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Posts made in December, 2012

Poinsettia Cake, A Peek into our Holiday Traditions

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Family Hour, Gluten Free, Inspirational, Tutorials | 19 comments

Poinsettia Cake, A Peek into our Holiday Traditions

Poinsettias have become a staple during the holiday season, the plant is sold every year, and most homes have a few. It has become a family tradition to design a special cake that represents the season, last year we created a Buche de Nöel (Yule Log), I suggested we design another this year, but Sydney wanted something spectacular! Thinking of a spatular cake isn’t as easy as you think. As I was thumping the front of my head saying “think, think, think,” yes just like Winnie the Pooh, I glanced over to fireplace and saw…a poinsettia plant. Eureka! I had a dazzling...

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Mr. Freeze, The Holiday Cake that Came to Life

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Family Hour, featured, Tutorials | 6 comments

Mr. Freeze, The Holiday Cake that Came to Life

Sydney was looking through Alan Dunn’s, Christmas Cakes (A perfect gift for any cake enthusiast) when she came across a cake of the most adorable snowman. She insisted we create a snowman cake of are own. Alan Dunn’s cake inspired Sydney and I to design our own version. I knew the cake would be a fun project for us, but I must admit I was caught off guard at the amount of excitement that came over us as we began bringing the cake to life. We found ourselves giggling like first graders as we added the parts of the snowman’s body and apparel. As we added the last snowflake a...

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Stollen, A Christmas Family Tradition

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Cakes, Family Hour, Home, Pastries and Viennoiseries, Tutorials | 2 comments

Stollen, A Christmas Family Tradition

Every year at this time, for the past eighteen years, Sydney and I bake a Christmas Stollen. When Sydney was small, her job was to roll the almond paste (her favorite flavor) and pour all the ingredients, as she grew up so did her baking capabilities! This year as we were baking our Christmas Stollen I realized it would be the last time we would bake a Stollen together for at least six years; Sydney has been accepted to The George Washington University for the spring semester, she leaves the first week of January. Next year I will be baking most of the Christmas indulgences for her...

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Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Cakes, Family Hour, Pastries and Viennoiseries, Tutorials | 18 comments

Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake

  I am going through a fresh cranberry phase, Sydney and I have been finding ways to develop recipes that incorporate cranberries; putting them in stollens, brioche pockets, cookies, and a cranberry white chocolate cake. I believe we have started a new family holiday dessert tradition. This past Sunday we had friends over for dinner, the dinner consisted of bolognese, warm pancetta spinach salad, garlic bread, steamed green beans, and to finish the meal we had cranberry white chocolate pound cake. I must admit I was on “pins an needles” waiting to hear their opinion of the...

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