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Cakes, cheesecakes and cupcakes

White Chocolate Icing

White chocolate icing

I’m not a big white chocolate fan. But this icing was delicious! And the reviews from the wedding-shower goers was even better. I started with my vanilla icing recipe – so the ingredients are a bit of an estimate. Like most icing recipes you want to do it to taste, if you need to add more butter or icing to taste, and milk to consistency.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter softened
3 1/2 cups icing sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 bag of white chocolate chips (about 2 cups) melted

Directions:

Mix together butter, vanilla, milk and icing sugar until lump free. Add in melted white chocolate. I mixed it with a hand beater and got a great fluffy consistency and it piped out wonderfully! Add more sugar if its not sweet enough, more butter if its too sweet, and more milk if its too thick.

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Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Icing

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What is more festive for St Patrick’s day then these? Chocolate cupcakes made with Guinness and topped with mint icing with Bailey’s? And they were delicious.

I followed the recipe on epicurious.com (www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chocolate-Stout-Cake-107105) for Chocolate Stout Cake, but just made cupcakes – since – well – I love cupcakes! So follow this recipe for them. Or I have heard you could use a Betty Crocker cake mix and just add a can of Guinness instead of the oil and water? I am going to try that next year and will report back!

Icing Ingredients:

4 Cups Icing Sugar
3/4 Cup Butter, softened
1/4 Cup Bailey’s Original Liquor
2-3 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Mint Extract
Green food colouring

Icing Directions:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with a hand mixer. Add food colouring until you get the colour you were looking for! Pipe onto your cooled cupcakes and lick the bowl clean – watching out you don’t catch a little buzz! Enjoy!

Kids Construction Site Birthday Cake

Construction Birthday CakeFor my friend Natalie’s son’s birthday she wanted to make his birthday cake for him, with a construction site theme. Here is our attempt. Though it should be noted – by no means do we regard ourselves as cake decorators. I like to bake and eat, but, despite my attempt at Wilton Cake Decorating 1 and 2, nothing sank in. 

Natalie baked two 9×13 cakes, one vanilla and one chocolate. We made my moms famous vanilla icing, but then mixed in Oreo crumbs to make it cookies and cream icing (so delicious!) for the filing between the two layers. We iced the whole cake with a layer of white vanilla icing, then added colouring to create the icing for decorating. Half of the cake was covered with Oreo crumbs to look like dirt, and then a few trucks were placed on and around the cake, and a house built out of candy Legos. Tada!

Pink Velvet Cupcakes

Pink Velvet Cupcakes

My mom loves red velvet – loves it. While I do enjoy how beautiful the deep red cake and the ivory colour icing look together, its so hard to find a good recipe, one that doesn’t leave the cake feeling stale. Mom found this recipe on: www.lovefromtheoven.com and we gave it a shot this weekend for her three friends that were coming to dinner.

We followed the recipe exactly, with the exception of the icing. My mom, in my non-bias opinion makes the best icing, so we used her cream cheese icing and added a few drops of red food colouring and piped it on using a Wilton tip 20.

They did turn out cute, and tasted quite good but you have to like the heavier denseness of red velvet. And if you like cream cheese icing as much as I do then you will like them for sure! Enjoy!

Cream Cheese Icing

I love my mom’s cream cheese icing. There is no exact recipe as you add more of whatever you need as you go – but to start you need;

½ package of cream cheese (softened)
½ cup butter
½ cup milk
2 cups of icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
dash of salt

Mix all the ingredients together. Add more icing sugar if you need to thicken. If it starts to get too sweet cut in a little more butter or cream cheese – depending on your preference! Enjoy!

Lemon Blackberry Cheesecake

Lemon Blackberry Cheesecake

I made this dessert for the 2012 Carroll Easter. I found this recipe on Pinterest. It was posted on iVillage(http://www.ivillage.com/lemon-blackberry-cheesecake/3-r-408025). I made a couple healthy changes; greek yogurt instead of sour cream and light cream cheese instead of regular and then I mixed some yogurt, sugar and a squeeze of lemon and poured a few tablespoons on top with blackerries and a dusting of icing sugar – purely esthetic. When I make this again (can’t wait for the next time – it was delicious) I would make two small changes: I would divide the batter in 1/3 and 2/3 and add the blackberries to the 1/3 instead of 1/2, this way you could get a much deeper colour in the bottom; andI would add some more lemon to it for a stronger lemon flavour.