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!!

Recipe at EasterLogCake

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.

 

 

 

   

Tiramisu Layer Cake

Happy Belated Birthday to me!  Tiramisu Layer Cake 

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made for my birthday (by me) but perfect for Thanksgiving. As most of you know I love my coffee, so I decided what better way to celebrate my birthday than to have coffee incorporated into my theme. 

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Using modelling chocolate  I designed a coffee cup filled with coffee beans and chocolate covered espresso beans as my cake topper. 

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Coffee soaked cake, filled, layered and frosted with coffee mascarpone

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topped with a thin coating of ChocolateGanache is just too much to resist for a die-hard coffee lover like me.  I just needed that special occasion that would have me happily putting in that time and effort for this particular cake

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A cake which has been haunting me for so long……..Tiramisu Layer Cake .  

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I knew when making  this cake, I just had to make the miniature version as well and with my coffee theme this would be the perfect addition…….

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Tiramisu Latte Cupcakes 

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These cupcakes were perfect for the kids (no liqueur added).  I baked them right in the cups and once cooled I piped the frosting and sprinkled grated chocolate for the latte effect. 

 

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This is Tiramisu in cake form, an absolutely fabulous dessert for any elegant ending….

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 Tiramisu Layer Cake Recipe

 

 

 

Father’s Day “Mowing The Lawn Cake”…

An amazing cake for someone who takes great pride in cutting their lawn !  Father’s Day cake made for my husband. image To be honest with you I was kinda stumped for ideas. I had golfing and fishing ideas, but my husband isn’t into either one of those activities. So I came up with a John Deere lawn mower image(considering he just loves it so much) and because he maintains the lawn like any professional landscaper.  I thought this would be the perfect cake for him.  The John Deere lawnmower and the figurine of my husband image is made out of imagemodelling chocolate.  I needed the cake to be a little sturdy, in order to hold up the John Deere and the figurine. I decided to make a homemade yellow sponge cake and filled it with strawberries and whipped cream (my husband’s favorite) image I covered the entire cake with whipped cream and crushed Oreo cookies for the sides of the cake, to resemble imagedirt.  For the grass I colored some of the whipped cream green imageand used a #233 decorating tip.  The final touch I used chocolate covered rocks imageto give it a more realistic look.  I am a big believer that the best gifts are homemade (especially cake) and from the heart. It is the perfect way to toast dad this weekend: make him a cake!  I hope that you and all the Father’s in your life imagehave a wonderful Father’s Day!  image image image image 

Flower Cookies for Mother’s Day

Since Mother’s Day is tomorrow your going to need a quick and easy dessert because time is of the essence.  Truth be told…yes I forgot about Mother’s Day until four days ago when my kids asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day.  In a panicky state I had to think of something quick and to be honest that is not me. I’m a planner, I like to plan everything in advance especially for these special occasions.  In a nutshell I goofed up this year, leaving no time to plan, my intentions were to make a cake but with 2016 just rushing by so fast,  I settled for quick and easy FlowerCookieforMothersDay.  image I decided that I would bake spritz cookie flowers shaped as roses for my Mom. Spritz cookies are simple to make and with few ingredients like butter, sugar, flour, eggs and vanilla extract.  The process of making them is super simple and with a little imagination, you could turn a simple cookie into a image beautiful dessert made for Mother’s Day.  I made three flavors, first is vanilla cookie imagemade with a hint of vanilla and almond extract and filled with MarshmallowButtercream. My second is strawberry cookie image made with strawberry extract and I added strawberry extract image to the MarshmallowButtercream. My third is chocolate and coffee flavor cookie,image this is made with cocoa and espresso coffee, imageI added melted chocolate to the MarshmallowButtercream.  There are so many ways to present these FlowerCookieforMothersDay to your Mom, here are a couple of ideas , put them individually in  cupcake liners image image and pack them in a cupcake box. Another option is to present them as a bouquet of flowers image image image Say you love your mom with cookies……. image This weekend is all about Mom! Let’s celebrate with a little something sweet, shall we? Whip up these beautiful roses and impress the special mother-figure in your life.  To all the moms out there reading this, I wish you a wonderful Mother’s Day – and I hope someone will make you a special dessert! image image Recipes for FlowerCookieforMothersDay MarshmallowButtercream

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