Get baked with The Beacon (Pt. 2)

3 treats to bear the Portland winter

By Chiara Profenna | January 24, 2022 8:19pm
Marble pound cake is a perfect crowd pleaser. The combination of chocolate and vanilla flavors satisfies everyone's preferences.
Media Credit: Emma Sells / The Beacon

Too cold to go out? Warm yourself up with one of these tasty oven-baked recipes before winter comes to an end. A perfect escape from the Portland rain, these warm treats will satisfy your sweet tooth — and they’re perfect for sharing. Break up the monotony of weekly classes by grabbing some friends and heading to your kitchen, or nearest dorm basement, for a rewarding activity that’s sure to make everyone smile in a sugar-induced haze.

Marble Pound Cake

Marble pound cake is a perfect crowd pleaser. This cake is a perfect combination of chocolate and vanilla flavors.
by Emma Sells / The Beacon

A slice of warm marbled pound cake covered in a sweet chocolate glaze is enough to make anyone forget about their worries. Try this worthwhile recipe that has captured the art of baking pound cake from scratch. Using this recipe, filled with tips and tricks, I was able to create what is easily one of the best pound cakes I’ve tried to date. The best part about it: you can disguise this loaf as a breakfast item — if banana bread can do it, so can we.

Find the full recipe here.

Double Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate crinkle cookies are a perfect treat for a cold winter night. These cookies have a perfect blend of rich chocolate and sweet powdered sugar.
by Emma Sells / The Beacon

A classic winter treat, these sugar-covered cookies look like they’ve been sprinkled with a fresh layer of snow. Instead of wishing for a PDX snow day, make one yourself with a generous coating of powdered sugar and chocolatey cookie dough (that pairs well with a cold glass of your favorite milk). These cookies are more of a two day project with a night of chilling in the fridge required, but they’re every bit worth the wait. See for yourself when you bite into that first cookie fresh out of the oven.

Find the full recipe here.

Strawberry Lemon Blondies

These strawberry and lemon blondies combine sweet and sour flavors in one perfect bite.
by Emma Sells / The Beacon

Ditch the chocolate chips for this more experimental recipe. These blondies are perfect for a chilly Valentine’s weekend — and more effective than any love potion out there. Sweet strawberries and tangy lemon juice never baked together this well. From an incredibly easy recipe, these blondies came out perfect on the first try and were an absolute favorite for their sweet taste and addictive fruity flavor.

Find the full recipe here.

Chiara Profenna is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at