My Birthday Cake

January 10, 2011

My 28th Bday Cake

I celebrated my birthday on Saturday night with close friends, food and board games (not bored games, Alex.) I wanted to try something different for my cake so I made Chocolate Marshmallow Cake. I received a chocolate recipe book for Christmas and this is the first recipe I choose from it:

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Ingredients
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup superfine sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
85g semisweet chocolate broken into pieces
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 1/4 cup self rising flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

Frosting
175g marshmallows
1 tbsp milk
2 egg whites
2 tbsp superfine sugar

light chocolate for grating

Cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla together in a bowl until pale and fluffy, then gradually beat in the eggs.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir in the buttermilk gradually until well combined. Let cool slightly.

Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a separate bowl. Add the chocolate and the flour mixtures alternately to the creamed mixture, a little at a time. Spoon the mixture into a greased oven-proof bowl and smooth the surface. Bake in preheated oven, 325 degrees, for 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the frosting. Heat the marshmallows and milk very gently in a small pan until the marshmallows have melted. Remove and let cool. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form, then add the sugar and continue whisking until stiff peaks form. Fold into the cooled marshmallow mixture.

When the cake is cool cover the top and sides with marshmallow mixture and top with grated chocolate!

Have a slice!

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Engagment party

January 4, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to all of you! It feels great to be back after a short hiatus from SweetWhimsy. I hope everyone indulged in the things they love over the holidays; I know I did! One of the reasons that I’ve been so busy is that I had the honor to bake the desserts for my best friends engagment party this past Sunday. (Definitely not as busy as her Mom who was cooking for the event ALL night long.) I choose 3 desserts to make: Red velvet truffles, Marbled cupcakes with Cream cheese icing and Sugar cookies with Buttercream icing. I wanted them to look whimsical as always so I got the dessert cards made last minute. This way everyone knew what they were nibbling on and the cards gave it a more professional look. Congrats to the happy couple!

Red Velvet Truffles

Mini cake Sugar Cookies

Bringing in the roast pig for the Pig Ceremony

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Italian Wedding Soup

December 15, 2010

Italian Wedding Soup

During the winter I feel the need to cook large batches of meals to freeze just incase I get snowed in and can’t make it to the grocery store. This is especially true when I make soups or stews in my slow cooker. Now I have never been snowed in but we can all hope right? Trust me you’ll want to be at my place when that happens! Monday I made Broccoli & Cheese soup and today, for the first time, I made Italian Wedding Soup. I combined these two recipes (found here and here) and produced a delicious, tummy warming soup. The best part is I have left over meatballs that I threw in the freezer
for a fast dinner of spaghetti and meatballs!

Sauteed chicken meatballs

Meatballs peeking through the spinach in my slow cooker

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Week of Happiness 6: Baking Edition

December 14, 2010

Moments of Happiness this week:

4.

Silicon mini cupcake molds

3.

Travelling cupcakes!

2.

Not delivered until Dec.28th! The agony of waiting

1.

Dessert tower

What made you happy this week?

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S’mores Cookies

December 13, 2010

S'mores Cookies

The best thing about these S’mores Cookies is that they are a non-messy version of the campfire treat. No sticky fingers or burnt marshmallows, just a small bite treat that tastes like the real thing! You don’t need a fire, only a broiler and a watchful eye. These were part of Christmas cookie packages that I gave out to friends (mentioned here) along with Honey Lace cookies made two ways, Red Velvet Truffles and White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies. I hope everyone enjoyed their treats!

Don't take your eyes off them!

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Mini Maple Pancake Muffins

December 8, 2010

Maple syrup for dipping

For someone who doesn’t like breakfast food that much I was excited to find this recipe for Mini Maple Pancake Muffins. They are easy to pack for a snack at work (or home) and were a hit last month at our girls brunch. The best part is dipping them into your own mini bowl of maple syrup! You can use the recipe for the regular, made in the frying pan pancakes or leave out the chocolate chips…but why would you?

Mini muffin tins put to good use

almost too cute to eat...almost

Aerial shot

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Cozy up…

December 6, 2010

While watching the snow fall on my blog it makes me want to cozy up at home. I picked a few items that look cozy and comfy and I can imagine myself wearing these items with a warm coffee and sitting in front of a fire-place. I just need the fireplace…

Greta tube scarf -Coach $118
Milly ‘Belle du Jour’ Beaded Gloves– Nordstrom $98
Cardy Pocket Scarf -Ugg Australia $95
Bailey Button– Ugg Australia $150
Pyramid stud earmuffs Michael Kors $48
Dreamie travel blanket -BCBG $88

this is on my Xmas wish list!

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Red Velvet Truffles

December 1, 2010

Red Velvet Truffles

Everything is better mini, right? These guys are a mixture of red velvet cake and cream cheese icing and covered with melted chocolate (and sprinkles!) Behind the scenes these did not come together too easy. I added too much icing, burnt the first batch of chocolate in the microwave and tried to use white chocolate with no luck. I threw them back in the freezer, took a breather than started again. This recipe is definitely something that I’ll get better at with practice…a lot of practice!

Pink Velvet Cake???

Cake on the inside...

...Whimsy on the outside

Round two I expect them to look like this.

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Cookie Jar

November 25, 2010

My cookie jar

On Tuesday I went on the hunt for a cookie jar to keep all my baking on display. Now I tend to like things a little more whimsical (of course) and tend not to go for the ordinary. What I found is a glass cake dome. Now it does take a little more work to stack the cookies on the plate so they fit under the lid; but at least this way I can use it for more than cookies. Cakes, cupcakes, appetizers or when not in use fill it with Christmas decorations. It works as a dramatic centre piece, even when empty!

Fill with seasonal decorations

Cranberry Oatmeal cookies

On display Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies; much prettier than a Tupperware container. Easy recipe to try.

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Coach Collection Part 3

November 25, 2010

My favorite one…Jewelry! Please enjoy…

Bangles

Boyfriend Collection; necklace & bracelet

Miranda jet pearl bracelet

Yes I will pretend this collection was actually named after me along with my “Miranda” handbag.

Pave Heart necklace & Poppy flower earrings

Clip-on earrings!

Ali sport watch

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