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Easy as cake: These three cakes, clockwise from (Credit: Michael Gross)

Easy as cake: These three cakes, clockwise from top, Farmhouse Apple, Semi-Wacky Chocolate and Orange-Almond, require no fancy equipment, separated eggs or frosting. (Feb. 14, 2011)

Three easy cakes

Newsday food writer Erica Marcus shows off three cake recipes she says are "idiot-proof."

Easy as cake: These three cakes, clockwise from
(Credit: Michael Gross)

Easy as cake: These three cakes, clockwise from top, Farmhouse Apple, Semi-Wacky Chocolate and Orange-Almond, require no fancy equipment, separated eggs or frosting. (Feb. 14, 2011)

Semi-Wacky Chocolate Cake is garnished with fresh raspberries.
(Credit: Michael Gross)

Semi-Wacky Chocolate Cake is garnished with fresh raspberries. (Feb. 14, 2011)

Farmhouse Apple Cake, adapted from
(Credit: Michael Gross)

Farmhouse Apple Cake, adapted from "Four Seasons of Italian Cooking" by A.J. Battifarano, is somewhere between a cake and a tart, writes Newsday's Erica Marcus. (Feb. 14, 2011)

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This unorthodox Orange-Almond Cake contains one whole navel
(Credit: Michael Gross)

This unorthodox Orange-Almond Cake contains one whole navel orange -- peel, pith and all. It's garnished with toasted almonds and orange zest. (Feb. 14, 2011)

A slice of Semi-Wacky Chocolate Cake gets a
(Credit: Michael Gross)

A slice of Semi-Wacky Chocolate Cake gets a dollop of freshly whipped cream when it's plated. (Feb. 14, 2011)

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