Happiness Is Baking: Cakes, Pies, Tarts, Muffins, Brownies, Cookies: Favorite Desserts from the Queen of Cake by Maida Heatter

Search this book for Recipes »
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert; Cooking for a crowd
    • Ingredients: butter; vanilla extract; sugar; eggs; all-purpose flour; almond extract; instant espresso powder; chocolate syrup
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert; American South
    • Ingredients: butter; mace; sugar; eggs; cake flour; heavy cream
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert
    • Ingredients: cake flour; ground cinnamon; nutmeg; ground cloves; butter; light brown sugar; sugar; eggs; buttermilk; lemons
    • Accompaniments: Brown sugar icing
    show
    • Categories: Frostings & fillings
    • Ingredients: light brown sugar; heavy cream
    • Accompaniments: Buttermilk spice cake
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Cakes, small; Dessert; Breakfast / brunch; Thanksgiving
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; ground cinnamon; ground ginger; nutmeg; ground cloves; eggs; sugar; canned pumpkin purée; dates; walnuts
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert
    • Ingredients: dark chocolate; unsweetened chocolate; instant espresso powder; all-purpose flour; Dutch-process cocoa powder; butter; sugar; eggs
    • Accompaniments: Bittersweet chocolate sauce with cocoa
    show
    • Categories: Sauces for desserts; Vegan
    • Ingredients: Dutch-process cocoa powder; instant espresso powder; dark rum
    • Accompaniments: Chocolate intrigue
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert; Cooking for a crowd
    • Ingredients: unsweetened chocolate; all-purpose flour; instant espresso powder; bourbon; butter; sugar; eggs
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Frostings & fillings; Dessert; Cooking for a crowd
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; butter; vanilla extract; almond extract; instant espresso powder; sugar; eggs; Dutch-process cocoa powder; milk; dark chocolate
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Frostings & fillings; Dessert; Cooking for a crowd
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; Dutch-process cocoa powder; dark chocolate; unsweetened chocolate; instant espresso powder; butter; light brown sugar; eggs; sour cream
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert; Cooking for a crowd; American
    • Ingredients: whole wheat flour; ground cinnamon; nutmeg; ground allspice; ground cloves; carrots; eggs; buttermilk; honey; canned crushed pineapple; raisins; walnuts
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Frostings & fillings; Dessert; Breakfast / brunch; Afternoon tea; German
    • Ingredients: raisins; all-purpose flour; eggs; walnuts; apples; butter; ground cinnamon; apricot preserves
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Afternoon tea; Breakfast / brunch; Dessert; Cooking ahead; West Indian
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; ground ginger; preserved ginger in syrup; butter; eggs; sour cream; honey; walnuts
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Frostings & fillings; Dessert; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: blanched almonds; all-purpose flour; butter; sugar; eggs; lemon extract; lemons
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Frostings & fillings; Dessert; American
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; butter; sugar; eggs; milk; lemons
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert; Christmas; Thanksgiving
    • Ingredients: raisins; all-purpose flour; ground cinnamon; nutmeg; Dutch-process cocoa powder; butter; sugar; eggs; applesauce; walnuts
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Frostings & fillings; Dessert; Afternoon tea; Breakfast / brunch; Hungarian
    • Ingredients: ground cinnamon; Dutch-process cocoa powder; currants; walnuts; all-purpose flour; butter; sugar; eggs; sour cream; confectioner's sugar
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert
    • Ingredients: egg whites; sugar; eggs; oranges; pastry flour
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert
    • Ingredients: ground cinnamon; blueberries; all-purpose flour; butter; eggs; lemons; walnuts
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert; Cooking for a crowd
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; ground ginger; ground cinnamon; ground allspice; unsweetened chocolate; butter; dark brown sugar; light molasses; eggs
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Frostings & fillings; Dessert; Cooking for a crowd
    • Ingredients: cake flour; Dutch-process cocoa powder; butter; sugar; eggs; milk; unsweetened chocolate; heavy cream
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Frostings & fillings; Dessert; Cooking for a crowd
    • Ingredients: cake flour; butter; sugar; eggs; milk; oranges; apricot preserves; egg whites; light corn syrup; confectioner's sugar; almond extract; shredded coconut
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Frostings & fillings; Dessert; Cooking for a crowd
    • Ingredients: unsweetened chocolate; cake flour; butter; dark brown sugar; eggs; buttermilk; egg whites; sugar
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Frostings & fillings; Dessert; Cooking for a crowd
    • Ingredients: unsweetened chocolate; cake flour; butter; sugar; eggs; white vinegar; milk; confectioner's sugar
    show
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Frostings & fillings; Dessert; Cooking for a crowd
    • Ingredients: unsweetened chocolate; sugar; all-purpose flour; butter; eggs; milk; light corn syrup
    show

Notes about this book

This book does not currently have any notes.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • East 62nd Street lemon cake

    • Cati on July 03, 2019

      This recipe is just double quantities of the previous recipe (The Best Damn Lemon Cake) with the exception that it leaves out the small addition of ground almonds.

  • Buttermilk spice cake

    • jenmacgregor18 on September 29, 2019

      Excellent instructions, as always. I think this is almost identical to what my grandma used to make for our birthdays when I was young. I took it to a potluck & had several comments of my mom or grandma used to make something just like this. The cake itself is not too sweet, tender & spicy and the brown sugar icing is just perfect with it. My Grandma called it caramel icing...and I think this same icing might also be called Penuche.

    • jenmacgregor18 on July 02, 2022

      We love our spice cake and upon request, I made this one again for Dad's birthday. I remembered from the last time that the cake texture wasn't as tender as I'd liked. I figured that I had overmixed. This time, instead of using the mixer to add in the flour, I folded it in by hand so I wouldn't overdo it. I was right. It was perfect. And the icing is so good. I may double the icing next time.

    • mamacrumbcake on October 14, 2020

      The flavor was good, but the texture wasn’t. Frosting was tasty—wish it was thicker and spreadable so we could have more frosting in every bite.

  • Chocolate whoppers

    • jenmacgregor18 on July 31, 2021

      Rich, chewy, crunchy and delicious. Great chocolate flavor, loaded with chocolate chips, and nuts. These have become our favorite chocolate cookie so far. They are appropriately named. Besides Joe Froggers, these are probably the biggest cookies I've made. Based on the size, D asked "Are these from Costco?" But they are absolutely perfect as is.

  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's chocolate cookies

    • jenmacgregor18 on November 21, 2019

      I picked this to make on a Wed. night, because it said "quick" in the header and I had all the ingredients. I would go entirely by timer for the baking- 14 minutes...because I didn't really see any "spring back" when I touched them. They looked too soft in the oven; but set up upon cooling. A bit chewy and crisp. These are good; but I prefer the buttery background of a choc chip.

  • Pecan squares Americana

    • jenmacgregor18 on June 12, 2020

      I give a second thumbs up on these. I've made these to rave reviews too. Every time I make them, there are no extras to take home. People gather round to divvy up the leftovers. The sugar custard is not too sweet. It's just enough filling to hold the pecans together. Delicious! My only change is that I usually sub cane syrup for the corn syrup.

    • taste24 on June 11, 2020

      Fantastic pecan squares. My filling bubbled over a bit in the oven but that may have been due to my pan not being tall enough. The lemon zest in the batter is a unique but nice touch. Everyone went crazy over these!

  • Florida lemon squares

    • darcie_b on October 28, 2020

      I was confused by the recipe specifying unsweetened condensed milk. I think adding lemon juice to regular condensed milk would curdle it, so I used sweetened condensed milk. My family liked the bars, so even if this is wrong, it was wrong in the right way.

    • mamacrumbcake on March 17, 2021

      Although plain looking, these lemon squares a quite tasty. They are nothing like a traditional lemon square, which is lemon curd over a short crust. In contrast these have a creamy lemon filling sandwiched between a brown sugar oat crumble. The filling is very thin and almost disappears after baking; this is a thin cookie, not more than ½“ in total for all three layers. The crumble gives a nice crunch to these bars and the brown sugar goes well with the lemon filling. I think I added an extra tablespoon of lemon juice to the filling because it was not lemony enough for me. I also used a tiny bit of lemon paste ( ?-¼ teaspoon) to amplify the lemon flavor. Much easier than traditional lemon squares.

  • Joan's pumpkin loaf

    • mharriman on October 31, 2019

      I used a dark loaf pan and should have reduced the oven temperature by 25 degrees. Because I didn’t, the outer crust turned dark and hard before the inside was finished baking. The inside turned out a bit on the dry side but was tasty and looks beautiful - with the larger sized cut up dates and walnut pieces. I’ll definitely repeat this recipe but make the needed adjustments with my oven temp.

  • Blueberry crumb cake

    • mamacrumbcake on August 14, 2020

      The best part of this cake is the crumb topping! I wouldn’t hesitate swapping it for the crumb topping of any other coffee cake. The cake itself, not including blueberries, is soft but not very sweet and I think it would take well to other fruits. I like this cake, but my preference would be for one slightly sweeter and richer.

    • Lepa on June 28, 2019

      This cake is so luscious! I saw it posted on Smitten Kitchen and followed her suggestion of adding more blueberries- around 460 grams. The cinnamon and lemon go so well with the blueberry here.

    • sofull on November 16, 2020

      One of the best blueberry cakes hands down. Perfection

  • Macadamia and milk chocolate biscotti

    • mamacrumbcake on July 13, 2020

      This is a very nice biscotti—a lot of chocolate and macadamia nuts held together with a little bit of dough. I was a bit skeptical because of the milk chocolate, but it really is very tasty. This is the crunchiest biscotti I’ve ever made, but because it crumbles readily when you bite into it, there is no fear of cracking teeth. Instead of blanching, toasting, and grinding the almonds, I used the same measure (1.5 oz) of almond flour, which I toasted for 5 minutes till it became golden and fragrant. It eliminated a lot of work. With this modification, this recipe is fairly quick and easy for biscotti. Maida’s suggestion to first use a serrated knife to cut through the crust of the biscotti is genius—it prevented the biscotti from crumbling.

  • Mexican wedding cakes

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on September 15, 2019

      Delicious. Made 22 cookies of 15 ml each. Probably making them a little smaller next time.

  • Sour-cream black-fudge loaf cake

    • bwhip on March 04, 2020

      Disappointment. Flavor was good, dark and bittersweet, with the coffee also a strong contributor. Baking time called for in the recipe was way too long - one hour and five minutes. Because most loaf cakes I bake are more in the 45 minute range, I decided to check it then, and it was already quite done. Batter is very stiff, and the cake wound up dry and crumbly. The frosting also sets up very firm. I'm not sure even less baking time would make this as appealing as many other cakes we make.

  • Oatmeal molasses cookies

    • Mtetpon on May 06, 2019

      My first batch was very dark. I dropped oven temperature down to 350 and 10 minutes. My oven may run a little hot but check cookies early.

  • Peanut butter pillows

    • Jviney on May 23, 2019

      Yummy cookies, not as sweet as I expected. The peanut butter layer in the middle makes these not subtle- they’re really good.

    • sofull on November 16, 2020

      I wasn't wowed by it. Didn't love the look of it but it was a yummy cookie.

  • Pineapple upside-down cake

    • Nkrieda78 on February 05, 2022

      My cake was done in 35 min. The recipe calls for 45-50, it would have been burnt to a crisp.

  • The best damn lemon cake

    • taste24 on June 11, 2020

      While a bit labor intensive (grinding the almonds, sifting the flour, zesting and juicing lemons, etc), the extra effort is worth it. This little loaf cake is dense, moist, and so flavorful. Make sure you follow her instructions precisely!

  • Brownies

    • sofull on November 16, 2020

      A solid brownie recipe.

  • Positively-the-absolutely-best-chocolate chip cookies

    • sofull on November 16, 2020

      I wasn't that amazed by first taste but it got more incredible as the days went by. I haven't made it with nuts yet but it's fantastic.

  • Colorado cowboy cookies

    • sofull on November 16, 2020

      A major fave. Comes out perfect every time and a favorite amongst all who eat them. I love them. A great oatmeal cookie.

  • Coconut layer cake

    • sofull on November 16, 2020

      I toasted the coconut flakes. It was good but the flavor tasted better after a few hours/next day. A little sweet. Would try to find a less sweet jam.

You must Create an Account or Sign In to add a note to this book.

Reviews about this book

  • Food52

    ...instructions guide us effortlessly through all manner of cakes, pies, tarts, and cookies; while the recipes themselves are for classic American desserts,

    Full review