These classic bakery treats couldn't be easier to make at home. Simple swaps take them in new directions, so try Cream Scones with Currants, Chocolate-Coconut Scones, Cherry-Hazelnut Scones, or Blueberry-Almond Scones.
This warming drink has the flavorful depth of the classic red version but is lighter in body. Choose a white that's not too acidic, such as a Viognier or an oaked Chardonnay (wines that are more astringent can develop a harsh edge when heated).
Leveling the tops of the cakes helps them to stack neatly and makes a smooth surface for frosting. For easier trimming, refrigerate the cooled cake layers for about an hour before slicing off the tops with a long serrated knife.