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9 Cakes to Win You Friends (and Lovers)

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Would you like a piece of cake right now? For Goodness Cake is here for you. Every week, we'll be sharing recipes that prove why cake should be its own food group.

Today: Cake can't be your friend, but cake can help you make friends (and that's almost as good).

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I am loneliest at this time of year, when bodies are no more than puffy jackets and faces are little more than scarves and eyeballs; when the trees are exposed and skeletal; when the only sounds on the streets are shrieking sirens and scurrying footsteps.

It's easy, now, to turn to cake as a reliable friend. I fill my small apartment with noise and smell by creaming butter and sugar maniacally, covering the counters in flour, and slamming the oven door open and closed. But when 40 minutes pass, I'm left with a cake that taunts me cruelly as it quickly stales. No matter how dutifully I slice away at it, there's always more. I need people to share it with.

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Cake cannot be my friend, but cake can win me friends. And all kinds of friends, too. I'll make the Pear and Almond Cake if I'm trying to impress a sophisticated, European crowd, or the New England Spider Cake if I'm wooing companions of the laidback, low-maintenace variety. 

If you happen to meet a potential friend (or lover) whose loyalty and affection cannot be purchased with a hefty slice of chocolate cake, I'd urge you to move on to the next person. You deserve someone who loves cake as much as you do.

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing and Caramelized Pumpkin Seeds

 

Pear and Almond Cake

 

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Sour Cream Icing

 

Double Layer Cranberry Upside-Down Cake 

 

Faith Durand's Dark Molasses Gingerbread Cake

 

Sufganiyot (Jelly Donut) Cake

 

New England Spider Cake

 

Black Sesame Banana Cake with Peanut Butter

 

Pecorino Romano Cake with Candied Tomatoes


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