Monday, January 16, 2012

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Happy Happy Birthday to You!

Made a yummy 
chocolate cake with chocolate covered strawberries 
for my hubby. 

Whipped Frosting:
2 cup heavy cream, chilled
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
Beat all in a bowl till stiff peaks form.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Apple Crumble...


  • 4 large apple - peeled, cored and cubed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Crumble Topping:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • (brown sugar optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Boil apple slices, sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon in a pot of water for 5 to 10 minutes or till tender. Arrange cooked apples in a 8x8 baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is fine and crumbly. Sprinkle topping over apples
  3. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until crumble is crisp and golden in color.
Best served hot. 
Optional top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Mmm Mmm 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cake Time!

Going to be working on a cake
 for my cousins baby shower.

...Quick and Easy...
Fun and Creative


For the Red Velvet Cake from scratch:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 (1-ounce) bottle red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • For the Red Velvet Cake:


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) round layer cake pans.
    Sift flour, baking soda and coco together. Beat sugar and eggs together in a large bowl.
    In a separate bowl mix together oil, vinegar, food coloring, and vanilla. Add to the bowl of eggs and sugar and beat until combined.
    Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk to the wet mixture by alternating the buttermilk and dry ingredients. Always start with the flour and end with the flour.
    Pour batter into pans. Tap them on the table to level out the batter and release air bubbles. Bake for 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted near the middle comes out clean but be careful not to over bake or you'll end up with a dry cake.
    Let layers cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before turning out of pan. Cool completely before frosting.

    Using a Cream Cheese filling:


    • 4 ounces butter, softened
    • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.

    Fondant Monkey

    the first cake came out cute but ended up falling on the floor :(...
    So here is a picture of the cake I made really fast as a replacement :)

Monday, January 2, 2012


Paper Flowers
... made with the pages of an old reading book...

These cute flowers can be used in many different ways. 
You can make a wreath, decorate a picture frame or gift.
Get some dried out branches and make a center piece for your room or bathroom.
Try it! 
Have fun and be creative.

My Material:
Old book
Hot glue

Start with a square shape. 
I used three sheets together to add a little volume. 
Remember they don't have to be perfect.
Using a pencil or pen draw a spiral circle onto the square. 
Cut along the lines that you have drawn continuing until you come to the center of the spiral leaving a small circle at the end.
Now you should have a long paper snake. 
Starting with the outside of the spiral roll the paper inward in somewhat of a cone shape. 
Start off rolling tightly (which will become the center of your flower) then loosely once to get to the edges.
Keep rolling until you get to the end. 
Put a little hot glue on the back to hold the shape. 
The circle that you left when cutting the spiral will finish the back. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Easy Breakfast....

Breakfast cups!
... Bacon, Egg and Toast cups...

6 cooked bacon/ham/turkey/sauage
6 slices of bread
6 eggs
Sliced or shredded cheese
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 400° F. 
Grease 6 wells of a muffin pan with butter. 
In a frying pan, cook bacon about 3-5 minutes, until partially cooked but not completely crispy. 
Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. 
Cut out rounds of bread (I used a 3.5-inch round cookie cutter, but a drinking glass would be fine.) 
Press the bread rounds into the greased muffin wells. 
Curl a piece of bacon around the periphery of each piece of bread, positioning it between the bread and the muffin tin to help keep it in position.
 Sprinkle a small amount of shredded cheese in the center of each piece of bread. 
One at a time, crack an egg, removing about half of the white, and dropping the remaining white and yolk over each piece of bread, being careful not to break the yolks. (or scramble eggs lightly)
Once all the bread pieces have been topped with eggs, bake until eggs are cooked through to your liking (about 6-10 minutes) and bacon is crispy. 
Run a knife around the edge of each muffin well and pop the egg cups out. 
Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.