Monday, March 18, 2019

Peach Upside Down Cake

Peach Cake, Peach Upside Down Cake, Cake, Rhubarb Cake, Summer DessertsUpside down cake is one of those retro desserts that everyone I know grew up with and loved, the most common, of course, being a pineapple upside down cake.  Since we grow our own peaches and rhubarb in our back yard, last summer I made a few of these cakes to highlight our home-grown fruit...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake, Lemon Poppyseed Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Buttercream Flowers, Wedding CakeA few months ago, I started reading The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.  I was intrigued by the title, but for whatever reason, I couldn't quite get into the book.  I used to love reading, but haven't had much time for it since my little boys joined our family.  Actually, I think the last time I committed to any serious reading was three years ago, the summer before our first son was born, when I read through all of Harry Potter.  Since then, I just haven't had the time, and I do miss reading something other than the same Curious George story that our toddler loves to read night after night.

But, back to lemon cake...

Monday, March 4, 2019

Polkadots and Roses Cake

Cake Decorating Ideas, Red and White Cake, Cake with Flowers, Valentine's Cake, Polkadot Cake, Wedding CakeI've been testing and re-testing cake recipes lately.  Adjusting this and that, studying the science of cake baking, playing with different ingredients and striving for perfection.  Like paintings, most recipes are never truly finished, and I will probably always continue to add more touches to mine as the years go by.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Soft-Baked Chocolate Sugar Cookies and Homemade Oreos

Homemade Oreos, Chocolate Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Cookie Recipes, Milk and CookiesA few days before Valentine's Day, I stumbled across this recipe for cutout chocolate sugar cookies.  I usually use my own shortbread cookie recipe when I want to make cutout cookies, but I've been wanting to try some new sugar cookie recipes, too, and this one was fantastic.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Harry Potter Cake

Harry Potter Cake, Golden Snitch Cake Topper, Quidditch Cake, Gryffindor, Harry Potter, 9 3/4 Cake, Baby Boy Birthday, Harry Potter Party, Mischief ManagedI love that Harry Potter has become a classic series, and there are so many fantastic decor items and party ideas on Etsy and Pinterest.  Have you seen Pottery Barn Kids' line of Harry Potter products?  It's amazing... and so expensive.

With my love for the Harry Potter books and movies, I had to make a themed cake for Griffin, since he is 9 3/4 months old this month.  How did that happen so fast?  I can't believe he's almost one already.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Coffee and Walnut Muffins

Coffee and Walnut Muffins, Breakfast Recipes, Muffins, CoffeecakeAfter having virtually no snow for Christmas, it's been a snowy January and February in Colorado.  As I write this, snow is quietly falling on this 17-degree day, and we're staying warm beside the fire while a ham bone is simmering on the stove for soup tonight.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Baby Boy Birthday Cakes

Bunny Cake, Woodland Cake, Boy Birthday Cake, Fondant Woodland Cake Topper, Baby Boy Birthday PartyLast October, we celebrated Phoenix's 2nd birthday, and Griffin's half birthday of 6 months.  Of course, Griffin had no clue what was going on, and didn't get to taste his cake, but Phoenix was so excited about his special pancake breakfast, visits from both sets of grandparents, the party decorations, opening presents and eating cake.

I've really been wanting to try making some little fondant animal cake toppers, and what better opportunity to practice than for my boys' cakes?  I'm not including recipes today, so these photos are purely for inspiration, perhaps to give you ideas for decorating your own kids' cakes...