Raspberry Almond Valentine

RaspberryAlmondValentine_01

RaspberryAlmondValentine_02

Happy Valentine’s Day! I was inspired to use fresh berries for my Valentine bake and came across these lovely raspberries, and then the almond cupcakes and bittersweet chocolate ganache followed 🙂 I look forward to getting a new camera someday soon, but for now, these camera phone photos will have to do!

RaspberryAlmondValentine_03

RaspberryAlmondValentine_04

RaspberryAlmondValentine_05

This lovely cake stand was made locally by JaMpdx! Thank you, Jenn and Meghan! 🙂

RaspberryAlmondValentine_06

RaspberryAlmondValentine_07

1st Birthday Cupcakes in a Flash!

BirthdayCupcakesFlash_01

A friend of mine reached out to me in a panic and needed help decorating cupcakes for her son’s first birthday party in a jiffy! I brought some emergency sprinkles, supplies and a couple ideas, and Grandma, Mom and I decorated these babies (cupcakes, not the birthday boy) in a flash just before guests arrived!

Happy 1st birthday, Little George!

BirthdayCupcakesFlash_02

BirthdayCupcakesFlash_03

BirthdayCupcakesFlash_04

Springerlie

This year I tried my own hand at making the German Springerlie cookies I remember my Mom making each Christmas time. They involve a wooden rolling pin with little molded patterns, fresh anise seeds, allowing the cookies to dry out overnight before baking, and then leaving them in an air tight tin for a few weeks to soften and soak up the anise flavor!

Ready to roll…

Springerlie_01

Ready to cut…

Springerlie_02

Ready to dry overnight…

Springerlie_03

Baked and ready to be stored! We’ll see how they turn out in a few weeks 😉

Springerlie_04

Thanks, Mom!

Just Peachy

JustPeachy_04

I am so happy to be posting after such a long, unintentional break! So grateful for 3-day weekends 😀 Happy Labor Day!

Picked up these beauties from a local farmer’s market this afternoon…

JustPeachy_01

 

JustPeachy_02

 

JustPeachy_03

The crust definitely did not turn out to be the prettiest… but the pie was delicious.

Happy Memorial Day

HappyMemorialDay_01

A simple red velvet cake to say thank you. This was my first attempt at covering a cake in fondant, and well, I got it covered! 🙂 I used a beautiful patterned embossing rolling pin, but realized fondant takes so much smoothing once on the cake, most of the pattern disappeared…. you can still see some subtle hints of the damask pattern. I’ll try it again with a pie crust.

This red velvet layer cake recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction blog is delicious and moist!  If there’s one thing I hate, it’s dry cake!

HappyMemorialDay_02

my fondant is stretched too thin…. but you can see some of the damask pattern on the sides 🙂

HappyMemorialDay_03

HappyMemorialDay_04

HappyMemorialDay_06

HappyMemorialDay_05

HappyMemorialDay_07

And with leftover batter… a patriotic cupcake with a little man saluting (kind of) and thanking those who gave their lives while serving. Thank you.

HappyMemorialDay_08

HappyMemorialDay_09

A Hoppy Easter to All! ^^

Easter 2015_01

These egg cookies look nothing like the Ukranian eggs my Grandma was so good at decorating (similar to these), but I definitely thought of her and her immensely talented detail work while baking this batch. There is nothing waxy about these royal icing decorated sugar cookies – only a sugary, buttery, slightly soft crunch. 🙂

Easter 2015_02

Easter 2015_03

Candid: Staging in process…

Easter 2015_04

Easter 2015_05

Easter 2015_06

Easter 2015_07

Easter 2015_08Easter 2015_09

Easter 2015_10

Easter 2015_11

Easter 2015_12

Easter 2015_13

Easter pineapple, anyone? 😉

Easter 2015_14