Gourmet Baked Goods
By Editorial Staff
Contributed by Info Guru Terri Wallace
Sometimes you need more than just a simple chocolate chip cookie or run-of-the-mill cake.
Sometimes you need an exotic creation that results in a sensory overload of epicurean pleasure. Whether it is that all-important third date, or you want to get your best friend appropriately sugared up before breaking the news that you want to date her ex-boyfriend—when you need a fabulous foodie fix, consider one of these gourmet baked goods.
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10. Dirty Red – Soaked
Take a Red Velvet Cake, add the sweet spice of cinnamon, then douse it all in bourbon goodness, and you have the Dirty Red Cake. While this cake retains all of the rich decadence of the original, be forewarned: this is not your grandma’s red velvet cake.
9. Raspberry Lemon Curd Cake
The sharp zing of lemon curd melds with the sweet taste of delicate raspberries in this summertime favorite. A Raspberry Lemon Curd Cake is perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon curled up reading, or served on your best china during an elegant tea.
8. Sinful Cinnamon Rolls
Rich pastry layered with butter, sugar, and cinnamon, then baked until tender and fluffy, then topped with rich cream cheese icing, or perhaps a brown sugar glaze, or vanilla buttercream frosting. While humble in appearance, the simple cinnamon roll is more than delicious—it is downright sinful!
7. Cocoa Raspberry Cupcakes
A list of baked goods wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of a rich bite of chocolatey goodness. Giant chocolate cupcakes appear innocent, topped with a perfect dollop of flower-shaped frosting, but the dense, fudgy cupcake is anything but innocent.
6. Blueberry Tart
For simpler fare where the fresh fruit is the centerpiece, consider a simple blueberry tart. While this tart might be less elaborate than some of the other offerings, this infusion of mouthwatering blueberries might well be the final hurrah of summertime before the heavier flavors of fall.
5. Blue Monkey Pound Cake
The Blue Monkey Pound cake is a confection laced Blue Curacao, packed with pineapple puree, and made even zestier with the inclusion of orange zest in the rich butter batter. Once baked, the cake is soaked in rum—truly this cake is fit for pirate king!
4. Maple Bacon Pound Cake
One bite of this cake quickly confirms the popular notion that “everything tastes better with bacon.” This brown sugar cake is laced with maple wood smoked bacon and, seemingly, has all the makings of the perfect “breakfast cake” — or at least that is what we will tell ourselves as we help ourselves to another large wedge of cake at four in the morning.
3. Sangria Pound Cake
While one bite of the Sangria Pound Cake might seem to transport you to the Spanish coast, where handsome strangers recite Hemingway to you while you indulge in another bite of this exotic concoction that pairs sweet Sangria with buttery pound cake, it is highly unlikely. However, it is still a gastronome’s delight.
2. Key Lime Pie
Taste a bit of Florida with the perfect combination of sweet-tart, melt in your mouth texture of a dreamy key lime pie. Key limes are not just any green citrus; they are actually tiny little limes from the Florida Keys, and they are a not-so-secret ingredient in what many people claim is their favorite dessert.
1. Classic Cheesecake
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Rich, dense, and decadent are just a few words that describe the creamy decadence of a classic baked cheesecake. Paired with fresh fruit, or alternating drizzles of caramel and melted chocolate (or all of the above!) this traditional dessert becomes an elegant masterpiece.
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