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.
By MELISSA CLARK (Photo Evan Sung for The New York Times)
There is gingerbread, a homey and rustic snack with tea. And then there is ginger cake, which is fancier and company-worthy and meant for dessert.
This rich, fragrant confection from The Marrow in the West Village is decidedly on the cake side of this gingery spectrum.
This cake is a cinch to make, and the combination of pistachio and lemon makes it a winner for breakfast, tea, or dessert.—Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers
Camille's Birthday, 2013!
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.
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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.
This cake makes a good dessert served with fruit and whipped cream or crème fraîche. Quick and east to make, the cake will stay moist for a few days but is at its best a few hours after baking.