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My Favorite Grown Up Birthday Cakes (Because Today's My Birthday)!

Grown up birthday cake ideas from CatchMyParty.com

Today's my birthday!! I just got back from a yummy sushi lunch with my husband, and I'm heading out to get a birthday massage later...

In celebration of my special day, I wanted to show off some of the gorgeous cakes on our site, that would be perfect for my birthday! (I think I'm getting  homemade cupcakes from my 7-year-old tonight, so I'm definitely not complaining.)

But I just had to share this eye-candy, and click on the photo to see what party each cake is from!

Gorgeous birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

 

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

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Grown Up Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Birthdays are the best!

Rose and Vanilla Heart Cookies Recipe

Rose and vanilla heart cookie recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Talk about total sweetness! Rebecca and Rosie of Honeywell Bakes are here with a lovely rose and vanilla heart cookie recipe. I love that the cookies have actual rose water in them and that they're dipped in white chocolate! How gorgeous would these look at a baby shower, bridal shower, or girl birthday!

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Rose and Vanilla Chocolate Dipped Hearts Recipe

Makes approximately 10 large (12cm) hearts Takes 10 minutes to make dough, plus 15 minutes cooling and 45 minutes rolling out and baking

Ingredients:

  • 100g butter (7 tablespoons of 2/5ths of a cup)
  • 50g caster sugar (1/4 cup)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon rose water
  • Pink food colouring
  • 100g flour (1 cup)
  • 50g cornflour (1/3 cup)
  • 200g white chocolate (7 oz)

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Directions:

Preheat oven to 335F/170C. Cream butter and sugar, then add vanilla and rose water, mix well. Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Add pink food colouring, a few drops at a time, until desired colour is reached – they will darken a little whilst baking. Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com Work in flour and cornflour slowly until well combined.

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com Roll out dough and rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com Cut out hearts, and reroll the leftover dough until you have used it all. Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com Bake for 35 minutes, keeping an eye on your biscuits (cookies), and turning them halfway through to ensure that they stay nice and pink and don’t over-brown.

Allow to cool completely.

Meanwhile melt the white chocolate in a bowl by microwaving on medium heat for one minute at a time.

Stir the chocolate in between and ensure it doesn’t overheat and burn.

Half dip your heart biscuits (cookies) in the white chocolate and leave to set on a cooling rack.

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Thank you, Honeywell Bakes, for another delicious-looking and beautiful recipe. To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their siteshop, and Facebook page.

Scotch Whiskey Cake Recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Rebecca and Rosie of Honeywell Bakes are here with a sumptuous cake to warm you up this frigid winter!

This cake is not just for whiskey lovers -- we don’t really like to drink whiskey, but this cake is delicious! It's moist, filled raisins and has a sweet, buttery-whiskey flavor that is to die for.

We like to eat it as part of Burns Night here in the UK.  A "Burns supper" is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scottish poems. The suppers are on or around the poet's birthday (Burns night), January 25th, and typically include haggis (a traditional Scottish dish), Scotch whisky, and the recitation of Burns' poetry.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Preparation Time:

Cake - 15 minutes, plus soaking

Icing - 15 minutes

Bakes 1 hour

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cups raisins soaked in 3 tablespoons whiskey for several hours, or overnight
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 2 1/2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons chopped glace ginger
For the whiskey drizzle:
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey
  • 85g (just over 1/3 cup) brown sugar
For the icing (frosting):
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 cups fondant icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey
Method:

Preheat oven to 170C or 350F

Grease your bundt tin and then lightly dust with flour. Gently knock the sides of the pan and tip any loose flour out.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Cream the butter and sugars until fluffy, then add the eggs, mixing as you add each one.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Tip in the yoghurt and vanilla essence, then add the flour, spices and baking powder and baking soda. Mix until well combined.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Drain the raisins (save any excess whiskey for the drizzle) and add them to the cake mix along with the ginger pieces stirring gently.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Tip the mixture into the bundt tin and spread until the mixture is evenly distributed.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Bake for approximately 1 hour or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Make the whiskey drizzle by combining the whiskey and brown sugar and stirring well.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Once the cake is cooked, leave to cool in the pan slightly, then tip onto a cooling wrack.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Poke holes in the top of the cake using a skewer, and then pour the drizzle over whilst still warm. Allow to cool completely.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe To make the icing (frosting), put the butter into a heavy bottomed pan and melt, then, stirring all the time, allow to bubble until it turns golden brown.

Let it cool until just warm, then mix in the icing sugar and whiskey until it forms a smooth paste.

Spoon on top of your cake and let it drip down the sides a bit.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

 My husband definitely wants to try this. He keeps looking at the photos. Thanks, Honeywell Bakes!

To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their siteshop, and Facebook page.

14 Desserts That Will Make You Fall in Love on Valentine's Day

Beautiful Valentine's Day desserts

What foods do I love on Valentine's Day? Mouthwatering sweets and desserts! I put together this collection on Foodie.com of some of my favorite Valentine's Day treats, or as I like to call the collection, "14 Valentine's Day Desserts that Will Make You Fall in Love!"

The photos themselves make my heart beat a little faster and give me that tiny flutter in my stomach. Kind of feels like falling in love, doesn't it?

I'll be in Hawaii with my husband and daughter on Valentine's Day this year. If that's not an indulgence in itself, I don't know what is. But I plan for us to celebrate with a special dinner and big decadent dessert. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see all the gory details. http://instagram.com/catchmyparty

Now check out my collection and see if you get that flutter...

This is a sponsored post by Foodie.com.

Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe

Chocolate gingerbread cupcakes recipe

Rebecca and Rosie of Honeywell Bakes are back with some chocolate gingerbread cupcakes for all your wintery entertaining. Does these look adorable?!

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

  • Makes 12 Cupcakes
  • Preparation 45 - 60 minutes, plus cooking time of 30 minutes
Cupcake ingredients:
  • 140g (5/8 cup or 9 tablespoons) butter
  • 230g (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) super fine sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 glass milk
  • 230g (2 cups) plain (all purpose) flour
  • 40g (5 tablespoons) cocoa
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
Buttercream ingredients:
  • 250g (2 cups) icing (powdered) sugar
  • 100g (6 tablespoons ) butter at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons stem ginger syrup
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Gingerbread men:
  • We like this gingerbread men recipe for the mini gingerbread men
  • 50g icing (powdered) sugar
  • Water (approximately 1 teaspoon)

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Method

1. Preheat oven to 170C (340F)

2. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then add eggs and milk and stir slowly until well combined.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

3. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and spices and mix well. Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

4. Carefully divide the mixture between 12 cupcake cakes and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top of the cake springs back when gently pressed. Once cooked leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

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5. Make the buttercream by combining butter, icing sugar, ginger syrup and milk and whisking until pale and fluffy, which should take about 5 minutes. Put into a piping bag with a star tip, and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

6. Mix the icing sugar and enough water to form a paste similar in texture to toothpaste. Add the water slowly, drop by drop. Put into a piping bag or bottle and add detail to your mini gingerbread men. Place on top of your cupcakes.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

7. Delight the children in your family with the chocolate and gingerbread cupcakes!

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

The cupcakes will keep for about 5 days in an airtight tin, but if you’re not planning to eat them for a few days it’s best to put the gingerbread men on top on the day you plan to eat them. This will make sure they stay nice and crunchy.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Thank you, Rebecca and Rosie, these look so sweet, and my favorite cupcakes are chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, so I will be making these!

To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their siteshop, and Facebook page.

Jammy Dodger Cookie Recipe

Holiday Jammy Dodger Cookie Recipe

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? 

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Christmas Jammy Dodgers

Makes approx. 30 8cm biscuits (cookies)

Cookie ingredients:

  • 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
Jam ingredients:
  • 350g berry jam (or use your favourite jam)
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • pinch ground cloves (optional)

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Directions:

Preheat oven to 1800C/3500F .

Cream butter and sugar, then add the egg and mix until well combined.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

 

Add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and mix slowly until a soft dough is formed.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

 

Knead gently on a floured surface to form a round ball. Wrap in cling film (saran wrap) and refrigerate for an hour.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Sprinkle flour on your work surface and split the dough into two balls.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Roll one ball out thinly, to about 3mm thick. Cut out circles and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Pick up the scraps and knead to form a ball, and repeat until you’ve used all of your dough.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Now, using smaller Christmas themed cookie cutters, cut out shapes from the middle of half of the biscuits (cookies), whilst on your baking tray. This will stop the shapes from distorting which can happen if you move your biscuits (cookies) after you cut the middle shape.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Don’t overcook, they should be a very light brown colour.

Place on a wire rack to cool.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Place the jam in a small saucepan with the cinnamon stick, allspice and cloves. Gently bring to a boil over a low heat, stirring all the time. Simmer for a couple of minutes, then take the pan off the heat and allow to cool. Once cool, remove the cinnamon stick. (Tip: if you’re feeling lazy, you can skip this step and just use your favourite jam as it is. They will still be yummy, but not quite so Christmassy!).

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Put a teaspoon of jam on each biscuit (cookie) circle, and place a biscuit (cookie) with a shape cut of it on top. Arrange so the jam fills the shape. Dust with powdered sugar. Allow the jam to set, then keep in an airtight tin. They will last about a week (if you can resist them!).

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Thank you, Rebecca and Rosie, your cookies look scrumptious! To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their site, shop, and Facebook page.

Mini Thanksgiving Desserts, Tiny Marshmallow Dreidels, and Fun Family Ideas for Thanksgiving

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Check out these adorable miniature Thanksgiving desserts for your celebrations! Mini Thanksgiving Desserts

Here are some amazing ideas for setting a kids' table for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Kid's Table

Have the kids help make these tiny mini marshmallow dreidels for Hanukkah!

Mini Marshmallow Dreidels For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

Easy Halloween Cookie Treats

If you are looking for easy Halloween treats, check out these three yummy cookie ideas I created for Spoonful! (Click on each image for the simple recipe.)

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Monster - Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Spiders

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Check out all my posts on Spoonful.

Fondant Pumpkin Cupcake Topper DIY

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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.

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Materials to make these pumpkin cupcake toppers:
  • Whole cloves
  • Gumpaste or fondant (I like Satin Ice brand)
  • Orange food coloring
  • Small, sharp knife

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Directions:

Start by coloring your gumpaste orange, and rolling it into a ball.

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Next, use the knife to score lines in the orange ball of gumpaste. At this point it will look sort of pumpkiny, but honestly, not very good. But now it's time for the magic!

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Take a clove, and push it into the top of the gumpaste ball. It makes the most realistic, best miniature pumpkin stem ever. EVER. It looks exactly like a pumpkin in miniature, and with absolutely zero artistic effort.

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Plop these little charmers on top of a plain cupcake and you have something spectacular for any fall event.

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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.

Mini Cranberry Apple Pies {RECIPE}

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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!

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MINI CRANBERRY APPLE PIE RECIPE

Ingredients

Crust

  • 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
Filling
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 apples
  • Zest from one orange (about 2 teaspoons)
Assembly
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Coarse sugar
Directions

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Brush the whole top with the egg wash, then generously sprinkle sanding sugar over the top.

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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

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And definitely serve them with ice cream!!

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