My Grandma Mary made the best Eggnog at Christmas time. It was thick, creamy and delicious. I always looked forward to her eggnog and Christmas cookies. She would make a huge batch of sugar cookies, always sprinkled them with sugar and cinnamon. I can almost taste them just thinking about them! I really miss my Grandma. I wonder if she knows how much we talk about and think about her cooking, her “yummy stuff” as my sisters and I call it (or Grandmas macaroni as some of the family calls it), her taquitos, her beans and rice, her eggnog… the list can go on and on. I made this eggnog tres leches cake in honor of my Grandma and her famous eggnog. I hope it tastes at least half as good as hers!
My son is still keeping track of his half birthdays, and wanted to celebrate turning 7 1/2 He requested a candy cake with all his favorite chocolate candy. It was really fun decorating with candy, and I loved seeing his face when he noticed his new favorite cookies and cream Hershey’s bar! This is a 6 inch cake with four layers of chocolate mud cake. It is so yummy and dense, almost like a fudgy brownie. The trick is that I put melted chocolate right in the cake batter! There are three kinds of fillings in this cake- raspberry, blackberry, and ganache. It is frosted with vanilla bean Swiss meringue buttercream and has a chocolate glaze drip.
I made this cake for my good friend Lynn on her birthday! This cake is a 4 layer chocolate mud cake with fresh raspberry buttercream. It is frosted with black ganache and decorated with 14 carat gold leaf, pink cyclamens, and a chocolate sail.
I have a passion fruit vine that has been growing like crazy lately! The flowers are a beautiful purple, and I love seeing them pop up! The vine is very long and the tendrils grab on to every plant they can find in my garden. Because of this, it is sometimes hard to see the flower. The flower lasts only one day, and usually pops up in the late morning. My son and I like to go outside at least once a day to hunt for passion fruit flowers, new passion fruit growing, or even large passion fruits that may have been hiding! I had more then the usual amount of passion fruit this week, so I decided to use some in this cake. It is so rewarding using home grown fruit in my baking! This cake has three layers. One is passion fruit and the other two are lemon. The vanilla bean Swiss meringue buttercream balances out the tanginess of the lemon curd filling. It is a winning combination!
My sister Wendy loves purple. When I made her this birthday cake, the first thing I envisioned was a giant bright purple sail on top of a purple cake. However, the purple luster dust that I ordered online was more of a dark purple. And the sail fell off the cake and broke in the car on the way to delivering the cake to her. Next time I will secure the sail better! This cake is 5 layers; 3 layers of chocolate mud cake, 2 layers of white chocolate mud cake, with blackberry ganache filling, and frosted with vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream.
This Cake is a three layer black forest cake: a rich chocolate fudge cake, whipped cream and cherry filling, frosted with American buttercream, and topped with a chocolate sail, red and black macaroons, and buttercream piping. Continue reading
This cake I made for my sister Emily’s Baby Shower. She is having her third girl, and wanted a chocolate with chocolate and chocolate cake! I made her an extra special chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling, chocolate cheesecake filling, covered in chocolate ganache, topped with chocolate ganache swirls, and covered with chocolate square pieces! Continue reading
My son is the only kid I know who celebrates his half birthday. It started years ago when he asked me when his half birthday was. He just couldn’t wait to be able to say he was 4 1/2. So this year he wanted a half birthday party lol. Since he is our only child and I only get to make one cake for him a year I agreed to make him a small party and a cake! His favorite color is blue so I made the cake with as much blue as I could! I based my cake on some of my idol Katherine Sabbath’s cakes. I love how she makes colorful drips and tall chocolate bark pieces!
I am so excited about this cake because I used a new recipe for the frosting! I usually made a basic buttercream frosting, but this time I tried the Swiss meringue buttercream. It worked like a dream! The flowers held up, and there weren’t any air bubbles. Also I have to say that it is much tastier, it is a little less sweet. This frosting is perfect for my husband who doesn’t really enjoy super sweet frosting.
This Watermelon Cake is made with a deliciously refreshing watermelon flavored cake, frosted with a bright pink watermelon flavored buttercream, and covered with a home made marshmallow fondant. The watermelon design is hand painted, and the seeds are made with black fondant. Continue reading
Happy Star Wars Day! Today I wanted to show you how I made this cute little Star Wars Cake. My friend Charlie is a huge fan of Star Wars, and wanted a fondant covered Star Wars cake for his birthday. Continue reading
Basketball is in full force and this Miami Heat Cake is perfect for your number one Miami Heat fan! I made this for my husband’s birthday because he is a huge Miami Heat Fan! I hope you enjoy it! Continue reading
Christmas is coming!! This month there will be all kinds of parties and dinners with plenty of opportunities to bake something spectacular to take as a dessert! These mini cakes are so cute and are perfect for a party or even a gift for someone special! Keep reading and I will show you how to make these mini cakes step by step! Continue reading