Chocolate Matcha Babka A.K.A. Cake for Breakfast

Chocolate Matcha BabkaI was inspired to bake babka because of the Seinfeld episode, The Dinner Party. In the episode, the gang is going to a dinner party, and Jerry and Elaine are attempting to purchase a chocolate babka to bring.  When the bakery runs out of chocolate, they are forced to purchase cinnamon, which, according to Elaine, is the lesser babka.  Jerry disagrees, stating that “cinnamon takes a backseat to no babka.”

So, being tempted by this debate, I had to have a taste-off.  But first, I had to find out what the heck babka is. Continue reading


How To Shape a Babka

Babka Shaping 15Making babka? Don’t be afraid! Here is how to shape it so it looks beautifully swirly: Continue reading

Spiced Coffee Cake with Tutu’s Wheaties “Frosting”

Spice Coffee CakeMy father must have loved being a kid.  He speaks often of his childhood and, based on his stories, my dad’s family could definitely be the inspiration for the next Wonder Years.  But probably much more hilarious.

Since my grandmother passed away a few years ago, he has been talking about how she would make spice cake with Wheaties frosting when he was little.  He never really described this cake in any detail, so I always imagined a three-layer cake with cream cheese frosting and Wheaties just smooshed into it. Interesting. Continue reading