Category: Loaf Cakes & Single Layer Cakes

An unfussy, single-layer or loaf cake is my favorite category of dessert. The cakes in this chapter are like a drapey jumpsuit—breezy and elegant, bordering on effortless. These are the types of cakes you could whip up without advance planning if you wanted to, yet they also happen to be dinner party–worthy. Many of them incorporate fresh fruit, another reason why these are my preferred recipes to bake, eat, and serve. For beginning bakers who want to make something simple but impressive—and all the advanced bakers who want the same—these cakes are for you.