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5 Easy Easter Bakes

With Easter just around the corner here's...

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5 Easy and Fun Easter baking!

On Sundays I take some time to share something to make life easier. This week I'm dedicating some time to the holiday that reminds us that warm weather is on it's way and makes pastel colours the best thing since sliced bread! Below is 5 great Easter bakes that anyone can do.

#5 Chocolate Eggies Cake

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Who doesn't like chocolate?

Who doesn't like Hershey Eggies?

And there's nothing more fun than crushing up those Eggies... And eating the ones that try to get away. Grab your chocolate cake recipe and some chocolate icing and treat yourself to this spring treat!

#4 Carrot cupcakes

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A classic! And the vegetables make it healthy right? Carrot cake has a rich history, when you get the chance you should look into it. If it's too much reading, click here and we can just make carrot cupcakes and forget about it.

#3 Eggie Cookies

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I love Hershey Eggies if you haven't noticed.  Grab them at the bulk barn for the best deal!

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Not the prettiest cookies but very delicious! Rip these things apart when they're still warm and enjoy the chocolately goodness.

#2 Hot Cross Buns

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Now that song is stuck in your head. You're welcome. Such a traditional treat this time of year! Simply a bread dough with cinnamon and raisins drizzled with icing but it is drool worthy.

#1 Sweet and Salty!

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Genuinely in love with this combination, so simple but it's so effective. Buttered popcorn and Hershey Eggies. Just close your eyes and embrace what you get.

This brings us to the end of our list! I hope you were inspired to do some pastel Easter goodies.

Christmas Cupcakes

This has been a fantastic year for cupcakes! As sort of a "feel good initiative" I've been donating dessert to a local soup kitchen every Friday leading up to Christmas.

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I've always believed in little kind gestures- sometimes the smallest thing can change someone's life for the better so I wanted to dedicate a little time over the holidays to promote that.

I was asked a couple of times why I chose to do it, mainly because it wouldn't exactly grow my business. I gave everyone the same response: it's just something nice to do. I wasn't concerned over the cost or the "potential business" sometimes it's just nice to do something for others.

Below we have all the cupcake designs that made their way into Hope Cottage this holidays season on top of a couple of other creations that passed through my kitchen!

 

Reindeer cupcakes.

Reindeer cupcakes

If I did these again I'd go a very different route... These more look like Christmas bears.

 

Santa Hat cupcakes!

Santa hat cupcakes

So much red food colouring and they are still a little pink! But the festive feeling is there.

 

Wreath cupcakes.

Wreath cupcakes

These were for my close friends in my life. These poor souls put up with my terrible work schedule enough, they deserve some sweets!

 

Winter Wonderland Cupcakes

Winter cupcakes

You really can't go wrong with the classic cupcake, these are in style all winter.

 

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Christmas tree cupcakes

My favorite ones this year!

Well there we have it. The collection for the month! Can't wait to see what the rest of the season holds.

Perfect Pie Crust

Nothing goes better with a holiday meal than pie! And who can just have one? This recipe is the perfect amount of dough for 3 pies.

3 classic pie recipes

Every Sunday morning at 8 am I recap the week, share what I learned and showcase some of my work!

4 simple ingredients

4 simple ingredients

Pie dough is incredibly annoying.. It can come out flaky and perfect but if you look at it funny it'll be tough and impossible to work with. BUT the ingredients are simple and the outcome will always be tasty.

Pies are such a staple this time of year. I crave the classics like pumpkin and apple plus I have a sweet spot for blueberry as well. This week I showcase my recipes for 3 of my favorite pies.

Cutting up the butter

Cutting up the butter

 

Perfect Pie Crust

This recipe makes 3 pie shells plus a little extra to play with the top.

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie
Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie

I also wanted to take a moment to remember the brave men a women who sacrifice themselves for peace. May there be a time where we don't need to defend peace but until that time I'm proud of our strong and diverse Canadian Military.

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Holiday Baking

Every Sunday morning at 8 am I recap the week, share what I learned and showcase some of my work!

Or in this case, it's all about the showcase!! The holidays are fast approaching and you know that you won't have time to do all the baking you dream of. So let me help you! I will even let you take the credit ;) 

Here are a few mouth watering and traditional favorites for the holidays from years past.

Chocolate cake with Reese's Peanut Butter cups, Reese's pieces, and chocolate drizzle on top! This mouth watering design will get you every time: Chocolate cake covered in chocolate icing topped with chopped mini Reese's peanut butter cups and Reese's pieces drizzled in chocolate.

 

Looking for more of a classic dessert? How about a traditional linzer torte.

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A little history on Linzer Tortes: Named after the city of Linz, Austria it's a holiday classic in Austria, Hungary, Sweden, and Germany and mainly seen on the dinner tables at Christmas time. Linzer tortes can be made in many sizes and shapes from cookies, tarts and tortes. I chose the torte for my experiment to make sure the baking times worked for the oven.

Or perhaps you prefer cookies!

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A great way to show off some cheer is with these colourful cookies!!

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I also specialize in cupcakes and can pretty  make any treat as long as sufficient order time is given.

See something you like? And live in Nova Scotia, Canada? Message me for a quote!

Homemade Croutons

Saving that $2 for a bag of croutons adds up!

Saving that $2 for a bag of croutons adds up!

Ok so one thing that bothers me an oddly large amount is paying for croutons. Essentially you are paying money for stale bread that's been seasoned. I was especially peeved the other day when I spent money on croutons that were very obviously made from stale rye bread sooo I trashed them and made some myself!

I'm sure you have a couple o rolls in your freezer that you've forgotten about... Ample crouton making material!

I'm sure you have a couple o rolls in your freezer that you've forgotten about... Ample crouton making material!

You want those cubes to be bite size remember!

You want those cubes to be bite size remember!

You want that glorious golden finish

You want that glorious golden finish

Homemade Croutons

Store them in a cool dry place in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

I also want to take the time this week to make sure you're enjoying fall! Whatever you like, pumpkin spice, apple picking or pumpkin carving... Embrace it! This is such a great time of year!

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Here's also a great Ghostbusters cake! You can watch the creation here!

Ghostbusters cake

Marble Cake Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving long weekend all! Every Sunday morning at 8 am I recap the week, share what I learned and showcase some of my work!

So I'm going to start off by saying I hate making marble cake. There's just so many extra steps involved with it that it just becomes a long dragged out baking process. Plus my recipe has many ingredients that I don't use on a regular basis BUT it is by far a delicious and creamy cake recipe that allows both the chocolate and vanilla to remain the same batter consistency, which is important when you're blending the two.

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Below is my recipe for my marble cake, note that I don't like blending the batter once it's in the pan, I prefer to alternate the batters to form rings in the pan. Much much easier and it guarantees both flavors in each bite!

Marble cake

Here is the latest marble cake creation, the bottom is 3 layers of 10" cakes and the top is 2 layers of 8" cakes. Flowers are silk as I prefer them over fondant (let's all be honest me and fondant don't work so great together). The flowers matched the bride's colors perfectly,

Simple yellow floral wedding cake

Simple yellow floral wedding cake

Easy Chocolate Ganache

Ganache is such a versatile way to bring your baking to the next level. Whether you're using it to cascade over a cake or dipping cookies and strawberries in it, it'll take the reaction from "that looks good" to "get that in my mouth now". 

Chocolate ganache recipe with milk!

1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate

1 cup Milk

1 tbsp sugar

 

Bring milk and sugar to a slow boil, mixing constantly. Once it's to a boil pour over chocolate.

Mix everything together until chocolate is all melted.

Set aside and let cool until it begins to thicken. Once the desired thickness is reached, used in desired manor. Here's my latest drip cake! A cookies and cream heaven.