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.
This may look like a classic chocolate Bundt cake, but one bite tells you it's something more. Generous amounts of ground and freshly grated ginger give it a spice that's just right for the season. A bourbon-spiked sauce adds another layer of richness and flavor.
The secret to these diminutive desserts' moist texture is olive oil, which also mellows the anise and orange that permeate each bite. Although the cakes are compelling on their own, a scoop of vanilla ice cream would sweeten the deal.