Easter Log Cake

Each year I try to come up with a creative dessert and more often than not, I’ll end up baking a cake. This year I baked a log cake (who says you can have a log cake only for Christmas) SnapseedEaster is a wonderful holiday, to me it represents everything new, fresh and bright. Spring has arrived, the flowers are starting to bloom, the birds are singing and the energy in the air seems to be one of happiness and hope. I decided to put in as many soft pastel colors to show the memories I had growing up around Easter time. SnapseedAs a child my Easter mornings were spent at church and then followed with a big celebration meal and of course our chocolate Easter eggs. This EasterLogCake will shine brightly on any dessert table. Using edible garnishes and decadent chocolate ganache, the cake is made to resemble a tiny tree log. SnapseedFor something so impressive, this recipe actually starts off pretty simple. A basic cake is baked in a jelly roll pan before being rolled up with chocolate ganache and white chocolate pudding. SnapseedCut into this cake to reveal a festive swirl, but the real fun part comes with decoration! These cute little figurines are made of Marzipan (all edible) SnapseedSnapseedSnapseedSnapseedAdd a little dash of magic to your baking and make a EasterLogCake its a new take on the traditional yule log and a great alternative to a traditional round cake! SnapseedSnapseedSnapseedSnapseedHAPPY EASTER!!

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Boo-tiful Halloween Cake

Trick or Treat!  As we all know Halloween is a time for tricks and treats, but this boo-tifulhalloweencake recipe

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 is all treat, no trick.  With the month of October coming to an end and Halloween is tomorrow, this  resulted to last minute baking.  Honestly I have been so busy with my kids, school, household and making my daughter’s Halloween costume and once again, I still don’t know how she convinced me. Last night I realized I had no dessert planned for Halloween and started to have a panic attack (I like to plan ahead of time).  I decided to see what I had in my pantry and fridge and with eggs, flour, cocoa, chocolate and whipped cream I came up with boo-tifulhalloweencake .  

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I made a vanilla and chocolate cake baked layer by layer 

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and covered it in chocolate ganache.  

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Using melted chocolate I piped around the cake 

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I know it would have been more convenient picking up a cake from my local bakery but by putting something together from scratch (limited time) and making it look and taste more unusual is a big success in my book. 

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Homemade, of whatever degree, goes over best when it looks homemade.  All it takes is a simple personal touch.  

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Happy Halloween!    Click boo-tifulhalloweencake for recipe.

 

 

 

   

Sweet Ricotta Easter Cookies

Happy Easter!   Do you remember my MushroomCookies from Christmas? Well , these Easter cookies are image the distant cousins of those. They are made the same way as the mushroom cookies, their shape being the only difference. And since I love the mushroom ones so much, I never thought I would actually change the recipe.  But I have.  This recipe screams Easter and Spring with all of the vivid, beautiful colors. image You see, the mushroom cookies are perfect for the winter months. They are chocolaty and crunchy, the walnuts and the mushroom shape make them super festive and fit right into the cold scenery outside. These SweetRicottaEasterCookies are perfect for Spring and celebrating Easter. The cookies are made with zest of lemon and filled with infused orange Ricotta. For decorations I  dipped each cookie in Lemoncello Liqueur with a touch of  food coloring. I chose pink, yellow, purple, baby blue these colors imageare perfect  for Easter. image

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image They are soft, with just enough bite and crunch, they are moist, image aromatic and so very adorable.  image The orange infused ricotta captures the essence of the warmer season.  It is the perfect filling for these SweetRicottaEasterCookies and makes them a much lighter and fresher version of its winter cousins – MushroomCookies. image

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HAPPY EASTER!

Painting Bunny Easter Cake

Hippity Hoppity, I found the Easter Bunny and that means Easter is on its way! image   The Easter bunny is painting up a storm with artistic flare. He seems to be hard at work making sure all the eggs   image are painted in time for Easter.  One of my favorite ways to celebrate Easter is baking! Nothing says Happy Easter or Spring like a cake with bunnies.  This is a MarbleGanacheBundtCake and decorated with image eggs, image carrots, imagebunnies and all made from modelling chocolate.  Different Easter cake ideas is a must-have for celebrating image Easter day.  You can incorporate various designs image and patterns image in making the cake unique image and creative. image With a little bit of patience imageand imagination anything is possible. Baking a cake in a Bundt pan is an easy way to make for a pretty presentation!  This MarbleGanacheBundtCake  imageis soft and moist , swirls of chocolate and vanilla image ensures that everyone gets their favorite  flavor in every slice. image  

French Napoleons with Pastry Cream

As you already know Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and this is when all the nerves start kicking in, trying to find the perfect dessert to make. With not much time left I wanted to make something different. imageFor those of you looking to give your loved one something sweet and creative, then this FrenchNapoleons recipe is right for you.  I am excited to share with you an impossibly romantic dessert to enjoy with your loved one this Valentine’s Day. image The Napoleon is a classic dessert that combines layers of flaky puff pastry,

  luxuriously rich pastry cream scented with a touch of vanilla,image and finished with a smooth sugar paste.image Napoleons are an easy way to impress anyone.  This dessert might look intimidating but it is incredibly easy – you just have to use your creative eye to assemble this confection. image I tried two versions of the Napoleon, I made one with pastry cream and topped with a layer of icing sugar, and the other with vanilla pudding imageand topped with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar. imageThere are so many decadent Valentine’s desserts to choose from when deciding to bake, just remember if you bake from the heart you can never go wrong. image image image

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Classic White Cake with Fluffy Meringue Frosting

Ring in the New Year with style – cake style, that is!  It’s sparkly and perfectly fun for toasting at midnight!  Dress up a plain white cake with silver balls, softly toasted meringue frosting and topped with fireworks using simple silver streamers. 016aeb08a9aa2dbb7d5d64bd4d2c64913f173d2982 A sparkly sprinkle cake for New Years Eve!  I couldn’t resist posting a recipe for white cake. Isn’t it funny how that works? A new year is sometimes the very best time to remember a few of your not-so-new favorites. 01b76e37ef3d32b082229ab03619a1573a4c0233d3 After all, new isn’t always better.  Light and fluffy meringue frosting tops layers of moist vanilla cake and filled with vanilla pudding 01bb86eae9051ccccf59c4f282bf89ee8e81fa2897 making this a delicious and beautiful end to any meal.  Today’s super simple cake project will help you ring in the new year with a touch of glitz and glam. 01db6684c24ead5e33008ddfbcc602b73789fe7951 It starts with a plain white cake-easy enough, right? Add vanilla pudding, and spread Fluffy White Meringue Frosting over sides and top of cake, toasting the frosting with a culinary torch. What do you get, this beautiful cake for your New Year’s Eve celebration. 01ea73d76015abf6b442ecdd5554ac22dcc7a4e01a

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Breathe some life into an uncomplicated white cake with bursts of gold color via toasting meringue.  It’s an easy but oh-so-stylish way to upgrade your celebration. 019bf2f3448624111afb340dd3956ffcf2a6ab353d 018f605185b2c86a1a62388cb43002d13d473f4150 01f9daabb175f8f75c3d284b9af00ca1e270e7a837 014f203dfb9612729244fd44ac0a5fdf78f41fae22 012e1d6aafecd39b972e49ce6c79a6d8799a64da9b

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This cake owes its stunning looks to a billowy meringue frosting that’s spiked and browned all over. Usher in 2016 sweetly with this easy, simple recipe. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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Mini Tiramisu Ladyfingers and Cream Horns

Dainty and delicious! These elegant sandwiched cookies resemble and taste just like pastries.  Tiramisu is one of the most popular Italian cakes. Tiramisu is Italian for “pick me up” and that’s exactly what these mini sweets are begging you to do. 01a6fd8763bf26f30f8e29f1391c8565fb8986c16001a8016936e3c43a71a1e776598c750a7d8e7d011d

MiniTiramisuLadyfingers – little bites of Italian bliss. A delicately thrilling addition to your holiday baking lineup. 0101c5a3ae9964a4858ecc9dfb5bd70bc255b279cc The cookies are tender, mildly boozy fingers filled with rich creamy mascarpone and coffee flavor liqueur. 01018b7d84a0fa4756ff70b871bbf9e7203a933cc3 Each sandwich is kissed with some decorative piped filling and topped with a chocolate-covered coffee bean, 0132b643e4a42f9e24457aa1f5e09710f97167ab0a MiniTiramisuLadyfingers are made to mimic traditional Tiramisu.

Every Christmas one of my favorite traditions is to bake homemade cream horns, to add to our family dessert table. 011abafead1037780c2552a3287e64dbf043034fba Italian Cream Horns are delicious little pastries that are made with puff pastry dough that is wrapped around metal molds, baked until crisp, 01617e6edf1e76ef66b044caaf17066ba71950a505 and then filled with cream. The cream filling can vary from a rich pastry cream, to a buttercream, or simple whipped cream. 012384e92b68587638225d2272aa8ca744724c6fe4 I like to use a sweet Ricotta filling, known as cannoli filling. With this batch of puff pastry, I made cream horns and mini cream puffs. 019bf0dc33ba0da26f5f3758d7c5484247f7cca488 The cream puffs were filled with whipped cream, vanilla pudding and custard. 01bb681f51792e895a9a3025fc48cdc0cce4e93eda I will be honest with you this year Christmas came too fast, I really didn’t have a chance to do all the baking on my list, especially a Christmas cake. You cannot have Christmas dessert with no cake, so with a little imagination, stress for time I came up with CAKE!  Not your usual cake and not what I had planned to make for Christmas this year, but it will do………What do you think?  MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! 

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