A simple cake that looks fancy (thanks to a decadent chocolate glaze) is perfect for the novice baker. If you have extra glaze, pour it into a jar and place it in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. Use it as a spread on warm toast or as a dip for fresh strawberries.
From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
This old-fashioned dessert from master baker Rose Levy Beranbaum's cookbook, "Rose's Heavenly Cakes," contains no butter or oil; instead, whipped cream gives the cake its melt-in-your-mouth texture and subtle floral flavor.