I’m so proud of myself… I think my baking may be improving! I think part of it is that I’m finally understanding things like the difference between and importance of baking powder and baking soda. And I’m learning that, while it’s okay to tweak baking recipes somewhat, there are basic cornerstones to the recipe (and its directions) that you can’t mess with.
I made these the other day and they are YUM! I don’t like to use a ton of white sugar and butter so I replaced those with alternative ingredients, and I also used Eggbeaters instead of real egg to cut down on the cholesterol… but that’s up to you.
Update: JAWS-SOME!!! This recipe was featured on Offbeat Home & Life!
August 4th marks the return of Discovery Channel’s popular Shark Week.
I was born the month Jaws hit theaters across the U.S., and it has always been my favorite movie. Throughout my early years, I took great pleasure in drawing sharks, reading marine life books, and obsessively watching National Geographic Shark Specials. My heroes were Ron and Valerie Taylor and Dr. Eugenie Clark. I wished that I didn’t suck so badly at school work, because I wanted to be a marine biologist.
So it’s not really a shock that for my birthday this June, I made myself a gluten-free red velvet Jaws Cake. If you’re entertaining or celebrating in honor of these fascinating underwater creatures this month, here’s how to make one! I’ve also pinned several cute shark party themes and ideas here, which would work well for a Shark Week Party, child’s birthday, or even a wedding, bridal shower, bachelor party, or baby shower. (You can also check out my Shark Watermelon One-Two Punch recipe which was featured on OffBeat Bride in 2011.)
In June, my niece decided she wanted to celebrate her Half-Birthday, since her regular birthday, like many in our family, falls in December and gets absorbed by the Holidays.
Even though I have a sordid history of not being able to bake well, I decided to take on the challenge and make her a 3-D bunny cake.
I love Spring… it just feels like a new opportunity to get into warm weather party mode.
Our garden wedding – photo by Barbara B.
In honor of the year turning toward the warmer months, I’ve compiled a few Pinterest Boards of spring holiday decorating and menu ideas for Passover, Equinox, and Easter festivities, or that will work for a festive brunch, intimate wedding, baby shower, tea, or bridal shower.
I’ve also included a few of my own ideas and recipes too!
I know I’m in the middle of promoting a Book Release and everything, but let’s not forget the true meaning of October: HALLOWEEN!! I don’t know about you, but this month officially kicks off my Holiday Season. This year, with my book just coming out, writing Holiday articles, and planning a lot of life changes with Husband (a blog for another time!), I am almost inclined to ignore Halloween completely. But I just can’t let that happen. So here’s a recipe for 3-D Skull cake for your Halloween or Day of the Dead Celebration, courtesy of one kick-ass lady: Photographer Hailey of Wicked Hailey Photography (TX).
Skull Cake Supplies – by Wicked Hailey
“The first one I made I made a traditional chocolate cake and dusted with powdered sugar (recipe below). I made a 2nd one today and documented it much more. My husband loves Funfetti or Rainbow Party cake mix from the box (~ EYE ROLL~) so I made this one for him. I hate all store bought icing so I made a Royal Icing (recipe below). This not only glued the parts of the skull together, but also makes a hard shell for the cake. Also, the wine is a necessary supply! Enjoy!” – Wicked Hailey
What summer BBQ or al fresco dinner would be complete without a few yummy dessert options? These are full of warm weather goodness, and quite easy to throw together.
Raspberries at the La Grande Farmers’ Market. lagrandefarmersmarket.org, used under Creative Commons
Do you like Zombies? Gaming Geekery? What about cross-stitch? If you do, you need to know more about Bexie B!
Bex by Vixen Pinup Photography, KC MO
Tell us about yourself!
I’m known as Bex of Bexie B Creations. I am a stay-at-home mom to one human and three canine babies. I also cook, bake, and make video game and B-movie cross-stitch designs.
Just a quick little post today from one of my favorite Facebook pals, Dani of Dollface Desserts in Houston, TX.
Dani by Angela Morales Photography
Danielle is one of Houston’s up-and-coming pastry and mixed media artists.
I made this for my birthday. (It can easily be made dairy-free too.) Oh, did you think it was not possible to have a yummy, moist, chocolatey, tropical cake THAT’S ALSO GLUTEN-FREE? Well, you’re so, so wrong. Excuse me while I have a chocolate-cake-stuffed laugh at your expense. And then go throw up.
Wheee I’m on a Cake!
Gluten-Free Tropicolate Cake
A Tropical Chocolate Birthday Adventure for Your Face Hole
Makes 1 9″ layer cake. Total time: Roughly 2 hours, or less if you have 2 pans. Serves: 8
Meet Hellkitten of Hellkitten Originals! This gal designs clothing, models pinup, works on cars, volunteers for charity… AND makes cookies! Whaaat? Read on if you don’t believe me.