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November 18, 2009 at 3:20 AM

Hey, ace of cakes: what’s your favorite recipe? cake blog?

My idea of a cake is more savory than sweet, so it’s no wonder this is my favorite cake recipe:

Cornmeal Rosemary Cake with Lemon Glaze

I bake plenty of bread, but cake? Not so much. With exception to the one above and tiramisu (a recipe “stolen” from my old boss Saleh Joudeh, which isn’t baked at all but also includes mascarpone), I don’t do cakes. I don’t even eat them much. Apparently, I’m in the minority.

Everyone, it seems, loves cakes and their sweet little siblings, cupcakes (have you checked out Seattle’s own CakeSpy, or the hilarious Cake Wrecks blog that had all my pals slapping their knees after they read this recent story in the NYT). Perhaps the Food Network show “Ace of Cakes” is fueling their appetite (Nate’s addicted).

Nate’s “Sticky Chocolate Cake.” Got milk?

Well, after I told you about 17-year-old baker Elissa Bernstein and her glorious cakes yesterday, a colleague sent me this kick-in-the-pants column by Petula Dvorak at the Washington Post, whose tale of obsessive cake-decorating involves her search for a way to create the perfect suction cup for an octopus cake — heaven help her.

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