Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Tiger Cakes

When I first started blogging, way back in 2008 I was all about baking groups.  I joined up to every club going and posted my completed recipes week in week out.  There was one group, however that I wasn’t a member of, Tuesdays With Dorie.  Oh how I wanted into this exclusive club, baking their way through the books of American sweetheart Dorie Greenspan.  Sadly, back in the day, this was a closed group with a waiting list of bloggers eager to join in the fun.  I was one of them, waiting for my chance to bake.  Time went on and I forgot about the club, I got busier and busier with work and fell out of touch with the organised nature of the baking groups I frequented.

Tiger Cakes - Katiecakes, Newcastle Based Food and Lifestyle Blog

I was reminded of Tuesdays with Dorie upon clearing out my cookbook collection and wondered if they were still going.  A quick google told me they were indeed still going and guess what, it was a free for all. No more exclusive membership holding me back. 2008 Katie was thrilled, bought the book Baking Chez Moi and jumped right on in.

Tiger Cakes - Katiecakes, Newcastle Based Food and Lifestyle Blog

My first post seemed to be a bit of a winner.  My favourite thing about baking groups is being encouraged to make something I may have overlooked, and these little cakes are something I probably would have flicked right past.  Tiger cakes, named because of the flecks of chocolate striping the sponge, are the lightest and tastiest little morsels I have baked in a long time.  The subtle hint of almond pared with a dark chocolate ganache makes them the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon coffee.  The recipe makes 24 little muffins which freeze perfectly, I love to have cookies and cakes in the freezer in case of unexpected guests. Domestic goddess points right there!

For the recipe see Baking Chez Moi and check out the TWD blogroll to see how everyone else got along.


  1. Cakelaw
    October 13, 2015 / 8:16 am

    Your tiger cakes with their scalloped edges are very cute. These are delish.

  2. Nicole
    October 13, 2015 / 10:16 am

    Welcome to the challenge! Your cakes turned out so nicely. I love how you used a scalloped pan!

  3. Peggy the Baker
    October 13, 2015 / 1:24 pm

    I love the gorgeous mold that you used! You're right about how well these freeze. I have similar recipe of Dorie's for Walnut Tea Cakes and for years, I always kept a batch in the freezer for emergency deliciousness.

  4. Summer
    October 13, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    These look so delicious♥summerdaisy.net

  5. Ryan
    October 13, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    Your tiger cakes look amazing! They have such great color and your ganache looks perfect! I'm glad you'll be baking with us; I look forward to seeing more of your posts!

  6. Amy
    October 13, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    Your tiger cakes look delicious. I love the decorative pan you used!

  7. jane of many trades
    October 14, 2015 / 12:32 am

    using fluted molds was a brilliant idea!

  8. steph- whisk/spoon
    October 14, 2015 / 12:36 am

    we're so glad you're with us (finally)! these look beautiful, and we liked them a lot at our house, too.

  9. steph- whisk/spoon
    October 14, 2015 / 12:37 am

    we're so glad you're with us (finally)! these look beautiful, and we liked them at lot at our house, too…none of them made it to the freezer. 🙂

  10. Diane Zwang
    October 14, 2015 / 2:01 am

    This is my first book with Tuesdays with Dorie and I am loving it. Most of the recipes from Baking Chez Moi have been winners in my house. I also froze half of mine for unexpected guests:) The rest I am savoring one at a time.

  11. sanya
    October 14, 2015 / 9:47 am

    How gorgeous are your tiger cakes! Love them.I have to be honest I probably would have overlooked them as well and that's what I loved about being part of the French Fridays with Dorie group, I made recipes I would never have even considered.

  12. North East Family fun
    October 14, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    Gorgeous! I swear you should write a baking book x

  13. Anonymous
    October 14, 2015 / 10:50 pm

    I like the shape of your cakes! I had a similar story about joining…didn't get into the closed group first try and happened to get in when they were starting Baking with Julia and I have been a member ever since. So fun!

  14. Nana
    October 14, 2015 / 11:40 pm

    I am happy that you made it into Tuesdays with Dorie. It is such a fun group.Your cakes look amazing, I like the little design on them.

  15. Margaret @approachingfood
    October 15, 2015 / 2:41 am

    Domestic goddess points indeed! These would be great to have in the freezer for unexpected guests, and yours are super-gorgeous! Love them!

  16. Ei
    October 15, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    They look so beautiful! I agree–this wasn't a recipe that would have jumped out at me if I was going to select something to bake, but they were so easy (my 5-year-old did most of the work) and so tasty, that I know we'll make them again.

  17. Zosia
    October 15, 2015 / 10:49 pm

    Very pretty. I love the mould you used.

  18. Karen @ From Scratch
    October 17, 2015 / 12:31 am

    Your little cakes look gorgeous and so delicious!

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