, gets a makeover with caramelized apples and fresh thyme. The herb isn't overpowering; a little goes a long way to pep up the apples refreshing, sweet flavor. Serve this dessert with a drizzle of salted caramel and, if you're feeling daring, a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
In a twist on classic butter cake, this buttery pear cake recipe puts reduced pear nectar and a sprinkle of cardamom to deliciously good use. The result is a densely rich pound cake sparkling with fresh pear flavor and a hint of spice, a great example of traditional ingredients combining to create a whimsical, new flavor. Embellish a slice with a dollop of whipped cream and a few slivers of sautéed pears.
This orange vanilla cake recipe makes a tangy, simple cake from ingredients already in most kitchens. Just one orange and a bit of olive oil helps create a moistly airy texture in this flavorful snack cake, perfect for serving with coffee or tea.
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