Homemade Jaffa Cakes (for the 11 year old’s Birthday)

Jaffa cakes, homemadeIt can be a pain in one’s well-padded tuchus if one loves British sweets, chocolate and biscuits, but doesn’t currently live in the UK or its ex-territories. Yup, the former colonies got the short end of the chocolate finger here, for those Brits came, they conquered, they built the train lines, they took the jewels, the Jaffa cake and the curry, and left those behind with royally sweet teeth. (more…)

February 7, 2013. Tags: , . Baked Goods, British, Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes, Kids. 2 comments.

Cupcake and Cake Gallery III

A slideshow of my cakes and cupcakes. Enjoy!

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January 20, 2013. Tags: , . Baked Goods, Birthdays, British, Cakes, Cupcakes, Desserts. 2 comments.

Honey Cake with Ginger

Well, the honey cake, or lekach, is normally ready well before Rosh Hashana, which was a week ago. But it’s not possible to be Wonder Woman every minute of every day (getting into this costume alone is hard work). Luckily, it’s never too late for cake. (more…)

September 25, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cultural Feasts, Festive, Jewish, Rosh Hashana. 3 comments.

Minecraft Cake #2: The Creeper (for the 12-year-old’s birthday)

If you asked me 12 years ago, when child #1 was born, if I’d find myself baking a cake sinisterly named The Creeper, my response would have been ‘huh?!’ followed by ‘heck no.’ But with two boys mad on Minecraft in the house, this day was inevitable. Well, here it is, in all its neon green glory – attempt #2 at a Minecraft cake: Introducing The Creeper!   (more…)

May 1, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Baked Goods, Birthdays, Cakes, Kids. 9 comments.

Crafting the Minecraft Cake

Why pick between cake, marshmallow, and fluffy buttercream, when you can have all three?

Till the boys were about 8, I had baked them cakes covered in frosting and fondant, and moulded into a myriad of objects and animals. Ducks, dinosaurs, trains, sports cars, monsters, a camping tent, ladybird (ladybug), even an entire multi-storey car park, you name it. They were no mean feats, either. Several took up to 6 hours of careful laboring, completely disproportionate to the velocity with which they’d end up in teeny tums.

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February 6, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Baked Goods, Birthdays, Cakes, Kids Cuisine. 9 comments.

A Spring Birthday!

I like to think of my child-rearing method now as carrot and stick. As in carrot cake and carrot stick. I’m not averse to cake, as you can tell by my well-fed Baked Goods label. But I am averse to anti-cupcake Nazi-types, who only fuel my desire to cheer the pro-life (pro-cake) population by regular and prolific baking. (more…)

May 12, 2011. Tags: , . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cupcakes, Festive, Stories, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

New Year, New Cake: Cherry and Almond Slice

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Bring it on, 2011! After watching a quarter of 2010 vanish into the Bermuda Triangle (steroid treatment for four months for a mysterious allergy was no fun – but that’s fodder for another post, and only after much therapy!), I greet the year with hope and optimism and trust you do, too!

I’m hoping to be more regular with the posts this year. Indeed, from today (my birthday), I will have little excuse not to, for my lovely husband, key beneficiary of the naughty or nice things I bake, has bought me my first ever camera-related gadget – a macro lens. Woo hoo! So if you enjoy yummy details, there may soon be bigger and better ones on a screen near you 😉  (more…)

January 3, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cookies, Desserts. 7 comments.

Fall Harvest Goodies: Pumpkin Cupcakes

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A dozen of these cupcakes were casually carted off to a friend’s house last night as dessert for six kiddies, and another near-dozen vanished straight down the cake holes of immediate family members and sleepover pals, before I fully appreciated their appeal. So, here’s the recipe for these moist and luscious babies.

Those of you who enjoy amassing your pumpkin puree via slaving over a stove (ie. cubing and baking the squash, then whizzing in a food processor) may do so. Without sacrificing much in taste, those of you who struggle to find a minute to yourselves may enjoy my preferred puree-obtaining method for baking – via can opener!

After nearly hacking off a finger for the second year in a row, you may as well enjoy our Halloween squash handiwork too 🙂

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November 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , . American, Autumn, Baked Goods, Cakes, Cultural Feasts, Cupcakes, Festive. 3 comments.

Passover Dessert: Orange and Hazelnut Torte

The key to a delicious and light Passover dessert, I believe, is not adding matzah to it. No disrespect to the cracker lookalike but if one doesn’t ordinarily grind up already-baked crackers and fling them in cake, there’s a good, taste-related reason for it.

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March 30, 2010. Tags: , , , . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cultural Feasts, Desserts, Festive, Gluten-free, Jewish, Passover. 10 comments.

St Patrick’s Day: Soda Bread with Candied Peel and Raisins

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  The patron saint of Ireland would be proud to see how enthusiastically and seriously this day is taken by the multitudes of Americans of Irish descent.  When I lived in London, despite its proximity to Ireland, it was fairly easy to not notice St Patrick’s Day (or, let’s say, most celebrations outside of Christmas, Easter and New Year’s) come and go.

But here, about 36 million Americans (six times the population of Ireland!), or 12 percent, are of Irish descent. NYC hosts the biggest and oldest St Patrick’s Day Parade on Wednesday, in which up to 250,000 people will participate as marchers or band members, watched by 2 million people on Fifth Ave.  (more…)

March 16, 2010. Tags: , , . American, Baked Goods, Breakfast, Brunch, Cakes, Irish. 6 comments.

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