Saturday, May 18, 2019

Game of Thrones Cake

Game of Thrones Cake, Westeros Map, Map Cake, Travel Cake, Crown Cake Topper, Wafer Paper Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Game of Thrones Party, Dire WolfWe're big fans of Game of Thrones in our house, and, yes, I even have one of those "Mother of Dragons" shirts.  As I write this, it's the night before the airing of the final episode, and we've been speculating all week over how the series is going to end.

Just for fun, I made a cake for the event...

Monday, May 13, 2019

Strawberry Tart

Strawberry Tart, Strawberry Pie, Strawberry Dessert Recipes, Summer Dessert RecipesThere are so many things to love about spring, not the least of which being the abundance of fresh berries available, and it's always so exciting bringing home that first container of beautiful red strawberries after a cold winter of satisfying my fruit cravings with mostly apples, oranges and pears.

This fresh strawberry tart is a lovely way to celebrate the start of strawberry season.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Lemon Curd and Mini Tartlets

Lemon Curd, Lemon Dessert Recipes, Tartlet Recipe, Lemon Tart, Lemon PieOne of my first-ever blog posts, eight years ago, was for waffles topped with homemade lemon curd.  Looking back at that post, I can appreciate how much my photography skills have developed and improved since then, and I've been meaning to update my lemon curd recipe with new photos that are more appealing than the ones I shot in the window-less kitchen of the condo where my husband and I first lived together, and where this baking blog of mine began.

Lemon curd is a staple for bakers, and having a great homemade lemon-curd recipe on hand is essential.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Griffin's First Birthday

First Birthday, Rainbow Cake, Sprinkles Cake, Rainbow Party, Boy Birthday Ideas, Boy Smash CakeIt was a busier Easter weekend than usual for us, because it was our baby boy's first birthday!  I wanted his party to be colorful, fun and whimsical, so I went with a rainbows and sprinkles theme for the cakes and decorations, and I just love how everything looked when it all came together.

For a couple of months, I've been collecting a few decorations here and there as I found them, like the rainbow felt ball garland and happy birthday banner, which I found at Target, and those cute little wooden candy scoops I found on Amazon.  And we were able to reuse a few things from Phoenix's birthday party a year and a half ago.  But lots of items I already had on hand, such as the glass jars that I filled with candy, the vintage wooden blocks, and of course, my many, many cake stands.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Strawberry Malted Milk Ice Cream

Strawberry Malted Milk Ice Cream, Homemade Ice Cream, Ice Cream Recipe, Strawberry MaltWe're enjoying lots of play time outdoors these days, and with the warmer weather, I've already made a few batches of ice cream.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Buttercream Flowers Cake

Piping Buttercream Flowers, Flower Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Chocolate Buttercream, Buttercream Roses, Buttercream RanunculusOn my quest over the last few months to perfect my buttermilk birthday cake recipe (which has since been perfected, I'm excited to say, and I'll be sharing it very soon...), I've had a few variations of the cake which I used to practice some decorating techniques.  Piping buttercream flowers is something I'm always trying to get better at, and if you have extra buttercream after frosting a cake, you can just pipe a few flowers and freeze them to use later.

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Making of a Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake, From Scratch Strawberry Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Fondant Rose Cake, Pink Cake, Girl's Birthday Cake, Cake with FlowersCake is my thing.  It's what I love to bake and decorate the most, although when it comes to eating cake, I won't go back for more unless I think the flavor and texture is absolutely perfect.  And I set my standards high, which is why I'm always re-testing my recipes, even ones that I previously thought were just right.  My husband tells me I'm too hard on myself, but it seems to be a matter of personal pride with me, to be the best maker of cakes that I can be.