Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A little Christmas Yule Log

A chocolate roulade cake with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream cake.
Meringue mushrooms and chocolate pine cones.

Wishing all a very Merry Christmas!





Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween

Heres a few treats I made up this Halloween.

Haunted House with Chocolate Butter cream. Yumm

2 little ghost cake

Mini Pumpkin cakes

Fall cake


How about a close up..
ENJOY!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Treats made with Apple Cider






During these fall months we always have a jug of Apple cider in the fridge. But why is it no one drinks the last bit in the jug? It must be curst or maybe as my 11 year old says "no one drinks it because has  cooties".  Well what ever it is don't let it go to waste you can still use it up--in baking.
This week I decided to test a few recipes using the last bit (cooties ha!).

The first recipe is one I've seen floating around FB and the net. It comes from www.countryliving.com

Apple Cardamom Cakes with Apple Cider Icing.

These are really tasty but need to eaten the day you make them.








Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
I used mini bunt pans but you can use muffin tins as well.
Combine all of your dry ingredients into a large bowl and give a good whisk.

Chop 2 granny smith apples and set aside- These get folded in at the end.
If you like chucks of apples you can leave them on the larger side. I prefer to do half chunky and 1/4 a bit finer. I really like the different texture.

2 1/4 cups Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cardamon

In a separate bowl combine-I use a stand mixer for this.
2 whole eggs
and 1 1/2 cups sugar.
Mix well
add 1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2  teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla

Once combined slowly add your flour mixture about 3/4 cup at a time. Try not to over beat because at this point you can add your chopped apples.
Fill your tins about 3/4 full.
Bake for 20-25 mins.
Although I only baked mine for 15 minutes-With all new recipes check, check, check. All ovens vary in temp. 
Mine just seemed to cook up quicker than the recommended time.

Once removed from the oven apply your glaze.
The country living recipe calls for

1 1/2 cups confectionary sugar
3 Tablespoons
Stir to combine

I preferred
2 cups confectionary sugar 
2 Tablespoons apple cider
Stir to combine.

ENJOY









Monday, August 26, 2013

First Day of School

Today was the first day of school for my kids. I's always bitter sweet this time of year for me.  Sort of sad to see the summer ending but on the other hand it's nice to look forward to the change of season.
Im not sure what's harder to believe that fact that my babies are getting older or me getting older (sniff).

I decided to post some of my kids favorite after school treats this week. Warning... they may not all be as healthy as you might like or think they should be but trust me my children do eat well balanced during the day.   I think a little sweet in moderation is ok.

Today I made a simple batch of Toll House chocolate chip cookies.  I use this recipe most often because for 1. it's quick and easy 2. it's consistent  3. they are always tasty. And the fact that these are the most requested cookie from my family.  My middle daughter tells me that they are here all time favorite.








Recipe
Pre heat oven to 375 F
Toll House Recipe
2 1/4 cups Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Cup butter (unsalted)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 brown sugar (I like light brown)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt

Cream butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time. Combine flour salt and baking soda in a separate small bowl and give a good whisk just to combine. Slowly add flour mixture to the sugar mixture until all is well combined. Drop by the round spoonful on an un greased cookie sheet. I like to use a sheet of parchment paper just in case. 
Bake for 9-11 minutes.


Nothing smells like home than a batch of baking chocolate chip cookies!


My babies 1st day of school....


Enjoy

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fondant Covered Fire Truck Cake



This was a quick birthday cake request. I had 2 days to put this together. And to top it off its been pretty humid here so my fondant did get a little droopy. 
Im pretty satisfied with the job but wish I could of done a little better with smoothing the red fondant.



My favorite was the fire hydrant-thoguht it was too cute.


Enjoy!


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Jungle Pals Themed Cake and Cupcakes

 Hi had lots of fun making this cake.
All the decorations are made from fondant/gumpaste.
The cake is all swiss meringue buttercream.







ENJOY

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

This recipe comes from Lindsay Ann over at The Dollhouse Bake Shoppe.  http://blog.dollhousebakeshoppe.com If you haven't checked out her site please do. She is simply fabulous.

oops I forgot in the picture to add Vanilla

Recipe
1 cup water 
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons of light corn syrup. If you like your syrup thinner you can omit this all together.
3/4 unsweetend cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
Place all ingredients except the vanilla-into to a medium size saucepan. Stir well so everything is well incorporated.  Bring to a low boil while stirring occasionally. Allow to boil approximately 3-5 minutes. Make sure all the sugar is dissolved. 
Once it becomes to the thickness you like remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Once cooled add vanilla and stir.
I placed mine in a mason jar but you could put it into any container with a lid and refrigerate.






Raspberry Cake

Raspberry Cake

Little Minis

Little Minis

Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes

Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes