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About sparecake

My name's Corinne, and I like cake, cookies, and chocolate! Also, non-c-things such as ponies, Star Trek, and biking. I write a food blog and a blog about life, wide open spaces, and museum work. Nice to meet you!

Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Banana Cake

A big, moist banana cake with a bit of chocolate for dessert-y-ness. I considered putting chocolate frosting on top, but don’t think it needs it. Ingredients: 2 cups packed light brown sugar 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp 4 eggs … Continue reading

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Caramel Twists

Basically a fancy, crisp, brown sugar/cinnamon-y breadstick, in a way? These require starting the dough the day before, so start today to have dessert to snack on all day tomorrow! (Time means nothing these days, all foods at all times, … Continue reading

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Brown Butter Cinnamon Crinkle Cookies

Tasty little cookies, different than the traditional crinkle cookies. This dough requires refrigerating to get to a texture you can roll into balls, and after getting them rolled and covered in powdered sugar I threw them in the freezer to … Continue reading

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Couscous Risotto with Chicken and Spinach

Last month’s library cookbook potluck was all dutch oven recipes. This isn’t the one I brought to the event, but it was the one I liked best/thought worth making later at home. I seem to do more fake risottos than … Continue reading

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Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies use tahini as a replacement for peanut butter to provide a more ‘grown up’ flavor that at first may seem just a bit odd, but quickly becomes a new favorite. The recipe calls for freezing the dough before … Continue reading

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Gochujang Chicken

A good one for a long afternoon, I’ve made this chicken twice now, and will make it again! It’s moist, just a bit spicy, and generally quite delicious! It would probably be easier if you happened to have a second … Continue reading

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Orange Marmalade Cake

A lightly orange cake with a firm outside, and a very orangey, custardy topping. Unlike last week’s cake recipe from a ’70s cookbook, this one’s from a ’30s cookbook, called, amusingly enough at this point, The New Art of Modern … Continue reading

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Sweetheart Party Cake

A summery-feeling cake, this one would be ideal at a backyard lunch, but was also delicious at a gross wintery night gathering as well. It uses gelatin, which may sound weird but works to let you add the juice that … Continue reading

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Root Vegetable Crumble

A few months ago my (gluten-free) mother offered to buy me a cookbook she’d heard about, by some famous bread bakery lady. Who would say no to that? I’ve made a few things from the book so far that I … Continue reading

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Churro Bars

The blog where I first saw this recipe called it churro brownies, but can something without chocolate count as a brownie?? I’m not convinced. This is its own tasty cinnamon-y thing, no need to add confusion! Ingredients: 8 tablespoons unsalted … Continue reading

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