LYL: quartre-quarts

I made this cake for Dorie’s virtual birthday party a while back.

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80 Responses to “LYL: quartre-quarts”

  1. Cher January 19, 2012 at 8:44 PM #

    I have a feeling this week’s recipes will be a bright spot on this cold winter weekend!

    • acookingmizer January 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM #

      well apparently, I havent been able to leave a comment on your blog for a couple of weeks… so I will leave it for you here! :)
      I wanted to use blueberries AND strawberries!!! OOOH!! … well I try to make all my cakes and such from scratch and you have so many more options for flavors and such, but some people are just content to “stick with their strengths!”… LOL!!

  2. tricia January 19, 2012 at 8:45 PM #

    Great time of year to try this one —

    • rosa January 20, 2012 at 5:48 AM #

      Hi ladies, I can’t seem to leave a comment on your blog today so I will leave it here…

      Nana – I love the different toppings you tried, that slice with honey and pistachios looks heavenly.

      Tricia – I too had serious doubts that the egg whites were going to fold nicely into that dry batter. In fact, when I got to that point I went back to re-read the recipe, just to make sure that I hadn’t forgotten something. But I should have trusted Dorie because it worked out perfectly.

    • acookingmizer January 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM #

      apparently I just cant leave comments on any sites… ugh. here you go!

      Nana, how crazy that your batter was dry?? Mine was very much moist and lovely, also my cake seems to have risen much more than any I have seen so far… I wonder if you overbeat your whites? I do agree that the whites were a rather annoying step, but I think that it makes it pretty fluffy and more delicious. What other toppings did you guys try? I love that you tried it with nuts!

  3. NummyKitchen January 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM #

    My whole family enjoyed this cake, this one is a make again for sure!

    • acookingmizer January 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM #

      we will be making this one again soon too! :) I love the use of the ligonberries! what a cute smile!

  4. laurcl January 19, 2012 at 9:47 PM #

    The grownups enjoyed this one the most!

    • acookingmizer January 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM #

      looks great! i have found that if you line the bottom of a regular cake pan with parchment and butter both sides then you can make any kind of upside down cake you like. with something like a bundt pan, its much harder to un-mold it… :( love your idea of using apples though! :)

    • acookingmizer January 21, 2012 at 9:06 AM #

      Love the coulis!! :) This certainly has so many options and I just cant wait to do more with it!

  5. Bakeawaywithme January 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM #

    Loved this cake…A “go to” recipe for quick cakes!

    • rosa January 20, 2012 at 5:06 AM #

      Hi Kathy, I can’t seem to comment on your blog today, don’t take it personally, all of a sudden I am having trouble with lots of blogs. In any case, here is what I was trying to post…

      Mine needed exactly 30 minutes in the oven so you are not the only one. My cake was still visibly jiggly when I checked it at 25 minutes, but then just 5 minutes later it was perfect. I have often speculated that Dorie’s oven is more powerful than mine because I often need to roast/bake her recipes little longer than stated.

      • Bakeawaywithme January 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM #

        Thanks Rosa! Glad to know it wasn’t just me!

      • StephIrey January 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM #

        Rosa, I’ve had that problem in the past. Cher was kind enough to tell me to uncheck stayed logged in my google log in and that corrected the problem for me. Hope that helps.

      • acookingmizer January 21, 2012 at 8:41 AM #

        thats me too! It seems that all the blogs that would ask for a text box identification or verification arent allowing me to leave comments. its SO annoying!!

      • Confessions of a Culinary Diva January 22, 2012 at 2:23 PM #

        I’ve had that problem also, Cher helped with the problem, and I found if I preview before I try to post it has worked. It’s very frustrating when you want to comment and can’t!

    • acookingmizer January 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM #

      this will be a go-to cake for us too! all we have had with it is coffee and tea :)

  6. Candy January 20, 2012 at 12:12 AM #

    This was wonderful!

  7. Picadillo January 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM #

    I truly enjoyed it and it was so simple to make!!

  8. jemangepdx January 20, 2012 at 12:35 AM #

    I really enjoyed this one: I thought it had a great, dense texture and a good flavor (I used rum & vanilla)!

  9. Miss Kris Kitchen January 20, 2012 at 12:58 AM #

    We love this quick and easy and tasty dessert that can be dressed up in so many ways. I will make this over and over. Excited to see what you all have done with this one.

  10. Cakelaw January 20, 2012 at 2:56 AM #

    Loved the simplicity of this cake:

  11. rosa January 20, 2012 at 4:29 AM #

    Simple and delicious!

    • rosa January 20, 2012 at 4:56 AM #

      Also, I have been having a heck of a time trying to post comments on Blogger hosted blogs lately (I use WordPress). I’ve tried different browsers but it doesn’t seem to be helping. Has anyone else had this problem and, if so, how did you fix it?

      • betsyp January 20, 2012 at 8:03 AM #

        I’ve had the same issue the past couple weeks. It seems to be only certain Blogger blogs, without a separate comment form, that use Open ID. I seem to have the problem only in Firefox (my preferred browser), but if I try the same from IE, it works OK. Maybe that will work for you too.

        • rosa January 20, 2012 at 8:17 AM #

          Yes, that’s exactly the problem I am having. I have tried Firefox, Safari, and Chrome, maybe I need to download IE and give that a try. Thanks so much for your response!

  12. jora January 20, 2012 at 6:51 AM #

    Loved how simple this was!

    • acookingmizer January 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM #

      LOL!! How crazy! we just made the vietnamese chicken noodle soup too!!! it was so delicious! but then we like pho at our house so it was sure to please! love that you ran in at the last second to put some brown sugar on, its totally something that i would do lately!

  13. Create Amazing Meals January 20, 2012 at 7:01 AM #

    Loved it & can’t wait to try it again with different flavors:

  14. betsyp January 20, 2012 at 8:02 AM #

    Simplicity itself. I’ll definitely make this again.

  15. mmmisformommy January 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM #

    This cake was absolutely perfect! This is my first week joining FFWD :)

  16. Pachecopatty January 20, 2012 at 8:46 AM #

    This is a fun cake to dress up and serve!

  17. SoupAddict Karen January 20, 2012 at 8:50 AM #

    This was yummy! So much so that I was glad I made mini versions to help with portion control!

  18. Elaine January 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM #

    I can’t believe I overslept and am going to be late for work! So glad it’s French Friday!

    @Laurie – what a beautiful cake for Dorie’s virtual birthday!

  19. adopsomom January 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM #

    Okay, so simple as this was, I found a way to make a mistake. Still, the outcome was tasty. I love French food!

  20. Newfinmysoup January 20, 2012 at 9:34 AM #

    Lovely, especially with pink grapefruit and brown sugar. Happy New Year! Happy to be back!

  21. anderlani1 January 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM #

    Not my favorite cake ever, but a good way to get berry compote from plate to mouth.

  22. Maya January 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM #

    I’m so happy to be back, and doubly glad to be baking with all of you this week! This was a delicious cake, even when undressed :).

  23. AmyA January 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM #

    A delicious, simple cake that is your canvas at serving time — herbs w/cream and berries, roasted fruit, compotes…fabulous!

  24. StephIrey January 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM #

    Great simple cake…good without anything added. Bet it’s fabulous when it’s spiffed up too.

  25. pamkaren January 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM #

    Thanks eveyone for the nice welcomes last week! I liked this cake just as it was, all the flavor right there in each bite!

  26. Erin E January 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM #

    This cake turned out really good! I wasn’t sure about the egg whites, but whatever I did it worked. I substituted almond extract and added sliced almonds to the top, so yummy!

  27. tammycirceo January 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM #

    This cake is now my husband’s new favorite. ;)

    I missed posting on time the last couple of weeks, but those recipes are on my blog now as well. A day late and a dollar short!!

  28. frolickingnightowl January 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM #

    LOVED it! Reminded me a bit of the apple cake we made over a year ago.

    PS I’d love to know if you did a post on last week’s chicken with no alcohol. Thanks!

  29. ComeUndone January 20, 2012 at 4:36 PM #

    Beurre noisette, brioche tins, and rumtopf rescued me from the same-old-same-old.

  30. franklyentertaining January 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM #

    Loved this with a warm blueberry sauce.

  31. andrealynn05 January 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM #

    Definitely a make again, disregard how the brown sugar looks on top in the photo… The cake tasted great!

  32. Food Librarian January 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM #

    So easy, delicious and I can’t stop eating it!! :) – mary

  33. food,familyandvino January 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM #

    Love this cake because it’s not to sweet! It would be perfect with a cup of French Press coffee! ~Yum!

  34. Confessions of a Culinary Diva January 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM #

    Adored this – it was fantastic! Sorry to be so late at posting, too many dr. appts. today. Happy French Friday to all – looking forward to reading everyones posts this weekend!

  35. Kat January 20, 2012 at 11:53 PM #

    It’s been a long, long while. But here’s my cake.
    I’m thinking this is the perfect weekend cake to have on hand!

  36. onewetfoot January 21, 2012 at 12:33 AM #

    This is the cake to make when you’ve suddenly learned you’ve got company coming over, or if you need to quickly get something together to bring with you to a gathering:

  37. tsimmisthyme January 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM #

    Not fancy but quick and easy and my husband loved it so much he went back for a second piece.

  38. Beth@omgyummy January 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM #

    Hi everybody! What a simple and wonderful cake – I made it to jump start a long weekend of work ahead for my teenage daughter who loves sweets AND I always miss hanging out with you guys when I don’t post!

    Hope you are all having a good start to the year. Here’s my story:

  39. ApronThyme January 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM #

    Remembered to blog, forgot to LML! We loved this but somehow I managed to use every bowl I own baking this simple cake.

  40. lizzydo January 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM #

    Better late than never! These tasted better after a couple of days:

  41. ChefLeann January 22, 2012 at 11:25 PM #

    Finished today… lovely dessert for after a Sunday Family Meal!

  42. BrynWrites4Food January 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM #

    I think this cake recipe is perfection: simple, well-flavored, delicious. I tweaked Dorie’s original recipe by substituting Cointreau for the rum or Cognac, which gave it just the right amount of orange flavor. That complemented the simple topping I stirred together: 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt and 1 tsp. each of honey and good marmalade. Wonderful!

  43. Linda@howtocookawolf January 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM #

    With the best intentions this cake was ready to go last Friday…but my pics did not make it from camera to computer until today…No matter.. we loved this beautiful little cake…perfumed with vanilla and dark rum. I will bake this again and again.


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