While reading through Jo Metcalf Scott & Co.’s sneak peek on Monday, I was delighted to discover a link to her flat mate’s friend’s cake business, Rhubarb and Rose. Normally, I don’t need any encouragement to go out and seek great cake, but something about this cake and the happy mom-to-be just made me so happy, I have been thinking about cake non-stop. I thought it would be a great chance to highlight some of the most popular cakes featured on the In the Kitchen With column over the past few years. I’ve had the chance to make and eat most of these, and they are really really really fantastic. Thanks to the many talented people who have shared their recipes with us. If you’ve tried any of these, or any of them have become a favorite, please let us know! -Kristina
Irish-born food photographer and stylist, Katie Quinn Davies shared her favorite cake with us, Nigella Lawson’s Guinness Chocolate Cake. Many of you wrote in to share how much you enjoyed making it! Beer and chocolate, what could be better?
Brooklyn-based artist Lena Corwin shared her mother’s recipe for Pumpkin Cranberry and Walnut Bread. Technically, not a cake, I keep it in the cake category because it brings me the same amount of happiness as a proper cake. I get regular requests for this at work. It is addictive. Seriously.
The Texan sisters behind Hable Construction gave us an easy tasty Country Style Chocolate Chip cake to put together. I love all the chocolate chips and its moist texture. Bonnee Sharp shared a similar recipe with rum, if you don’t like chocolate! I love them both.
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Definitely a show stopper, Turkish food blogger Cenk Sönmezsoy shared one of his favorite ways to consume his favorite food, chocolate. His Devil’s Food Cake is a pleaser, and the technique for making the chards is an added bonus you can use on other occasions!
Rachel Manley, the culinary creative behind The Breakfast Club pop-up brunch in Brixton, whipped up a delightful Blood Orange and Almond yogurt cake just for us. Blood oranges are out of season now, but don’t let that deter you. Try your favorite citrus to make the curd that you’ll sandwich between the layers with whipped cream. Soooo delicious!!
Though these are little cakes, readers really loved these Gluten-Free Rhubarb Financiers created for us by food photographer Helene Dujardin, also known as Tartelette. Together with the financiers, Helene also included a recipe for coconut ice cream! Perfect for summer!
When I took a trip to Long Beach, California to learn a little food photography from Matt Armendariz, I first dropped a note to one of my absolute favorite food writers, Nigel Slater, for permission to use his recipe on the column. Much to my surprise, he wrote back both before, to say yes, and after to say how beautiful the images turned out! His Courgette Cake, made with grated zucchini and apples, is a mainstay in my kitchen from November to March. I make one every Saturday. There’s no reason you can’t make it with your best zucchini all summer long!
When I think of Ming Thompson, I think of barbecue, one of my favorite recipes ever. However, I first came across Ming’s work thanks to her cupcake website. Ming no longer makes cupcakes on her site, but her pistachio olive oil cake with fig compote filling and cream cheese frosting lives on in our archive, as one of your favorite cakes. It’s made with dry figs, so no need to wait til September to get started.
The recipe for this Banana Bread comes all the way from South Africa, via Skinny LaMinx’s notebook of recipes. Heather’s grandmother gave the recipe to her, and it evokes wonderful memories of childhood for her. For me, it’s just plain good. It is another recipe produced in Matt’s studio with the help of food stylist, Adam C Pearson. No wonder it looks as good as it tastes! And let me tell you, it is realllyyy good.