Archive for ‘cakes’

May 15, 2012

Pear Ginger Cake (with Whipped Cream Frosting)

Birthdays are a reason for Celebrating.

My Grandmother recently celebrated a birthday and Rich and I decided to surprise her. She knew that my Wonderful Parents would be joining her but that My Love and I had “too many other things going on” to join her. There is a truth to that but little did she know that part of our busy weekend was us driving 2 hours to surprise her at dinner. My parents showed up earlier in the day, with this cake in tow, and then a few hours later when they went out to dinner… low & behold we were waiting there for them!

Celebrating her birthday was a great day and the shock on my Grandmother’s face was priceless!

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April 27, 2012

Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

Cheesecake: (noun) a dessert which is usually sweetened, can be baked, and is often decadent, usually served as slices from a larger cake and deliciously rich. These cheesecakes are made individually so you have some portion control in addition to all of that original delicious richness of your classic cheesecake (combined with the “kid-in-you” taste of Oreos)!

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April 5, 2012

The Way to His Heart

Teacher by Day – Chef by Night has found herself a permanent job!

I will always have someone to cook for and will no longer just be the assistant at Alborn Photography, but an equal partner! Rich said to me “I looked at the menu of my life and decided that what I currently had in front of me was the best dish on the menu” – I love this man and am so looking forward to being his “Teacher by Day – Chef by Night for Life”

I have heard of Engagement Chicken before, but when I made the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake for Valentines Day, I jokingly said to Kelly that maybe this would be my “Engagement Cake” – well maybe it worked. SO, if you want to secure yourself a lifetime of happiness and cooking, make some of the supposed Engagement Chicken with Engagement Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake for dessert. Just make sure it is what you really want, because I know that he wasn’t kidding when he told me when we first started dating that “food was the way to his heart”!!

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April 1, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake

“The Way to a Man’s Heart is Through his Stomach”

The man that I love just happens to also love Cookie Dough. When I came across Something Shiny’s Cookie Dough Cake, I knew that I had no other choice but to make this for him. In the past I have surprised Rich with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes, also nice batches of Raw (with egg) Cookie Dough to make him smile, and even Cookie Dough Truffles for Holidays! This cake I knew would be a big hit – even if it meant many hours of preparation going into it (do not let the long list scare you off – it is worth every second you will spend working on it)!

Rich knew that he was getting some sort of baked goodie for Valentines Day this year, but I do not think that he expected this. We started this evening out with some wine and cheese and meats that I had picked up to hold him over until I could finish making the cake and then make dinner, and the evening of food was one that we totally enjoyed – especially with this cake ending the whole night. People may tell you that you need to spend lots of money to make people happy but I know that the best gifts come from the heart (and go to the stomach?).

Before reading any further please promise me that you will not worry about your diet for just a little bit – happiness is what you make it 🙂

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March 3, 2012

Mini Cheesecake Bites

Cheesecake – something that growing up seemed a very special and decadent dessert. They can be a bit tricky because you want to make sure everything is the right temperature while making it to get the best consistency – but with just a little pre-planning, cheesecake can be as simple as any other cake.

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