"if you wish to be glamorous, become a cake baker" -The Joy of Cooking

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Easter Cake

Here is a really delicious chocolate cake recipe that I made for Easter.  The recipe is enough to make two 8" cakes.  For this cake I only used one of the layers and froze the other.  It actually freezes really well and stays nice and moist whenever you want to take it out to serve.

I only iced the top with vanilla buttercream and decorated with marshmallow Peeps and Cadbury Mini Eggs


Chocolate Cake

1 cup hot strong coffee
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup Cocoa powder ( I like Perginotti available at Williams- Sonoma)
1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups sugar


  • preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • prepare two 8" round cake pans.  You can grease and flour them or I like to spray Pam for Baking in them just before I pour the batter in
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla until nice and combined ( I usually use my stand mixer but you could also use a hand held mixer or even just go old school with a whisk and spatula)
  • next slowly stir in the hot coffee until combined. Turn off mixer 
  • In another large bowl sift together all the dry ingredients and with the mixer on low add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined
  • pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans and bake for 30-35 mins or until a cake tester comes out clean and the tops spring back when gently poked with your finger

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mia's 6 Months old!

Today my beautiful niece is 6 months old!! She is the sweetest!!!!  I had to make her an extra special cake for her half birthday…so I made this half cake (with some cupcakes too)

I made one 8in round cake, cut it in half and sandwiched the two halves together  

The dots are made from fondant and I used a small round cutter to make the dots and mini marshmallows for the clouds

I had a lot of left over batter so I also made some cupcakes and used rainbow sprinkles for the top and the cake and cupcakes


I'm already thinking about what her 1yr cake should be :)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Baptism Cake

This is the most special cake I have ever made.  I made this for my sweet little niece for her Baptism.




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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Lattice top pies...mystery solved!

Ohhhhhhhhh....so that's how you do it!

I'm so glad I came across this pic on pinterest 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Love

Lately I can't get enough of the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.  I love her blog. I love her show and I LOVE her recipe for cinnamon rolls.  I was flipping through her first cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl, and her "most treasured recipe" looked sooo good I just had to make them.
I've tried before to make cinnamon rolls from scratch and they always came out kind of hard and too bready so I was a little nervous that they wouldn't come out as dreamy as she said they were.  I followed her recipe exactly and found helpful tips on her blog as well.
They came out better than I could have hoped for and were dangerously addictive and pure heaven.
You have GOT to bake these...like right now.
Click here for the recipe.

Here is my dough all rolled out and ready


Spread with melted butter, sugar and cinnamon 


These are the rolls after they were left to rise again for about 20mins

in the oven.  the smell was amazing!!

Just out of the oven and bathed in gooey icing


so good :)

One of my favourite books right now!



Sunday, July 7, 2013

Summer Fresh Strawberries

While at a farmers market a few weeks ago I bought myself some lovely, fresh and sweet smelling Ontario strawberries.  They looked so pretty I couldn't wait to take them home and make something yummy with them.
I decided to make strawberry tarts.

I made things super easy for myself by buying frozen mini tart shells.  Before adding the filling you need to pre bake the shells for 10-12min at 350, then let them cool.

I used a large round tip and pastry bag to pipe the filling into the shells.  The filling for my strawberry tarts consisted of 1 medium container of mascarpone cheese at room temperature, 1/2 cup of sugar and 250ml of heavy whipping cream 

To make the filling add the sugar and vanilla to the heavy cream and beat until stiff peaks.  Then gently fold the cream into the mascarpone cheese until well combined

Pipe or spoon the filling into the cooled shells.


I quartered the strawberries and placed them on top the filling.  Then piped a dollop of whipped cream and finished the tarts off with mint


Thursday, June 27, 2013

The BIG 3-0...

Yesterday was my 30th birthday.  I still can't believe i'm no longer in my 20's!!!  I remember turning 20 and thinking "I can't believe i'm not a teen anymore"!!!  It feels like I blinked and here I am, time really does fly by.  Here is the cake I made for the big day.  I used the recipe entitled the Jackie-O cake from Sugarbaby by Gesine Bullock Prado.

I made the flowers using gumpaste and fondant.  The icing was vanilla buttercream


Great way to end the day, family, friends and chocolate cake :)