Joy to the World

JOY cookies

I have eyed the Alphabet cookie cutters for some time and finally gave them as a Christmas present to myself.

I purchased Christmas cards that inspired this design and thought it would make a pretty cookie combo.  Placed in a cello bag and sealed with a gold sticker it makes a pretty hostess gift that is sweet enough to en”JOY”.

Spooktacular Cake

 

Thelma and Louise used their powers for good this time and decorated the Halloween cake together.  It was fun coming up with ideas for the cake.  I particularly like the “ghost” wearing sneakers and the fresh grave with the resident trying to get out.  It’s my homage to The Walking Dead TV series on AMC.

The top two tiers are chocolate cake with cookies & cream filling and covered in a chocolate buttercream.  The bottom tier was also chocolate cake but with hazelnut filling and hazelnut buttercream.  I actually chopped up a hazelnut chocolate bar and used that in the filling because I couldn’t find just the nuts my grocery store.  I brought it into work for our Halloween luncheon.  Someone commented that the hazelnut filling was almost like ice cream so I guess they enjoyed it.

I tried to take a video with my iPhone but I definitely need to practice because it was so shaky I felt a little queasy watching it.  Instead I used still photographs and set to the song “I Put A Spell On You” sung by Bette Midler in the movie Hocus Pocus.  Enjoy!!!

Mother’s Day Cake

Raspberry Greek Yogurt Cake with Lemon Curd and Raspberry White Chocolate Icing

 

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers”  Rudyard Kipling

 

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day then with a raspberry Greek yogurt cake filled with lemon curd and topped with raspberry white chocolate icing?

I didn’t include the Raspberry White Chocolate Icing recipe because the one I followed was very runny.  I need to add quite a bit of extra icing sugar so it was thick enough to pipe the swirls.  As a result the icing was sickening sweet so I would not recommend it.  I will experiment with icing recipes until I find a suitable one to post.

Raspberry Greek Yogurt Cake with Lemon Curd Filling

  • Servings: 16
  • Time: 2hrs
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Raspberry Greek Yogurt Cake with Lemon Curd and Raspberry White Chocolate Icing

Preheat oven to 320 F

9 tbls butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated + 4 egg whites leftover from the lemon curd recipe
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen

Lemon curd:
4 egg yolks
zest & juice of 2 lemons
3/4 cup of sugar
4 tbls of butter

 

Cake:

  1. Grease and line two 8″ cake pans.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda and mix until mostly combined. add the yogurt and mix until combined.
  4. Beat the egg whites to medium peaks and fold into the cake batter. fold in the raspberries.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the pans and bake 25-30 minutes.

Lemon Curd:

  1. Place all ingredients except the butter in a sauce pan and warm over medium heat until mixture thickens approx 10 minutes.
  2. Pour mixture over a sieve to strain out any impurities.
  3. Stir in butter until melted
  4. Place cling wrap directly on the curd and chill for several hours.

 

 

 

Sunflowers…

“I want to be like the sunflower; so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall & find the sunlight”

I made this pretty sunflower cake for a wedding shower.  Consisting of two layers each of chocolate and vanilla cake it is sure to please every palate.  The sunflowers are made with individually wired pedals that I inserted into the brown centre of the flower. A few leaves, some ladybugs and a raffia ribbon completes the look for this country inspired event.

The sunflowers were quite heavy so I used toothpicks to keep them in place.  I made sure the client was aware so they could be removed before serving.

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

The wicked envy and hate.  It is their way of admiring.”  Victor Hugo

Last week my friend Sonya asked if I could make French flag cookies as a thank you to the cast and crew of the Newmarket production of Les Miserables.   Sonya starred as Madame Thenardier the crooked innkeeper who cheats her customers and torments Cosette.

I snagged a picture of Sonya from her Facebook page taken by the incredibly talented photographer Raph Nogal.  Using the free on-line software Befunky, I added the Patriotic filter to give it that blue and red look.  Finally I added a saying from Les Mis with an added twist to suit the occasion.  I love it when a plan comes together.

I was fortunate to see the show myself and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The quality of the singing and acting was of the highest professional standards and far exceeded my expectations.  Although Newmarket is somewhat out of the way for me, I plan to see other productions there in the future.  Thanks Sonya for allowing me to share your spotlight in some small way.

 

By Michelle Posted in Cookie