Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Just wanted to pop on to share a cake I made for dessert. It's a cranberry upside down cake, made with fresh cranberries. I had never worked with fresh before, and was worried it would be too tart, but this recipe was great. The cranberries get caramelized with the sugar and allspice for a perfect combination of sweet and tart cranberry flavor.
Just wanted to pop on and share some sugar cookies I made for our Pokemon Go themed BBQ last weekend. And yes, this was a BBQ for adults! The game is really run, though I think it needs some updates, as I keep catching the same pokemon.
Hope everyone is having a great summer!
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I haven’t been hired for a baking job in a while. But to my surprise, I was contacted a few weeks ago by a friend of my sister-in-law. She wanted me to make cake pops for her daughter’s first birthday. The catch? She wanted start shaped ones to look like a fairy wand. I had never made shaped cake pops before, but I was up to the challenge. I even practiced making some tulip shaped cake pops, which I brought to work for Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
I’ve made cake pop displays before that look like wedding cakes, but this time I tried using heart-shaped cake dummies, since this was a little girl’s birthday party. The top-down view is so cute!
I found this adorable trim at M&J trimming in the city, and I thought it was just perfect.
I used sanding sugar to make the pops sparkly. Each pop was bagged individually and tied with pink and purple ribbon.
I was really happy with how these came out. And now I’m totally inspired…
Just wanted to share some cake pops I made for Parkinson’s Awareness Month. You might wonder why they are shaped like tulips. That’s because the tulip is a symbol for Parkinson’s, and has been for over 35 years. It’s an interesting story, and you can read about it here.
I had never made shaped cake pops before, but wondered if I could use cookie cutters to shape the dough. So I mixed up cake and frosting as I normally would, and then took a piece of dough and packed it down in the cookie cutter. Then I flipped it over and made sure the other side was nice and smooth. Then I added the lollipop sticks and dipped in chocolate as usual.
They came out really cute, and were fun to eat! Next month, I’ll be doing another shaped cake pop project, so stay tuned…
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Since I haven’t baked anything in the new year, I wanted to bring something sweet to Easter this year (even though my job was to bring a veggie side dish… I went rogue!). I looked through my cookbooks for inspiration, and realized that I bought a signed copy of Lindsay Landis’ Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook and never actually tried a recipe. Here is me meeting Lindsay and getting my book signed.
This book is awesome. It is contains recipes that all use a specially formulated cookie dough created by Lindsay. What is special is that there are NO raw eggs in the recipe. So you have all the yumminess of cookie dough without the salmonella.
I can’t believe I went nearly FOUR years without trying a single recipe. Since hubby hates chocolate, I decided to try the white chocolate-macadamia nut cookie dough blondies. But I didn’t use the macadamia nuts because we have a nut allergy in my family. I was worried they would be missing something , but I just added a little more white chocolate chips instead, and they were perfect. Seriously, they were SO good. Everyone loved them and there were only a few left.
They were soft and cakey, and the cookie dough topping was the best. I decorated mine with pastel sugar to make it festive for Easter. Can’t wait to try more recipes from this book!