Valentine’s Day calls for chocolate, and this recipe for a small but satisfying ultra-chocolaty cake from Butter Celebrates!, the latest cookbook form Vancouver’s Butter Baked Goods, does the trick whether you’re sharing it with someone or not.
With their crisp exteriors and marshmallow-soft centers, meringues are a confection too often relegated to summer pavlovas alone. How better to express how totally aghast we are at the idea that meringues are a summer food than by making a batch that screams “Halloween”?
Butter Celebrates! includes recipes intended to evoke warm associations for a calendar years’ worth of occasions, from Hanukkah sufganiyots with raspberry jelly to St. Patrick’s Day soda bread studded with raisins and zest, and pastel éclairs inspired by those featured in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which Daykin suggests for Easter.