Very Berry Scones!

I have to say – I make kickass scones! 

I always have them handy in my freezer for the slew of scone lovers in my life. You can make these plain or with berries which adds a wonderful fruity bite to them. You can use fresh or frozen berries. Just bake them a minute or two longer if using frozen.

I love eating my scones with clotted cream (if possible) and jam. My nephews bury their scones in whipped cream. Do what you will with these scones – they are truly a favourite in our household.

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Chocolate Beet Cake

My favorite chocolate cake is my mothers but that recipe has its own story and will be saved for another post. This is one of the few other chocolate cakes I make – it has beets in it which makes it super moist and healthy – right? 

 


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Mille Crepe Recipe

We visited Lady M’s cake boutique and tried the famous Mille Crêpes Cake and fell in love with it several years ago.

So of course my daughter decided that this was the very cake she wanted for her 12th birthday – and it had to be homemade! Ive been making her this cake ever since!

 Luckily I found a recipe in the New York Times dining section and The Smitten Kitchen blog and got to work.

 I have to say the cake came out quite spectacularly!

 

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My Mother’s Chocolate Cake

I am telling you right now that this recipe is impossible to replicate.

My mother has always baked the best darned homemade chocolate cake ever and if any professional bakers ever saw how she did it they would keel over die.

She throws in a little of this and a bit of that into the batter as if she were tweaking a chicken curry and yet it works as each time she makes this cake it is simply outstanding.

 

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This past summer after several decades of my life…I am finally attempting to blog her recipe. Beware – the finer the ingredients you use – the more you will fail at this cake. Please us good old supermarket brands – like Cadbury cocoa in India and perhaps nestle in the US. All I can say is good luck!

PS: It helps if your tongue hovers over your upper lip whilst you bake this particular recipe!

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Strawberry Cream Cake

My father in laws 80th birthday was this past fall and we wanted to make him a special cake.

This “Strawberry Cream Cake”, adapted from Williams-Sonoma TASTE Magazine,Layers of Delight,” by Emily Luchetti (Spring 2002), worked out perfectly.

I will say that personally I’m not a huge fan of the crème fraîche frosting and would substitute it with just regular whipping cream or mascarpone cheese next time.

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Soccer Birthday Party Cake

This year my nephew had a soccer themed birthday and this was his cake.

The cake was really effortless – I bought all the trimmings at Party City and guided the kids into decorating. Look at what a spectacular job they did.

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Plant vs. Zombies Cake

This past year my nephew really foxed me when he asked me to make him a “Plant vs. Zombies” cake for his 6th birthday. I had no clue what he was talking about and went scrambling to the net to find out what these creatures looked like.

Thanks to good old ebay I managed to find a set of miniature toys that I could decorate the cake with. Here’s what I made for him.

 

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Build-A-Bear Birthday Party Cake (Teddy Bear Cake)

Here’s how my daughter celebrated her 10th birthday! She wanted to take just a few friends to Build-A-Bear Workshop – so here is the cake I made for her!

 

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Buttercup Bakeshop’s Chocolate Layer Cake

Who does not love chocolate cake? Throw in some really good quality chocolate into the mix and you have yourself a winning combination! Here is the recipe for the Buttercup Bakeshop’s amazing chocolate layer cake (or cupcakes). The recipe is from their cookbook – Buttercup Bakes at Home.

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Silly Science Party Cake

My daughter wanted to do a silly science party for her 10th birthday. This might have been one of the easiest cakes I ever made!! I just bought a little science kit from the toy store, scattered the cake with candy that looked like crystals and rocks and put some dry ice to make smoke and viola……my cake was done.

 

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