Pumpkin Ricotta Bundt Cake


I originally was going to call this Pumpkin Ricotta Bundt Cake, “Pumpkin Ricotta Custard Bundt Cake.”

Pumpkin Ricotta Bundt Cake. Pour a sweet ricotta custard over the batter before baking. It will magically bake into a lovely swirl in this delicious cake.

But, that’s a mouthful of words that doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. So, I took, “Custard,” out of the title and made peace with it. Or not. Because custard is the highlight of this cake, the pièce de résistance. Aaand, that custard forms magically for you in the oven! Yep! You just pour the custard on top of the cake batter and it travels nicely down to the bottom of the cake baking into lovely swirl. There’s no layering of filling and batter; just pour it on top and science takes over and… Continue reading

The Merchant Baker Turns 2!


Surprise! I know it’s Sunday and I don’t usually post on this day, but it’s a special day here in my little corner of the blogging world.

The Merchant Baker Turns 2! I'm celebrating with a little unicorn inspired cake, frosted with my favorite Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting!

Another year has flown by and shazam! My blog is now two years old! TWO! I wonder if the “terrible two’s” also applies to blogging? Gee, I hope not.

Last year, on the first anniversary of The Merchant Baker, I shared updated photos of a beloved Spiced Applesauce Cake. When I first started this blog, I shared some of my very favorite recipes first. Unfortunately, those recipes were paired with my initiation to food styling and photography. So, let’s just say that… Continue reading

Lemon Ricotta Crumb Cake


I’m hoping this Lemon Ricotta Crumb Cake sticks out from the myriad of back to school snacks, pumpkin and apple treats that are so popular this time of year.

Lemon Ricotta Crumb Cake. The perfect marriage of fresh citrus and rich ricotta cheese, topped with a buttery shortbread cookie crumb topping!

Is there a season for lemons? I get the taste for citrus in the winter months…hmmm…and I guess in the spring and definitely in the summer too. Probably not in the fall so much? Nah…Who am I kidding? I’d never turn down a lemon treat (especially a good lemon square :) I suppose I’m always in the mood for lemons.

I mean, is there anything better than a spoonful of buttery lemon curd? How about swirling it up with some… Continue reading

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

I wanted to get this Rhubarb Upside Down Cake into a post before the very last bit of rhubarb is gone for the season.

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I know, I know, it’s the second rhubarb post in almost as many weeks, but I didn’t want to wait until next year to share it. So here I am, taking one last plunge into rhubarb before it’s gone.

This was the year I tried rhubarb for the first time. I made these Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies and fell in love with it’s sweet tart flavor. I’m a lemon lover and so this whole rhubarb thing is right up my alley. Two posts is probably two… Continue reading

Strawberry Tres Leches Cake

Strawberry Tres Leches Cake

I’ve been meaning to share this Strawberry Tres Leches Cake with you for a couple of weeks.

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With berries beginning to show up in greater quantities, I’ve been buying them….then we’ve eaten them. Then I would buy more for my recipe, and we’d eat them again. Life’s been busy the past couple of weeks, (although I think we’re forever busy around here), and I just wasn’t able to sync up having fresh strawberries on hand the same day I had time to make the cake. Even this past weekend, as I was trudging around the “great” outdoors, in the rain and the cold and the mud, I thought, hey, I… Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

How many chocolate cake recipes does one person need?

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As of this post, I have three other chocolate cake recipes on the site. These Dark Chocolate Cupcakes will be the fourth. All four have their redeeming qualities. Chocolate Stout Cupcakes are sturdy cupcakes, almost brownie like in their texture and perfect for filling and dipping and topping. And the chocolate stout makes them a great choice for St. Patrick’s Day when it’s all about the beer. They have been dubbed by many as the best cupcake they’ve ever eaten! That’s a must try recipe. (You’ll also find that recipe baked as a full cake here.)

Then there’s Chocolate… Continue reading

Raspberry Almond Cake

Raspberry Almond Cake

There are pros and cons to having a blog.

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One of cons is not having as much time to try out new recipes from friends, family and other bloggers. Of course, after researching and testing recipes for years, I absolutely share favorites with you, but I’ve had to ramp up my own personal development of recipes as well for this blog. That takes a lot of time; time that cuts into making the thousands of recipes I have saved in binders and folders and book shelves, recipes that I’m just dying to try. This Raspberry Almond Cake was no different.

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It was sent to me by Cyndi, one of my… Continue reading

Lemon Souffle Pudding Cakes

Lemon Souffle Pudding Cakes

How do you feel about lemon desserts?

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I don’t think I’ve ever met one that I didn’t like. Actually, my fondness for lemon is not just about desserts. I love the freshness of lemon in an ice cold beverage and I love that squeeze of lemon on top of seafood or other savory dishes. Then, of course, I love lemon curd on top of everything. Lemon squares? Irresistible! I love lemon in this pie and in these cakes and I love these Lemon Souffle Pudding Cakes.

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This dessert is one of the easiest and yet incredibly impressive desserts you can make. That’s… Continue reading

Crazy Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Crazy Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

This Crazy Chocolate Olive Oil Cake recipe has stayed with me through all the stages of my life as an easy, go to chocolate cake.

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Why so crazy? Well, let’s start at the beginning, which was when I was in sixth grade…(That’s right, sixth grade…so you might want to go get yourself a drink or something :) I had a friend who was already in middle school and she was taking home economics. She told me about this new recipe they made, called, “Crazy Cake.” She said it was a super easy cake to make and it was really delicious. As a passionate, but novice baker, I was excited… Continue reading

The Merchant Baker Turns One!!!

Spiced Applesauce Cake

Well, that sure went fast!

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Today is the anniversary of the birth of The Merchant Baker. One year ago today, I very nervously pressed the “Publish” button and posted Brownie Bark. It was both epic and anti-climactic. Epic because I was starting a new venture, epic because I was entering into a very public space that I had previously avoided like the plague, and anti-climactic because once I pushed the button, nothing happened. I was just sitting at my computer and in a heartbeat I went from unpublished to published. You can’t immediately see any reaction. No one even knew the blog existed yet.

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Don’t get me wrong,… Continue reading