Pinch Cake Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle And A Giveaway!

Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle

I’m in Atlanta for the next few days and very excited to be meeting a whole bunch of bloggers and foodies I only know via the screen. I’ve left early to prepare a workshop and also to take time to visit with friends there and put my brain cells to rest a bit. I was off to a good start by catching up with my blogging pal Chris around a delicious bowl of Thai noodles as soon as I landed. Sweet long weekend indeed.

It’s funny but without being a homebody, I am extremely happy in the “here and now” and very comfortable where my derriere was on the couch last night. Meaning, I wish it all could happen closer to me so B. could attend too. Although not surprised, I am very grateful for his mending the fort while I am away for work and he’s stuck here with two crazy dogs and a pile of papers to grade. I’ve left a fridge full of home cooked meals and a tray of these Pinch Cake Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifles.

Everytime I set out to leave things for him in the kitchen, you can bet that I never forget to leave dessert. This time, I went straight to the source and asked what he most wanted to have. “Something retro like a trifle or strawberry shortcakes.”For the occasion, I wanted to try something different and figured it was high time I picked something from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Heavenly Cakes. I used her recipe for Pinch Cake and layered it with lemon curd mousse and fresh strawberries. They’re in season in Florida which is just a skip and a hop from us (and tasty).

Strawberries And Lemons

I was attracted to this particular cake recipe for two reasons, how easy it was to convert as it contained very little flour and also because I loved the story behind the name, Pinch Cake. Paraphrasing Mrs. Beranbaum: in Spain, the cake is originally known as pinch bread and the name is partially derived from the way of eating it: by pinching out pieces between your fingers. Mrs. Beranbaum calls this version Salt because it was created in 1985 by Miquel B. Costabella, pastry chef of Salt Bakery, named after the village of Salt, close to Girona, Spain. History, baking. Happy.

But wait! While I am away rolling in sugar in Atlanta, here is a chance for you to bake it at home too: I am giving away one copy of Heavenly Cakes.

All you have to do is leave a comment (one per person) here between today and Sunday January 17th (midnight Eastern time) when the winner will be chosen at random. The giveaway is open world wide. Why not tell me what your favorite retro dessert is while you’re at it? Would love to know!

Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle

Some updates before I leave: the macarons workshops in L.A are both sold out, but I’ve been asked to teach a third class on Food Photography in L.A, Saturday March 6th 2-5pm. Email rachael{AT}lafujimama{DOT}com if you are interested.

I did say I was working on one more surprise: I figured Seattle was so close to L.A not to go visit a couple of dear friends. Well, thanks to the organization skills of Viv from Seattle Bon Vivant, I am now teaching 3 workshops there. Two will be on photography and one on macarons. [Update: all classes SOLD OUT]. Can’t wait to meet Seattle, its wonderful community and thrilled to be staying on Shauna’s couch. After that trip I’ll have two days to get the house ready for 3 weeks with my parents. Phewee…!

Gimme cake…!

Pinch Cake Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle

Makes 6 to 8

Catalan Salt Pinch Cake, adapted from Rose’s Heavenly Cakes:

1 cup + 2 tablespoons (112gr) unblanched sliced almonds
3/4 cup plus 2.5 tablespoons (180gr) sugar, divided
6 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoons white rice flour

Preheat the oven to 325F/160C.
Line a quarter sheet pan with a sheet of parchment paper and slightly spray with cooking spray. Reserve.

Toast the almonds on a separate baking sheet until pale golden, about 7 minutes.
Cool completely and pulse the almonds with 2.5 tablespoons sugar until finely ground. Stop before the nuts start to form a paste.
Place the eggs into a 2-cup measure with a spout and whisk them just to break them up.
In a stand mixer fitter with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium low speed until foamy. Increase the speed and whisk until soft peaks. Gradually beat in the remaining cup of sugar. Continue beating until the meringue is thick and glossy. With the beater off, stir in the almond mixture until evenly incorporated.

Reattach the whisk and with the mixer on medium speed, add the beaten eggs to the meringue, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating for 2 minutes after each addition. It should take a total of 20-25 minutes but be sure to beat for a minimum of 20 minutes. Add the lemon zest.
Sprinkle the flour over the batter and fold until completely incorporated. Pour the batter onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

For the lemon mousse:
grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup (125 ml) lemon juice
1/4 cup (50gr) sugar
2 eggs
1 cup (250 ml)heavy cream

4 cups fresh strawberries

Combine the zest, sugar, juice in a saucepan, and bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, beat the eggs until light. Beat some of the lemon mixture into the eggs to temper. Scrape the mixture back into the saucepan and cook stirring constantly until it thickens up, about 5 minutes. Strain and let it cool to room temperature, covered with plastic wrap until ready to use.
In a stand mixer, whip the cream to medium stiff peaks. Incorporate the cooled lemon curd in three additions. Place in a piping bag.

To assemble:
Cut out rounds in the baked caked that will fit inside the glasses that you wish to use. I got enough rounds for 2 layers for six 3-inch wide glasses.
Place one round of cake at the bottom of the glass, position strawberry halves inside facing out on top, pipe some lemon curd in the middle and repeat the layers. Top with some extra whipped cream if desired.

Le P’tit Coin Francais:

Pour le gateau:
112gr amandes emondees
180gr sucre
6 oeufs
2 blancs d’oeuf
1 cuilliere a cafe de zest de citron
80gr farine de riz

Prechauffez le four a 160C.
Mettez une feuille de papier sulfurise sur une petite plaque a biscuit a rebords. Beurrez legerement et mettez de cote.
Faites toaster les amandes sur une autre plaques jusqu’a ce qu’elles deviennent dorees, 7 minutes environ.
Laissez les refroidir completement et reduisez les en poudre dans un mixer avec 2 cuillieres a souple de sucre. Arretez la machine avant que les amandes ne forment une pate.
Mettez les oeufs dans un grand verre mesure et les battre legerement a la fourchette, juste pour les casser.
Montez les blancs en neige en ajoutant le reste de sucre au fur et a mesure afin d’obtenir une meringue ferme. Ajoutez les amandes et melangez.
Ajoutez les oeufs entiers battus, 2 cuilleres a la fois et tout en battant l’appareil pendant 2 minutes apres chaque addition. Le procede devrais prendre environ 20 a 25 minutes (au moins 20). Ajoutez le zest de citron.
Ajoutez la farine en pluie et soulevez a l’aide d’une maryse jusqu’a ce que la pate soit homogene.
Versez la pate sur la plaque preparee et faites cuires 15 a 20 minutes.

Pour la mousse au citron:
le zest d’un citron
125ml de jus de citron
50gr sucre
2 oeufs
250ml de creme entiere liquide

Amenez le zest, sucre et jus de citron a fremissement a feu moyen. Dans un bol de tailled moyenne, fouettez les oeufs pendant 2 minutes. Ajoutez en filet le jus de citron chaud tout en continuant de fouetter. Remettre la mixture dans la casserole et cuire a feu moyen jusqu’a epaississement. Passez a la passoire et laissez refroidir.
Pendant ce temps, montez la creme en chantilly et quand la preparation au citron est refroidie, y melanger la chantilly.

Dans 6 a 8 verres, faites des couches successives de gateaux, mousse au citron et fraises.





496 responses to “Pinch Cake Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle And A Giveaway!”

  1. Chris Avatar

    It was awesome hanging and shopping with you today! It has been tooo long, my friend.

    Love the Trifle! You had me at Lemon Mousse. And, seeing the foot on that macaron only fuels my determination to redeem my latest macron disasters. πŸ™‚

    Oh – retro dessert? My mom's chocolate pudding ice box cake! Back when I could eat chocolate, it was sooooo good. πŸ™‚ See you Friday!

  2. Banannas Avatar

    Hmmm…for "retro" desserts, I'd pick the following:

    Bananas Foster (US)
    Yakgwa (Korea)

    It's been awhile since I've had either of these desserts, so perhaps I should get to them soon.

  3. Suzanne Avatar

    this dessert looks absolutely heavenly!

  4. Sara Avatar

    I adore peanut butter pudding pie! πŸ™‚

    The trifle looks amazing – yum!

  5. Karen Baking Soda Avatar
    Karen Baking Soda

    Love the way that looks! A retro desert? My mom always made us caramelized oranges/tangerines for desert, but mind you just on festive occasions like Christmas and birthdays. (served in a glass bowl with a huge sigh of relieve because it *scary* involved caramel!)

  6. Rachael Avatar

    You're coming to Seattle? Very awesome! I hope I can make it to the macaron workshop!

    I have to go ultra classic on the retro dessert front and say the classic malt!

  7. Simply Mel {Reverie} Avatar
    Simply Mel {Reverie}

    When ever I think of retro-desserts, I think of coziness – so my mom's banana pudding with vanilla wafers!

  8. Deppified Avatar

    I don't know if it qualifies, but CHEESECAKE. I could eat it every day for the rest of my life and not get sick of it!

  9. Laura Avatar

    I'm going to try this recipe without any doubt, I just need some good strawberries!
    My favourite retro dessert, mmm… may sounds weird, but it's bread & jam!

  10. Sabrina Avatar

    How pretty. I love strawberries and cream, but have never made a trifle. For a retro dessert, I would pick a lemon meringue pie. I haven't made one of these since I was in middle school baking with my mom. Might be time to try again.

  11. Kitten Avatar

    Oh, my! What a gorgeous looking cake. Mmmm. Anyway, my favorite retro dessert? Rice pudding!

  12. Diane Schmidt Avatar
    Diane Schmidt

    Rice pudding

  13. KajOz Avatar

    When I think of "retro" dessert I think of my grandma… She always served chocolate pudding with whipped cream. Every time I eat it, this reminds me off my childhood!

  14. Monique Avatar

    Your desserts are divine looking, and as soon as I can make some time and find an occassion, I will be making some of these.

    Favourite retro dessert – my sister's biscotti, marscapone tiramisu.

    Thanks for the blog…

  15. Suze Avatar

    Your dessert looks amazing. My favourite retro dessert is chocolate mousse. I have it so rarely and it is a treat for me.

  16. Post Grad Hair Cut Avatar
    Post Grad Hair Cut

    Oh yum! I would love it.

  17. Unknown Avatar

    Banana Cream pie, with the custardy part made with peanut butter. It's the Elvis of pies!

  18. Anonymous Avatar

    Your photography is delicious! I also think you are brave to use strawberries in January. My favorite retro dessert: butterscotch pudding dressed up with a dollop of whipped cream and cocoa nibs. Heather M

  19. Nina Timm Avatar
    Nina Timm

    Enjoy your trip and good luck with the workshop!! I posted about your Vanilla and Cardamom Ice-cream yesterday….wow, what a treat it was!!

  20. Swee San Avatar
    Swee San

    yum, looks like a le frasier!
    hrm, I don't know if it qualifies for retro dessert but i like sticky date pudding with caramel and ice cream and some toasted pecans on top ..

  21. Boriana Kostova Avatar
    Boriana Kostova

    Retro desert, hm, i doubt you'll know about the vladishka pita, my grandmother used to make. It's a bulgarian desert (a cake with walnuts, cinnamon and yougurt – no eggs), often enjoyed in my family which i still make πŸ™‚ I could give the recipe if anyone wants it.

  22. Julia Avatar

    Mmmmmm, I love strawberry shortcake. This dessert looks heavenly

  23. shaz Avatar

    Wow, have lots of fun away, looking forward to hearing about it.

    I've got The Cake Bible and love it, so an opportunity to win Heavenly Cakes cannot be passed up πŸ™‚

    My fav. retro treat is trifle (and no I'm not saying that to suck up).

  24. Ristina Avatar

    I don't know if this is retro, but I am definitely feeling a coconut cake for this weekend!

  25. breana Avatar

    i used to and still do love a big bowlful of ice-cold almond jelly with longan.

  26. amanda Avatar

    oooh this looks so lovely! I would love to make them for my boyfriend… he loves strawberries to death, and they must really shine here.

    My retro dessert of the hour is banana cream pie. I really must perfect it!

  27. Coconut and Vanilla Avatar
    Coconut and Vanilla

    I don't know, if chocolate mousse counts as retro. But it's my favourite classic dessert.
    And I love your lemon squeezer! From where do you always get those nice kitchen accessoires? I think it's easier in the States than here in Germany.

  28. edina Avatar

    I like strawberry shortcake!

    edina_tien [at] yahoo [dot] com

  29. Snooky doodle Avatar
    Snooky doodle

    Yummy this trifle looks incredible and that macaroon is like the cherry on top πŸ™‚

  30. Dominique Avatar

    Super recette: vivement la saison des fraises! Mon dessert prΓ©fΓ©rΓ©: le riz au lait de mon enfance avec de la "vraie" vanille. Aujourd'hui j'y rajoute du caramel au beurre salΓ©!

  31. French Cooking for Dummies Avatar
    French Cooking for Dummies

    Your verrines are gorgeous! Strawberry and lemon sound perfect together… Can't wait to try it!

  32. Adi Avatar

    Baba au rum is one of my favorites. So decadent with whipped cream…

    adiluria [at] yahoo [dot] com

  33. Sherynn @ myBakez Avatar
    Sherynn @ myBakez

    wow! this looks so great & yummy!!!

  34. Chaitali Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert would have to chocolate mousse trifle. Its just sponge cake layered with chocolate pudding (made from a box), fresh fruits and tons of whipped cream.

  35. Anonymous Avatar

    Old-fashioned pudding..let me think..german pudding – custardish in taste but more solid with bit of rasberry syrup on top..taste of childhood πŸ™‚

    Lovely dessert btw..mmm..I will have to wait until we'll have strawberries here…but I'm sure it's worth waiting.

  36. zarpandit Avatar

    OMG! amazing giveaway πŸ™‚ my retro dessert cherry pie! yummy and looks so cute πŸ™‚

  37. A cupcake or two Avatar
    A cupcake or two

    What an absolutely beautiful dessert. That would be perfect for a Ladies lunch or high tea. Its so fresh and summery a perfect treat for the Aussie summer.

  38. masouma Avatar

    nowdays we have variety of desserts plus world become so small that we can try desserts from diffrent cousines but still best desserts are retro desserts like rice pudding,strawberry short cake,sago desserts from chinese ad malay cousine,

    i read this blog today very first time and really impressed by these recipes will defintly try these.
    and thanks for sharing such nice and professional recipes(which some people doesnt wan to share with us)one of my friend make very nice desserts but she never share her recipe now i think i will also give her tough competition with help of your recipes thanks once again for sharing

  39. Poires au Chocolat Avatar
    Poires au Chocolat

    How about a good slice of banoffee pie? I would say it's retro!

    This looks lovely – folding lemon curd into whipped cream is a fabulous idea.

  40. Jessica @ How Sweet Avatar
    Jessica @ How Sweet

    I wish I was close enough to attend!
    This dessert is so beautiful!

  41. azna Avatar

    I love your photos πŸ™‚ Some day I hope to be as good as you…

  42. enchocolatte Avatar

    Why I love food bloggs? Because of the amazing, tasteful photos like yours!
    Strawberries in the middle of winter – for a while I returned in last summer holidays!
    Thank you!

  43. Romy Avatar

    I'm not sure what exactly qualifies as a retro-dessert… but my mom used to make us a fabulous pumpkin-grand marnier cheesecake for dessert in fall. Sometimes she'd even let us eat a piece for breakfast the next morning! πŸ™‚

  44. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking Avatar
    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

    Beautiful with its little macaron hat!!

    My favorite retro dessert would have to be bread pudding. Or maybe a nice pie . . .

  45. Jenn Avatar

    Just found your blog and it's positively heavenly!
    My favourite retro dessert is chocolate cream pie on a thick graham crust, loaded with whipped cream.

  46. NecessaryForce Avatar

    Oooh, I could go for a big bowl of Thai noodles right now. πŸ™‚

    I hope you enjoy the catching up.
    Also, your trifle looks delicious. It's just what I have been dying to make lately.

  47. Stacey Avatar

    My fabulous friend in NY just sent me this cookbook for Christmas, all the way to Berlin! ArenΒ΄t friends GREAT??
    Favorite retro dessert.. hmm… IΒ΄ll go with ice cream sandwiches!!

  48. Jessica Avatar

    I was hoping that the giveaway would be a bite of this dessert! But the cookbook is almost as good!

    Honestly, I can't even choose a proper retro dessert to deem as my favorite. I have such a sweet tooth that I won't play favorites!

  49. Mary Corbet Avatar
    Mary Corbet

    Retro Dessert? Does it have to be "favorite"? When I think "retro desserts" what comes to mind is "Heavenly Hash" – a dessert that was apparently very popular in the 60's & 70's at bridal and baby showers, according to my mom. Its use of raw eggs probably puts it on the "bad" list today. Haven't had it for years, but I remember liking it as a kid when my mom would make it for summer Sunday dessert. (It's got pineapple in it, and Nilla Wafers, eggs and butter and sugar, and I think plain whipping cream, and that's it…)

  50. Cindy Avatar

    oh, i hope you will come to nyc one day. i would take both classes. my favorite retro desert was made by my mom and pretty simple. homemade graham cracker crust. chocolate pudding. whipped cream on top. comfort food. have a wonderful trip!

  51. Phuoc Avatar

    Hi Helen,

    Your trifle looks absolutely divine. I love taking classic desserts and giving a twist to it. The lemon mousse is something I'd definately would like to try have a go at.

    Here in Australia we have this traditional Australian dessert called pavlova. Basically a meringue base served with cream and seasonal fruits. Not long ago I created a "retro" pavlova; it was served as a messy kind of trifle. The meringue was chocolate served with coffee cream and roasted hazelnuts. YUM! I'll send you a photo of it so you know what I'm talking about πŸ˜€

  52. Deanna Avatar

    I've had my eye on this book! When I think of the retro desserts from my childhood, my favorites are the rootbeer float, tapioca pudding and apple crisp with oatmeal streusel topping.

  53. The Lady Nomad Avatar
    The Lady Nomad

    The trifle looks delicious, I can't wait to try making it.

    My favorite dessert is angel food cake with lemon sorbet and fresh berries. It reminds me of my favorite restaurant in NYC and going there in the summers when they would have all the windows open. Nice and sunny, and not overpowering at all.

  54. Helene Avatar

    Anonymous/Heather and others: strawberries are in season in Florida (starting in December actually) and we are just a skip and a hop from there. They're tasty too.

  55. Unknown Avatar

    favorite retro dessert – bananas foster!

  56. KJB Avatar

    I enjoy your blog. The photos are always fabulous,

    My favourite retro dessert is one that makes me wince, despite how good it is. It is a pineapple dessert, made in a pan. The base has raw egg, which always leaves me a bit concerned. The rest of it is pretty much tinned pineapple, icing sugar, butter, and whipped cream. Taste great, but not light in any sense of the word.

    Hope you are enjoying yourself.

    Toronto, Canada

  57. Meg Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert is definitely oranges with caramel. It was with great glee that I discovered Alice Medrich had included a recipe in her book…
    if I can't have that one, I'll take angel food cake with fresh fruit. It's a little less "retro" in the Americana sense, but it always feels like a dessert from the past.
    If I can't have that, I'll take the atrociously named "Indian Pudding" that my grandmother used to let me eat for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving.

  58. Mac Avatar

    That looks delicious! You are so lucky to live near a place where strawberries are in season.

    As for my favorite retro dessert, it's a toss-up between peach cobbler and lemon chess pie.

  59. Unknown Avatar

    I'd love to have a copy of the book!

    My favorite retro dessert… I'm going to have to go with Banana Pudding. The kind with sliced bananas and Nilla Wafers.

    So, so good. So, so bad.

  60. Half Baked Avatar
    Half Baked

    Beautiful trifle! My favorite reto dessert is probably pineapple upside-down cake…yum:)

  61. Sarah E Avatar
    Sarah E

    How yummy! I'll have to try this! Loved your truffles as well, by the way.

    My favourite retro dessert? Banoffee pie followed by sticky toffee pudding drenched in warm custard!

  62. Erin Avatar

    I enjoy the commentary and photos so much on your blog.
    This dessert makes me long even more for sunnier weather!
    Hmmm… my favorite retro dessert is more a classic dessert – I never tire of a victoria sponge layer cake stuffed with whipped cream & berries of any sort.

  63. stephanie Avatar

    That trifle looks AMAZING!! My favorite retro dessert would actually have to be a trifle! When I was younger, I went to one of my first "fancier" dinners at Summit House in Fullerton, CA, and they offered this English Trifle as a complimentary dessert for birthday guests. WOW, I fell head over heals, the rum-soaked genoise, the creamy chantilly cream, the berries and the perfectly toasted almonds. I was in heaven.
    Just recently I tried to make one for myself, somewhat mixing all sorts of other recipes to make the kind of trifle I had in my head (that English Trifle from Summit House) and it turned out GREAT! I had to really watch myself, because once I started tasting it, I wanted to take a couple bites every 10 minutes. Hope I'll have the opportunity to make the amazing trifle pictured here!
    All the best

  64. Patricia Scarpin Avatar
    Patricia Scarpin

    Helen, I adore the story behind this cake's name – so adorable! I would certainly pinch several times in row, it looks delicious!

  65. LadyWild Avatar

    I love orange cake. My grandmother made it all the time when I was young. I never knew it was a retro dessert until recently.

  66. Lex Avatar

    Ice Cream Sandwiches, if they count as retro. They just remind me of childhood summertime (the rare treat we'd get from time to time).

  67. InΓ©s Castellano Avatar
    InΓ©s Castellano

    Arroz con leche! (ΒΏIs it the same as rice pudding?) Thats my retro dessert! πŸ™‚

  68. Erin Avatar

    i love your blog, it is so beautiful! my favorite 'retro' dessert is one that my grandma makes (maybe invented?) and calls cherry cha-cha layers of graham cracker crust, cherry pie filling mixed with cool whip, mini marshmallows mixed with cool whip, nuts…sounds so un-natural, but is oh so good!

  69. NikiTheo Avatar

    I hope you have a good time in Atlanta! I've been hearing such great things about her cookbooks, I'd love a chance to win it!

  70. Amicus Cupcake Avatar
    Amicus Cupcake

    I'm not really sure I have a favorite retro dessert, unless of course fondue counts…

  71. ailouron Avatar

    Do angel food cakes count as retro? They're so classic, and so easy, and pretty much the most delicious thing with any kind of fruit. I use my grandmother's pan to make them, so maybe that makes them retro.

  72. Rebecca Avatar

    Looks delish! My favorite retro desert is bananas foster yum!

  73. Debbie Avatar

    Retro dessert—hmmmmmm. This morning a chocolate malted sounds good along with a chocolate covered coconut macaroon from the Helm's Bakery in Los Angeles. Sadly, it doesn't exist anymore….

  74. Pat in Oak Ridge Avatar
    Pat in Oak Ridge

    There are so many fav desserts, but I love peach pie the best!

  75. breckster Avatar

    Banana Cake. A thin thin slice, with the frosting like grandma made.

  76. Craig Avatar

    I wish you could do a workshop in Boston. I would definitely attend.

    Favorite retro dessert is Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. I'd love to see your take on it.

  77. Da Bee's Knees Avatar
    Da Bee's Knees

    Ooh… that looks divine!

    My favorite retro dessert: Pineapple Upside Down Cake


    Leche Quemada (Mexican Caramelized Milk Candies)

  78. Joni Avatar

    Not sure if it counts as retro, but one of my favorite desserts is tiramisu.

  79. Katie Avatar

    Oh, it seems like it will be forever until strawberries will be in season here.

    My favorite retro dessert is a really good chocolate mousse. There are so many so-so versions out there, but the great ones are fabulous.

  80. J.Y.C. Avatar

    I love the jaunty macaron beret!

    I think my favorite retro dessert would have to be bread pudding… Mmmmm!

  81. Hillary and Jonathan Avatar
    Hillary and Jonathan

    Hmmm… my Grandma and I used to make wonderful sugar cookies together, so I guess that'd be my favorite "retro" dessert. She recently sent me the book the recipe's in and they spell it "cooky" throughout… it's precious!

  82. Erin Avatar

    Your dessert really does look divine. It's distracted me so I can't seem to think of a retro dessert. Maybe purple yam in sweet cream that my filipino MIL makes.

  83. Anne Avatar

    Retro dessert? Does Jello count?

  84. oneordinaryday Avatar

    How fun to get to meet up with those lovely folks you know through other blogs. I'd love to do that too!

    This little dessert looks lovely, and this is a great giveaway.

    Lucky Seattle! Come to PA! LOL


  85. Lee Anne Avatar
    Lee Anne

    Oh, lovely!

    I will always love banana pudding, but then again I am from the South.

  86. Laura Avatar

    I love Rose, and if I win the book it will add to the collection of her books I happily own.

    Is Tiramisu' considered retro? If so, that would be my pick.

    Have a great time!

  87. Kira Avatar

    Definitely have to go with my grandmother's blueberry kuchen – mmmmm!

  88. Mary Avatar

    Your dessert looks amazing! I'll have to wait about 6 more months for good strawberries, so bookmarking now. I keep hearing about this cake from Heavenly Cakes, so I really need to get my hands on this book! I have her Cake Bible and love it.

    My favourite retro dessert:

    Apple pie is the hands-down winner. My mother makes a great one and so do I. Mmmm!

  89. The Atheist Cartographer Avatar
    The Atheist Cartographer

    I'm going with a completely classic retro: icebox cake.

  90. Jan Avatar

    YUM! I can't wait to make this one! thanks so much for recipe.

    My favorite retro desert is chocolate pudding.

  91. ValΓ©rie Avatar

    Thanks for that interesitng tidbit about the story behind the Pinch Cake. I love that! And your trifle looks so delicate and refreshing!

    I'm actually not sure what qualifies as a "retro" dessert, since everything old is becoming new again… But I'd say one of my childhood favourites is crΓ¨me au chocolat.

  92. Naomi Alice Avatar
    Naomi Alice

    Oh my, strawberries my absolute godlynessdelicius fruit. This recipe looks fantastic, with somewhat of heavenly soft and creamy and mmmm so yummy!!
    Very similar to one of my favorite deserts in Italian"la nuola". I'll have to post it one of this days.
    But as retro dessert I have to go with the simple apple cake my mom used to make when little.. Very different recipe but so simple πŸ™‚
    thank's for the chance πŸ™‚

  93. Katrina Avatar

    I'm a little jealous about the strawberries! πŸ˜‰
    My favorite retro dessert is an ice cream sundae, but now I'm in to making my own ice cream!

  94. ephrat Avatar

    I'm not sure I could name any retro desserts other than chocolate mousse, so that will have to be my fav. You really can't go wrong with silky, rich chocolate mousse anyway!

  95. Faye Avatar

    Is strawberry shortcake retro? That's my favorite dessert!

  96. maureenC Avatar

    My retro favourite dessert has to be the classic Pound Cake. This is one cake that I have made countless times.

  97. Kim Avatar

    This looks phenomenal! I'm partial to strawberry shortcake or chocolate strawberry cream puffs.

    I just bought Rose's Pie and Pastry Bible and love it! Rose's Heavenly Cakes is on my wish list and hope it's just as good.

  98. Rebecca D. Martin Avatar
    Rebecca D. Martin

    I don't know about retro, but my most recent favorite dessert is shortbread cookie bars with chocolate chips.

  99. β™₯peachkinsβ™₯ Avatar

    I want this…

  100. Maggie Avatar

    I'd so love this book. I'm in love with homemade puddings lately. Caramel, vanilla, whatever… Thanks!

  101. Danielle Avatar

    Hi! I'm kinda new to your blog, and I love it!

    A retro dessert, eh? How about a classic key lime pie?! Yum!

  102. Mary Poppins in Heels Avatar
    Mary Poppins in Heels

    What a fabulous give away! And the dessert looks incredible.

    I think my favorite retro dessert is pudding cake. Reminds me of my childhood.

  103. Erica Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert = Jello with whipped cream!

  104. Maria Avatar

    Heavenly indeed! I don't know if this is retro but I love a good brownie sundae with homemade vanilla ice cream.

  105. Wendy Avatar

    I agree with Chris, love lemon mousse and can't wait to try this recipe. When I think 'retro' I think of my mom and her friends. They weren't necessarily gourmands, but they made fun things for their kids. One of my favorites was an ice cream sandwich dish/dessert. Layer the bottom of a baking dish with ice cream sandwiches for the bottom layer, crush heath bar and mix with cool whip and layer on top of sandwiches – then put in the freezer. Garnish with more of the topping when it comes out.

    Simple, but yummy for kids!

    Looking forward to your class on Sunday!

  106. Jellenp Avatar

    Drool. Consider me entered.

  107. Kiersten Johnson Avatar
    Kiersten Johnson

    My mother makes a delicious triffle every year. I absolutely love it!

  108. Anonymous Avatar

    Thanks for the giveaway… hoping I'll b picked! Retro would have to be the chocolate yodel! Yum!!! It was certainly a hot seller in NJ restaurant where I was the pastry chef.
    Best wishes,

  109. Unknown Avatar

    Looks lovely and thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    My favorite retro dessert would have to be either the classic poundcake or lemon cheesecake! YUM!

  110. rudie2shoes Avatar

    Hrm, not sure what a retro dessert is but I do love a classic strawberry shortcake!

  111. Yolanda Avatar

    I'm very jealous about the strawberries — so pretty! My favorite retro dessert: strawberry shortcake.

  112. Lindsay C Avatar
    Lindsay C

    This recipe looks lovely and pictures are beautiful as always! My favorite "retro" dessert would probably be pretzel salad (pretzels, butter, sugar, cool whip, cream cheese, fruit and jello…what could be better?). 2nd would definitely be strawberry shortcakes with the store bought cake cups. Good luck with all of your upcoming trips!

  113. Anonymous Avatar

    This trifle looks amazing. My favourite retro dessert would have to be pecan pie…. YUM

    Bobbie from Canada

  114. VertAnge Avatar

    This looks amazing!
    My favorite desert is vanilla pudding…but I don't know if it's retro or not:)

  115. Megan Avatar

    I cant believe I'm smack dab in between LA and Seattle. How I would have LOVED to attend one of the workshops. Dont suppose you have a lay-over in little ol' Redding, CA. do you? I'll buy lunch!
    No? Didn't think so.
    My favorite retro dessert would be chocolate cream pie. I remember my dad use to buy the frozen ones when I was a kid and I loved them. I shudder at the thought now. LOL

  116. CharlotteJeanT Avatar

    This looks incredible. My mouth is watering! My most favorite thing to have for a retro dessert is a chocolate fondue party. You can't go wrong. That, or checkerboard cake.

  117. Micaela  Avatar

    I love a good, old-fashioned pound cake.

  118. Melita Avatar

    When I think of a "retro" dessert, I think of an ice cream sundae!

  119. kate Avatar

    Love bananas foster! This dessert looks amazing. Thanks!

  120. WSAKE Avatar

    bavarian cream is my favorite, but i think it`s almost historic and not exactly retro…

  121. JDDavis Avatar

    Ok, this is my first time posting a comment, but I have been following your blog for roughly a year now. It has really been inspiring reading about the creative desserts you invent and modify. While I do not have a favorite dessert, let alone a favorite retro dessert, my Dad does. He loves banana pudding. And the way he tries to hint us into making it for him? He buys bananas, Nilla wafers, and pudding, then hopes we catch on. Does not work, but he still tries. Have fun in the crazy city of Atlanta!

  122. Evelyn Avatar

    This is completely gorgeous. New to your blog, but can't wait to keep reading!

    My favorite retro dessert…it's hard to choose! When I think 'retro', my mind goes to the classics. I love chocolate chip cookies, angel food cake and my grandpa's strawberry pie an awful lot, but I'm never opposed to a macaron, hand-dipped ice cream or a cherry pie either!

  123. Thao Phan Avatar
    Thao Phan

    That just looks yummy!!!!!

    I don't know what retro desserts are…

  124. Melissa Avatar

    I don't know if it counts as "retro", but I've had strawberry shortcake on my birthday for as long as I can remember. It's still my favorite!

  125. Unknown Avatar

    I think strawberries and cream is absolutely to die for! Don't know if it is retro but boy oh boy, it is good!

  126. Jeanne Avatar

    That trifle looks divine! My favorite retro dessert is strawberry shortcake.

  127. Lynn @LynnATL Avatar
    Lynn @LynnATL

    Your Pinch Cake Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle looks amazing. I was given a jar of lemon curd over the holidays – so I plan to try the recipe. My favorite retro dessert is creme brulee (if dining out) and angel food cake with fresh berries (at home). Looking forward to #SugarComa. Best, Lynn

  128. Cindy Avatar

    Atlanta is one of my favorite cities. I lived there for 3 years. Hope you enjoy your visit.
    My favorite retro dessert is one my mother use to make, it's tapioca pudding with whip cream folded into it.

  129. lumplings Avatar

    I don't think this is a retro dessert but I LOOOOVVEE Creme Brulee πŸ™‚
    We need more details on your trip to Seattle! I live in Canada, but Seattle isn't that far away!

  130. Emma Avatar

    The trifle looks delicious!

  131. Laura Avatar

    Favorite retro dessert? Tapioca pudding!
    BTW, could you substitute potato starch for the rice flour in this recipe?

  132. Carolina Avatar

    I love to cook, but I am not much of a dessert-maker. I am invariably inspired by your desserts to try to be better, they are gorgeous. We made macarons for New Year this year, they, umm… need some practice.
    Is butterscotch pudding retro?

  133. Kari Avatar

    I just learned how to make macaroons in culinary school and I fell in-love with them! Made me think of you! Now if only you could come to chicago so I could take your classes!
    My favorite retro dessert has to be creme brulee, its a classic!

  134. Mimi Avatar

    Im pretty sure San Diego is much closer to LA than Seattle, you are going in the wrong direction!
    Banana pudding with Nilla wafers is my favorite retro dessert.

  135. holly | bijou lovely Avatar
    holly | bijou lovely

    The trifle looks delicious!

    My favorite retro dessert would be something my mom made, buttery walnut crust, chocolate pudding in the center, and cream cheese and whipped cream on top. SO good!

  136. Heather Sabra Avatar
    Heather Sabra

    That trifle looks mouthwatering.
    My favorite retro dessert is bread pudding.

  137. Elissa Avatar

    Hm, don't have a favorite retro desert because my parents were macrobiotic in my formative years(and I squarely blame them for not reaching my full vertical potential :)). I am sure making up for it now with baking!

  138. Avory Avatar

    Admittedly, at 24, I am not all that retro, but I do love egg creams πŸ˜€

  139. Britney Avatar

    I wonder how the Sugar Tour escaped my notice… wish I had heard of it before now. Ah well, perhaps I'll just live vicariously through your blog/updates…and by eating your recipes! This one looks light, yet satisfying. Fave retro dessert: Bananas Foster, just the way grandpa used to make it.

  140. Karine Avatar

    Yummy, another great recipe. Thank you Helene.

    In my family, retro desserts are a staple. One of them is meringue bomb. It is a mix of fresh black dates (pealed of course) with tons of French whipped cream and broken meringue chunks. Very light in texture. Super tasty, but calorie rich. This dessert feels very 80ies to me.

    By the way, I loved the tarte des rois recipe you posted. I am making it this week-end.
    In my family it was a β€œgateau des rois” they used to bake with a coin and hard bean hidden in it. Of course the one who got the coin was crowned king of the year and the unlucky one who got the bean… well… better luck next time. Hehehe

    Hope to win this amazing book. πŸ™‚

  141. Sibora Avatar

    oh, macaroons!

  142. N2 Avatar

    Beautiful pix, as usual!
    My favorite retro dessert has to be Black Bottom Pie.

  143. Melissa Calvin Avatar
    Melissa Calvin

    Coconut Cream Pie

  144. sandhya Avatar

    Beautiful dessert….

  145. Jayme Avatar

    I'm so excited to attend your classes here in Seattle!! I can't wait πŸ™‚

    I'd have to say my favorite retro dessert would have to be either a banana split sundae or strawberry shortcake. Mmm yum!

  146. Piebird Avatar

    Thank you for doing this awesome giveaway! My favorite retro dessert is my grandmother's retro Meltaway Cookie recipe.

  147. Eunice Avatar

    cupcakes are my favorite dessert! red velvet and chocolate are even better. yum!

  148. Carla Avatar

    Ooh, your trifle looked so good I ran to show my husband the post right away. As my resident baking savant, he will definitely be trying out the recipe for us!

    Retro dessert fave: Devil's Food or Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  149. Unknown Avatar

    It's not exactly retro, but I have a recipe for lemon blueberry cookies with a lemon zest icing that I love. The recipe is something that my mom cut out from the newspaper ages ago, and I grew up eating them (so, they're retro for me). I love to bake them for groups of people when blueberries come into season. No one has ever had them before, and I usually get lots of recipe requests.

  150. darkREDcrema Avatar

    mmm…chocolate cream pie, dark choc mousse, banana pudding, whole batches of chocolate chip cookies, blondies, apple crisp…too many to name

  151. kateiline Avatar

    I love strawberry shortcake! It's especially good when you can slice up fresh strawberries from a local farm when they're in season (though honestly, the frozen sliced in syrup strawberries are pretty tasty too).

  152. sprite Avatar

    I think rice pudding might qualify as a retro dessert — but a worthy one to end pretty much any meal. (Or, y'know, for breakfast…)

  153. kristina Avatar

    Strawberry shortcake, all the way—way retro, way good.


  154. Sareberry Avatar

    I love ice cream bombs. They're so pretty!

  155. L Avatar

    Favorite retro dessert? banana split

    More importantly…REALLY want to get tickets to your Seattle class. I'd love to surprise my daughter (who lives there..I'm in Portland) with a little day out and this would be perfect. I'm in the midst of compiling our "family recipe book" for our daughters and my "Seattle daughter" is fast becoming an accomplished young cook and baker…loving THAT and would so enjoy the opportunity to do THIS with her. Please advise on tickets!!!

  156. Buttercream Avatar

    Hooray for Rose Levy Berenbaum! My favorite retro dessert is strawberry rhubarb pie, hands down, without a doubt. A little whip cream or ice cream on the side wouldn't hurt either!

  157. Crystal Avatar

    Hope you're having fun! Time spent with husband and pup is so enjoyable it's hard to tear yourself away sometimes! πŸ™‚

    Trifle is up there for me on retro desserts, along with mousse.

  158. kathleen Avatar

    strawberry shortcake is absolutely my favorite πŸ™‚

  159. Lucy Vaserfirer Avatar
    Lucy Vaserfirer

    Hmmm, it's so hard to pick favorites, but I'd have to say chocolate layer cake.

  160. Amber Avatar

    Hmmm, I would have to say Strawberry Shortcake. YUM!

  161. Bobbi Avatar

    Mmmmm! Would love to have that after the not so yummy cafeteria food I'm having for lunch at work today… πŸ™‚

    Favorite retro dessert – my Nana's Melting Moments Christmas cookies. The most tender vanilla cookie EVER with a perfect dollop of pastel mint color powder-sugar icing on top. Love them so much – they were the favors to our guests for our November wedding last year!

  162. Grace Avatar

    I love the pictures on your blog and the book sounds great. I'd love to win.

  163. Rocio Avatar

    My retro dessert:
    pain perdu

    see you!

  164. Kayla Avatar

    I'd love to win this for my friend Debbie who is an avid baker (whereas I am certainly not…I hate measuring). BUT it would be a win-win as she could bake the treats and I could eat them with minimal work on my part!

    My favorite retro dessert would ave to be the Heath Bar Coffee cake my mom made for very special breakfasts when I was a kid.

  165. CM Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert is chocolate mousse πŸ™‚

  166. giao Avatar

    stunning photos, and how could you not love something called 'pinch cake'. so happy you're heading up here to our neck of the woods. we live on a small island next to the island where you'll be resting your head. safe travels!

  167. Lucila - My Cup of Tea Avatar
    Lucila – My Cup of Tea

    I love trifles and my "retro" dessert is cremme brule!
    Best for Argentina …

  168. carriegel Avatar

    I will be trying this one as soon as strawberries are in season. It looks wonderful.

  169. Scrapamum Avatar

    Hmm, retro desert? I would say my mom used to make these caramel squares that are so rich and decadent. That was in the 70's and 80's so I'm going to say that is retro. Geez, I think that means I'm getting old.

  170. Lisa Avatar

    Yummy, that looks great!

    My favourite retro dessert would be custard with tinned peaches. Brings back memories of my grandma.

  171. Amy L Avatar
    Amy L

    My favorite Retro dessert is Gingerbread with whipped cream. I also love Spice Cake with Penuche Icing.

  172. Betsy Avatar

    I love a nectar soda float, which is a really popular dessert in New Orleans! Its vanilla ice cream, 7-Up and nectar syrup. Yummm!

  173. Unknown Avatar

    Yummy! I hope I win.

  174. Dana Lundblad Avatar
    Dana Lundblad

    I love making Oreo Cookies. I found the recipe at smittenkitchen, but I'm pretty sure it came from a cookbook called Retro Desserts. I've done some different things with them too. During Christmas I made them and put some pulverized candy canes in with the filling. Delicious.

    But I also love all those old-fashioned fruit desserts, like buckles and such.

  175. Talia Avatar

    Baked Alaska. I've read it was a trendy dessert in the 70s? I had some while visiting my aunt one summer when I was young and it was incredible. It's been almost thirty years and I have haven't had any since then, I'd love to try it again.

  176. Madeleine Avatar

    Oh please, oh please, oh please!

  177. Alexandra Avatar

    my favorite retro dessert? Rice pudding!
    perfect anytime yummm!!!

    your blog is so beautiful, I love how you take the pics, very inspiring!

  178. Heather Avatar

    hmm…I would have to say Red Velvet cake and cream cheese frosting

  179. Risa Avatar

    'mmmm, this looks stunning (as usual!). I like a good old-fashioned chocolate pudding pie!

  180. Avatar

    You are starting 2010 on a very busy note…
    My favorite retro-dessert would be a pinapple pie made with canned pineapple slices and some sort of a pound cake on top with rhum!

  181. Mary Avatar

    Your little trifles look beautiful and sound so yummy! And why don't you come up to rural Ohio sometime? Or Cleveland? And my favorite retro dessert would have to be a good old fashioned jello salad. I love them!

  182. Bianca Avatar

    My Dearest God, this looks soo awesome. i will try it as soon as I get back home. Anyway, I don't know if it counts as 'retro' desert, but I would have to go with creme brulee. Love it, love it, love it! And love your blog as well πŸ™‚

  183. Lauren Avatar

    Your presentation is always exquisite and this trifle is no exception! Do you ever teach macaron classes in the northeast??

  184. Raquel Avatar

    Helen, it is my birthday this weekend and I was going to ask my mother to make me either a Tres Leches Cake or a Strawberry Shortcake!!! I love all desserts, retro and modern. I still live with my mother so I only ever bake, I don't do much REAL cooking. This beautiful book would be the best birthday present ever!!! I too love recipes with a story.

  185. Julie Avatar

    When I think of retro desserts I think of my mom's banana cream pie. And thinking of it makes my mouth water πŸ™‚

  186. KTryon Avatar

    Retro Dessert… I would have to say it's a tie between strawberry shortcake and banana fosters! They're both great!

  187. Irene Avatar

    I live in South Africa, where it's just the end of strawberry season, so that's a perfect dessert. My favorite retro desert is real, homemade chocolate pudding with a dollop of whipped cream.

  188. kimberleyblue Avatar

    I absolutely love pineapple upside down cake. Anything with caramelized sugar automatically is fantastic!

    What a lovely trifle you have going on there.

  189. Emma Slipp Avatar
    Emma Slipp

    My favorite retro dessert is peanut butter balls that my grandma made for my mom when she was growing up. So good!

  190. Mrs. G Avatar
    Mrs. G

    That looks great! My fav retro dessert would be peach cobbler.

  191. Nico Avatar

    Favorite retro dessert: Baked Alaska

    love your blog!

  192. Devonshire Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert is homemade chocolate chip cookies and ice cream.

    Love your site!

  193. Anonymous Avatar

    My daughters favorite is strawberry shortcake. I always make it for her birthday. this is something she will like just as much. a new spin on an old favorite. thank you.

  194. Char Avatar

    have fun in ATlanta!

  195. Corey Avatar

    I'm not sure if it's "retro" or not, but I always like banana pudding…bonus if it has some vanilla wafers in it. πŸ™‚

  196. Laura B Avatar
    Laura B

    Butterscotch pudding! I remember eating little dishes of it as a child at my aunt's house. Yum!

    Your blog is beautiful as always. Thank you for sharing.

  197. Faith Avatar

    thanks for the giveaway fun! i gotta say, i'm a real sucker for pineapple upside-down cake. yum!

  198. Marissa Avatar

    Whoopie Pies!!

  199. Melanie Avatar

    I've never heard of pinch cake before… the trifle looks scrumptious though!

  200. Dora Avatar

    Looks delicious! One of my favorites is rice pudding.

  201. Calantha Avatar

    I have been searching for a good trifle recipe because my boyfriend repeatedly waxes nostalgic over them. Can't say I've ever tried it, but I think I'll be trying this one out very shortly!

    Dessert fave: a warm, moist gingerbread cake. Sign me up!

  202. christina marie the wcm Avatar
    christina marie the wcm

    I tried to assemble a sort of individual trifle like this once. didn't look anywhere near as pretty.

  203. marissa Avatar

    Hmm.. not sure what counts as retro, but anything chocolate is my fave! Have a wonderful trip!

  204. Allie Avatar

    Love the macaron on top! I love dessert, don't think I could possibly choose a favorite. I did have a wonderful raspberry and hazelnut financier just yesterday though.

  205. Tina Avatar

    I absolutely love Bananas Foster. And since bananas are always available, it's a great dessert to have year round.
    Also, coconut cream pie is something I would never turn down.

    Once again… LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!

  206. The Sartorial Spectator Avatar
    The Sartorial Spectator

    Ooh, I love lemon curd. This looks fantastic.

    I'd have to say a classic poundcake is my favourite retro dessert. My favourite dessert of all time is definitely apple pie, but I consider that more timeless than retro!

  207. Nic Avatar

    My sister will be in your Atlanta class this weekend, I 'gave' it to her for Christmas!

  208. miniNigella Avatar

    this dessert looks as light as a cloud…yummy !!

  209. MadeInCanarias Avatar

    What a wonderful desert!

  210. Amy A Avatar
    Amy A

    To tell the truth…I love good ol'fashioned gooey chocolate chip cookies…

  211. AnnaBeL Avatar

    Looks amazing!

  212. MamaB Avatar

    I love chocolate pudding cake. Your trifle looks lovely.

  213. CuteCandyCupCakes Avatar

    As always: wonderful picture of a really tasty looking goody! Strawberries are not in season here yet, but I'm looking forward to Summer, when they are actually available.

    My favourite retro dessert would probably be my mum's chocolate pudding. πŸ™‚

  214. Osakaben Avatar

    I'm not sure if they count as "retro", but the pictures have me thinking of making either a slump, mess, or a fool. Beautiful work though.

  215. Katie Avatar

    Its definitely rice pudding for me! My aunt makes it for every Christmas. She hides and almond inside, and whoever gets the almond wins a prize…a wonderful family tradition.

    I love your blog!

  216. Unknown Avatar

    Those trifles looks so pretty with strawberries! Sadly we don't find them here in winter. My fav retro desert has to be rice pudding with almonds,raisins, cashews and dried coconut pieces. super yummy!

  217. Fink Avatar


    You continue to amaze me.

    I recently made your toasted blueberry pound cake (from the recipe with watermelon soup and lemon ice cream) and it was gone within the hour when my family descended upon it like vultures, sneaking down in the middle of the night eating it all before the morning!

    I also tried your chai coffee cake and apricot teacakes, and let me tell you, your recipe's put every other recipe I have in my arsenal, to shame. There is simply something elegant yet basic about your recipes, making one slap their hand to their forehead wondering how that combination of flavors never occurred to them.

    Your recipe's, and blog in general, have made me more inventive, trying how different combination's taste and seeing how perfect they can be. They aren't off the wall, out of nowhere combination's but refreshing ones that make you feel silly for just realizing.

    Anyways, I am a big retro person. I love watching old television shows of my childhood, the old movies and I yearn for Halloween when I get to delve back in the past and play out my fantasies of living in the 50's, 60's, 70's, or 80's for the day.

    However, my favorite way to wax nostalgia is food. And more specifically, desserts. To me, black and white cookies are the be all and end all retro dessert. I have a strawberry shortcake every year for my birthday so that just feels like tradition but b&w cookies, as well as rainbow cookies, bring me back like nothing else.

    Thanks for letting me stroll down my gastronomic past for a moment, I should definitely do it more often!

  218. Josh Avatar

    I would love to win this for my finacee!

  219. wren Avatar

    I think my life has offically changed: I was thinking the other day "I'm not doing enough of what I love…and I'm not sure I love what I'm doing." And, while culling inspiration to make a shift, tada!, "tartelette" appeared from an image link to macarons. What a delicious bit of serendipity. Thank you!!

  220. Heidi Avatar

    Oooh that looks amazing!
    I loooove strawberry shortcake!


  221. La cuisine des 3 soeurs Avatar
    La cuisine des 3 soeurs

    Un petit dessert Γ  mettre de cΓ΄tΓ© pour les beaux jours.

  222. Cakelaw Avatar

    What a beautiful dessert – and I adore lemon. Have a good time in Atlanta.

  223. Bertha Avatar

    Wow, I feel busy just by reading your post! Sounds like a load of fun!
    My retro dessert? hmmm… I think it would be strawberry shortcake, only during summer when strawberries are in season and succulent :).
    Oh btw, San Jose is also so darn close to LA and Seattle :D. Have fun!

  224. Anonymous Avatar

    Fave retro dessert has to be eton mess! all that cream, meringue and strawberries! yum yum

  225. Anonymous Avatar

    I would absolutely love a copy of that heavenly book!! I have been lusting after it for quite some time now! My favorite retro dessert is chocolate cream pie! A 50's diner staple! Yummy!!

  226. Mallory Elise Avatar
    Mallory Elise


    you're coming to Seattle in March?! ahhh! what rotten luck! grrr. i've been in Seattle my whole life (except for the year in France) and you're coming here a month after i move to brazil. gaaaaah. so close i could have met you πŸ™ well have fun in seattle!! i know you already have tour guides…but i'm a born native if you have any other pre-questions πŸ˜‰

  227. SousChef to YummySoup! Avatar
    SousChef to YummySoup!

    Rice Pudding and Madeira Cake πŸ˜›

  228. Bibi Avatar

    Everytime I see lemon in a recipe I think about our lime (which is lemon for us here), and to be sincere, I think it tastes even better with lime than lemon πŸ˜‰

    As always, your photos are beautiful and the lemon mousse recipe looks delicious. I think I'm going to try it alone, because I have all the ingredients for it, but not strawberries.

    Thanks for sharing one more great recipe!

    PS.: I'm always jealous of your beautiful macaroons.

  229. Anonymous Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert is Angel Pie. Graham cracker crust with cinnamon, and heavenly creamy filling. Yum!!!

  230. Rosanna Guillem Avatar
    Rosanna Guillem

    Super retro: chocolate and churros, sooooo typical in Madrid (Spain), so old and so retro!!!

  231. Beth Avatar

    The trifle looks beautiful and as always your pics are great too! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm not able to recall any favorites desserts from childhood. Asked my husband though and he said something about 123 jello.

  232. J Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert is chocolate pudding!

  233. Monica Avatar

    I love my great grandma's peach cream pie:) yum!

  234. Wendy Avatar

    is there really such a thing as retro desserts??? they're all good… and I don't think they can go out of style, can they? regardless, my favourite dessert is creme brulee. with fresh raspberries. mmmmm!

  235. InΓ©s Avatar

    Retro dessert? Well, that's difficult. I'm not really sure what would be considered retro.

    However, one of the Spanish traditional desserts I love is "Tocino de cielo" (literally, "Heaven's Pork Fat"), which is sort of a flan-like dessert, only it uses exclusively egg-yolks and sugar.

    BTW, I had never (ever) commented (I'm sorry) even though I've been reading your blog for ages. Still, the chance to win "Rose Heavenly Cakes" made me jump to it. And I promise (pinky-promise) I'll comment more often.

    Cheers and congrats for a wonderful blog.

  236. Unknown Avatar

    Your work is amazing and inspiring! As for retro desserts- ( I don't know if this is retro,but I remember having it as a child a lot) I love a coconut cream pie, piled high with whipped cream!

  237. Mercè Avatar

    Happy New Year Helen!
    I'm back from my vacation and I find this cake from back home! (I'm actually from a town minutes away from Salt!!!) πŸ˜€
    I'll have to try it since it's history-related to me! πŸ˜‰

  238. Unknown Avatar

    Mmm pineapple upside down cake!!

  239. Amber Avatar

    Banana Cream Trifle! So yummy!

  240. Gentle Reader Avatar
    Gentle Reader

    I'd love to be entered in your giveaway πŸ™‚

    My favorite desserts are only retro in that they've been around awhile–hot fudge sundaes and cheesecake!

  241. Shining Windows Avatar
    Shining Windows

    i don't know which i love more your photos or your recipes? a toss up for sure, but then i haven't eaten anything yet, need a tester? I'd kick my diet to the curb in a minute.

  242. Alexia Parada Avatar
    Alexia Parada


  243. christy Avatar

    My favorite retro desert is banana pudding with wafers in it! I still make it to this day and my kids love it too!

  244. Anonymous Avatar

    Retro dessert, um, that'd have to be cannoli….or any little Italian pastry, reminds me of my grandma.

  245. Unknown Avatar

    love those! i think my favorite is pineapple upside down cake…YUM!

  246. Rambling Tart Avatar
    Rambling Tart

    Beeyootiful! Your man will be so pleased, I'm sure! πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful time in Seattle! Hopefully we'll have some sun for you after all the rain we've had this week. πŸ™‚

  247. Shauna Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert: Rice pudding with raisins and a cinnamon stick! Best served warm! Yum!

  248. Cheryl Avatar

    I'm in Atlanta but sadly can't attend your workshop! Your photos are just amazing. I'd have to say my favorite dessert, retro or otherwise, is anything with ice cream! ~Cheryl

  249. Sarah Avatar

    Mmm, will always love strawberry shortcake best!

  250. Jane Avatar

    My favorite would be Boston Cream Pie. I remember my Mom making it.

  251. gfs Avatar

    Love how this trifle looks so 'light' and the little macaroon on top – gorgeous!

    My girlfriend recently visited London and had French Macaroons and all she could think of was how I was explaining the little 'feet' that they have. I'm yet to master them, but I'm being optimistic about it!

    Enjoy your travels.

  252. Unknown Avatar

    We LOVE your blog and as soon as I'm done DETOXING from Christmas I'm going to be bad and make a Banoffee pie. Delicious, though a little homier than your trifles!

  253. Unknown Avatar

    You're really hard on people's diets, you know that? Your trifle looks wonderful, anything with strawberries and lemon is a winner in my book! I don't think it's "retro" but the dessert that we've been eating forever is my mom's chocolate roll. Chocolate sponge cake, whipped cream and chocolate sauce is another wicked combination.

  254. Unknown Avatar

    Love your trifle..
    For me I would choose the cheezy & caramelize dessert..

  255. Sarah Avatar

    Looks good… Baked Alaska is my retro choice…

  256. Anonymous Avatar

    Retro desserts? I'm sure all of the ones I like are retro. Tried and true is always best!

  257. Anonymous Avatar

    I don't know what exactly RETRO DESSERT is and am not sure if this fit at all, but I *LOVE*LOVE*LOVE* Brownies! If it is topped with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream, ohhhhhh….. I'd be in heaven with that.

  258. visualbenz Avatar

    I can't choose just one dessert. It's too stressful!!! HAHAHAHA!

  259. Caroline Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert is a popsicle! Love the trifle, it looks gorgeous!

  260. Karolina Avatar

    I don't know if it is "retro" but I love pies in the summer. So simple and lovely πŸ™‚

  261. Unknown Avatar

    Favorite retro dessert? I don't know…anything with chocolate! Do brownies count? I love brownies! Enjoy the west coast!

  262. lonetree72 Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert would have to be bread pudding.

  263. Manhattan Mama Avatar
    Manhattan Mama

    I just discovered my 7-year-old daughter has Celiac — she was diagnosed 2 weeks ago. As a baker, I spent these days crushed. But someone sent me to your blog, and all I can say is thank you so much. I am excited to start baking on this new non-gluten adventure. My first stop? My very very favorite — and probably retro too — a berry crumble. I'm thinking this may not be too hard as a non-gluten trial!

  264. Becky Avatar

    My favorite dessert is simple, nothing complicated or fancy about it. Homemade hand cranked vanilla ice cream smothered in freshly made strawberry sauce. A grandpa special that still tickles me to my toes when I think about it.

  265. Angela Avatar

    yay atl!
    [but not hotlanta. atlantans don't say that.]

  266. Jodie Avatar

    My fave retro dessert is Texas Sheet Cake. Yum.

  267. Lori Avatar

    He is a lucky man! I would love to have one of those!

    And I would love the book too! Count me in.

  268. Marj Avatar

    I miss the Filipino dessert called "maruya." It's native bananas deep in flour mixture and then fried, yum!

  269. Kendall Avatar

    Dunno about retro… but I lovelovelove key lime pie. Lovvvvvve it.

  270. Unknown Avatar

    Rootbeer floats all the way!

  271. Unknown Avatar

    Hmm do rootbeer floats count? a scoop of strawberry and a scoop of vanilla. I've been enjoying your photos and posts since stumbling across your site. πŸ™‚

  272. Christine Avatar

    I always enjoy your blog and never post anything. My favorite retro dessert is Lemon Cake.

  273. muglinka Avatar

    your trifles are beautiful! i think my favorite nostalgia dessert would either be malted oreo milkshakes or my grandmother's persimmon pudding.

  274. Audra Avatar

    You can't beat the good-ole-fashioned chocolate chip cookies… crispy around the edges, moist in middle and warm and gooey from the oven of course. Milk optional.

  275. Nads' Bakery Avatar
    Nads' Bakery

    All the retro desserts I can think of are all back in style! I love Red Velvet Cake. I also love all kinds of bavarian creams.

  276. Shea H Avatar
    Shea H

    Banana pudding with Nilla wafers – yum!! I think I'll go make some now…..

  277. Julia Avatar

    chocolate pudding!

  278. erica :) Avatar
    erica πŸ™‚

    i love your blog!

    favorite retro dessert: toasted bread with hot creamy nutella and sometimes with fruit: banana or fresh strawberries!

  279. Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home Avatar
    Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home

    I love all those horrible molded jellos from the 50s and 60s! They're just so weird and cool!

  280. Marina Avatar

    Fruit pies! Any fruit that fits the season. I didn't grow up with them, but I am addicted to making them.

  281. Natalie T Avatar
    Natalie T

    Wow! Looks fabulous.
    My favourite is self saucing chocolate-orange pudding. That's pudding in the British sense of cake-like dessert.
    So easy! Mix everything together, throw the batter in the mixing bowl into the microwave (it was an updated version) for just a few minutes, turn it out onto a plate and you have a lovely cakey dessert with chocolate-orange sauce.

  282. Anonymous Avatar

    Lemon Meringue Pie all the way!!! Thank's for the giveaway. πŸ™‚

  283. Amber Avatar

    I love retro tacky desserts. Jello, any flavor. Chocolate pudding (cook and serve) from the box. And banana pudding with vanilla wafers.

  284. meg8898 Avatar

    that looks fab! Wish I could see you at your Seattle visit – get ready for rain! As for retro dessert… how about rice pudding?

  285. Asan Avatar

    wow, love your creations and pictures! My fav dessert would be leche flan

  286. Katie Avatar

    My fav retro dessert is prob old fashioned apple pie with vanilla ice cream. πŸ™‚

  287. jess Avatar

    I'm sad that all your seattle workshops are sold out! I absolutely love apple crisp:)

  288. Anonymous Avatar

    Everything you do I drool… My retro would be whitehouse ice cream on my Mom's cherry hickory nut cake.. YUM…

  289. Miss Lissy Avatar
    Miss Lissy

    I don't know if I have a favorite retro dessert but my favorite dessert dessert are those peanut butter balls – which I guess have been around forever; does that make them retro?


  290. sanae Avatar

    I love your blog and checking everyday at the lunch time! Nice break from work and dreaming about beautiful sweets!
    Retro desserts…roll cake! I'm sure lots of Japanese people will agree with me!

  291. Elisa S Avatar
    Elisa S

    banana cream pie! πŸ™‚

  292. Fa Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert is MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKE!

    Always love you blog!

  293. KatyAnn Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert would have to be black and white cookies πŸ™‚

  294. Esme Avatar

    Your macaroons look delicious-I would sign up for your class in a moment.

    Retro desert-ummm

    Chocolate pudding

    chocolate and croissants at yahoo dot com

  295. Lauren Avatar

    This sounds like heaven! I honestly don't know which desserts I love that are retro.

  296. Hanna Avatar

    Mm this looks so good, as does the book!

  297. Sonja @ ActiveFoodie Avatar
    Sonja @ ActiveFoodie

    Can this be my favorite retro dessert? It looks AMAZING, it incorporates all my favorite flavors, this is going straight to the top of my list of favorites! As for retro…does berry cobbler count? (not sure if that is retro or not)

  298. Sammy Girl Avatar
    Sammy Girl

    Mmm Mmm Mmm!
    I just discovered you and will be back often! Too bad by time I found you the Seattle classes are filled, as Portland not THAT far away ….
    Hugs and have a super Friday1
    Betty πŸ™‚
    fave retro dessert? …. the one I am enjoying at the time! Push comes to shove? Chocolate Chip cookies (warm and gooey) and ice cream … but so many others!

  299. koohiiteasheri Avatar

    Finger Jell-O! Especially the rainbow kind with the white layers inbetween each layer so you can peel each flavor and eat them one by one!

  300. Rattlebridge Farm Avatar
    Rattlebridge Farm

    I was all settled in for a long winter's nap, but now I want a trifle. It looks comforting and ambrosial, all at once.

    My favorite retro dessert is banana pudding with sky high meringue.

  301. Tummywise Avatar

    Mine's ais kacang! It's a Malaysian dessert literally translated as "bean ice".

    It has a base of red beans, sweet corn, palm seed, grass jelly and cendol, with a mountain of shaved ice on top drizzled with evaporated milk and syrup. I like mine with vanilla ice cream on top. Yum!

  302. Debbie Avatar

    My favourite retro dessert would be lemon meringue pie!

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful website.

  303. Monika Avatar

    The trifle looks gorgeous and the photos are stunning, as usual. I just love fluffy lemony desserts like this one. As far as retro desserts are concerned, homemade apple strudel is my poison πŸ™‚

  304. Shirley @ Kokken69 Avatar
    Shirley @ Kokken69

    There are already 300 comments and I wonder if I should even bother to add one more… but I do want to express how I wish I am in LA to attend your photography workshop.As for your desserts, they are beautiful as always. That's already a given.

  305. Anonymous Avatar

    TRIFLE!? Thank God someone is show casing this!! This is very popular for my family during the holidays, and is widely popular in Canada, but not so much in the states. I love the theme of lemon+berry and that macaron is so cute atop it all!
    As for retro desserts, Brownie pudding- a standard from BHG red and white checked cookbook, though I prefer to jazz it up and make it a little more moist and fudgy. Nanaimos as well as the common puffed wheat cereal treat are both things that remind me of Canada and family!

  306. Jo Avatar

    Gorgeous looking dessert and the combination of colours are so striking. My dessert would have to be a strawberry yogurt cheesecake – one that is soft but not dense.

  307. Angie Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert is a hot fudge brownie sundae. It's sooo good!

    angelilee91@gmail dot com

  308. MQ Avatar

    chè xôi nước
    a vietnamese dessert my mum makes πŸ˜€
    dno if its considered retro though

  309. Unknown Avatar

    Apple crumble!

  310. Reni Avatar

    Hmmm, lemon mousse… That's something I definitely have to try soon.
    BTW, yesterday I made Meyer Lemon Cupcakes from your recipe, though I had to substitute ordinary lemon for meyer lemon, cause we can't find any here. It was a major hit. My 2 daughters couldn't stop asking for more.. πŸ™‚
    As for retro dessert, I wouldn't reject a slice of blackforest cake or a bowl of banana split ice cream or some crepes suzette..
    Sigh… if only, I could attend one of your workshops, that would be precious.

  311. Jessica Avatar

    This looks delicious! My favorite retro dessert is butterscotch pie. Great blog!

  312. holly h bailey Avatar
    holly h bailey

    Can't wait to try it out, as one of my best friends has gone gluten free. She'll be thrilled!

    Retro dessert – my great grandmother made something that we just called "Stuff"…coolwhip blended into not completely set jello. YUM! One time she added crushed graham crackers to the top and we called it "Crummy Stuff". My mom was appalled until she realized what we meant. Still laugh about it and really miss great-mother and Stuff.

  313. Crumbs N Crust Avatar
    Crumbs N Crust

    Hi… My Retro Dessert would be Apple Crumble with a huge scoop of Dreyers Toasted Almond Vanilla Ice Cream ; )


  314. Michelle Avatar

    not sure about the retro part, but cheesecakes are the best!!!

  315. Julie Avatar

    I love good old fashioned egg custard from the Joy of Cooking

  316. Jul Avatar

    This dessert looks SO good! Ahhhh, I would like to try it! And the descrittion…Mmmmmmm…:)
    My favourite retro dessert? Hmmm, in Poland, where I come from and live, we have many delicious desserts that i love, but my favourite is baked apple stuffed with walnuts,honey and cinnamon:)

  317. queencake and titangirl Avatar
    queencake and titangirl

    hello and thanks for the giveaway!
    favourite dessert:
    lemon syllabub
    apple crumble

    i would love to have the book:))

  318. Kristin Conroy Avatar
    Kristin Conroy

    I think if my husband were left at home with that gorgeous dessert, he wouldn't miss me as much when I went out of town! My favorite retro dessert is homemade chocolate pudding with graham crackers crumbled on top!

  319. Unknown Avatar

    Tapioca Pudding is the best!

  320. White Toast with Butter Avatar
    White Toast with Butter

    Upside down pineapple cake!

  321. toontz Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert: bread pudding with raisins and hard sauce. Only if my mom makes it, though.

  322. Nazia Peeroo Avatar
    Nazia Peeroo

    Dear Helen
    Guess wat, my fav retro dessert is..My Husband's Trifle.. and Tiramissu also. And your's look just so yummy. Me would definately try it this week end.
    Your Blog is just so delicous and heavenly.

  323. skimmy Avatar

    strawberry shortcake!!

  324. PCovi  Avatar

    Coconut meringue pie!

  325. Ana Sofia Avatar
    Ana Sofia

    Not sure if it's comfort or retro but favorite dessert natilla (Cuban custard) with meringues.

  326. Rhia Avatar

    Banana cream pie always reminds me of my gramma. It's just too bad that no ones compares to hers.

  327. Sharon G Avatar
    Sharon G

    My favorite retro dessert is chocolate mousse πŸ™‚

  328. Sweetsonian Avatar

    Tiramisu, by far. Wonderful blog!

  329. NYC Ann Avatar
    NYC Ann

    My favorite retro dessert is date cake! I'll eat anything with dates in it, really.

  330. Luca Avatar

    Retro desert? That would be chocolate mousse. Thanks for the giveaway and all your wonderful posts! πŸ™‚

  331. cindy* Avatar

    it looks like you will be busy, busy! what lucky participants for your classes too!

    is german chocolate cake a throwback dessert? if so, that's my pick πŸ˜‰

  332. Katie Anderson Avatar
    Katie Anderson

    Hey there! I'm so excited to take your class on Sunday, and so pleased you're having a good time in Atlanta so far. Have a great weekend, and oh my I can't wait to meet you!


  333. Jelli Avatar

    Retro dessert fave has gotta be my momΒ΄s pudding poke cake. Yummy! Great giveaway, I would LOVE to win.

  334. Brian Wakefield Avatar
    Brian Wakefield

    I have always been a fan of s'mores around the campfire. I can't stand marshmallows plain, but something about the great outdoors and a roaring fire makes everything taste better.

  335. Nama Avatar

    Trifles, oh my! Delicious.

  336. Nancy Avatar

    Pistachio Cake- It is amazing what you can do with a can of gingerale and a box of pudding!

  337. Elodie Avatar

    This dessert looks delicious!

  338. Anonymous Avatar

    love the pics!

    my fave retro dessert is chocolate mousse. simple, but stunning. especially when made with best quality chocolate – my preferences range in the 70% cocoa content. like the perfect small black dress.

  339. debi Avatar

    Hi Helen. I've been following and learning from your blog for quite some time now. And your blog really inspires me in my own culinary adventure. This is my first comment because I just started my own food blog recently. Keep up the fantastic work, and thank you for sharing with us your lovely photos and expert advises.

    My favorite retro dessert.. I spent my childhood in Taiwan, so my pick would have to be Taiwanese Taro root ice cream!

  340. Libby Avatar

    Favorite retro dessert would be the Neapolitan ice cream my grandmother would serve at the end of some meals in the mid-seventies. Of course it was store bought, but I loved the visual appeal of the single slice that included equal parts chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. Thanks for the giveaways you offer…love your blog! Libby

  341. Carol in NC Avatar
    Carol in NC

    My mom's chocolate pie with meringue. My older brother would beg for it and would usually get it. For me it was all in the crust. She made the best!

  342. Ellen B Avatar
    Ellen B

    My favorite retro dessert is divinity candy; my cousins and I used to make it with my Granny whenever we had "candy-making weather".

    This trifle looks divine!

  343. Unknown Avatar

    I found a recipe from my great great grandmother a lemon meringue pie that sounds amazing…only problem was she came from the "I don't use exact measurements, I just know how many palmfuls to use" camp of baking, so I've been trying to decipher the amounts she used…haven't been brave enough yet to try.

  344. Karen Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert: banana pudding.

  345. Stephanie Avatar

    My hands down favorite dessert from the past is Jello. I still, to this day, get excited looking at all the Jello boxes in the grocery store.

  346. KarlandBethany Avatar

    boy does that look yummy! πŸ˜‰

    hmmmm… retro desserts?
    hand fruit pies

    (hostess used to make them to put in kids' lunch boxes. not sure if they still make them or not, but I'd like to make some homemade ones that are fresh and have less sugar!)

  347. Unknown Avatar

    OMG that looks soooo amazing!

  348. Annette Avatar

    Have to say I am in LOVE with your blog!!! You have given me the chance to brush up on my French with your wonderful recipe (betcha didn't think it would take me 4 hours to translate this wonderful Le P'tit Coin (kidding). Your photography makes me drool at the sight of everything you make.
    Way back when my dad introduced us to our first microwave oven. There I made my first dessert (I thought it was very professional of me), a chocolate souffle. It turned out pretty good and ever since the sight or thought of Chocolate souffles brings back the memory of our first microwave and my 1st pro dessert.

  349. Karen Avatar

    Teach a macaron class in the San Francisco Bay Area!

  350. jinamaybee Avatar

    chocolate pudding. so many memories πŸ™‚

  351. Maria J Avatar
    Maria J

    This looks refreshing and a needed change from all the chocolate trifles I've made. Thanks.

  352. Swarna Avatar

    I love your creations. Not sure how much i can replicate.
    I immigrated to US 2001…and being an avid cook and baker I watch food tv shows and follow food blogs like crazy…the retro dessert which captured my attention on first look and still holds a place is the one you have created …yes its trifle…
    keep your creations coming…love it

  353. Randi Lynne Avatar
    Randi Lynne

    Rice Pudding!

  354. Fiona Avatar

    Floating Islands

  355. Zeitgeist Avatar

    If there is one retro dessert that reminds me of my beautiful early childhood, it would have to be Creme Caramel. My dad especially made that for me when I was a tiny, little girl and I felt in love with dessert at that first bite!

  356. moni Avatar

    me encanta tu blog tus fotos y tus recetas
    mi postre favorito es el tiramisu

  357. ssomerville Avatar

    Cooked vanilla pudding and strawberries. Love your blog, and your photos!

  358. Calvine Avatar

    Hmm… my favorite retro dessert would have to be pineapple upside down cake, which is also the most recent retro dessert i've made! Thanks!

  359. Guu Avatar

    just a simple chocolate cake πŸ™‚

  360. Hettar7 Avatar

    Hmmm… retro dessert? I'm not really sure. If we're going simple old school, how about just a big ole spoonful of brown sugar. yummm….. i stole one whenever I could as a child.

  361. Kari Avatar

    I love your desserts and photos.

    My favorite retro dessert is strawberry shortcake for sentimental reasons. It was the first cake I made from scratch.

  362. Ash Avatar

    This is just utterly amazing! Love the photo of strawberries and lemon!!

    hmmm.. my retro dessert would have to be well… a classic of all classics, good old Apple pie or maybe even a pineapple upside down cake.

    I have a giveaway going on too! Stop on by!

  363. Lili Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert is frozen yogurt pie. Thanks for this post and giveaway!

  364. Unknown Avatar

    This looks soooo good! Can't wait to try it. Retro dessert? Icebox cookie cake for sure!

  365. Katie Avatar

    i would LOVE a copy of that! πŸ˜€

    my favorite retro dessert is the strawberry pie my grandma makes… she's been making it for 23 years (if i'm not mistaken), and it's fabulous!


  366. Anonymous Avatar

    Yummm I love strawberry! I can't wait until they are in season again in New Jersey.
    My favorite "retro" dessert I suppose would be black and white cookies. Every time I went to visit my grandparents, they would have a plate of them waiting for us.

  367. Stephanie Avatar

    Retro dessert of choice: hands down, Coconut Cream Pie….dreamy….

  368. Lori Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert is either a banana split or good old apple pie! Neither can be beat!

  369. Unknown Avatar

    I'd have to narrow it down to either a banana split or a root beer float. Can't I have both?

  370. Unknown Avatar

    Oh. This brings a memory of mine on my b-day, I went to this restaurant and they had this delicious 7 layers of strawberry short cake. It had strawberries, strawberry moouse, whipped cream and some sort of sponge cake. I only had it once and I wish I had the recipe!!!

  371. raquel Avatar

    Baked Alaska!!!!
    Love raquel from miami

  372. KatieFrey Avatar

    Banana pudding "pie" (Nilla wafers, vanilla pudding, banana slices and cool whip!)

  373. Swarna Avatar

    what happened to my previous nice comment πŸ™

  374. Margo Avatar

    I have to say, I'm a big strawberry shortcake fan. However, I feel like I can't answer that, so I'll say that I love my grandma's apple crumble with hard sauce – what could be more retro than hard sauce?

    Also, SEATTLE! Will you be doing anything besides the classes?

  375. Helene Avatar

    Swarna: if you look closely you'll see it's there. Comments do not post automatically. I moderate them manually when I am at the computer to reduce spammers. Sometimes it takes me minutes, sometimes it takes me hours.

  376. Tiffany Avatar

    The lemon mousse alone makes me want to try that dessert! Yum. Thank you for posting. πŸ™‚

  377. Kay Avatar

    OMG! Looks so good! I'd make it for a party that I'm going to tomorrow but another girl's already volunteered dessert!

  378. Kelly Avatar

    Caramel cake! I fell in love with it when I moved South and I crave it ever so often. πŸ™‚

  379. Alexandra Avatar

    Helen! Seattle?! I'm in Tacoma, I guess this busy week kept me out of the loop, darn! You'll love the Pacific Northwest and it's lovely offerings!

    I love the photo with the tri-colored berries. Simply spectacular! Lemon mousse sounds heavenly!!

    Tiramisu is my favorite 'retro' dessert.

  380. Charla Wilson Avatar
    Charla Wilson

    Strawberry Shortcake! and yes I want to try this one!

  381. Y Avatar

    Wooo you're a busy bee! πŸ™‚ I've been eyeing that pinch cake recipe in Rose's book. Love how you turned it into a sorta trifle.

  382. Anna Avatar

    Mmmm…that looks yummy. I love the combination of orange and chocolate in any of it's fabulous manifestations πŸ˜€

  383. Christy Avatar

    While I was pregnant a friend made me a bowl of vanilla ice cream with a warm chocolate chip cookie and home made chocolate sauce. I thought I had died and went to heaven.

  384. kyrajane Avatar

    retro dessert – the extra pie crust with cinnamon and sugar on it!

  385. llamamama Avatar

    This looks like a great summer dessert! My favorite retro dessert is banana cream pie!

  386. Cherish Avatar

    Hmmmm, not sure what qualifies as "retro". How about that cake with the chocolate wafers and whipped cream? Or a banana split? Delicious!

  387. Neha Avatar

    Pineapple Upside Down Cake!!! nom nom nom!

  388. Otava Avatar

    oh my oh my oh my! I've been holding off on buying Rose's book…maybe this is why??

    You've managed, once again, to combine some of my ultimate favourite flavours…lemon and strawberry! I'll save that one for summer; strawberries that leave Florida fresh are NOT once they get here!

  389. Cat G. Avatar
    Cat G.

    My favorite dessert, retro or otherwise, is fresh peach pie. YUM.

  390. Mercè Avatar

    Happy New Year Helen! πŸ™‚
    My hometown is actually minutes away from Salt!
    I'll have to try this cake since it's from home! πŸ™‚
    Btw, I just signed up for your Food Photography workshop in LA! I'm so excited! I can't wait!

  391. Kathryn Avatar

    Oh gosh, if I want retro, I turn to Great-Gramma's Black Magic Cake recipe…Chocolate enhanced with coffee, so moist, so very good!

  392. erin Avatar

    Butterscotch brownies (aka brown sugar cakes) which my grandmother made AGES ago. I love the outside edges with a big glass of very cold milk. mmmmm….delicious.

  393. Anna Avatar

    My grandma always made "green dessert," which I found out later was simply chocolate wafers layered with (green) whipped cream. YUM!

  394. Rita Avatar

    Beautiful photography! You really have a talent for creating delicious looking dishes.

    My favorite retro dessert is my mom's homemade cheesecake. So good, she used to sell it to local restaurants!


  395. Anonymous Avatar

    My mother made the most AMAZING strawberry shortcake!! I have been trying to recreate this recipe forever!

  396. Winnie Avatar

    Those cups are really useful for serving small desserts!

    One household dessert that everyone enjoys is mango pudding. It's delicious.

  397. irene Avatar

    Looks beautiful, thank you!

  398. Darlene Avatar

    My favorite dessert of all time is hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

  399. Beth Avatar

    I love your blog! My favorite retro would be chess pie

  400. Jaime Avatar

    Icebox cake – made with layers of Nabisco Chocolate wafer cookies and whipped cream – yum!

  401. SaraLe Avatar

    I love chocolate cakes any size or shape.


  402. diane Avatar

    OMG Thank you for reminding me! I loved my mom's Boston Creme Pie.

  403. Lorieann Avatar

    I've been link-hopping tonight and wound up here! Great Blog!

    Retro dessert would have to be Boston Cream Pie. I've been searching for a recipe that's like the one I remember my mom getting from Hans' Bakery (which is long gone) when I was growing up in NY.
    It never tastes as good as the memory!

  404. Annie R Avatar
    Annie R

    Oh wow!
    My favourite retro desserts would be Fruit salad cake, made with fruit salad from a can, preferably with warm brown sugar sauce
    or "Bonbon patate", which is a candy my Grandma used to make at Christmastime with icing sugar, peanut butter and a quarter of a potato, where it gets its name

  405. colorchic Avatar

    A Simple Lemon Cake with ingredients measured by "jars"

  406. Anonymous Avatar

    I love a good trifle! It always seems to satisfy the greedy girl in me…a bit of everything heavenly, all stacked neatly into one! πŸ™‚

  407. Krystie Avatar

    Can't go wrong with banana pudding πŸ™‚

  408. Piszke Avatar

    Thanks for your excellent recipes an all amazing photos.

    My favorite (european) retro – old fashioned – dessert is Sacher torte πŸ™‚

  409. Misty Avatar

    Oh how I love your photos! My favorite retro dessert would have to be box pudding or jello, though I don't eat either anymore since becoming a vegetarian (they contain gelatin). Have a fantastic trip!

  410. someonecares Avatar

    My favourite retro dessert is Ice Kacang!!! Ice Kacang or shaved ice with red beans is a dessert commonly served in Malaysia – you have to try this!

  411. Unknown Avatar

    Wow, that trifle looks absolutely lovely! My favorite retro dessert is banana pudding with Nilla wafers. =)

  412. Fab's Book Spot Avatar
    Fab's Book Spot

    Thanks for the inspiration I love your photography and recipes. for me the best dessert has to be a chocolate mousse there are so many versions but for me the true chocolate cream and eggs variety is best.

  413. Suzanne Rhodes McKelvie Avatar
    Suzanne Rhodes McKelvie

    chocolate pudding

  414. Unknown Avatar

    Yum…your pinch cake trifle looks so good! I'll try out your recipe this weekend. πŸ˜› My favorite retro dessert is Chocolate Lava Cake….not sure if that's really that retro…but it's my all time favorite! πŸ™‚

  415. Sharon Avatar

    Oops, sorry, before I commented, I hit the wrong button…

    My fav retro dessert would be a condensed milk custard set with raspberry jello.

    All the best for your workshops and meetings in Atlanta.

  416. Silvina C. Avatar
    Silvina C.

    mmmmm looks absolutely yummy!
    By the way, my retro dessert of all times would undoubtely be my grandma's rice pudding!!!

  417. Mardi Michels Avatar
    Mardi Michels

    Heavenly Cakes? Yes please! Have fun with all your workshops – wish I could attend but Toronto is so far from there…

  418. Amanda Avatar

    Oh Strawberry Shortcake, without a doubt. With biscuit-type shortcakes, not sponge cake.

  419. Unknown Avatar

    Rice Pudding (my great grandmother had the best recipe)

  420. bridget {bake at 350} Avatar
    bridget {bake at 350}

    I love seeing you recipe in French although I can't read a word of it! πŸ™‚

    Retro dessert…maybe chocolate cream pie?

  421. Stephanie C. Avatar
    Stephanie C.

    My favorite has to be chocolate peanut butter slush cake. Yum!

  422. shanondavis Avatar

    Retro…lemon meringue pie…mmm!

  423. Wendy Avatar

    What a beautiful dessert!

    My favorite retro dessert is pineapple fool.

  424. Janice Avatar

    A too-beautiful to eat trifle! [well, maybe not 'too' beautiful :)] My favorite retro dessert is definitely a good old-fashioned Brooklyn Blackout cake!

  425. Nancy from The Photo Cottage Avatar
    Nancy from The Photo Cottage

    you can't beat chocolate chip cookies they are portable, shippable, and loveable. or homemade ice cream – even better if you turn the crank and burn the calories before you even eat them!

  426. Corie Miller Avatar
    Corie Miller

    thanks for such a beautiful blog, I especially was drawn to the recipe for pumpkin semifredo. If the offer to win the cookbook is running, please include me!!! My favorite retro dessert is from my great grandmother and we called them apple slices. Another common name for them is apple slab pie. It was a wonderful blend of spiced granny smith apples tucked between two sheets of pie crusts and topped with a thick drizzle of icing. I miss it and her.

    happy eating
    C Miller

  427. Clabby Avatar

    Cheesecake! The English type made with cream cheese and double cream. My mum made it for me when I was a child and I'm still mad about it.

  428. An(us)ka Avatar

    Retro dessert….hm….I think tiramisu and vanilla puding…:)

    p.s Loveee love your photography…

  429. Jessie T. Avatar
    Jessie T.

    I love rhubarb custard pie.

    I'm not sure how retro it is, but it always makes me think of grandmas.

  430. Anonymous Avatar

    lovely cake. Favorite retro dessert is bananasplit.

  431. Elena Avatar

    I'm new to your blog and just keep on coming back πŸ™‚ Outstanding photography!

    Retro dessert? Crepes suzette!

  432. Anonymous Avatar

    love the idea of retro dessert,love the pictures…
    my favorite retro -Tiramisu!!!

  433. Anonymous Avatar

    my fav retro dessert would be the stand out berry sorbets with vanilla bean ice cream, melted chocolate and chocolate sail all in a big flute glass!! xx

  434. MrsTiara Avatar

    My sweet tooth is too large to encompass just one dessert, but I do miss chocolate pudding and strawberry shortcake (although not together).

  435. Bronwyn Avatar

    Lemon meringue pie. Love the light fluffiness. Also am so inspired by your blog!

  436. Laura B. Avatar
    Laura B.

    Grasshopper Pie!

  437. Unknown Avatar

    Chocolate pudding with whipped cream. Served in those little custard cups. Every so often my mom would make that for dessert when I was a kid.

  438. Laura L Avatar
    Laura L

    definitely coconut cake

  439. Unknown Avatar

    Peach Melba. Very 70's, still delicious.

  440. Isabelle Avatar

    I'm a sucker for chocolate mousse. Does that count as retro? This trifle looks superb, and I would love a copy of that book. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  441. Whisk-At-Hand Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert is Strawberry shortcake… Yum!

    Since you'll be on the west coast, want to do a class in SF area? Pretty please?!

  442. Lynda Avatar

    The giveaway sounds great. Our favorite retro dessert would have to be homemade ice cream. My Dad always had to help me crank. Boy does that give my age away!

  443. Sandalola Avatar

    Ohhh great giveaway, thanks! Hmm…my favorite retro dessert is Taiwanese (but with diff twists depending on the ethnic origins): egg pudding with burnt sugar syrup!

  444. Connie C. Avatar
    Connie C.

    Bread pudding, in a heartbeat.

  445. Annette (Liquid French blog) Avatar
    Annette (Liquid French blog)

    This looks luscious. Your photography is wonderful.

  446. Cara C Avatar
    Cara C

    It was an absolute pleasure meeting you today during Sugar Rush. If I had to choose a favorite retro dessert, I'd have to say ice cream flavored New Orleans style snoballs.

    Safe travels and thanks so much for the encouragement and the tips!

    Cara – Crumb and Get It

  447. Aimee Avatar

    I actually just checked this book out of the library and decided to make her white velvet cake as a belated birthday gift to myself. Her mixing method was completely new to me, and resulted in one of the best white cakes I've ever tasted. And when she says "velvet" boy, does she mean it! It's a beautiful book, and you write a beautiful blog! Thanks so much for offering the giveaway!

  448. Andrea Y. Avatar
    Andrea Y.

    French silk all the way.

  449. Lisa | Authentic Suburban Gourmet  Avatar
    Lisa | Authentic Suburban Gourmet

    Beautiful pictures and dessert! Your blog is brillant!

  450. Sunshine Avatar

    Goodness, that looks fantastic! I'm a real fan of key lime pie and lemon meringue. Anything with citrus will do really.

  451. Unknown Avatar

    I really love a national traditional portuguese dessert that my grandma always did when I was a kid thats a sort of yellow custard with rice.. I dont really know what to call it in english but here we call it ArrΓ΄s Doce, which means literally sweet rice.

  452. Baked Alaska Avatar
    Baked Alaska

    I think my favorite retro dessert is Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing. I'd love to win the book by the way!

  453. babymix99 Avatar

    looks amazing!
    my fav dessert (retro or not) is cheese-cake with strawberry toppings…

  454. Vinitha Avatar

    thank you for the recipe! πŸ™‚ my favorite retro dessert would have to be…plain old chocolate ice cream! πŸ™‚

  455. Anonymous Avatar

    Gorgeous looking. When I saw the photo of the strawberries I rushed to the grocery to get myself some.
    As for retro dessert, I am dying after a good raisin rice pudding.

  456. Anonymous Avatar

    Oh wow, I will have to try that pinch cake! It looks amazing!

  457. denise grolly-case Avatar
    denise grolly-case

    looks fabulous

  458. mandarine Avatar

    Mmmm, my favourite is steamed golden syrup pudding with custard sauce. Love your blog.

  459. Angelina Avatar

    I have all of Rose Beranbaum books except the Heavenly Cakes. Would love to add that to my huge collection of cookbooks. I would definitely sign up for your macaroon and photography if you are holding it in Boston.

  460. astheroshe Avatar

    WOW.. I live in ATL! I love learning about food hx, with my recipes

  461. oolong Avatar

    Love your blog and pictures.

    And once again I regret that I don't live in US. Damn.

  462. Lindsey@pickyeatings Avatar

    I don't know if this is exactly retro or not, but chocolate cream pie.

  463. Teressa Avatar

    Banana Pudding

  464. Nicole Drewniak Avatar
    Nicole Drewniak

    I'm a simple kind of gals so I'd say rice pudding. :0)

  465. Chicbee Avatar

    I love your blog, and your photos on Flickr.
    Every Friday, my Grandmother used to bake an apple raisin cake. It was not tall, and a little runny, like a cobbler. It filled a whole rack in the oven. The aroma alone was heavenly. We were a large family, so there was never any left over. So good… I can still taste it.

  466. Kate Willink Avatar
    Kate Willink

    What a treat to find such a delicious and gf recipe!

  467. chocolatecup Avatar

    that trifle looks awesommmme! all of my fav things in one. lemon, berriesss, just missing out choc. hmm. i dont know what's retro dessert? so i will just probably name one dessert i really like which is good old chocolate lava cake:)

  468. Anonymous Avatar

    Love your Blog! Just found it! Everything looks divine!
    Thank you~ Radha

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  470. Alexis Avatar

    Hello! My favorite retro dessert is Baked Alaska.

  471. David Menestres Avatar
    David Menestres

    I'm only in it for the book.

  472. Annika Avatar

    Chocolate Pudding with Vanilla Sauce!

  473. Jane K Avatar
    Jane K

    Pineapple upside down cake made in my grandmother's cast iron skillet with LOTS of brown sugar. Retro goodness!

  474. Jenipher Lyn Avatar
    Jenipher Lyn

    You should have some workshops on the other side of American…

    say…Orlando, Florida? πŸ˜‰

    A really snazzy pudding dessert that has no gelatin in it would be smashing!

  475. hannah queen | honey & jam Avatar
    hannah queen | honey & jam

    Cheesecake is retro, right? I love it!

  476. Ellen Avatar

    definitely bananas foster for me! i just love it.

  477. Anonymous Avatar

    I'm not a coffee drinker but I love Tiramisu, which has been around for years. Any kind of trifle is one of my favorite desserts. Martha

  478. SF50 Avatar

    Oh, I've been coveting this book for the longest time!

    And I'm a sucker for a good Bundt cake–is that actually retro? It feels retro.

  479. Sandy Avatar

    Wow I just wanted to say that i LOVE your blog so much. I am starting out my own blog and part of it will be melding together cooking and photography. Whenever I cook recipes for the blog, I want to be able to take pictures of the food, as well as you do. If you have any comments or tips to help me out, please come over to my blog and take a look (of course I only have a few posts since I am just beginning)! I just wish I lived in LA so I could attend your workshop! My family does live out there so I hope that one day, just one day in the future it will work out there I am there the same time as your workshop!

    As for retro desserts, my mom is the Jello queen and I've just grown up with eating it. Her specialty is three layer jello with two fun colors on top and bottom and a white layer in the middle!

    Thanks again for the opportunity to win a cookbook too! I love trying out new recipes ALL the time and I could try them out and post the process on my blog all while practicing taking pictures of food!!

  480. Plain Chicken Avatar
    Plain Chicken

    I love banana pudding – make me think of my childhood!

  481. Bryan Avatar

    once again, beautiful photography.

    for me, a fave retro dessert is an icebox cake made with homemade (of course) chocolate wafers, layered with whipped cream boosted with creme fraiche. stupid easy and so good.

  482. The Italian Mama Avatar
    The Italian Mama

    Strawberry Shortcake…yummy πŸ™‚

  483. Jessica Avatar

    The sheer cuteness! I love it. Now I just have to get my kitchen fully set up so I can cook…

  484. Plum island Cookie Company Avatar
    Plum island Cookie Company

    Chocolate Cake, no frosting, still warm with a glass of really cold milk.

  485. Nutmeg Nanny Avatar
    Nutmeg Nanny

    What a fun giveaway! Fingers are crossed πŸ™‚ These strawberries look awesome too. I'm so waiting for summer to get here….

  486. letitsnow Avatar

    My (retro) dream is that I can walk to a shop and buy good quality gluten free puff pastry dough at a reasonable price and make buttery flaky Danishes (among other things).

  487. The Cooking Ninja Avatar
    The Cooking Ninja

    That's a beautiful and delicious dessert. πŸ™‚ Wish it is summer season here in France so that I can make this dessert.

  488. Anonymous Avatar

    Ummm, toss up between Banana Pudding & "Fluffy Stuff"- Jell-o pudding with whipped cream and fruit. Delicious!

  489. Abbie Avatar

    I love an old recipe called "nutmeg cake."

  490. Kristina Avatar

    I have a soft spot in my heart for tapioca pudding. πŸ™‚

  491. AnastasiaK Avatar

    Your triffle looks to die for! I absolutely love strawberries… but I live in Michigan and they cost an arm and a leg!
    As far as my favorite retro dessert?- chocolate fondue! Everything tastes better dipped in chocolate (:

  492. linda Avatar

    thank you for this lovely chance!!
    how about giving baking classes in nyc…wow would that be great!
    as i child my favorite was dessert was a charlotte russe…the cherry on the top was always so cute!

  493. Valerie Avatar

    Your blog always, always, always makes me want to bake up a storm! Thank you for all the beautiful entries!

    As far as a favorite retro dessert… my mom's banana bread pudding. Although, I don't know if it's more "nostalgic" than "retro."

  494. Dagmar Avatar

    I believe my favourite retro dessert is "MarΓ€ngsviss". It's a Swedish variant of Eton Mess that contains whipped cream, meringues, sliced bananas, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce!

  495. Teri Avatar

    Old fashioned chocolate pudding with whipped topping

  496. Kimberly Avatar

    My favorite retro dessert is the Seven Layer Jello that my grandma makes. She cuts it into cute little rectangles, and I used to love to pull apart the layers and eat them one at a time.

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