Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd

There are times when we are hit by a cake craving or someone unexpected is popping over for dinner but you don't have the time or need to make an elaborate multi-layered dessert. Little Everyday Cakes: 50+ Perfectly Proportioned Confections to Enjoy Any Day of the Week by Candace Floyd delivers over fifty recipes for those occasions.

Most of the cakes in this book are baked in a single standard eight inch layer cake pan or a standard loaf pan. The author includes recipes for two layer, six inch cakes for special occasions which is the perfect amount for everyone to enjoy a slice of decadence. I find myself making smaller cakes or treats more often than not for many reasons including not being tempted by over-indulging and being less wasteful if we can't eat the entire regular sized cake before it becomes stale.

I love the variety and range of recipes from Honey ginger sour cream cake, Butterscotch pecan loaf, to a Lemon-rosemary yogurt loaf. The author also provides the measurements in weight and volume which is a bonus. Beautiful photographs and helpful hints fill the pages of this delightful title. 

Special thanks to Spring House Press for sharing a recipe with our members and for providing three copies of Little Everyday Cakes in our giveaway below. 

One egg dinner cake
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SERVES 8

Here's the cake that started my fascination with little cakes. My grandmother Queenie made this often and served it in a variety of ways-with sliced fresh peaches and ice cream, with strawberries and Sweetened Whipped Cream, or with Fudgy Chocolate Sauce.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (240g)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (113g)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (198g) 
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature (170g)
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sugar (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper, and grease the parchment. Dust the pan with flour.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.

Place the butter in a mixing bowl, and beat with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until creamy. Add the granulated sugar, and beat until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until well combined. Reduce the speed to low, and add the flour mixture and milk a little at a time, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat until just smooth. Scrape into the prepared pan.

Bake the cake 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Place the pan on a wire rack, and let the cake cool 15 minutes. Turn the cake out of the pan, and return it to the rack, top side up. Sprinkle the coarse sugar on top, if using, and let the cake cool completely.

Cut the cake into wedges, and serve with sliced fruit or berries, ice cream, sweetened whipped cream or chocolate sauce.

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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59 Comments

  • Kristjudy  on  11/1/2018 at 6:50 PM

    Almond coffee cake

  • inflytur  on  11/1/2018 at 7:04 PM

    Gingerbread cake

  • Shelley.b  on  11/1/2018 at 7:26 PM

    Chocolate snack cake

  • lpatterson412  on  11/1/2018 at 7:38 PM

    Citrus cakes

  • tennyogirl  on  11/1/2018 at 7:42 PM

    Chocolate snack cake

  • runandierun  on  11/1/2018 at 8:47 PM

    I was thinking the Earl grey tea cakes at first, but it's probably the honey-ginger sour cream cake.

  • jr0717  on  11/1/2018 at 9:58 PM

    The Ricotta cake!

  • jennycooks1971  on  11/1/2018 at 10:20 PM

    Earl grey tea cake for sure!

  • riley  on  11/1/2018 at 11:53 PM

    Mexican chocolate cake

  • JRumi  on  11/2/2018 at 5:34 AM

    Cranberry walnut coffee cake

  • stef  on  11/2/2018 at 6:56 AM

    Honey-ginger sour cream cake

  • vickster  on  11/2/2018 at 7:35 AM

    Fig and orange cake

  • kmn4  on  11/2/2018 at 8:30 AM

    Mexican chocolate cake

  • jberry  on  11/2/2018 at 9:23 AM

    The Honey-Ginger Sour Cream Cake is right up my alley. Sounds delightful for the upcoming holidays.

  • lauriesk  on  11/2/2018 at 10:05 AM

    Pumpkin pound cake loaf

  • melmaren  on  11/2/2018 at 10:09 AM

    Chocolate malt cake! Followed by the Earl Grey tea cake : )

  • mlanthie  on  11/2/2018 at 1:11 PM

    Fudge cake with cherries and pecans

  • ket06e  on  11/2/2018 at 1:50 PM

    marble cake

  • ktwalla  on  11/2/2018 at 2:16 PM

    Chocolate Malt Cake

  • sarahawker  on  11/2/2018 at 2:55 PM

    Maple cake with maple frosting

  • demomcook  on  11/2/2018 at 3:16 PM

    Almond Coffee Cake

  • Dannausc  on  11/2/2018 at 4:20 PM

    Carrot loaf

  • Kblg  on  11/2/2018 at 5:08 PM

    Cannot wait to try Mango Upside Down Cake!

  • Christinasfood  on  11/2/2018 at 6:44 PM

    It's a hard choice. Ricotta cake, no maybe the fig and orange, ooohhh maybe the gingerbread. Don't make me choose!!

  • monasli  on  11/2/2018 at 6:49 PM

    Like cake

  • monasli  on  11/2/2018 at 6:50 PM

    Lime cake is what I meant.

  • t.t  on  11/2/2018 at 11:48 PM

    Flourless chocolate cake

  • Steben  on  11/3/2018 at 3:03 AM

    Fudge cake with cherries and peacans

  • hae1123  on  11/3/2018 at 6:25 AM

    Almond coffee cake

  • Carpecookie  on  11/3/2018 at 8:44 AM

    Earl grey tea cake

  • lindyjane  on  11/3/2018 at 9:04 AM

    gingerbread cake

  • RSW  on  11/3/2018 at 11:05 AM

    Earl Gray tea cake

  • hillsboroks  on  11/3/2018 at 12:07 PM

    I would dive right in and make the Pina Colada Cake first.

  • mpdeb98  on  11/3/2018 at 12:29 PM

    Peanut butter snack cake

  • PQPantry  on  11/3/2018 at 2:54 PM

    Gingerbread cake!

  • antpantsii  on  11/3/2018 at 3:09 PM

    Honey ginger sour cream cake

  • elsid22  on  11/3/2018 at 3:36 PM

    fresh apple cake!

  • jmay42066  on  11/3/2018 at 4:10 PM

    Carrot loaf

  • jluvs2bake  on  11/3/2018 at 4:35 PM

    Earl Grey tea cake

  • MiMi60  on  11/3/2018 at 9:58 PM

    Ricotta cake

  • janv  on  11/4/2018 at 2:47 PM

    Lime cream cheese frosting

  • BridgetL  on  11/4/2018 at 4:50 PM

    Pumpkin spice cake with coconut topping

  • eatysmith  on  11/4/2018 at 5:00 PM

    One egg dinner cake!

  • jezpurr  on  11/4/2018 at 10:39 PM

    Butterscotch pecan loaf!!!^_^

  • EmilyR  on  11/4/2018 at 10:49 PM

    Mexican chocolate cake

  • matag  on  11/5/2018 at 7:25 PM

    Blueberry pecan cake f

  • debbiehb  on  11/6/2018 at 12:11 PM

    Honey-ginger sour cream cake

  • LaurenE  on  11/8/2018 at 6:11 PM

    Ricotta cake

  • Laura1  on  11/9/2018 at 7:25 AM

    carrot loaf

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  11/10/2018 at 1:29 AM

    I want to first make the lemon-sour cream pound cake.

  • MidwesternerTT  on  11/10/2018 at 9:20 AM

    Fig and orange cake is one I want to try.

  • KarenGlad  on  11/11/2018 at 7:02 AM

    Maple cake or maybe just the maple frosting.

  • Siegal  on  11/11/2018 at 9:17 PM

    Ricotta cake sounds amazing

  • choppergirl  on  11/12/2018 at 7:03 PM

    One egg dinner cake

  • dbielick  on  11/13/2018 at 8:21 AM

    Fudge cake with cherries and pecans

  • verorenee  on  11/14/2018 at 5:16 PM

    almond-coffee cake sounds delish

  • hibeez  on  11/18/2018 at 10:39 AM

    Honey-ginger sour cream cake

  • ravensfan  on  11/18/2018 at 11:16 AM

    Jam Cake

  • michalow  on  11/18/2018 at 11:07 PM

    Lemon-rosemary yogurt loaf

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