Lemon pound cake
Inspired by my brand spanking new Bundt cake pan, I decided to start off my 2013 blog revamp with a review of a simple and classic baked treat. Pound cake is my go to filler for all sculpted cakes. This lemony recipe was FANTASTIC! A sinch to make it was turned out ridiculously moist and tangy with a beautiful golden gradient colour through and through. I would definitely make it again though the second time around I would add the zest of 1 more lemon and 2 more tablespoons of lemon juice. You have to try it!
Find the recipe at: http://www.plainchicken.com/2011/10/lemon-pound-cake.html
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014!
I started this little baking blog two years ago in Toronto, Ontario. It’s seen me through a big move to Montreal, a new job as a Communications & Social Media Specialist, an engagement to my ever supportive and uber talented to be hubs Salman, the adoption of our new little pup Gonzo, the subsequent depression and later grudging acceptance of our grumpy little Oreo, yet another move (this time in Montreal) and plenty more…
With all these changes in play, life has become a little hectic… Creating baked treats remains my happy place but it’s been increasingly hard to find the time. As such I have vowed (or rather resoluted) to take the time out this year to fill this blog with as many posts as I can muster. To make sure to take that me-time and make a giant mess in the kitchen! I have decided to take the blog in a new direction and try as many new recipes as I can. I hope you enjoy coming along with me on these baked adventures as much as I will enjoy making them! Happy 2014 may this year fill our hearts, lives and stomachs with all the goodness possible- Dalia
Halloween butter cookies. Halloween is my favourite time of year i have a secret stash of crazy halloween decorations in my store room just waiting for the right opportunity. This year for Halloween I tried something new: decorating cooking with royal icing. It was a little more tedious than I’d thought it would be, but so much fun and topped with little MnM spiders. Cant wait to try some more cookie art. PS check out the fun little cookie decorating time lapse also on the blog
20 years with ABB. A cake to celebrate my communications mentor and one of my favourite colleagues 20th year anniversary with the company. The entire little monster is made of a simple pound cake and rice crispy treats. It is frosted with a pink vanilla butter cream and sits on top of a lemon poundcake base covered in fondant. Yes the little monsters are my favorite.
Decorating tip: When cake is too heavy / not appropriate for the design you need (example this little guys arms) I use dowel rods inserted into the cake covered in rice crispy treats.
Blueberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Before being frosted each cupcake is filled with blueberry jelly and dipped into a crunchy cinnamon & brown sugar topping.
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewart.com
Red velvet muffins. An experiment in converting red velvet cupcakes into breakfast muffins.
Super moist carrot & walnut cupcakes with orange cream cheese frosting - If only all veges tasted this delicious!
Classic apple pie
I have been making this particular apple pie for just about as long as I can remember. In fact I think it is quite possibly the first thing I’ve ever baked. I remember school bake sales where they would auction off my apple pie to the highest bidder! And well, what’s the point of a video-genius fiance if not to exploit his particular brand of expertise for my own personal gain
Chocolate cupcakes with Vanilla buttercream icing and dark chocolate film icons and Salman Sajun Logo - I made these little film themed cupcakes for my boyfriend Salman Sajun’s birthday visit to Montreal.
Decorating tip: I found film icons I liked online and resized them to fit nicely on medium sized cupcakes, printed them out and laid then beneath wax paper. I melted some semi-sweet chocolate and piped it over the designs to create little chocolate replicas. Note the chocolate has to be cooled completely before you try to take it off the paper or else you’ll end up with ALOT of shattered pieces.
Check out sal’s awesome work at : www.salmansajun.com
TakingITGlobal logo cupcakes. Each cupcake represents a different TIG project / logo!
My first attempt to decorate with fondant. For these cupcakes I used wilton pre made & pre coloured fondant. They turned out beautifully however to be honest I was personally not a fan of the taste of fondant. I think I’ll stick to regular icing for now.
Decorating tip: Fondant will melt so make sure to keep your decorated cakes in a cool area.
Green Dino Cake with Candy Bike & Spikes & 100 Cupcakes ( Chocolate, Vanilla & Carrot.) This was my first big scale catering gig! We set up a DIY cupcake decorating stand, for ‘My First Wheels’ charity event hosted by Centennial College.
The event was a blast! And the do it yourself cupcake decoration station was a hit!! I filled chocolate, cream cheese, mint, coconut and coloured Vanilla Butter cream in baking bags fitted with tips and set up the stall with a huge array of sprinkles and candy to decorate with. Note to self- when creating giant dino cake and 100 cupcakes, dont start at 11pm.
This 3d stand up blue monster cake took approximately 8 hours from inception to completion and he was so much fun to make! Entirely edible the body is made out of vanilla poundcake, the arms are rice crispy treats and the eyes are gum balls. It broke my heart when the cake was eventually sliced, but everyone absolutely loved it! Can’t wait to make another!!!
Monster Cupcakes: Chocolate cupcakes with (blue) coconut and (green) mint buttercream frosting. . These little guys were an absolute joy to make! And they were a huge hit! :D
Decorating tip: I used large white chocolate buttons for the eyes and cut them into triangles for the horns and white chocolate chips for teeth.
This ‘Congratulations Cake’ was inspired by my best friends engagement. This little bear is one of my favourites, I actually had someone inquire as to why I had a little stuffed bear in the fridge :)!! This little guy is my very first decorated / sculpted cake adventure. Six hours well spent !
Chocolate Chunk Cookies.
Members of my family have been known to fight quite seriously over these cookies. My little brother would hide a secret stash under his bed every time I’d make them! They are the perfect mix of moist and chewy with an indulgent chunk of chocolate in every bite.