Food Trend: Geode Cakes

If you’re like me, you find appreciation and beauty in the things that you are unable to create yourself. I am a fairly crafty person who would prefer to make something with my hands if possible but one thing I just cannot pull off is bake. When I stumbled upon these gorgeous Geode cakes, I was in awe. This is a trend that is taking off and it is entirely edible!

geode 1(This is my favorite color scheme I have seen- A Squad Bake Shop)

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(Is this real life? Cake by Sainte G Cake Company)

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(Who doesn’t appreciate a beautiful amethyst? Cake by- Intricate Icings Cake Design)

geode.png(A beautiful emerald color for the perfect Summer or Fall cake, just gorgeous! Cake by- Kake by Darci)

geode 5.jpg     (I love the gold foil detail on this one. Cake by- Carrie’s Cakes, Photo by- Emilie Ann)

Well, I am off to learn how to make rock candy now! Honestly, these should be in a museum- they are like pieces of art. I wonder how they taste…probably just as amazing as they look!

You’re Such a Lovely Cup

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OK, since my last post I attributed to a song (“Sweater Weather” by Neighbourhood) I thought I’d give this one the appropriate “Lovely Cup” by Grouplove.  We are HUGE music lovers and always on the hunt for good music or listening to music we consider classics so feel free to share with us anytime!  Anyway, sorry I got distracted.  With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s such a great ‘holiday’ to gorge on sweet treats and hang out with your friends and/or lover.  This is a perfect sweet treat to have or even possibly make with your friends/lover.  Cake in a cup – genius!

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What you will need:

– Glass mugs
– Cake mix of your liking (with needed ingredients: eggs, vanilla, etc.)
– Fun sprinkles or toppings

I only made two cups so I didn’t need much cake mix at all.  Half a batch of cake mix from a box will be plenty for two mugs.

IMG_6858(While the oven is pre-heating, I greased the mugs and mixed up the cake batter)

IMG_6862(I then filled the cups a little less than halfway full)

IMG_6864(You can then place the mugs directly on the oven rack once the oven is pre-heated)

IMG_6872(I started the timer with about 20 minutes but kept checking back as they actually finished around 30 minutes.  It’s a trial and error depending on how much cake mix you used.  I tried to follow the instructions on the cake box for cupcakes though)

IMG_6829(These sprinkles that I found at Target, are a gift from the baking gods.  I use them for sooo many things as you will see throughout the blog)

IMG_6877(I then added pretty/delicious sprinkles and a few marshmallows for some added sugar 😀  Valentine’s Day is worth splurging for)

IMG_6878Then, after you eat the cake, just fill up your mug with some coffee.  It’s perfection really.  It’s a great way to bribe people to spend some quality time with you.  I mean, I’d be sold!

DIY – Country Caramel Apple Cake Pops

With the weather getting colder, there is nothing better than a warm sweet treat to end a long day.  We find weekends are the best time to experiment with new cooking and baking recipes.  I saw this cake pop kit at Target and knew we had to give it a go.  Now that I’ve made them, I see how obviously you can make them sans kit.  However, if you are looking for a quick fix this is not your project.  These are pretty time consuming but come out great.

1. Bake the cake.  We chose apple-cinnamon since that is what the cake pops will end up looking like.

2. Make the caramel frosting (You can find a good recipe here).  Break up the cake after cooling for about 15 minutes and mix in half the frosting so the mix is a thick crumbly substance.

3. Ball the cake substance into about 1 inch balls.  Place in freezer until you melt the red chocolate in the next step.

4. Melt red chocolate chips (which you can usually purchase at your local grocery store). You can do this on a stove in a pan or in the microwave which is how I chose to do it.  Be careful though, you don’t want the frosting to burn.

5. Dip stick in frosting, then place stick in the middle of the cake pop.

6. Then roll cake pop in the red frosting.  You have to move fast through this process because the frosting starts to harden.

7. Place in pan so that frosting can harden.

8. Then dip lower half of the cake pop in  in caramel frosting (the half batch you have left from step 2).

9. Top off the cake pop with a little squeeze of green frosting (which you can make like the red frosting, however you don’t need much).

Voila!  You’ve got some adorable cake pops sure to fuel any persons sugar drive.

Enjoy!

Boozin’ and Bakin’

My mom is a great baker and always shows me tricks and tips to help perfect the most delicious dishes.  With apple harvesting being so big this time of year, she shared with me a delicious recipe I knew would taste amazing and get me good and liquored up.  My mom swears by her Cake Mix Doctor Cookbook and now I know why!  This recipe was so simple and a definite crowd-pleaser.  I have to say, I have never been a whiskey fan, I’d go as far as to say that I hate it but put it in a cake and boom- I’m licking the pan.  Does this make me a boozer?  If so, I’m okay with that.

(Two of the most important ingredients)

(I prefer to use an electric mixer on larger cake batters – it makes it much easier to get an even consistency)

(Of course I’m always adding more ingredients than called for.  On top of the fresh apples and pecans, we added raisins to this recipe)

(This recipe also calls for a regular cake pan but we decided to bundt it up.  It made it much more fun to share!)

(The Whiskey carries on into the glaze)

(The glaze should be a pretty thick consistency and you will want the cake to cool a bit before adding the glaze so it doesn’t tear the surface of the cake)

(The glaze will melt into the cake and then it’s ready to serve!)

This is a great Fall recipe that is extremely tasty.  Also, it’s easy to make which is a plus.  Who said boozin’ and bakin’ didn’t go together?! Not me, I just gave a spoonful of frosting to Chelsea about a half hour ago, I better go pick her up where I left her- face down, passed out on Market Street. This cake is that good.