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The Traditional Italian Dessert You’ve Probably Never Heard Of. Introducing zuccotto: It's like tiramisu, in bowl-form. Between 20 to 30 percent of what I learned in pastry school was guess work. And at the beginning, it was more like 60 percent. To be fair, I was in a foreign country, studying at the Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy. The chefs spoke in either broken English, an English-Italian combination, or Italian that was way, way too fast for me—with only a couple semesters of language classes under my belt—to comprehend. In order to follow along, I’d look at the syllabus every night and do some research on the next day’s lesson. A traditional Tuscan dessert, originating in Florence, zuccotto (zoo-cot-toe) is basically a sponge cake dome filled with whipped cream. The next day, when one of the chefs asked if anyone knew what zuccotto was—or at least that’s what I think he said—my arm shot up.

Here’s what I learned—and how to make zuccotto without a recipe: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Photos by James Ransom. Mille_Crêpe_Tiramisu_Birthday_Cake. 524404_259069074209691_1126344256_n.jpg (452×640) Lime & Macadamia Pinata cake. Lime & macadamia pinata cake For at least a week I had the same after work routine.

Lime & Macadamia Pinata cake

Come home, change into something more comfortable then mix up another batch of flour and water and carefully apply the newspaper strips to my craft project. What was it you ask? It was a piñata, but not just any piñata, a penis piñata for my friend Sarah’s hens party. Sadly I can’t seem to find any photos of my work of art but you needn’t worry because I have a much better looking version for you today. This piñata cake is extra special because today is my Birthday! My pinata cake was seriously easy to make and oh so much fun. Preparing the cakes I didn’t want the cake to just look fantastic I wanted it to be delicious too so my pinata cake shell is made of macadamia and lime pound cake and iced with lime cream cheese icing. You will need some sort of round dish to bake the cakes in. Stuffing the piñata Next up, fill one of the halves with your treats of choice.

Cement Securing the lid Then secure the lid. Urbane fruits: Chocolate Christmas cake. Last weekend we went to a Christmas-do with friends and I wanted to create a fun chocolate cake that also looks festive so it was time to get the gold dust out.

urbane fruits: Chocolate Christmas cake

Just brush it on the before you place the Maltesers on the cake as you will need to apply some pressure and they would otherwise move around in the soft butter cream. Maltesers are great for this as they look like little Christmas baubles and their malty taste goes nicely with the spices and the rum but even chocolate covered hazelnuts or such could work well. 4 eggs 200g sugar 200g butter (room temperature) pinch of salt 200g self-raising flour 100g cocoa powder 3 tbsp baking powder 1/2 tbsp all spice pinch of cinnamon 4 tbsp rum 4 tbsp milk 4 packs of Maltesers edible gold powder For the butter cream:200g butter 100g icing sugar 300g chocolate custard/pudding (follow packet instructions) pinch of cinnamon Preheat the oven to 200°C and butter your baking tin.

558835_410865142294581_1108316150_n.jpg (600×298) Mother's Day breakfast in bed plus a giveaway from Wilton. This year, in keeping with that theme I've designed an entire floral themed breakfast to celebrate my mom; even though she wont actually be able to eat it, because we live so far apart now, she will enjoy seeing the pictures and knowing I am thinking of her.

Mother's Day breakfast in bed plus a giveaway from Wilton

This breakfast was made using several Wilton products and lucky for me and lucky for one of you, they are giving away a customized Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed Kit to one of my readers. I love using Wilton products to make sweets and chocolates, but they are also really wonderful to use to make edible crafts out of savory items as well. This breakfast was created using Wilton Silicone Daisy Mold, Wilton Flower Stamp Set, Wilton Flower Fondant Cutters, Wilton Sunflower Petal Baking Cups and you can enter to win all of these products. See the giveaway details after the recipes. Surprise on the Inside Gender Reveal Cake. Ingredients 2 boxes Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® cake mix (any flavor) Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix boxes 2 containers Whipped fluffy white frosting 2 cups pink or blue candy-coated chocolate candies 1/4 cup pink or blue mini candy-coated chocolate candies 3/4 cup assorted pink or blue candy sprinkles Prep time: 30 min Cook time: 2 hr 15 min Servings: 24 Difficulty: medium Directions Heat oven to 350°F.

Surprise on the Inside Gender Reveal Cake

Grease or spray two 8-inch round pans; place 8-inch round piece of cooking parchment paper in bottom of each pan. Flatten cake layers by trimming off rounded tops.