i am baker http://iambaker.net Confections & Creations Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:08:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 boston cream pie surprise inside cake™ http://iambaker.net/boston-cream-pie-surprise-inside-cake/ http://iambaker.net/boston-cream-pie-surprise-inside-cake/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:08:09 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=43830

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When I realized what day today was I immediately started baking.

Baking for me is therapeutic.  It helps me to sort out my head and thoughts.Boston Cream Pie Surprise Inside Cake™

I can still remember the moment I heard of the Boston bombings.  Like everyone else, it was shock.  Horror.  Dismay.

I grieved for the three precious lives lost and felt such sorrow for the 264 others who were injured and suffered other life-altering wounds.

I sat in disbelief as it became apparent…  Someone did this on purpose.

But over the course of the next few days and weeks something else became apparent.

Boston Cream Pie Surprise Inside Cake™

 

Through tragedy, the people of Boston (and ultimately all of America) were united.

These people; the victims, the survivors, and every single person who stepped into the role of hero not by choice, but by circumstance.

These people are united in compassion and strength and love.

Boston Cream Pie Surprise Inside Cake™

 

I simply made a tradition Boston Cream Pie following this recipe, but made a couple little changes.

There are three layers representing the three lives lost.

There is a heart.

A sweet, small little heart, but that represents the unity and love that the people of Boston share.

I am so humbled by these people who have endured terrorism and hate, yet have chosen to come out of it with solidarity, allegiance and friendship.

You are most definitely #bostonstrong.  You are an inspiration.

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“Frozen” Inspired Layer Cake http://iambaker.net/frozen-inspired-layer-cake/ http://iambaker.net/frozen-inspired-layer-cake/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:07:24 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=43768

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My daughter is obsessed with Frozen.

And I think there are at least 29,000,000 moms who can say the exact same thing.

Just in case you haven’t heard it enough times, click here to listen to “Let it Go” while learning how to make your very own Frozen Inspired Cake.

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

So I decided to make a cake that would be easy enough for anyone to make, but that would remind little kids of their most beloved movie and characters, Elsa and Anna.

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Even though I leveled each cake and used the same amount of frosting in between each layer, my cake still turned out crooked and wonky.  I hope that it was just a fluke and that your cake will NOT turn out wonky.

I did a few things on this cake.

1. Made it in 6 inch round cake pans, which meant the cake would be tall and skinny.

2. Make it a different color layered cake to match Elsa and Anna’s dresses in Frozen.

3. Made “icicles” on the outside.

You will need:

2 white cake recipes

1 batch buttercream

Gel Food Coloring (see below for exact colors and amounts)

White Sprinkles

To make the I started by first prepared one white cake batter.  My white cake recipe yields about 4 cups of batter (as does a box mix if you prefer) so I divided that between three bowls. (1 1/3 cups batter per bowl)

You can also double the white cake recipe and divide the batter between six bowls.  I chose to make one cake, prepare the three colors and bake the three 6 inch cakes before starting on the next white cake.

To get the layers these vibrant colors I used AmeriColor gel food coloring.  They worked perfectly!

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

For ANNA’S colors I used the Super Black, Fuchsia, and Royal Blue.  I used about 1/4 teaspoon of each, but you can use as much as you want/need to to achieve the color you want.  (While the Fuchsia above looks pink, it turned out very true to the color in Anna’s dress after I added the full 1/4 teaspoon.)

For ELSA’S colors, I used Royal Blue and Sky Blue.  In three bowls each containing 1 1/4 cups cake batter you will add:

5 drops Sky Blue + 1 drop Royal Blue (If you want to have a more distinguishable difference between the layers, you can add 2 drops Royal Blue)

5 drops Sky Blue

1 scant drop Sky Blue

So each different color layer was baked in 6 inch round cake pan for approximately 25 minutes (20-30 minutes depending on your oven) and then cooled.

Once cooled I leveled each cake to approximately 1 inch high.  After adding in frosting between each layer, my cake was about 8 inches tall, which is vey tall!  And now I will show you why I wanted a tall cake.

(My daughter pointed out that Elsa’s original party dress was the same colors as Anna’s.)

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Icicles!  Well, kinda.  More like sparkly wanna-be icicles.  But definitely pretty enough for any Frozen Fan!

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Here is how to made the “icicles”.

First I started by covering my cake in a coat of white buttercream.  This crusting buttercream recipe works really well because it is very white, but you can certainly use your favorite recipe.

Get your icing as smooth and flat as you can.

Place in freezer for at least one hour.

How To Make Icicles ~ Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Get out a piece of parchment that is the length of your cake.  My cake was about 20inches around, but you will want to measure YOUR cake.  (You can do this by wrapping parchment around the cake and then marking where the ends meet.)

Lay parchment flat on table and start making icicle shapes pointing down.  There is no right or wrong, but I found that the more icicles the better.

How To Make Icicles ~ Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Starting at the top of your sheet, cut the “icicles” out.  (If you used a black marker like I did, be sure to cut out all areas that marker is on.  I did not do that.  The marker bled in a later step.  Don’t be like me.)

How To Make Icicles ~ Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Remove cake from freezer after it has been chilling for at least one hour.  (Again, please make sure you did not leave any black marker spots on your parchment.)

I held my parchment up to my cake to determine the height needed and trimmed a bit off of the bottom section.  I then started to carefully wrap the parchment around the cake.

Go slow, and smooth the parchment out as needed.  This does not need to be perfect, we just need the parchment to stick to the frosting right around where the icicles will be.

How To Make Icicles ~ Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Now get your “white sparkling sugar” or “shimmer white sugar” or “sparkling white sprinkles” (all can be found at grocery stores and Walmart).

Place your cake covered in parchment on a clean baking sheet.

Pour a generous amount of sprinkles into the palm of your hand and start pressing your hand into the cake where the frosting is exposed.

How To Make Icicles ~ Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Do this around entire cake.  If you need to, scoop up excess sprinkles from around cake stand base and from baking sheet and press into any areas of frosting that need to be covered.  Also be sure to cover top of cake.

Once you have covered everything, you can either place the cake back in the freezer or you can begin to remove the parchment.  Start by testing a small section; if you pull the parchment and some frosting comes up then the cake needs to be chilled. (Start with at least 30 minutes).  If you can safety remove the parchment without any frosting being removed, then proceed slowly.

How To Make Icicles ~ Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

My cake was nicely chilled, so the parchment peeled away very nicely, leaving a nice clean, sharp line. Nice.

Remove all of parchment and discard.  If you have any sparkles left over, they look great right around the base of the cake.

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

You can easily make this cake in 8 inch pans, it will just not be as tall.  (Just make the necessary adjustments for the height of your icicles.)  I would take a bit more care to make your layers neater… mine don’t look as good as I would like. (And I didn’t have time to re-do!)

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

(taken with my iphone)

If you do not want to put that much black food coloring into your cake here are two options.

1.  You can add up to 1/4 cup of cocoa powder.  Doing that can provide a base color, allowing you to add less food coloring.  (This will also give the cake a slightly chocolatey flavor.)

2. You can bake a separate cake that is a dark chocolate cake for the bottom layer.  (I would still recommend using a little black food coloring to achieve the same colors as in Anna’s dress.)

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

And that is how to make a “Frozen” inspired layer cake!

Do let me know if you have any questions.  This cake will lend itself to so many possibilities, and I do hope you are inspired!

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today and tomorrow http://iambaker.net/today-and-tomorrow/ http://iambaker.net/today-and-tomorrow/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:23:15 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=43726

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I just need a moment to breath.

And I have a feeling you do too.

These last two months have been a whirlwind.  I have laughed and cried.  I have been humbled beyond words and I have felt so disappointed that I am ashamed it rocked me to my core.

The highest of highs and lowest of lows, so to speak.

For example, I worked my butt off on a cake.  From conception to completion, every detail was meticulously thought out.  I worked for DAYS to make sure this cake was perfect. TODAY Show CakeI am not kidding you when I say I put my heart into it.  As I placed the final coat of frosting and added the final details, I just knew this cake was going to be amazing.

I could just see it… the TODAY Show producers would see it and mouths would drop.  People would hover around computers to look at the pictures.

The call would be made, “Pack your bags, you are coming to NYC!” TODAY Show Surprise Inside Cake!It turned out beautifully.  Every painstaking detail!

I sat on pins and needles for days.

And days.

And days.

And never heard a word.  Not only were they not impressed, but there was no call.  I would not be making a morning show appearance.

I can’t say for certain why it hit me so hard, but I can’t help but feel like it had something to do with the expectations I had unwittingly placed on that silly little cake.  Its like my entire career as an author and baker was resting delicately on clouds of white buttercream. When reality set it, it was a crushing and embarrassing defeat.

Surprise Inside Cakes Cover

There is just something different about publishing a book.  I know people equate it to childbirth, and I can definitely understand why,  but for me it was very different.

Concerning my children, once they are in the world they are perfect and loved and there is no convincing me otherwise.  They, in their unquestionable perfection, are the greatest thing I have ever had a hand in creating.  And their perfection and amazingness truth is independent of me.  In that, there is no doubt.

With the book, the failure is a direct result of me.  My efforts.  Will someone hold it and understand my heart?  Will they look over the less-than-refined cakes and see the memories I hope will be made or the inspiration I desperately want to share?   Will they understand that I have never in my life been so vulnerable publically and that it’s absolutely terrifying?

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Well no, of course not.  It would be silly to expect people to read that deeply into my words and hear my heart.  It’s a book about cake.

The truth is, I am not a New York Times best selling author as badly as I wanted to say those words.

And that’s ok.

There have been interviews and reviews and thankfully, the amazing and supportive blogging community has stepped forward and shared some of the most kind and humbling posts I could ever imagine.  Every single one of those posts and a treasure to me! (See them here)

I heard a quote once that has really stuck with me as a blogger, and now author.  (It was said by Ellen DeGeneres and I can’t remember it exactly, so this is a paraphrase.)

“Never believe the worst of what people say about you.  Never believe the best either.”

As much as I want to believe the best of what others say, it holds no more truth than the worst.

What I am learning is that it is important to trust and value the opinions of those close to you.

Flowers from my Husband

 

That when my husband surprises me with flowers and says, “I am so proud of you,” that is something I can let fill my soul.  

So instead of never sharing this cake with the world and acting like everything is fine and dandy and that rejection and hurt don’t come ’round here, I choose to be real.

TODAY Show Surprise Inside Cake!

I made a surprise inside cake for the TODAY show.  And they didn’t care about it one way or another.

But that doesn’t it make it any less valuable or significant to me.  

 

If you would like to support this sometimes maker of pretty cakes and accidental writer, you can get my book HERE.

(And if you want to join in the twitter conversation.)

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sugared spring biscuits http://iambaker.net/sugared-spring-biscuits/ http://iambaker.net/sugared-spring-biscuits/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:19:10 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=43693

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There is really nothing better than a lazy weekend morning with the family.  I love waking up a few minutes before everyone else and starting a big hot breakfast.

What I love even more is seeing the smiling faces emerge from their bedrooms when they start to smell the delicious aroma of fresh baked goods.

Pastel Sugared Biscuits

So while I want to make sure I am making something easy enough, mostly I want to make something that looks pretty.  I can’t help it!  Even better when it represents the beautiful pastel and white colors that we so often associate with Easter.   I think that Easter is my favorite holiday!

What’s even better is when I can put something together really quickly, and then sit back and enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee.

It’s all about priorities.

Pastel Sugared Biscuits

 

To make this easy and fun Easter breakfast start with fun pastel colored sanding sugar. (I got all of mine at Target for under $4)

1 can of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits

bundt pan

Pastel Sugared Biscuits

 

I poured about 1/4 cup of sanding sugar into a bowl.  I then opened my  Pillsbury biscuits and removed the biscuits from the can.  There are 8 biscuits in each can, so I made two of each color.

Simply place the biscuits in the color of choice, then rotate it onto the sanding sugar until every bit of the biscuit is covered.

Pastel Sugared Biscuits

 

Next, place all the biscuits into a well prepared bundt pan (I sprayed mine with baking spray) and bake for about 12-14 minutes.

Remove biscuits from the oven, allow to cool for about five minutes, then serve on a pretty cake stand or plate.

We enjoyed the biscuits the best when they are still warm!

Pastel Sugared Biscuits

 

This is such a fun and easy way to spend time with family!  The kids love the sanding sugar part, and we had plenty of smiles and giggles while making ours.

Sugared Spring Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 1 can Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
  • Sanding sugars in pink, yellow, blue, green
  • bundt pan

Instructions

  1. Remove biscuits from can and place on clean surface. One at a time, dip biscuits into sanding sugar. Two biscuits will go into each color.
  2. Place sugar covered biscuits into a well prepared bundt pan.
  3. Bake for 12-14 minutes at 325 degrees in a convection oven, or 350 degrees in a regular oven.
  4. Remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes, then serve. (Can be served immediately, but they are very hot, so be careful with kids!)
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Pastel Sugared Biscuits

This recipe was my conception and execution (and pleasure in eating!), but I was given some biscuits to bake with.

Want other great ideas for your Easter celebration?  Check these out!

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paper thin walls {a response to a response to a response} http://iambaker.net/paper-thin-walls-a-response-to-a-response-to-a-response/ http://iambaker.net/paper-thin-walls-a-response-to-a-response-to-a-response/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 03:24:25 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=43701

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I recently had an email in my inbox.  It was from care.com and read:

War Of The Hotel Rooms: Should Babies Be Banned?

Recently, an anonymous letter berating a set of parents who brought their baby to a ski resort went viral. People were quick to pick sides — and a heated debate began: “Are there certain types of vacations that simply are not appropriate for kids and babies?” Two Care.com employees (one a parent, one a former service industry manager) have different reactions. What are your thoughts?

Now, I was pretty sure what the two lines of thinking were going to be.

One would say that babies shouldn’t be allowed on vacation and the other would say that they should.

Olivia Crying

I clicked over to the article and started reading.

And kept reading.

And the more I read, the more disbelief set in.

BOTH opinions agreed that babies should not be taken anywhere.  And one suggested that

(and this is the part that gets me)

a crying baby should be brought down to the lobby to be quieted.

Just as a family with a crying baby should leave a restaurant when it gets too bad, so should parents at a resort. They should have gone to the lobby to soothe the child. No, it’s not convenient, but we all need to be more considerate of each other, especially when people around you are eating or sleeping.

olivia

 

Um, what’s this you say person who does not have any kids?  Surely you jest.

Let me just jump right in and share my biggest issues with this drama.

1. If it’s such an upscale ski resort, why are the walls so paper thin?

2. Since when is “should babies be allowed” EVEN A DEBATE?  Next thing you know there will be “BABY ONLY” sections of hotels.  Or restaurants.  Or malls.  Or planes. (That last one is not a bad idea… )

3. Who on earth would bring a screaming baby from your private hotel room to a public lobby to try to sooth?  I would never dream of telling the party goers to take it to the lobby.  Or the loud ‘intimate’ people.  I mean, can you imagine?

Banging on the door. “Can you folks please continue your escapade in the lobby while I am trying to sleep?  You are ruining my vacation!”

I am completely dumbfounded by that line of thinking.

Here are five really important and technical and educated reasons that I find this to be phooey.

1. I have more than one child.  I simply cannot leave my other children alone in a hotel room while I go hang out in the lobby.

2. I nurse my babies and often try to nurse to sooth them.  There is no way I would feel comfortable nursing my baby in a public lobby.  Why hello Mr. Night Shift Manager!  Yes I am desperately trying to force my child to latch on to my nipple and they keep refusing but I keep trying because I know once they do they will calm down and feel better!

3. I happen to think bringing a crying baby to a lobby is rude.  More rude that attempting to deal with the situation in a private room that I paid to be in.

4. Crying babies are more stressful for the mom than the baby!  Not only are we worried about said child, but we are worried about the other kids, the disruption,  wether we will ever sleep again, if we remembered to shut the garage door when we left for the vacation… you get the idea.  It’s stressful for all involved.

5. It’s stupid.

sleeping baby

Trust me oh-complaining-ones, I want my little cherub to go to sleep just as much as you do.  And I promise, I am doing everything in my power to make that happen.

But you know what?  The suggestion of not leaving home with a baby ever is just plain rubbish.

Sometimes travel is inevitable.  Sometimes circumstances are more important that potential annoyances.  Sometimes plans are made and money is spent before you even realize you are pregnant.  (And yes, that has happened to me, twice.)

Sometimes people need to have compassion instead of being so darn judgmental and rude.

Here, let me solve this whole big overinflated ridiculous dilemma for you.

Change rooms.

Accept that babies are here to stay.  (Especially in hotel rooms:  Don’t discriminate against the baby unless you are going to discriminate against the act of making a baby. #word)

You’re welcome.

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sweet paul {kitchen aid mixer giveaway} http://iambaker.net/sweet-paul-kitchen-aid-mixer-giveaway/ http://iambaker.net/sweet-paul-kitchen-aid-mixer-giveaway/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:18:24 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=43683

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I sat down and read Sweet Pauls new book, Eat & Make, from cover to cover.  I found myself laughing and giggling, feeling inspired and motivated, as well as hungry and desperate to bake!

Sweet Paul book "Eat & Make"

 

Paul Lowe, the author, was raised in Norway and I absolutely loved the antidotes and stories from his youth.  His Mormor’s fish pie has rocketed to the top of my “must make” list.

(He calls it pedestrian, I call it perfection!)

Eat & Make by Sweet Paul

I was also completely enamored with his Pavlova with Vanilla Cream & Blackberries.

I think I would feel like royalty if I ate this.

Eat & Make by Sweet Paul

 

And Baked French Toast with Strawberries & Vanilla Syrup?  As a self-professed breakfast lover this delights me in every way.  The stars mean my kids will love it as much as I do!

This book has already brought me so much joy that I have ordered more copies.  I have 2 for me (one in my kitchen and one on the coffee table!) and many more to give away to friends and family.  Especially since I have so many Norwegian relatives!

You are going to love this book.  Here is the link to Amazon but you can certainly find it wherever books are sold!

I would get it right now, so that you can also feel the love and joy that this book shares.

Just in case you want an extra copy, I am giving an Eat & Make book to one special iambaker reader.

Simply tell me, “What do you love about the Sweet Paul magazine/blog/book?”

As if that wasnt amazing enough, Sweet Paul and I are teaming up to give one lucky iambaker reader a KitchenAid mixer!

KitchenAid Mixer!

 

To be entered it’s the same question as above, “What do you love about Sweet Paul’s magazine/blog/book?”

Here are the OFFICIAL RULES.  This contest is open to US Residents only.  A winner will be chosen on April 8th, 2014 and will be notified by email.

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rose cake party with chinet http://iambaker.net/rose-cake-party-with-chinet/ http://iambaker.net/rose-cake-party-with-chinet/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:49 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=43628

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Do you have that one chore that you simply detest? For me, it’s washing the dishes. I would rather iron every single one of my husband’s shirts with military precision than do dishes. Rose Cake Party Especially baking dishes. I bake all the time, and after the preparation and assembly and decoration, the last thing I want to do is dive into a sink of batter bowls, dried frosting tips, and sticky crumbly side plates. Rose Cake PartySo at my most recent get together I decided to change things up a bit.  I embraced easy. Sitting alongside my beautiful crystal cake stands covered in rosette cakes I placed Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware. I used their new side plates, silverware and cups.

I also used a dinner plate for an extra special purpose, but I will show you that in just a second.  (Can you find it in the picture at the top?)   Chinet New Cut Crystal   It all fit together quite beautifully.  The sunny day, the shabby chic cakes, the glass cake stands, and the side plates, utensils, and cups created a lovely and magical setting.

I gave Olivia a cup to play with and she would not let it go! OliviaShe was the belle of the ball with her ruffles and chubby cheeks, sipping out of her crystal glass.

It’s basically the baby version of Cinderella. ;) Green Rosette Cake on Chinet New Cut Crystal And what do you think of my new cake stand?  I wanted the cakes to be at different heights on my table, so I used traditional cake stands for the pink and yellow rosette cakes and a Chinet® Cut Crystal® plate for the green rosette cake.

At first glance you cannot tell that it is plastic!  Chinet® Cut Crystal®This party was such fun, not only because of the delicious cake and drinks, but because of the ease of clean up.  I almost did not want to throw the plates and silverware away.  It is beautiful, easy to use, durable and cheap!!  Which is something every party planner wants to hear.

I have such faith in the new Chinet® Cut Crystal® line that I brought it to my last book signing!

You can check out my own Pinterest Page for more ideas and to see what I think the perfect party looks like.

Would you like to win a $100 Visa Gift Card?  Just tell me:

How do you make your occasions perfectly coordinated?

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card and a Chinet® Cut Crystal® party pack.

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Here is a tutorial on How To Make a Rose Cake.

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three happy years http://iambaker.net/three-happy-years/ http://iambaker.net/three-happy-years/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:07:55 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=43640

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Mister Edward (or Eddie as we call him) woke up bright eyed and with a hungry belly this morning.

His request on his very special day?

Waffles!Sprinkle Waffles

These are just simple waffles with a bit of whipped cream and sprinkles, but definitely something new to him.

Birthday Breakfast

 

He was in disbelief.

He didn’t know if he could eat it.

He wanted to eat it, but hesitated.

Birthday Breakfast

 

I told him to dig in.

Really?

YES!

Birthday Breakfast

He did!  And only at the whipped cream and sprinkles.

But is one very happy three year old.

Happy Birthday Eddie!

 

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inspiring faith http://iambaker.net/inspiring-faith/ http://iambaker.net/inspiring-faith/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:31:44 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=43615

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Sometimes when I need a bit of a spiritual kick in the rear, I head to pinterest and read my Loving Him board.  It’s almost like a spiritual truth jam session… packing my brain full of encouragement, hope, (truth), and love.

Here are a few of my favorites!

Let the words...from etsy shop MsDsSigns

godsapproval

Unconditional Love

Chrystal Evans Hurst

forgiveness

You are Good!

just as i am

boom.

todays letters

Hope one of these spoke to you today!

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If you have purchased my new cookbook, ‘surprise-inside cakes‘, you may have noticed something.  There really aren’t that many recipes.

Which is weird for a cookbook.  The few recipes it does have are recipes that I truly adore, and today, I am sharing one!

In the book there is a cake called the Neapolitan Hi-Hat cake.

Neapolitan Hi-Hat Cake!

 

You are all pretty familiar with my Neapolitan obsession, so it was a natural progression for me to have it in the book.

And while I love the beauty of neapolitan, the dark brown chocolate, the like pink, the crisp white… what I want to talk about today is the flavors, or the recipe.

When you have mile-high sweet and sugary whipped cream and strawberry cake amazingness, you really need a dark and high quality chocolate to pair it with.  That is how my Decadent Brownie recipe was born.

Decadent Homemade Brownies

 

This is the deconstructed hi-hat, with no hat. ;)

I made up the recipe from my book, topped with a bit of whipped cream, and added a couple strawberries for texture and flavor.

Decadent Homemade Brownies

 

While I love a good fudgey brownie, this cakey brownie with a crispy crust and bits of semi-sweet chocolate is my newest obsession.

Ob. Sesh. On.

Decadent Homemade Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulate sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate (about 2 ounces) finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 8-inch round cake pan.
  2. In stand mixer, combine sugars, butter and vanilla and mix on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time until well blended.
  3. Sift flours, cocoa and salt in medium bowl. Gradually add the flour mixture to butter mixture with mixer on low speed and blend until ingredients are fully combined. (no more than 1 minute)
  4. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in finely chopped chocolate by hand using a spatula.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Let brownies cool to room temperature in pan.
  7. Cover in whipped cream and strawberries.
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Sorry for my bad spelling above.  I promise I won’t start saying what-evs and obvi and talking about cake swag.  But if I do, just chalk it up to YOLO.

;)

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