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Spring Battenburg Cake

Spring Battenburg Cake
This was my first time making Battenburg cake, and it certainly will not be my last. I'm smitten! I love the bright almond flavor the cake imparts, and I can't help but smile at the colorful two-by-two checked pattern. Traditionally the cuboid cakes are pink and yellow, but I've always thought pink and green conveyed the feeling of spring more perfectly. I had a difficult time finding good step-by-step instructions for this recipe, so I am including my own in this post. I didn't have the two 7" square pans called for in the original recipe, so I had to work around that. I ended up using a 10 x7 stoneware dish with the parchment divider and it worked great. As a final touch, I dressed the cake in white fondant and added pearl dragees. Spring Battenburg Cake [click to print] Serves 6-8 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the pan: Fold a piece of parchment paper in half, then, while folded, trim the edges to fit the length of the pan. Store in an airtight container or wrap in cling film. Related:  sweet

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cake Chocolate cake and I have had a very interesting romance. I started off with quite an intense dislike of chocolate cake. I KNOW. So this year for Regex Man's birthday I offered to do a chocolate cake even though he said it didn't have to be chocolate this year. I used David Lebovitz's devil's food cake recipe again, my new favourite chocolate cake since making it for my raspberry cupcakes when I launched the new site. Originally I was going to arrange the scoops of icing around the edge of the cake, but I realised I didn't have quite enough icing to do that so I ended up just doing a few of them in the middle. Mint Chocolate Chip Cake For the icing:280g (2.5 sticks) unsalted (or slightly salted) butter500g icing sugar (about 4 cups), sifted2-3 tsp peppermint essence, adjust to taste150g dark chocolate, very finely chopped or pulsed through a food processorgreen food colouringOptional: waffle ice cream cones to decorate Mix together the coffee and milk. Happy Birthday Regex Man!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Baby Lattice Pies Good Tuesday to you! I had so much fun making these baby pies! For some reason party food seems more fun when it’s miniature right? I don’t know what it is, but I just love it. So, these are totally doable, they look detailed, but seriously are really easy. I snapped photos while I was preparing them to show how easy they are. Peanut Butter and Jelly is one of those combinations that I could do in almost any dessert. Time to create the lattice top… My strips were a little long, but you get the idea. Brush lightly with egg wash Here you have the lovely little PB&J pies. Peanut Butter and Jelly Baby Lattice Pies 1 roll Pillsbury pie dough 1/2 Cup creamy peanut butter 1 Tablespoon sugar 1/2 Cup Smucker’s Strawberry Preserves 1 egg white whisked with 1 teaspoon water for egg wash Sugar Crystals for sprinkling on top if desired 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar 1. 2. 3. 12 mini pies…..let’s see what the judges think… Think we’ve got some happy taste testers! Other recipes you may enjoy...

Monster Brownies If you know me, you know I’m crafty. I even have a separate blog just for my crafts. Halloween does something to me creatively each year. I don’t know what it is about Halloween, but I go on a crafting craze! I give you Brownie Monster Treats! Here’s something fun too. So now, on with the show! Monster Brownie Treatsprintable version Boxed brownie mix Betty Crocker Cookie Icing in desired colors Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs, and Trix cereals Mini chocolate chips Pretzel sticks Red and black decorator gel 1/4 cup powdered sugar milk First prepare your brownies and allow them to cool. Make the Eyes It’s important to do this step first to allow adequate time for the glaze to dry. Drop a few Cheerios into the glaze coating the cereal. Place a mini chocolate chip, upside down, in the center of each glazed Cheerio. Icing Colors You could certainly use your own recipe for Royal icing, I have one myself as well. Then you eat them!

strawberry, blueberry, cobbler, recipe — Eating Out Loud Berry season is upon us and I couldn’t be more happy. Whether you’re looking for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or boysenberries, the fruits are becoming readily available and at affordable prices. This berry cobbler is versatile and a great use of any type of berry or soft and juicy fruit. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been wrangling with our excess of strawberries. The recipe is simple and perfect for those afraid of baking. I’ve played around with the recipe a little bit, adding some cinnamon and nuts, both of which are optional. Strawberry-Blueberry Magic Cobbler inspired by Grandma Mary’s Magic Cobbler and Southern Peach Cobbler 1/3 cup butter 1 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 1/2 cups milk 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 5 cups chopped fruit 1/3 cup pecans 1/3 cup brown sugar Preheat oven to 375F (190C). In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, milk, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes September is finally here and all I can think about are all of the apple recipes I want to dig into. I’ve already lit my fall candles to get in the mood since we kind of have to fake the seasons over here in Florida. These caramel apple cupcakes smelled divine baking in the oven! These are super simple using a doctored cake mix but taste just like fall. Also, today my friend Micah from Micah Folsom Photography is having a photography giveaway. Ingredients Cupcakes: 1 (18.25-ounce) package spice cake mix 2 large eggs 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup milk 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 cup peeled, cored, and chopped Granny Smith apple (about 1 large apple) Caramel Sauce: 35 caramels 1/4 cup evaporated milk or heavy cream (or regular milk) 1/2 cup chopped pecans 24 wooden craft sticks Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Notes Source: America's Best Recipes

Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting 8640 minutes, 144 hours, 25 loads of dishes, 7 recipes, 8 pounds of butter, a few tears, a couple of happy children, and 1 relieved husband later, I have finally found it: a new favourite classic vanilla cake recipe! The perfect fluffy vanilla cake and creamy vanilla frosting–sounds simple, right? Well, yes and no. Or no and yes. Or not at all. After I baked, frosted, and then ate some (it’s been known to happen) of each cake, I thought I’d succeeded in finding a really light and fluffy cake, but, then upon second taste, I was a bit disappointed with them and I wasn’t inspired to share them with you for that reason. The thing is, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was a recipe out there that yields a fluffy vanilla cake, you know, one that is as close as can be to the boxed white cake we all love so much (yep, I said it!). This method is found in many of the cakes in Rose Levy Beranbaum’s book entitled The Cake Bible , and it really does yield an incredibly fluffy cake. 1. . 2. 2. 3.

Molten Lava Cakes I love these little babies. Surprisingly, this has been the first time I’ve ever made them myself. While preparing these Chocolate Lava Cakes I learned that they are super-fun to make. They are also surprising. That is what you find out when you dig into them. And, with the generous amount of chocolate they contain, I’m sure they are just super seductive. That all makes them the perfect dessert choice for Valentine’s Day, don’t you think? Now, let me invite you to my kitchen and show you how I prepared my version of these adorable sweet cakes… Here’s what we need. Couldn’t be simpler. 1. 2. I’ve used 6-ounce (180 ml) ramekins. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Let cool slightly. And be strong! 8. 9. 10. I only have two, so I had to bake in two batches. 11. 12. 13. Too long. Although nice and tasty, they weren’t that ‘molten’ in the center. I baked the second batch for only 10 minutes. That was much better. I really like the moist center. Aah, I love this game. 11 minutes would make them absolutely perfect.

Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes To Go Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes – Cook just once, and you get a delicious breakfast for the entire month! Thank you to everyone who has been asking over the years… The official Chocolate Covered Katie Cookbook is finally available – and based on your feedback, every single recipe in the book comes with complete nutrition facts including calories, total fat, carbohydrates, protein, and Weight Watchers points plus! The breakfast cupcakes are: Quick to makePortable and non-messyEasy to eat at a desk… or pack in a lunchbox! Just throw a couple into your bag, perhaps along with a container of peanut butter and some fresh fruit, and you’re good to go with a balanced breakfast. Never skip breakfast again. Cook once, and you don’t have to worry about breakfast for a month! These customizable “breakfast” baked oatmeal cupcakes are great on-the-go fuel for those days when you have zero time in the morning to prepare a big meal. Print This Recipe 4.95/5 Ingredients Total Time: 25m Yield: 24-25 Instructions

espresso chocolate chip shortbread cookie recipe Recipe: espresso chocolate chip shortbread What new views through the lens? I went leaf hunting today and found… tall trees leftover snow on the mountains the big kahuna The rest of the sampler from today’s jaunt is on the photo blog. Right, so the title of today’s post should read “to the dogs(‘ sitters)”. espresso to batter mini chocolate chips Of course, I don’t want any hard feelings to be taken out on my girl. everyone likes some dough roll it out I have made one hundred million billion of these cookies to date. measure the slices slap it on a baking sheet and go I made a double batch of these today. this cookie will solve our energy crisis Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread[print recipe]from Smitten Kitchen *Note: I didn’t follow all of the instructions in Deb’s version because I am a lazy bum. Dissolve espresso powder in boiling water.

Cinnamon Streusel Baked Donuts So here’s the thing. Wes is apparently not ever in the mood to sleep these days. Not at night, not during naptimes, nothing. I love my little dude so stinking much, but how do you tell a 4-month-old that mama needs sleep to be able to play all day long, make up silly songs, snuggle and read? ‘Cause you know they don’t speak English (or really any other language for that matter)…and the whole reasoning bit kind of flies out the window. Promise, I’ve tried. Yes, tried to reason with a baby. So on the eve of our first flight together I’ve decided to share my favorite donut recipe to date – because if there’s anything that I like to eat when I’m having to prop my eyelids open with toothpicks it’s soft warm donuts with mounds of buttery-cinnamony-salty goodness baked on top. For the donuts: 1 cup flour1 tsp baking powder1/4 tsp salt1/3 cup sugar2 eggs1/4 cup vegetable oil2 Tbsp plain yogurt1/2 tsp vanilla extract For the streusel: Preheat your oven to 375.

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