Thursday, October 13, 2016

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Fall is in full swing and I couldn't be happier! With the changing leaves, cooler temperatures, and autumnal festivities, this is my absolute favorite time of the year. It's also perfect for baking as I'm more inclined to fire up the oven for little side projects here and there. Including this chocolate chip cheesecake:


I decided to go extra heavy on the chocolate chips to ensure there were enough in every slice and in every bite. The drizzle across the top is a mix of milk and semi-sweet chocolate with a touch of cinnamon. It was a delicious treat enjoyed by the women at this particular evening gathering.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Pink Wedding Cake

It's the height of summer, but the skyrocketing temps and thick humidity couldn't put a damper on this August wedding. The bride and groom commissioned me for a cake with their signature pink wedding color as the accent. 



Pink and white flowers topped each tier with silver dragĂ©e accents to match the silver/grey color of the bridesmaids' dresses. Inside was the bride's favorite cake flavor, red velvet. Congratulations and much happiness to the newlywed couple!





Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Watermelon

Summer is officially in full swing, which means friendly get-togethers and lots of great food! What better accompaniment than a delicious dessert to add to the celebrations. Although these projects share the same theme, they were delivered to two different parties. I rarely bake cookies, but the challenge of a watermelon-themed cookie was too tempting to pass by! I was very glad with how these yummy sugar cookies turned out and the chocolate chip "seeds" gave the perfect touch:


The next challenge: a double layer vanilla cake with vanilla bean buttercream icing. The cake was trimmed and turned on its side, creating the perfect canvas for the 'watermelon' icing layers, and chocolate chips adorn the red colored section. The party host was delighted to receive her cake!



Friday, June 3, 2016

Goldfish Goodies

These fun, fishy treats were made for a little girl's 3rd birthday party.  The theme for the party was the popular young children's cartoon "Bubble Guppies" so all of the decor matched the underwater theme.


Chocolate-dipped marshmallows on a convenient lollipop stick, with goldfish cracker accents and a pretzel coated bottom representing the sandy ocean floor.  Rather than using the regular round marshmallows, I decided to use special square shaped ones (created to be used more easily in s'mores).  The flat square shape gave the perfect canvas for the aquatic scene!


Below are chocolate dipped pretzel sticks, also decorated in colorful fish crackers.  The white nonpareils 'bubbles' playfully rise as the fish 'swim' around!




Saturday, January 9, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


It was so much fun to make these special cupcakes for two very special boys: my nephews!  They love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and were super excited to see their two favorite characters in cupcake form.  Raphael wears the red mask, and Michelangelo is in the orange.  On this particular visit, my nephews were teaching me the fine art of each turtle's fighting style.  


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Ginger-Orange Cupcakes


I was very happy to make these cupcakes as they combined two of my top favorite ingredients: ginger and orange!  Made for a women's gathering, these ginger-orange cupcakes (topped with a citrus cream cheese frosting and slice of mandarin orange) were a yummy addition to their brunch meeting.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Beach Cake Pops



These cake pops were requested for a beach-themed bridal shower held down at the Jersey shore.  Wrapped up and tagged in golden and white ribbon, these cake pops served as the take-home favors for all guests in attendance. 



White and orange chocolate seashells of various kinds adorn the pops coated in ocean blue chocolate.  The white seashell pops contain vanilla bean cake and the orange seashell pops contain vanilla-chocolate marbled cake.


The cake pop favors were ordered by the mother-in-law-to-be.  I was very glad to hear that she, along with the bride and all of her guests, greatly enjoyed these cake pops!