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Delicious No-Hassle Cakes

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The cook in all of us often feels like cake baking, but we often reject the notion because of the time and trouble involved in the layering, filling and frosting process. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to whip up a cake, bake it, and frost it right in the pan? Or maybe even not frost it at all?

This kind of simplicity is especially welcome during or following the Holidays when we're all feeling just a little bit limp, but you still don't want to compromise on the quality of your cake. We feature here two cakes: Chocolate Sheath Cake with Chocolate Frosting, dark, moist and irresistible with its hint of cinnamon, and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, an old favorite that I bet you haven't made in a while.

Chocolate Sheath Cake with Warm Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Sheath Cake is wonderful to have around for the family. But make it in one of the nice 13" x 9" pans that comes with its own plastic lid, and and it will travel very well to the office, a friend's house, or anywhere else you want to attract chocolate lovers. This cake is topped with a simple frosting while still hot from the oven. The warm frosting and cake meld into a simple, but special, dessert.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake has been around so long that the very name is a cooking clich of sorts. Everyone knows what it is, but many modern cooks have never baked one, and many modern families haven't had the pleasure of tasting this delicious dessert. Ours is baked in a cast-iron skillet. This cake can be put together so quickly, you can whip it up before you start supper, and serve it warm from the oven for dessert.

So if you are tired of all that Holiday candy (good as they are, if I see one more Ferrero Rocher, I'll scream), but still hunger for a tempting dessert, give one of these easy cakes a try.

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