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Week 135:


I am lucky enough to walk my dogs with a wonderful group of women. We connected through our dogs but, during the walks, we find so much more to talk about and share. One woman in this group is PJ Hamel.

PJ is a baking legend, she worked developing recipes for King Arthur Baking Company (formerly King Arthur Flour), she is a food blogger, won a James Beard award for the King Arthur cookbook, she is a dog lover, and extremely patient with all my baking and food questions!

Recently she told me about the King Arthur Original Cake Pan Cake recipe, she said it was the 225 th Anniversary Recipe of the Centuries and beyond being absolutely delicious and easy to make it is also vegan – no dairy, no butter, and best of all no eggs (and with the price of eggs these days that means something)!

My go-to chocolate cake has always been Ina Garten’s “Beatty’s chocolate cake,” but step aside Ina and Beatty, this is THE cake to keep in your back pocket at all times! This recipe makes a 8” or 9” square or round but it can easily be doubled for a 9×12 or two rounds. I hope you’ll try it and like it as much as I did!