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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

  • 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

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!

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Easy Cinnamon Applesauce Muffin Recipe

Easy Cinnamon Applesauce Muffin Recipe

My daughter, Lainey, loves applesauce. It is one of her favorite snacks.

So we when we were given two flavors of Mott’s® Snack & Go applesauce to try out: their natural applesauce and their strawberry applesauce, Lainey was excited. And as you can see, she was big fan!


As a mom, I feel good giving her applesauce in her lunches, and in these little pouches, there’s nothing easier.

Cinamon applesauce muffin recipe

I also like to make cinnamon applesauce muffins as a healthy snack for our family. These are simple to make, and by using applesauce, I'm able to cut down on the butter and sugar. Plus I add walnuts to give them crunch, and to add some extra good stuff.

Cinnamon applesauce muffin recipe



  • 3 cups white flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce


Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until evenly distributed.

Add the eggs, oil, and applesauce to a second mixing bowl, and beat by hand until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixed ingredients into the dry, and stir by hand with wood spoon or spatula until just combined. Fold in the walnuts. The dough will be thick, but don't worry, that's normal.

Coat a muffin tin with nonstick spray or thoroughly coat with butter. For 12 muffins, fill each about 3/4 full. For larger muffins, you can fill to the rim and get about 9 muffins.

Bake for about 25 minutes, until the dome of the muffin is nicely browned, and a toothpick comes out cleanly.

Cinnamon applesauce muffin recipe

Happy face eating healthy applesauce muffins, a mom couldn't be happier.


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Our Soft Pretzel Recipe in the New Foodie App


Our easy soft pretzel recipe is in the new Foodie Game Day Eats app for iPhone and iPad! Thank you, Foodie, for including us!

If you're looking for delicious food ideas to serve at your football party, you must download the app today! My mouth is watering just looking at the photos.


Here's a sample of some of the recipes in the app, but there are so many more, perfect for feeding hungry football fans!


Also, if you need free football party printables to decorate your party, check out what we have on our site!



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


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.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

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.

Christmas Tree Heart Cookie Ornament Recipe

Christmas tree cookie ornaments

Rebecca and Rosie of Honeywell Bakes are here with a terrific heart cookie ornament you can hang on your tree as decoration, then enjoy as a treat later, or pack up and give as a gift. I alway love the idea of edible ornaments!

Vanilla Heart Cookie Ornaments

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Makes approximately 45 3 1/2 inch cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups cold butter, diced
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons (corn syrup)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Ribbon, string, raffia or bakers twine

Christmas Tree Heart Cookie Ornament Recipe


Preheat oven to 170C (340F)

Mix flour, baking soda, sugar and butter in a stand mixer on low speed for 5 minutes or until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Christmas Tree Heart Cookie Ornament Recipe

Add golden syrup, egg and vanilla essence and mix on a low speed until a dough forms.

Christmas Tree Heart Cookie Ornament Recipe

Remove from bowl and shape into a ball. The dough can be frozen at this stage if desired – wrap in cling film (saran wrap) and seal in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Christmas Tree Heart Cookie Ornament Recipe

Roll out on a floured surface to approximately 4mm thick. Rolling half the dough at a time will make it more manageable.

Christmas Tree Heart Cookie Ornament Recipe

Cut out hearts or desired shapes and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment 3cm apart, as they will grow during baking.

Christmas Tree Heart Cookie Ornament Recipe

Gather up the scraps of dough and repeat until it’s all used. Christmas Tree Heart Cookie Ornament Recipe

Bake for 10 minutes until lightly golden.

Christmas Tree Heart Cookie Ornament Recipe

Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

Then, using a straw, make holes in the tops of the biscuits, cutting the straw after making each hole and discarding the pieces. Allow to cool completely.

Christmas Tree Heart Cookie Ornament Recipe

Christmas Tree Heart Cookie Ornament Recipe

Dust with icing sugar and thread ribbon, bakers twine, raffia or string through the holes and tie at the top. Hang and enjoy!

Christmas Tree Heart Cookie Ornament Recipe

Christmas Tree Heart Cookie Ornament Recipe Tip: For alternate flavours try substituting the vanilla for a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, ginger, or almond essence.

Christmas Tree Heart Cookie Ornament Recipe

 Thank you, Rebecca and Rosie, I hope to try making these in a few days! To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their siteshop, and Facebook page.

10 Red and White Holiday Crafts & Recipes


If you are looking to be inspired, check out this collection of 10 red and white holiday crafts and recipes my talented friends across the blogosphere have made! There's bound to be a few you'll want to try.

The Celebration Shoppe - Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls


 Catch My Party - Clothespin Christmas Card Wreath


The Barefoot Baker - Stocking Place Card Cookies


The Cake Blog - Marshmallow Snowflakes


Love the Day - Glittered Glass Jars


Bird’s Party – Last Minute Homemade Gift Idea


Giggles Galore – Chocolate Peppermint Candy

Peppermint Fudge Christmas Gift

The Bearfoot Baker - Christmas Wreath Cookies


Creative Juice - Peppermint Pretzel Bark


Celebrations at Home - Holiday Entertaining Appetizer Party Ideas

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Happy crafting and baking! Hope you find these ideas useful...

Do You Love Deliciously Crunchy Snacks? We're Giving Some Away!

Sweet and savory crunchy snack ideas

I was asked by STACY’S Snacks (you know, the makers of world-famous STACY’S Pita Chips) to try out their new line of Bake Shop Bakery Crisps. This was definitely a fun assignment.

The crisps are made from real bakery breads, which are sliced thin and baked twice to give them a super crispy crunch. Just to let you know, I am a big fan of crunchy snacks.

The crisps come in four flavors: two sweet (Vanilla Pound Cake and Banana Nut) and two savory (Pretzel Bread and Herbed Baguette).

STACY'S Bake Shop Bakery Crisps

I was also asked to find interesting pairings for the new crispy snacks. Take a look at what I came up with (all simple to do):

For the Vanilla Pound Cake Bakery Crisps, I wanted to do a play on strawberry shortcake. I topped the crisps with whipped cream, strawberries, and a touch of orange zest. The sweet crunch from the crisp went nicely with the smooth, soft whipped cream. The orange zest and strawberry gave it a nice tanginess. All I can say is these went extra fast at my house!

Vanilla pound cake STACY'S Bake Shop Bakery Crisps strawberry shortcake

For the Herbed Baguette Bakery Crisps, I thought they would would work perfectly as the toasty bottom of a bruschetta. I combined cherry tomatoes, chopped red onions, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, and then topped the Herbed Baguette Crisps with it. The crisps brought the crunch and Italian seasoning. The tomatoes brought the acid brightess. Together they were delicious!

Herbed Baguette STACY'S Bake Shop Bakery Crisps bruschetta

Not surprisingly, I love crispy toppings on my ice cream, so I thought it would be delicious to top some vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce and crumbled Banana Nut Bakery Crisps. I made my caramel sauce using caramels and milk, then swirled it on top of cold vanilla bean ice cream. I garnished it with crumbled crisps and a mint leaf… even better than your traditional sundae.

Banana Nut STACY'S Bake Shop Bakery Crisps caramel ice cream sundae

For the Pretzel Bread Bakery Crisps, I wanted to do a play on savory and sweet. I’m loving the favors of Mexican hot chocolate, so I made a dipping sauce combining dark chocolate, milk, and cinnamon. This was probably my favorite combination because I got to experience savor/sweet and smooth/crunchy all in one bite! One word... satisfying!

Pretzel Bread STACY'S Bake Shop Bakery Crisps dipped in Mexican chocolate

So you get to experience these new STACY’S Bake Shop Bakery Crisps too, we’re giving away three STACY’S Bake Shop Prize Packs. Each pack, worth $20, will include all four flavors of STACY’S Bakery Bake Shop Bakery Crisps. Enter here for a chance to win and enjoy some crunch!

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Best Catch My Party Recipes of 2013!

I cooked and baked up a storm in 2013. It's fun to look back at all the things I made.

I came to enjoy cooking in my 20's, after taking a few cooking classes in Los Angeles. But it was really after the launch of Catch My Party, that my love of cooking and baking exploded. In the beginning, I was too scared to share my recipes on our blog. But as I kept at it and as my skills improved, I started slowly sharing what I was doing. The response was so positive, it made me want to do more! Thank you, Catch My Party Community, for being my biggest cheerleaders.

Foodie asked me to share my favorite Catch My Party recipes from 2013. I thought I'd start by highlighting my 3 favorite desserts (because who doesn't like dessert first). :)

My 3 Favorite Catch My Party Desserts from 2013

  1. Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies
  2. Mini Cranberry Apple Pies
  3. Rosemary Walnut Biscotti
Check out the slideshow below to see some my other favorite recipes I've made this year!

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Gruyère Gougères -- A Great White Wine Pairing

Herb Emmental Gruyere Gougeres Recipe

I can't think of a better time than the holidays to do a food and wine pairing. I was sent two wines from the Robert Mondavi Private Selection --  their Sauvignon Blanc and their Pinot Noir -- and asked to come up with a recipe that would go well with one of them.

I enjoyed both wines. The Sauvignon Blanc has a bright and fresh feel with strong citrus notes. The Pinot Noir has a rich berry flavor, smooth tannins, and a full and round finish.

Herb Emmental Gruyere Gougeres Recipe

I chose the Savignon Blanc to pair. Because of its lightness, I wanted to create a recipe that was light in texture but rich in flavor. That's why I chose gougères, which are small savory French pastries filled with cheese. They are like biting into little puffs of cheese-y heaven. :)

I added some holiday herbs (sage, rosemary, savory, and thyme) to the recipe to give it a wintery feel, and used Gruyère and Emmentaler cheese to give it an earthy, salty flavor.



  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon herb mix (rosemary, thyme, sage, savory)
  • 1 cup grated Gruyère cheese
  • 1 cup grated Emmantaler
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon milk


Preheat the oven to 425F

Add 1/2 cup white wine, 1/2 cup water, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 cup of cubed butter to a sauce pan. Heat it on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Heat until the butter is completely melted, and it just starts to boil. Take the pan off the stove, and stir in the flour. Put the pan back on the stove on medium heat, and stir for about 1 minute. The dough should be starting to leave thin film on the bottom of the pan when it is done.

Move the dough from the pan to a mixing bowl (careful, it is hot). Beat on low with an electric mixer for 1 minute. You'll see it released a lot of steam. Beat in 4 eggs, one at a time. It is important to add each egg individually and mix until incorporated to ensure a good rise. After all the eggs are in, mix in the cheese. Set aside about 1.4 cup of teh cheese to use as a topping. Last, mix in the diced herbs.  We use a mix of thyme, sage, rosemary, and savory.

Herb Emmental Gruyere Gougeres Recipe

Prepare a baking sheet with a silpat, or parchment paper. Spoon out walnut size balls of dough, or use a pastry bag to pipe them onto the baking sheet. Mix the egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of milk and brush onto the gougères. Sprinkle a little of the cheese on top.

Bake for 10 minutes at 425F, then turn down the oven and bake for another 20 minutes at 350F. They should be brown and crisp on the outside.

Makes about two dozen.

Herb Emmental Gruyere Gougeres Recipe

The Gougères paired beautifully with the Sauvignon Blanc. They turned out crunchy on the outside, light and airy on the inside.

Herb Emmental Gruyere Gougeres Recipe

Herb Emmental Gruyere Gougeres Recipe

I was also asked to share some of my  "do's and don'ts" for entertaining over the holidays. My main piece of advice is to find ways to reduce your stress. I tend to get stressed over the holidays, so I'm always looking for shortcuts. Therefore, I recommend preparing as much as you can beforehand and freezing it. Also, think about hosting your party between mealtimes, so you can just serve hors d'oeuvres and desserts and skip a main course. Finally, I'm a big fan of a signature cocktail, which is always a fun surprise for your guests, and reduces your need for a full bar.

And finally, keep in mind the goal of your party, which is to create a warm and joyous environment to get friends and family together. So please don't sweat the small stuff, and, remember... it's all small stuff. (I'm constantly reminding myself of this.)

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How To Throw A Ladies' Night Holiday Party + Mexican Wedding Cake Cookie Recipe

Mexican Wedding Cake Cookie Recipe

I was asked by Sauza to come up with ideas for hosting a Ladies' Night Holiday Party, incorporating Sauza Sparkling Margarita into the celebration. (Don't twist my arm!)

While the Sauza Sparkling Margarita comes in three flavors (Original Lime, Wild Berry, and Mango Peach) I wanted to use the Original Lime as my inspiration since I like my margaritas on the straight up traditional side, so my dessert of choice... Mexican cake cookies with lime zest!


I love the look of Mexican cake cookies. They remind me of little snowballs, perfect for a holiday party. Plus there's something about them that feels girly and dainty, don't you think?

Mexican Wedding Cake Cookie Recipe

The lime zest in the cookies perfectly balanced the citrusy effervescence of the Sparkling Margarita.

The sparkling margarita is a nice alternative to champagne, especially if you're looking for a drink that feels a little more playful and unconventional. I could absolutely see my friends and I at a party, enjoying this sweet, smooth, tart cocktail.

To fancy it up, I recommend rubbing your champagne flutes in kosher salt and adding a wedge of lime to each glass.


Then to decorate the champagne flutes, I used the printable party circles from our "Oh what fun!" free holiday printable set. I just punched a hole in each one and tied them on with gold ribbon.

I also printed out the "Oh what fun!" welcome sign to decorate my table and to set the stage for the fun to come!

Free Christmas ladies night printable sign

The free printable set includes: a welcome sign, a banner, cupcake toppers, invitations,  gift tags, mini candy bar wrappers,  water bottle wrappers, menu cards, and straw flags.

Ladies Night Christmas free printables

And now for the cookies, which are super simple to make...



  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts
Mexican Wedding Cake Cookie Recipe


Put the room temperature butter in a mixing bowl, and beat with an electric mixer on high for about 2 minutes until it is light and fluffy. Beat in 1/2 cup powdered sugar (save the remaining to toss on the baked cookies).

Mix in the vanilla, cinnamon, salt and lime zest. Now add the flour, mixing in about 1/3 at a time. Last, fold in the finely chopped walnuts. You can use a food processor, or even just put them in a plastic bag and pound them with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin (that's what I did).

Mexican Wedding Cake Cookie Recipe

Cover the dough and chill for about 30 minutes. You can preheat the oven to 350 F while it chills.

Roll the dough into balls (about 2 tablespoons) and bake for 18-20 minutes, until they brown on the bottom, and just start to brown on the top. Let them cool for 15 minutes, and toss them in a bowl with 1 cup of powdered sugar.

Makes 2 dozen Prep time: 10 minutes Total Time: 1 hour Mexican Wedding Cake Cookie Recipe

Now if only this guy would show up at your Ladies' Night Party...

Sauza® Sparkling Margarita is our brand new, ready-to-serve sparkling margarita. It's available in three delicious flavors: Original Lime, Mango Peach and Wild Berry. Now you can add a little more sparkle to your ladies' night. Connect and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.


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