Having been raised in an Italian household, Cannolis are essential. I remember my grandfather making them for any and every special occasion. You knew that if you woke up to the smell of hot oil, you were going to have the perfect dessert later in the day.
Although I love the traditional cannoli, I also love to play with the filling. The Cannoli Tart that I made a few years back (sorry for the horrible photos) is a new family favorite and a new must for Thanksgiving. This cake however, may have taken its place. It is absolutely stunning and quite the show stopper.
This cake does require a bit of time and a buttload of ingredients, but trust me when I say it is worth every second and penny. It is quite a rich cake, therefore small slices are recommended. As usual, I prefer a tall cake therefore I bake the layers in a 7 inch pan. This cake will feed 10-15 people.
I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was about the release of Pitch Perfect 2. I absolutely loved the first movie, and the second is just as funny!
When the movie was released last week, I quickly ran over to Walmart to pick up the Blue-Ray combo pack. I have a total of 6 hours per week that I am alone, making this the first time in years that I have free time without children. Although I usually spend it cleaning or working, I decided last week that I would have a TV day. It was so nice to sit around and watch my favorite movie in peace!
Not only is the movie included in the pack, but also the soundtrack to Pitch Perfect 1 and 2! I have been jamming to the acapella Bellas ever since! I may have just replaced my Christmas music addiction!
I just love all of the characters in Pitch Perfect 2, but of course my favorite is Fat Amy. She is absolutely the most hilarious character ever and her confidence is awesome! I wanted to make a dessert that reflected Amy, and since she is from Australia, Lamingtons were a must!
Traditional Lamingtons are small sponge cakes dipped in chocolate and coated in coconut. Some people dip the cakes in a chocolate icing and some in regular chocolate. Obviously I picked the chocolate because well, chocolate. They had the perfect chocolate/cake ratio with every bite and all tied together perfectly with the chewy coconut. They are perfect little tea cakes and would make an excellent addition to your holiday cookie platter!
Make sure to head to Walmart to grab the exclusive Pitch Perfect 2 Blu-Ray/Soundtrack combo pack. Soundtrack includes some of your favorite songs from Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 (while supplies last).
2 cups good quality chocolate, chopped into tiny pieces
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup cream
1 tablespoon corn syrup
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray an 8x12-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Beat 1/2 cup butter and 3/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time
Beat in the vanilla.
Pour in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing until just incorporated.
Pour batter into the prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.
Cool for 5 minutes in the pan then remove from pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap with plastic wrap and store overnight at room temperature to give the cake a chance to firm up before slicing.
Cut cake into 24 squares.
To make the ganache, combine the chocolate, butter, cream, and corn syrup in a small pan.
Heat on low until chocolate has melted and smooth.
Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.
Carefully dip each square into ganache, then coat with shredded coconut.
Place on a wire rack to set.
Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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As much as I love summer, there is only so much I can take. When August rolls around, I eagerly await the crisp air, everything apple, and of course the iconic pumpkin spice latte. I have always lived in the areas where there are pretty much only one season-summer. However when I got married and moved to Switzerland, I finally got to experience and appreciate the four seasons. The transitions were mesmerizing.
Because we live in San Diego, we have to take a quick drive to the mountains to really start the season off. Every year around this time, we head to Julian. The winding roads, crisp air, and colorful trees always make me smile. We spend the day picking the dew speckled apples and pears from the gorgeous orchards in the mountains then head off and enjoy a fresh baked piece of apple pie and a cup of cider. We all come home happy, full, and ready to kick off the season.
When I first smelled the new Glade® Limited Edition Fall Collection scents: Pumpkin Pit Stop™ and Hit the Road™ they totally got me inspired to bake something with apples. The crisp aromas made me reminisce about our apple picking day trips, chilly early morning soccer games with a warm coffee in my hands, and everything else that I love about fall. It’s the little things like this that make our family happy.
The minute I plugged in the Hit the Road™ Plug In Scented Oils I was instantly inspired to bake our favorite Fresh Apple Bundt Cake. Like the new Glade® scents, this cake has everything you love about September in one bite. Baked apples, warm cinnamon, and the perfect brown sugar glaze tantalizes your taste buds. So delicious that you will want to make it weekly! Enjoy Friends and a happy fall to you all!
This post is going to be short and sweet due to the fact that I leave for the airport in 3 hours and have not even started packing! #whatsnew I am headed to Seattle for the International Food Bloggers Conference. Make sure to follow me on Instagram for all the fabulous Seattle eats and drinks!
We have been experiencing a massive heatwave here in San Diego for the past couple of weeks The day that it broke I baked 3 cakes and two batches of cookies. I am so happy I baked that much because the heat returned as quickly as it left! Because of my baking hiatus, our egg pile had quickly grown. With 9 chickens happily laying everyday, baking is essential, or at least a good excuse.
With all of the extra eggs, I knew it was time to make my grandmother’s yellow cake. She made this for every birthday growing up, and it is my absolute favorite cake recipe!
The cake is everything that I remembered it to be. Light and airy and the perfect companion to a chocolate fudge frosting. The combination of creamy Plugrá Butter and the egg yolks makes for a buttery chocolaty bite. Adorned with sprinkles, this is the perfect way to say “Happy Birthday” or a simple “Happy Thursday.” I made this cake in three 7 inch pans because I like small/tall cakes, but it can also be made in two 9 inch pans. Enjoy!
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It is football season, and while I don’t understand every call of the game, I do understand football food, which is more important anyway right? And because we only have soccer players (so far) in my family, this is my excuse to make football shaped desserts!
I love surprising my guests with a fun themed tablescape. It turns your average football watching party potluck up a notch to a fun family party! For under $20, I was able to pick up the fake grass, spray paint, wood for the stadium cake pop holder, and dowels for the field goal.
These items were easy to put together, made a great tablescape, and can be used over and over again. The decorations combined with some delicious nibbles from Sam’s Club, homemade treats, and a hot chili bar, and ice cold Cokes made for a belly filled fun night! Speaking of Sam’s Club, have you ever been there? Holy selection! It was my first time and I literally spent 2 hours going through every isle! Needless to say I stocked up on all of my bulk baking supplies! I also love how they have different size selections! The coke packages for example. The come in multiple quantities, but I figured the 28 Pack was perfect for sharing. What is even better is that you can do your shopping online (in your pjs) the go to the store to pick it up!
I had been asking my husband to make a cake/cookie pop holder for quite sometime. Once I got the materials together, it took him less than 30 minutes to make and paint two.
To make 1 cookie pop holder yourself, you will need:
(6) 3-4” wide wood strips
⅞” Wood Dowel
white spray paint
wood cutting tool ( jigsaw, handsaw )
ruler or measuring tape
To start, cut the wood strips 18″ long. Using the ruler, mark the wood every two inches. Do this with 2 more strips. Fit your drill with a bit the same size as a standard cake pop stick. Drill holes 1/2 deep, in the spots marked. Next, take 2 pieces of wood and arrange them in an “L”, This will give you the basic shape of a step. Nail or glue the edges together, then add on next step. Next, stand your stand up and measure the height. Cut dowel to that height and nail in the center of the stand to give it support. Finally, Paint the stand your desired color!
We were so excited about our new cake pop stand that we decided to turn our cookies into pops! Don’t they look cute? We can’t wait to make some cake pops too!
When my assistant (my 8 year old daughter) and I were discussing decorations, she came up with the idea to make cheerleader cupcakes. We used tissue paper, tape, and small sticks to make the pom poms.
For the actual cupcakes, we used our favorite Coke Cupcake Recipe. The added coke enhances the chocolate flavor and creates a light, fluffy, and moist chocolate cake. We also used this recipe to make the football cake.
3/4 cup unsweetened Special Dark cocoa powder (or regular cocoa powder)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup Coke
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
3 Tbs. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners.
In the bowl of your mixer, combine all dry ingredients.
Add eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla and mix on low until combined.
With a wooden spoon, stir in coffee. Batter will be runny.
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a knife is inserted and comes out clean.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, constantly stirring with a wooden spoon to avoid burning.
Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Let cool to room temperature.In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, combine the confectioners’ sugar, butter, cream, the vanilla and salt and beat on low speed until combined, about 1 minute.
Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes, then reduce the speed to low.
Add the chocolate and beat until combined, then increase the speed to medium and beat for 1 minute more.If the frosting is dry, add more milk, 1 tsp. at a time, until it is creamy but still holds peaks. Makes about 2 cups.
Frost cupcakes, and garnish with tissue paper pom poms.
For the actual food portion of the party, we made our crowd pleasing chili. It is so easy to make in the morning and slowly cooks in the crock-pot. We served Bar Style, allowing guests to pick and choose their chili accoutrements.
All in all we think that the At-Home Tailgating party was a success. And I have to say, it is so much more comfortable to tailgate at home rather than a parking lot!
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Since school has started, life has been hectic. I knew that this was going to happen, I just haven’t fallen into the right groove yet. School, extracurricular activities for all three kids, and a family wide chest cold has made for some busy days and sleepless nights.
With all of this craziness, we all seem to be riled up at night yet exhausted at the same time. In an effort to get my kids (and myself) ready for bed at a decent hour, we have been enjoying a warm Chamomile and Honey Tea Latte every evening. The warm milk combined with the chamomile makes us sleepy almost immediately. It has been a fun new family ritual to sit around the table after dinner and sip on a cup of tea and talk about what’s going on in our life.
This is the first year that my youngest is in preschool and I find that after dropping him off the best way to relax is with a delicious cup of Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea and a cheesy magazine. I absolutely love the fall flavors in this tea and knew that I had to bake something with it.
These orange spiced tea infused madeleines are dense and buttery and the perfect pair for a hot cup of tea. Like most French pastries, the dough needs to be delicately handled, but they are not difficult to make. Making sure that all of your ingredients are room temperature and carefully folding in the flour and tea infused melted butter, the results are perfect! I cannot wait to explore more flavor combinations to enjoy with my tea!
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One of my favorite meals growing up was Teriyaki Glazed Cornish Game Hens. I have an uncle who is an ah-mazing cook, and this was one of his specialties. We always knew that when we were invited over for dinner we would be fed like kings, but when we heard he was serving hens, we were especially excited.
Looking back, I honestly don’t know how he did it every night. He had 5 children and always had at least 3 extra people over for dinner (we have a very large family so there is also someone that needed to be invited). Cooking for a crowd gets me so nervous, and he did it almost daily!
I love the daintiness of Tyson® Cornish Hens and how they look on a plate…fancy. Not only are they delicious and all natural with no artificial ingredients or preservatives, but they are also really easy to make and grill. Teriyaki is by far our favorite glaze, but a honey mustard sauce is also delicious to serve over the hen.
Kikkoman® Sauces are a staple in our home. I add a splash to almost every sauce that I make because it enhances the flavor so well. What I love about this teriyaki sauce recipe is that it makes a bunch, so I always freeze a small jars worth. Last week I used the leftover glaze on salmon and it was delicious!
The next time you are looking for an easy meal that is sure to impress, make these Teriyaki glazed Tyson® Cornish Hens. I am sure you will have some clean plates!