The Lechasseurs' Recipes

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Cake

Blueberry Bundt Cake

The charm of a Bundt cake lies in its fanciness, which, if your family has become as complacent on the homemade baked goods front as mine, might be just the thing to jolt them out of their doldrums.
I tried this recently with a blueberry Bundt cake, adding the berries both to the sour cream-enriched batter, and to the glaze, which turned appealingly purple.

Pear Upside-Down Cake

Introduced in the 1930s, when cast-iron skillets were more commonly found in kitchens than baking pans, the upside-down, or skillet, cake has survived eras of modernization to remain a beloved dessert. Today, Martha puts a seasonal twist on this old-fashioned favorite, eschewing the classic pineapple for sweet and juicy Bartlett pears—large, bell-shaped fruits with smooth, yellow-green skin.

Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake

I start with this because I think it is the essence of all that is desirable in chocolate its dark intensity isn't toyed with, nor upstaged by any culinary elaboration. This is the plainest of plain loaf cakes-but that doesn't convey the damp, heady aromatic denseness of it. To understand that, you just have to cook it. And as you'll see, that isn't hard at all.

Chocolate Cappuccino Torte

A dense chocolate cake decorated to look like a cup of cappucinno. It is dead easy to make though it looks as though it has been concocted by a professional pastry chef. Your guests will be very impressed. The cake can be made up to five days in advance, but add the whipped cream just before serving. Garnish with chocolate espresso beans if desired.

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