Cake

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Ahhhh! Can it be true? I have no idea what to get my husband. I know that we’ll be staying in and having a romantic dinner but that is mostly because I dropped the ball on making reservations at our favorite restaurant. I have a few ideas for gifts but I really need to get my act together!

One thing that there is still time for is planning our delicious dinner. And dessert. Never forget dessert! Cookies Cupcakes And Cardio has a perfect themed cake; it’s heart shaped and looks quite tasty! One of the best things about this DIY? You don’t even need any special pans or tools for this one!

You need an 8” square cake, an 8” round cake, lots of white buttercream frosting, and 2 pounds of strawberries. Can you say delicious?! Need some more inspirations? Here are some other Valentine treats that are to die for.

Here’s the tasty video… Enjoy!

rose-cake

We’ve seen some beautiful cakes in our time, but this one really wins out! Imagine showing off your baking and decorating skills with this beautiful rose cake? Vanessa from Cake Style has created a video to walk you through building and decorating your very own cake. She explains things in an easy-to-understand format and you can watch her step by step as she builds and decorates her own Rose cake.

The cake is four layers high and features sweet buttercream icing and modelling chocolate. Are you drooling yet? Wait until you see how beautiful the cake turns out!

Some essential equipment you’ll want to have on hand includes a large spatula, turntable (a must!), cake board, large bread knife for shaping the cake layers, plastic scraper for smoothing the icing, small rolling pin, paintbrush, exacto knife, toothpicks, cookie cutters and optionally, a cake leveller. Watch Vanessa build this fabulous Rose cake right before your eyes:

Sandwich

Vanilla. That is my favorite flavor of ice cream. What is yours? Baskin Robins is the most confusing place in the world for me. I love vanilla but there are so many other ones to choose from. Ice cream and ice cream sandwiches are one of my favorite desserts. Love. This giant ice cream sandwich from popsugar food is the best.

This video takes those little sandwiches from childhood and makes them fit for adults. Giant and amazingly delicious. Take a cake mix, cut it into a rectangle, and three cartons or your favorite flavor of ice cream. This is going to be epic. I wish I had known about this giant cake this summer. There was a bbq where this would have been perfect.

Here are 18 other ice cream cake recipes that will change your life. Change your life. Find them all here. Thanks Martha Stewart. You are amazing. Love love love ‘em.

rainbow-candy-cane-cake

Do you enjoy baking? We found this crazy fun video that shows you how to make a rainbow drip cake using candy canes. Below you can see Jen from Cookies Cupcakes and Cardio walk you through how to make this fabulous cake step by step. Do you have a special someone you’d like to make a special cake for? This is the perfect idea for that hard to shop for kid on your list!

This is one colorful cake, using over 10 different colored icings! You also need a variety of colorful candy canes – the more color the better the results. Jen makes two round cake pans with colorful batter and then ices it in buttercream icing. Then she uses a variety of royal icing colors to decorate the top, along with crystals around the edges. You’ll wow your friends with this lavish cake.

Here’s the video recipe…

Fudge

Where do you stand on the eggnog debate? For or against? There isn’t a lot of middle ground when it comes to this holiday beverage. What about fudge? I think almost everyone is onboard with that tasty treat. Now last question. What are your thoughts on eggnog fudge? This video from Todd’s kitchen has me really excited to try it.

You need sugar, butter, eggnog, white chocolate chips, nutmeg, marshmallow cream, and vanilla. I have all but one of those ingredients already. Win! I don’t have marshmallow fluff but that is easy enough to make (here’s one).

Check out these other delicious must try fudge recipes. There are 30 of them! I don’t think I’ll try the Thai tea fudge but the brown butter fudge is going to happen ASAP. I like the funfetti recipe too. So much tasty goodness here.

Donuts

Have you heard of The One Pot Chef? This Australian baker is one of my favorites! He comes up with the most delicious recipes and this one is no exception. Let’s learn how to make blueberry donuts. The best part is that they are baked and not fried. Making them a healthier twist on a time honored favorite. I’m excited!

I need to get one of these donut tins! I think a muffin pans would work well too. Another great part about these donuts? You can make them with any kind of fruit! Yum! This recipe will save me some money.

Donuts are weakness of mine and I seem to buy them every time we go to the store. Don’t these look mouthwatering? You’re crazy if you’re not hungry after watching this video! Here is a helpful link on converting metric to the American system. Sorry, I don’t know what it’s called officially. The Metric Kitchen has us covered.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Candy

Candy! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…The number one candy holiday is fast approaching. Halloween has long since blown Valentine’s Day out of the water with sweets sales. 90 million pounds of chocolate are sold during this haunting week alone. $1.9 billion is spent on Halloween candy each year! I think it’s safe to say that there are other out there that love candy as much as I do. How about some DIY candy this year? Not for the Trick or Treaters but for you and yours. Learn how to make rock candy with this fun tutorial from Jumble Joy.

Rock candy is delicious and a fun science experiments you can do with your kiddos. You need wooden skewers, water, sugar, clothespins, and mason jars. Food coloring makes it look especially tasty too. I have everything I need to make these except the clothes pins. Boo. So close! Looking for some fun statistics on Halloween? Did you know that there will be 41.1 million trick or treaters this year? Or that Halloween is the 6th most popular Hallmark holiday? Lean more about this ghoulish holiday here.

Here’s the sweet tutorial…

JumbleJoy: Make Rock Candy For The Kids At Home (Tutorial)

Fudge

Yum! I love candy corn. It is one of the best things about Halloween. Hooray for seasonal candy. I’d have cavities if it was available all the year long. (I have enough trouble with sugary goodness as it is.) I was also love fudge. That’s available all year long but I tend to think of it as a holiday treat too. (Christmas is coming!) This video from About.com shows how to make delicous candy corm fudge using just 4 ingredients and a microwave. And in just minutes!

To make this extremely delicious (and rich) treat you will need 1 can of white frosting, 2 cups of white chocolate chips, yellow and orange food coloring, and ½ cup of candy corn. Again, yum! Sugar, sugar, sugar!

Here are some other fudge recipes you should hang onto come holiday season. Thanks Buzzfeed for the delicious roundup. Two thumbs way way up for the almond joy fudge. The salted caramel looks tasty too.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Dumplings

When I think of apple dumplings, I think of the Disney movie “The Apple Dumpling Gang”. The one with Don Knotts. I don’t really remember the movie. I remember it being a western comedy but not much else. Admittedly, I have never eaten apple dumplings before. Before today, I didn’t even know what apple dumplings were. Now that I do, I want some. They look delicious and as though they will be a delicious fall dessert. If you are on a diet do not open this post. Don’t do it.

OK you did it. You decided to stretch out your waistband and make this yummy treats. Now that you have, you can skip past all the knife advertisement and get to the good stuff. Apples, Pillsbury dough, cinnamon and lots and lots of sugar, brown sugar, and butter. Mmmmm good stuff. I suggest you start at the end for the recipe, then go back and watch her make it. Here are some other tasty dumpling recipes. Let’s try them all.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Cake

What is your favorite dessert? Pie? Cookies? Ice cream? Cake? All good choices. If you picked cake, you’re not alone. There are so many tasty recipes out there and this one is one of the better ones! Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with this homemade pound cake recipe featured at Little Things. This is a ‘butter cake’ and anything with the word butter in the title has to be amazing.

The secret to this cake is how you mix the ingredients. A bit on the more time consuming side but the end result will be so tasty. I think I can spare the extra time. Can’t you? Country Living has a list of 56 homemade cake recipes that are to die for. Your waistband will be begging for mercy. The lemon-coconut with mascarpone frosting looks like a sure fire winner. I have my eye on the crepe cake too. Lol.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!