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    Rhubarb and Ginger Cake: The First Sign of Spring

      It is strange to think that while our lives are on hold right now, nature just… carries on. Awkwardly shuffling through the produce aisles of the grocery store, trying not to get too close to anyone, it struck me how different the world is now. The shops and streets are eerily quiet, and if you meet someone’s eyes above their mask they all share this expression of mild panic mixed with tired acquiescence. I probably share their expression. Just as I’m starting to think how this doesn’t even feel abnormal anymore, I see these little red stalks and I’m pulled back. Hey. Look at that. I guess its May. It…

  • S’mores Cake – Happy Anniversary Crumb What May!

    S’mores. There’s a reason why it’s a classic flavor. Just think about biting into a freshly toasted, warm, delicious s’more right now. It’s crunchy, melty, and gooey; sweet, salty, bitter, and smokey all at once. It’s the perfect dessert in a tiny little square. Good with children, will easily travel. So when some friends and I booked a weekend cabin in Wisconsin for The Hubby’s birthday, I thought what better-flavored cake for a cabin in the woods then a s’mores cake? Long story short involving drinking, spaghetti and meatballs, a complicated board game, way too much corn on the cob, and some other things I won’t mention here… cake didn’t…

  • Gingerbread Cake with Apples and Brown Butter Frosting

    There are two words in the English language when used in combination will get me to click every. single. time. Those words are Brown Butter. If you’ve never had brown butter before, then your life is about to change, my friends. Before I started this blog it was a rare occurrence for us to have butter in the house. Not because we don’t like butter, but specifically because we like butter. Now that I have an obligation (read: excuse) to bake regularly, I find myself buying butter in larger and larger quantities. The size of my ass is starting to reflect this. It is no secret that a copious mound…

  • Traditional St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

    Gooey Butter Cake is AMAZING! Don’t Let the Name Fool You!

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of Gooey Butter Cake! I was floored by the number of people who had never heard of or tried gooey butter cake before. Apparently, it is one of those regional things, and gooey butter cake is a St. Louis tradition. It certainly does encapsulate St. Louis style food: cheap, fattening, and delicious. Like Imo’s pizza, and toasted ravioli (the meat kind, not the ricotta filled bastardization they serve in Chicago. Sorry Chicago, I love you, but you got this one terribly wrong). A note on the pizza, while we’re on the subject. A lot of people think that St. Louis style pizza just means…

  • Peach Blueberry Coffee Cake – An Ode to a Peach

    Peaches define summer for me. I know it’s officially summer not by the first jacket free day, or the salty-sweet smell of the air, or the joyful noise of street festivals. Nay my friends, I measure summer in peaches. I find myself searching for them at the grocery store as early as March, muttering to myself that I can’t take one more day of bitter Chicago weather and stuffy office air. I need the sweet, tangy flesh of a peach to set me free, knowing, in vain, that I will not find one. Then one glorious day in late April or May it happens.         Peaches.  …