Too often cream cheese is thought of as a breakfast spread when actually it's a super-versatile ingredient that stars in all manner of delicious appetizers. These are the recipes your next party needs.
This rustic cake is infused with the tastes of honey, lemon, and a hint of ground cardamom, like a flavorful cup of tea. Four layers of cake -- made tender and moist with oil (in place of butter), milk, honey, and brown sugar -- are brushed with more honey, then spread with a satiny-smooth filling thatâ��s a cross between lemon curd and cream-cheese frosting (for the best of both). We topped ours with a piece of honeycomb, but a drizzle of honey is just as buzzworthy.
We tweaked a favorite ice cream flavor from way back to make a treat for all ages. The exceptionally moist cream-cheese pound cake gets split and filled -- three times -- with a luscious mousse flavored with pureed cooked peaches and studded with chopped fresh peaches and cherries. Because it's thickened with gelatin, the mousse gets nice and firm, then stays that way when layered in the cake -- and in every last slice.