Vintage Sewing Machine Birthday Cake

My mom’s 80th birthday was on January 21, 2018 and she is a very gifted seamstress. She has been sewing most of her life, she made her own wedding dress.  Her very first machine was a vintage Singer sewing machine (she still has). So I thought it would be perfect to make a sewing theme cake.snapseed-55 It is not everyday someone turns 80, snapseed-30 so I wanted to do something special to honor my mother on her birthday. Trying to replicate her Singer machine , I knew would put a smile on her face. snapseed-38 Its made of rice treats formed into machine and covered with black fondant. Added decorations are made of fondant and painted with edible silver/gold color.  snapseed-49 snapseed-42 snapseed-26 snapseed-24I decided to make an Italian rum cake since it is a traditional Italian dessert that usually is bought and served on birthdays or other occasions. snapseed-45 It is a three to four layer sponge cake that is soaked with a syrup made of liqueur ( I used Strega liqueur) and sugar. Then filled with alternating layers of vanilla and chocolate Italian pastry cream, topped with whipped cream icing snapseed-59 and garnished with toasted almonds. I used modeling chocolate to make buttons, little machine, thumbnail and other decorations. snapseed-46 snapseed-41 snapseed-32 snapseed-58 snapseed-43 snapseed-40img_9788 Happy Birthday Mamma – you are deeply and dearly loved by all of us!

(that smile says it all….)


3-D Pumpkin Spice Cake

What’s Halloween without black and white?  What’s more fun than dressing up for Halloween, getting the table set up for a little spooky fun!  Its time for pumpkins, its time for for fall, its time to get dressed for a Halloween Masquerade Ball.  snapseed-23 Pumpkin all dressed up for a Halloween Masquerade Ball!  Halloween is the perfect occasion to unleash your imagination in the kitchen and whip up some devilishly good desserts. With all the spooky sweets to choose from, this 3D Pumpkin Spice Cake  was not my original plan, I was inspired by the pumpkins snapseed-2snapseed at the farmers market we usually go to on the weekends. My family is not a big fan of pumpkin, so I thought I’d disguise this years dessert with a shape of a pumpkin. snapseed-13 Since it is my first time with fondant I was a little hesitant but I finally got enough courage to try using fondant to cover my cake snapseed-14Though it was almost too pretty to eat, I served the cake to my family and it was a hit! snapseed-19snapseed-17 With delicious flavor combinations and gorgeous presentation, snapseed-20this 3D Pumpkin Spice Cake recipe may just convince you to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon. That is if you haven’t already ……….. snapseed-11snapseed-10snapseed-15snapseed-8 Happy Halloween!    Click for recipe 3D Pumpkin Spice Cake 

Cannoli Cheesecake/Pumpkin Spice Cannoli

HAPPY THANKSGIVING….Here’s a solution to that age-old Thanksgiving question of what kind of pie to make: make a cheesecake. snapseed-4 Cheesecake is beloved by all.  Whats better than combining two desserts into one? Not very much…If  you love cannoli snapseed-3(which all Italians do) and you love cheesecake, this is for you! Impress family and friends with this delicious dessert.snapseed-5 This creamy cheesecake has all the flavors of  a classic Italian cannoli: snapseed-6 a ricotta filling studded with chocolate chips and orange zest, garnished with filled mini pumpkin spice cannolis snapseed-1 and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar. snapseed-2 snapseed-7 Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Recipe: Cannoli Cheesecake

Flower Cake

Happy Mother’s Day to a woman with care, affection, sacrifice and a lot more is described with the name “Mother”. We celebrate her presence on Mother’s Day. Snapseed We are here now because of our mother, who sacrificed her life for our growth and welfare.  She is the most beautiful woman in the world and what better way to say I love you Mom than with flowers (or a Flower Cake). Snapseed Mother’s Day will be celebrated all over the world and on this Spring day it always brings to mind endless profusion of bright flowers that add a stylish, colorful touch to any Mother’s Day cake designs. SnapseedI decided to make chocolate petals from melted red chocolate candy melts to make my flower Snapseedand a strawberry sponge cake filled with custard and fresh strawberry whipped cream. SnapseedFrosted with real whipped cream and added a few Sixlets as decoration. SnapseedA Mother is like a flower, each one beautiful and unique. Wishing my Mom and to all the mothers a Happy Mother’s Day! SnapseedSnapseedSnapseed

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

Valentine Paris-Brest

It’s the month of hearts and the color red, and nothing says Valentine’s Day like a French dessert shaped in a big heart. snapseed Paris-Brest is a classic French dessert that was created in 1891 to commemorate the Paris-Brest bicycle race.  Classically, the pastry is piped in the shape of a bicycle wheel.  Mine is piped in the shape of a heart img_9063 in honor of Valentine’s Day. Normally creme patisserie with praline is used for Paris-Brest but I used Chantilly cream with vanilla pudding for a lighter taste. snapseed Cream Puffs are always one of those desserts that impress everybody.  It’s very French and, therefore, very sophisticated in the eyes of many.snapseed But the reality is that cream puffs are incredibly simple to make once you have a good recipe on hand like my valentineparis-brest recipe.  This is a showstopper dessert, a filled pastry shaped into a heart – the very essence of Paris’ romance all in one delicious treat!  snapseed There are so many flavors and textures at work in this simple pastry.  Crunchy toasted almonds, spongy/chewy pastry, rich but light vanilla Chantilly cream.          



img_9028 If you have waited for the last minute to make your Valentine’s Day dessert, this is the perfect confection, it truly is simpler than you think, give it a try I promise you will love it. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Raffaello Roll Cake

Wow, another year is coming to a close.  It’s crazy how fast time flies and that 2016 is on it’s way out and 2017 is knocking on the door. Start off the new year on a sweet note with Raffaello Roll Cake. snapseed Raffaello cake is inspired by the Ferrero Raffaello confection. snapseed If you like Raffaello almond coconut candies then you won’t be able to resist this delicious roll cake that only requires 15 minutes cooking time.  This coconut cake Raffaello will just melt in your mouth with every bite.  A soft and moist cake snapseed made with almonds, coconut, wafer pieces all blended in a whipped cream with cream cheese filling.  snapseed Cakes created for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day can be as intricate or simple as you envision in order to celebrate the holiday in style. snapseed As we all know New Year’s Eve comes very fast after Christmas celebrations and snapseedoften it seems like a great deal of work to make another cake! Just keep in mind even a very simple design idea can create a unique and memorable cake to help count down the year. snapseed



Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

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