Posts in the ‘Cake’ Category
I'm so happy to introduce our new baking contributors from across the pond, Rebecca and Rosie, from Honeywell Bakes! I just love having a little British flair on our site. For their first recipe, Rebecca and Rosie are sharing these beautiful jammy dodgers (shortbread cookies filled with jam). Wouldn't they be yummy to serve at Christmas?
Makes approx. 30 8cm biscuits (cookies)
- 250g (1 cup) butter, at room temperature
- 200g (1 cup) sugar
- 1 egg
- 500g (2 cups) plain flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- 350g berry jam (or use your favourite jam)
- ½ cinnamon stick
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- pinch ground cloves (optional)
Preheat oven to 1800C/3500F .
Cream butter and sugar, then add the egg and mix until well combined.
Add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and mix slowly until a soft dough is formed.
Knead gently on a floured surface to form a round ball. Wrap in cling film (saran wrap) and refrigerate for an hour.
Place on a wire rack to cool.
I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...
Check out these adorable miniature Thanksgiving desserts for your celebrations!
Here are some amazing ideas for setting a kids' table for Thanksgiving!
Have the kids help make these tiny mini marshmallow dreidels for Hanukkah!
For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!
Nikki from Tikkido is a baker and cake designer extraordinaire, so I'm excited for her to share how she made these pumpkin toppers, perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving!
I love making little pumpkins out of gumpaste or fondant to create adorable little edible cupcake decorations. They're so fast and easy to make, especially if you use my secret material, cloves.
- Whole cloves
- Gumpaste or fondant (I like Satin Ice brand)
- Orange food coloring
- Small, sharp knife
Start by coloring your gumpaste orange, and rolling it into a ball.
Just beautiful, Nikki! I'm going to try them soon!
To learn more about Nicole (who enjoys decorating cakes but not eating them, Irish dancing, public radio, Old English language and archaeology, and geekery of all sorts), visit her at Tikkido and Tradewind Tiaras.
As fall approaches, I'm already thinking about Thanksgiving pie (or maybe I'm just thinking about pie because pie makes me happy)!
I wanted to make single serving pies that would work at a dinner party or Thanksgiving celebration. These cranberry apple mini pies are simple (even the crust is easy), come out looking beautiful, and are so sweet, tangy, buttery, flaky, and delicious, your guests will love them!
MINI CRANBERRY APPLE PIE RECIPE
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 cups cranberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 apples
- Zest from one orange (about 2 teaspoons)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- Coarse sugar
Start by preparing the dough for the pie crust. If you want to use pre-made crust, you can skip ahead, and probably finish the whole recipe in about 20 minutes. But crust is pretty fun to make. The main trick to making a pie crust using butter, is keeping it as cool as possible while you make it. I store our flour in the freezer, and about 15 minutes before we start, I also put the mixing bowl in the freezer.
Cube the butter, and put it in a food processor with the flour, salt, and sugar. Mix for about 30 seconds. It will have almost a breadcrumb texture. Pour into the chilled mixing bowl. If you don't have a food processor, you can do this by hand in the mixing bowl. Use a pastry cutter or your hands to blend the butter.
Add 1/4 cup of the cold water, and mix it with your hands. I like to grab and twist, making sure to work the bottom and sides of the bowl. When the water is absorbed, add another 1/4 cup of cold water. That should be enough to pull the dough together. If it still seems crumbly like in the picture below, work in another couple tablespoons of cold water.
Sprinkle some flour on your work surface and knead the dough just a couple times to work into a nice smooth ball. Cover it in plastic wrap, and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to rest while you work on the filling.
Add the cranberries to a saucepan over medium heat. I don't add any water because I want a thick filling. Stir occasionally, and when the berries start to pop, you can add 1/2 cup sugar, and the orange zest. Let it simmer on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes until you get thick jam like texture.
Peel and core the apples, and dice them. Take the cranberries off the heat, and stir in the apples.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Take the dough out of the fridge, sprinkle some more flour on your workspace and roll it out to about 1/16th of an inch thick. I use a 3 inch biscuit cutter to cut two pieces of dough for each pie (top and bottom). You could also cut it into 3 inch squares with a knife. Put the bottom pieces on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silpat.
Make your egg wash by beating the egg and adding 1 tablespoon of water. Brush around the perimeter of the bottom pieces to help seal the pie. Spoon about a tablespoon of filling into the center of each bottom piece.
Cut an "X" into the center of each top piece, then lay them over the bottom pieces, gently pressing the edges all the way around to seal.
Brush the whole top with the egg wash, then generously sprinkle sanding sugar over the top.
Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden brown. Let them cool before eating, and be careful of the hot, but delicious filling!
Makes about 16 mini-pies.
Total time: 1 hour
And definitely serve them with ice cream!!
Here's a fun and easy Halloween treat idea... candy corn cookies! I bet your kids will love them (my daughter sure did, and was even helpful in the making).
All you need is sugar cookie dough and food coloring. For this I used packaged dough, but if you have time to make homemade, I recommend our delicious sugar cookie recipe.
- Sugar cookie dough
- Orange and yellow food coloring
Start by separating your cookie dough into three sections. Put aside 1/5 of the dough for the white tips of the cookies, then split the remaining dough in two.
Add red and yellow food coloring to the two large pieces of dough. If you want your cookies to be bright, I recommend being generous with the food coloring
Roughly shaped the dough into rectangular blocks.
Stack them in the correct candy corn order.
Turn the stack on its side and shape into a triangle.
Slice and bake.
Because the cookies will spread during baking, I did trim some of the sides with a pizza cutter to make them look more like candy corn.
I wanted to make a fun dessert for Halloween, so here are my easy Halloween ice cream sandwich spiders!
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Candy eyes
- Orange M&Ms
- Cookie icing or royal icing
- Black licorice shoelaces cut into 7 inch strands
- Chocolate sprinkles
- Ice cream
Using cookie icing as glue, attach two candy eyes and orange M&Ms to the top of a cookie. I like to put the cookie icing on the eye or M&M and then affix to the cookie.
Here's my finished spider top. You might need to wait 5-10 minutes for the cookie icing to set.
On a bottom cookie, add a scoop of ice cream. Cover the sides of the ice cream with sprinkles.
Drape four black licorice shoe laces over the top of the ice cream scoop.
Attach your head and... voila!
Trick: I put the bottom cookies in the fridge to keep them cold so I could work with the ice cream and it wouldn't melt right away.
Molly Allen, our baking contributor, and the creative force behind CakeFYI, created these awesome back to school treats for us!
Looking for a quick, easy, and fun treat for back to school? These Apple Cake Pops are the perfect treat! Using just a simple cake recipe, icing, and a few embellishments, you can make these cute cake pops for your kiddos!
Apple Cake Pops
For the Cake:
- 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
- 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 1/4 Cups Flour
- 1 3/4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 3/4 Cup Milk
- Also Needed:
- Batch of homemade or store-bought icing
- Cake Pop Sticks
- Red Sprinkles
- Pretzel Sticks
- Green Candy (for leaves)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then add the vanilla extract and mix well.
Add a third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until incorporated.
Add half of the milk and mix well. Add another third of the flour, mix, and then add the remaining milk. Add the remaining flour and continue beating until well mixed.
Using a measuring cup, pour batter into a greased 13 X 9 cake pan.
Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden. Set aside to cool completely.
Once cake has cooled, break it apart in a large bowl, and crumble the cake with your hands. Add two cups of red store-bought or homemade icing, and mix into the cake crumbles with your hands.
Roll cake and frosting mixture into small balls.
Insert a cake pop stick into the bottom of each ball. Roll the cake pop in red sprinkles, and then insert half of a pretzel stick in the top to act as the stem.
Insert leaf shaped green candy next to the pretzel stick. Place cake pops in the freezer to set.
Adorable! Thank you, Molly, I love how easy these are!
To learn more about Molly and read all about her baking adventures, check her out at CakeFYI.
I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...
Ruffle cakes are gorgeous and may even be easier to make than you think!
Summertime is camping time! Here's a round up of camping ideas for your next outdoor party!
Perfect for summer, lovely peach themed parties show off both the color and the yummy fruit!
For more party ideas, check out all my posts on Spoonful!
We've been seeing a lot of amazing princess castle cakes on our site, so I wanted to show them off! Click on the photo to see the princess party the cake is from.
For more inspiration check out all the beautiful princess birthday parties from our site, and if you're thinking of making your own princess cake, check out this castle cake set from Wilton to get you started.