Pink Lemonade Cake

how to make a lemonade cake

I am excited to share this scrumptious Pink Lemonade Cake recipe from Cooks Country magazine.  That’s their picture above.  And here’s mine:

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I was worried that the cake would be overly sweet, however, I was so pleasantly surprised!  And it’s easy to make those darling decorative lemon slices.

 

Baby Bump Baby Showers

A fun theme for baby showers these days is the “baby bump” theme!  Cakes shaped like a bump…

From Cake Central, check out the super fab Green and Zebra print baby bump, WITH accessories too!

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Check out the adorable baby shower cookies at The Decorated Cookie… and yes, she has a “bump” design!

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You have to click over to Super Mom Moments to see the VERY unique BUMP baby shower!

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From Parents.com, a video about how to play the Baby Bump game at your next shower!

 

And a great tutorial on how to make your OWN baby bump shower cake, over at Make, Bake and Sew!  It is way easier than you would think!

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Not baby bump related, but birthday… thanks to Iris for sending these pics – she certainly is FABULOUS!  The pics show off our cake toppers!

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Frosting Cookies and Cakes

It’s time for a SWEET post, don’t you think?  I’ve got some great DIY and inspiration for cookie making and cake decorating!

From whisk-kid, a great step-by-step cake frosting tutorial!  (I need this post!!)

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A very simple tutorial on decorating with two color frosting cupcakes with store-bought icing, from anna and blue paperie:  And at the end of the post she provides a link for a very easy tutorial to frost a cake with roses!

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One of my favorite fondant artists is Sugar High, Inc.  You have to check out the online fondant art gallery… and prepared to be awestruck!  Well, Sugar High offers a few tutorials (not free) on how to create fondant art.  The price is TOTALLY reasonable for a tutorial of this kind… check out the adorable whales:

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My favorite cookie artist, Sweet Sugarbelle has a great post on making icing colors match:

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And I found this great photo tutorial on facebook, courtesy of SugarNosh Treats, for making leopard print cookies!

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FAB Winter Wedding Cakes

Today is an “eye-candy” kind of post…I’ve been looking at winter wedding ideas lately, and found some FAB cakes I just had to share.

From Martha Stewart, a blue and white wedding cake with pine cones creation.  Click through to see how the latter are embellished as well as some additional winter wedding ideas.

From Wedding Wire, a stunning white cake with pine cones and roses:

Also from Wedding Wire, a diva-tastic wedding cake design with rhinestones and ribbon.  Lots of other great diva cakes within the post.

And from Bakerella, a DIY tutorial on how to make a lovely, lovely heart covered wedding cake.  I think this would be perfect for ANY wedding, but most especially for those Valentine’s Day weddings coming up…

And a link to Marzipan, with a tutorial on how to make marshmallow fondant and poured fondant.. these are EASY tutorials, and perfect for something like the cake listed above… or the cupcake shown below!

 

Best Cinnamon Coffee Cake

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If not the all-time best coffee cake – it’s definitely a runner up says my family and friends!  They loved it!

This recipe and beautiful photography comes from Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman Blog; make sure you click through if you are a visual person. Her photography of each step in the cooking process is amazing!

This is a very easy coffee cake to make – the only ‘extra’ effort is whipping the egg whites.  But it gives the cake its unique texture and great taste.

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Chocolate Caramel Filled Cake with Sea Salt

If you need a ‘go to’ chocolate cake, one that is easy to make, super delicious, incredibly moist – this is it.   The  salted caramel filling and rich chocolate ganache frosting pairs beautifully with it, yet you could also fill and frost with other flavors.  Sprinkling a bit of sea salt on the top of the frosting is the perfect final touch.

About that caramel cake filling.  I must admit, I haven’t had much luck making caramel filling in the past, yet this recipe was a breeze to make.  The only thing that I might do in the future is to make one and half times what the recipe calls for, but that’s because I like a lot of filling.  But make it first, as is, to see if you agree.

Also – I used Hershey’s dark cocoa for this cake, however, you can use any cocoa (your cake will be a bit lighter in color and if not using the dark cocoa).

I always like to give the source of any recipe I use but, unfortunately, I cannot remember where this one came from.  I’ve adapted it a tad by adding an extra egg yolk – I almost always add an extra yolk to any cake recipe I make; it makes for a richer, moister cake.

Chocolate Caramel Cake with Sea Salt

Serves 10 – 12

For the Cake:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 whole eggs and 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot water

For the Salted Caramel Filling:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Chocolate Ganache Frosting:

  • 1 lb. bittersweet (dark) chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  1. Make the cake: Place all ingredients in a large bowl and beat until the batter is smooth.  Divide batter into two greased 9-inch cake pans.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 25-35 minutes (start testing at 25 minutes), or until a wooden skewer comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack.
  1. Make the chocolate ganache frosting: Place chocolate in a large bowl.  Bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan and pour the hot cream over the chocolate.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Stir until it’s a smooth cream; cool to room temperature.  Refrigerate briefly to thicken (check after 30 minutes to see if it is a good spreading consistency).
  1. Make the salted caramel filling: Place sugar, water and corn syrup in a large saucepan on low heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Turn the heat up to medium and allow mixture to cook without stirring until the sugar turns a dark amber (about 10 minutes).  Remove from heat and pour in the cream (it will bubble as you do so). Stir well.  Stir in butter and sea salt.  Let cool in the refrigerator.
  1. Assemble the cake: Place one cake layer on a plate or cake stand and spread the caramel cream over the cake.  Add the second layer of cake.
  2. Frost the cake with the chocolate ganache.  Sprinkle with a little sea salt on the top of the cake.
  3. Keep the cake refrigerated until ready to serve.

Diva Entertains has a large selection of terrific Birthday Favors – come take a look!

More Peacock Inspiration!

We have talked about “peacock” as a wedding and party theme a few times… most recently, HERE.. and HERE.  It seemed like time for another Fab Peacock Post, and today we are going to talk about cakes, cupcakes and cookies… all peacock style!

First up, look at this beautiful peacock cupcake, from Cutest Food:

Fab peacock cookies (and a LOT of other fab inspiration too!) from Amy Atlas; you’ll definitely want to click through to see all the pics and ideas!  Her use of color in food and decor is simply fantastic.

A SUPER incredible tutorial on making peacock cookies, from Flour Box Bakery:  A must see!

A simple but elegant peacock cake design, from Little Red Birds Blog:

 

And one more fun peacock cupcake, from The Cupcake Blog:

Have you decorated with the peacock theme for an event?  We’d love to hear about it!

 

 

 

Easy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

chocolate peanut butter pie with cream cheese

 I served several of these delicious chocolate peanut butter pies at a party last week and not only wasn’t there a single piece left, at least 15 guests asked for the recipe.  It’s very easy to be make but can be even easier if you replace the homemade pretzel crust with a store-bought graham cracker crust and the chocolate ganache with hot fudge from a jar.

This pie can be made way in advance (a month or more) and frozen until needed.

Summer Cake and Summer Dessert Recipes & Ideas

I am SO excited about today’s post.  I had a LOT of fun (and a few helpers) when I went looking for summertime desserts and summertime cake ideas.  My kids all voted for the following links and tutorials as their favorites!

First, from Make and Takes, a delish Watermelon “Pie” recipe.  Simple to make but oh-so-much fun!:

And sticking with a watermelon theme for just a minute, check out these adorable (and yummy looking) watermelon cupcakes, from Bakingdom: She used black sugar pearls as the seeds but they aren’t readily available so I would use mini chocolate chips!

From Family Fun, you HAVE to see this Towering Sandcastle Cake recipe!  I think this one was voted TOP recipe by all THREE of my kids. (Probably because we live in the desert, and playing with sand is something they just imagine and dream about).  And yes – you can make it!  Read through the instructions and you’ll see how EASY it is to make!

For you fondant lovers, I have a sweet, sweet cake recipe from Sweetapolita.  Click to read all about the Rainbow Doodle Birthday cake!  She takes you through step-by-step instructions on how to make a rainbow cake but I’m sharing these tips to make it *way* easier if you aren’t a master baker (the cake is easy – the buttercream is delicious but a bit of work!). 1) If you don’t want to make a fancy buttercream frosting than use any frosting you are comfortable making or purchase canned frosting; I won’t tell if you won’t. (but…if you’ve never made a real buttercream you may want to try her recipe.  It’s fabulous!) 2) You can purchase fondant at most craft stores as well as many bakeres (including supermarket bakeries) are happy to sell you some.  Just ask! 3). Edible ink pens are available in the baking section of craft stores.

And finally, from The Two Savvy Sisters, an adorable recipe for a Caterpillar Cupcake… cake.  Very simple to put together… but would have a HUGE wow factor with kiddos at a party!


What are YOUR ideas for summertime party desserts and cakes?

 

Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday!

Fat Tuesday is almost upon us, and if you are looking for last minute decorations OR recipes, I’ve got a few for you!

First, a DIY post on making festive pinwheels, from Mardi Gras Outlet.  You will find so many fun things at Mardi Gras Store.   And for all of their Mardi Gras Craft Tutorials Click Here:

Adorable cupcake toppers (FREE PRINTABLES for Mardi Gras) from TomKat Studio:

This new post is for a more “kid-friendly” Mardi Gras mask, BUT you could easily use the Mardi Gras Mask tutorial from Twig and Toadstool, and create something elegant:

No Fat Tuesday party is complete without a King Cake Recipe.  Check out this this from the Brown Eyed Baker:


You’ll definitely need something to DRINK while celebrating, so click over and check out the Mardi Gras Drink Recipes from Simply Stated:


And finally… two Mardi Gras Recipes! One is a healthy Jambalaya recipe from SheKnows.com .  Also a crawfish fettuccine:

Happy Feasting!