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March 20, 2015

3D Easter Egg Cookies

It’s almost Easter!

At Eastertime, I just love 3D eggs.  They’re so classic and pretty!

This year, I wanted to re-imagine sugar eggs into cookies. 

March 4, 2015

Gluten-Free Lemon Cake

Recently, I’ve been making more gluten-free cakes for friends with special dietary needs. 

When I first started, I simply picked up a box of gluten-free cake mix and made it as is.  It was ok, but not spectacular.

Then I started to try other gluten-free brands and picked up a copy of The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free .  If you’re starting to cook gluten-free for yourself or for someone else, I can’t recommend a better resource.  It’s full of tips and tricks and includes a section titled “How to Bake Gluten-Free in a Gluten-Filled Kitchen”  (note: I’m not being compensated in any way for my review, I’m just really impressed with the book.  If you click the link, I may be credited through Amazon if you choose to purchase).

Once I got more comfortable baking gluten-free in my gluten-filled kitchen, and armed with a great resource, I started tweaking mixes to open up more flavor possibilities, such as the gluten-free lemon cake recipe I’m sharing below.

February 25, 2015

Rainbow Ice Box Cookies

I love sending treats to school with the kids at different times during the school year.

These fun rainbow cookies are great for St. Patrick’s Day or just for anytime!

To make the cookies, use your favorite sugar cookie dough and split it into 6 pieces.  The pieces don’t need to be equal in size…you’ll need more red than purple once you start stacking.

February 21, 2015

Frozen Ice Castle Cake

With the cold snap much of the US has been experiencing, I thought today would be an excellent day to share Elsa’s Ice Castle Cake!

This was for a 4 year old’s birthday.  The only instruction was “whatever you’ve done before…go bigger.”

February 9, 2015

Simple Heart Cake

Ready for a sweet little Valentine cake?

This was a last minute cake order, so I kept it simple and classy.

I love the look of a plain white cake with little hearts coming out the top!

Happy Valentines Day!

January 29, 2015

January 27, 2015

Planes Fire & Rescue Cake

Last week was Dude’s 7th birthday!  Since his birthday fell on a holiday, he invited a few of his classmates over for a movie party (and he took some amazing Hot Cocoa Cookies to school the next day!)

Originally, he was going to watch Planes with his friends, so we sent out the invitations.

Then, the week of his birthday, Hubs bought Planes Fire and Rescue , so he switched to that, along with a Fire & Rescue Cake.

And then the fun began!

First, to construct the cake, I made a double batch of my absolute favorite: Rich Chocolate Cake.  I baked it into two 8-inch square pans, a small batter bowl, and a 1-cup oven safe bowl (note – if using a batter bowl, place a greased flower nail in the bottom for even baking).

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