Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bright Summery Birthday Cake for Dad & Lilah

For Dad and Lilah's shared birthday party I just wanted to do a fun colorful summery cake... I also had some colorful fans to top the cake with that Mom had given me a while back, it looked totally fun all together!

Cake Pops.... Candy Apple Style...

Can I just say that I totally do not enjoy making cake pops? I think the fact that my cake pops are upside down should tell a small tale in itself... Anyhow, they are still super yummy and pretty when all packaged up with a ribbon! I made these to go with the Cake for Dad and Lilah's birthday party on Sunday!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Aaron's 30th Birthday Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes

For Aaron's birthday I wanted to try something different flavorwise... I had been wanting to try these chocolate chip cookie cupcakes forever now and this was my chance...  The centers of the cupcakes were filled with cookie dough filling and then the icing was flavored just like cookie dough as well... soooo good!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Doug's Birthday Carrot Cake

Happy 65th Birthday Doug!

Happy 65th Birthday Doug!
I asked Doug what type of cake he would like for his birthday and he wanted a Carrot Cake with Butter Cream Icing... I have never made carrot cake before, so the search was on for the perfect recipe, and I definitely found it! (Carrot, Raisins, Crushed Pineapple, Coconut and Buttermilk) I did 3 layers with Bavarian creme in between... Everyone loved the cake!! Surprising to have carrot cake be a hit!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Julie & Cali's Birthday Tea Party

Happy Birthday to Julie & Cali!

So this year I missed out on Julie and Cali's birthday Tea Party! I felt so bad, but I was so sick. I managed to make all the cookies and the cake for the party (I promise I did not breathe or cough or lick anything!!!) Anyhow, the desserts turned out awesome... Brian and I dropped them off at Julie's when they were out so they didn't catch our germs (Brian was sick too).

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Funny Story... well...

Sooooo... After alot of thought, I decided I wanted a new Stand Mixer for Christmas. Brian and I had come up with budgets for spending this year and the new Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer fit nicely in that budget, but I wouldn't get anything else! Christmas day comes, I was ready with a new glass bowl I pre-bought at Amazon to go with my new mixer... I opened it up, plugged it in and the attachments keep hitting the bowl. After numerous adjustments, nothing made it better. Oh well... we will exchange for a new one on boxing day. Boxing day comes, Brian runs to the store, makes the exchange and brings back Kitchenaid # 2. Open the box, plug it in (feeling excited again) and this time, the motor is running really rough, like rough in the way you are not comfortable with. So, the next day, I join Brian and head back to the store to pick up Kitchenaid # 3. We bring it home and reluctantly open the box and plug it in. Guess what... all attachments are hitting the bowl again!! Motor is fine, but again, no adjustments can correct the problem. This time after calling the store manager, we figure we would try a different store location and drive out to abby to pick up Kitchenaid # 4. After arriving home, even more fearful this time... we plug it in and guess what... the motor is defective AGAIN!! UGH!! At this point, I was done... Brian was ready to drive in to Coquitlam to try another store but I said forget it... Clearly something in the universe is telling me that this machine isn't the right one for me! It's too bad because it really is a nice looking machine. I will say I didn't like how loud it runs comparatively to my mixer (which I have given to Mom as a Christmas gift with new attachments). Luckily, I can return the bowl I bought back to Amazon (less shipping of course, but I understand that). So, definitely feeling disappointed over my Christmas gift so far...

I have now placed an order for a new Hamilton Beach Eclectics Stand Mixer, in Licorice, through Amazon and am super excited for it to arrive. I have now been without a mixer for a week (which is painful for me) and have to wait another week or so for the new arrival, but I have a feeling this one will be a keeper! Can't wait!!! The funny part, its the same mixer I just gave Mom, but this one is black instead of the mint green! Oh well, its a great Mixer and now Mom and I will both have one!!
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Baking...

I did alot of Christmas baking this year. I started 2 weeks before Christmas as some of this stuff could be frozen well... I will just list it all and it was all yummy (and served at different times!!!)

4 Layer Lucious Pumpkin Cake (people get made when I dont make this now)
Nanaimo Bars (special for Dad)
Oreo version of the Nanaimo Bar
Chocolate & White Chocolate Oreo Truffles
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crispys
Eskimo Boy & Girl Sugar Cookies
Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies (with Egg White Royal Icing)

Wow, alot of work but it was such a fun bunch of treats, how could I not make them all?!
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Friday, December 23, 2011

Eskimo Cookies

Ok, I think icing sugar cookies is my new favorite thing... I saw the idea for these eskimo boy and girl cookies on another baking blog and just had to try to make them! Still can't believe how cute they turned out!! I individually wrapped them and gave them to the kids at Christmas. I loved it when Lilah said "Auntie Holly always makes the best treats!" :)

I hear someone ate their cookie for breakfast on Christmas!! Cali!!
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Friday, December 2, 2011

Cupcakes for a Cause...

Excuse the horrible photos... I only had my cell phone camera with me! I helped Nadia decorate cupcakes for her Church Christmas Fair to help raise funds for her trip to India. Nadia baked cupcakes all day and I arrived after work with my mixer ready to start making icing! I think all said and done we did about 120 cupcakes with flavors ranging from Chocolate Candy Cane, Lemon, Chocolate Peanut Butter... to Caramel Macchiato, my personal favorite!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011