Monday, January 28, 2013

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Baby shower cake

This cake was for a baby shower. The cake was vanilla bean with lemon buttercream and fresh raspberries. I used a cake recipe from Sweetapolita (who got it from someone else), but I tweaked it to add vanilla bean.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Monogram cake

For a baptism, the lucky boy was wearing blue and orange, so the stripes on the cake matched. Cake was chocolate with Oreo filling.

Dinosaur cake

This cake was for a 4 yr old's birthday. I saw this cute dinosaur cake using the cuddly bear pan from Wilton so I want to try it. I bought the pan and followed the directions to a T. Disaster. The head wasn't done even though I baked it for the time it said, but on convection. Then, I made it twice more and both times there were no feet and once the head fell off. The last time I made it, it was still not done so I put it back in the oven. And it sill dent stand that high. I really would not recommend this pan. If the batter wasn't leaking out everywhere, then it's underbaked because it is impossible to tell if the cake is done.
The cake was chocolate with dulce de leche filling.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dots & stripes cake

For sweet Claire, whose birthday is on New Year's day- she had a pre-Christmas birthday party at a candy store, complete with face painting and glitter tattoos. The cake was vanilla with vanilla filling.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

P&G eStore Holiday Specials

Ok, so every now and then I post a book or product review on here. I participate in a great blogging network called BlogHer (see that ad column on the left? That's why that is there. Clicking on it would be awesome, thanks). For the holiday season, they've asked some bloggers to help promote Proctor & Gamble's eStore. Here's the skinny on what's in it for you:
  • 15% off on a first-time order from a new customer, using promo code: A9Z-MN5-KY3-ISA 
  • Free Shipping on orders over $25
  • Free Samples with every order
You had me at "free samples." Here are a few products that I honest-to-goodness love. LOVE.
Crest 3D White Whitestrips Vivid Enamel Safe Dental Whitening Kit
I started using these years ago when they first came out because I saw an ad in a magazine and got them at some special promo price. They seriously get your teeth so white (it's the first thing all my husband's friends in Italy notice about me. Crazy Euros), and they're easy and quick to use. There are quite a few different types. I just go with the basic because that's what I'm used to. I'm sure the others are amazing as well. For a full list and to order, go here.

Tide PODS Detergent Spring Meadow - 66 ct
These new Tide Pods are Laundry Detergent + Stain Remover + Brightener in one. Just throw the pod in the washer (with some laundry) and you're done! I love the Spring Meadow scent, but it also comes in Ocean Mist and Mystic Forest. For a complete list and to order, go here.
Duracell Coppertop Alkaline AA Batteries, 16 ct

Batteries. I'm a mom. We have lots of toys. Enough said. Our batteries of choice (or, rather necessity) are AA and AAA. Duracell is also having a sweepstakes where you can win $100 of batteries! Enter here.
Some other great products: 
Oral-B Rechargeable Electric Toothbrushes
Olay Skin Care 
CoverGirl Cosmetics 
Downy Unstoppables 
Braun Electric Razors 
Gillette Bundles (men) 
Check out the eStore. With free shipping and 15% off, you can't go wrong!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Chocolate Truffle Pie

For Thanksgiving at my in-laws' this year I was assigned a chocolate dessert. I didn't really feel like making brownies or cake, and I found this recipe for Chocolate Truffle Pie that sounded amazing. A chocolate ganache layer, a chocolate whipped cream layer and a sweetened whipped cream layer in a graham cracker crust- three ingredients and some chilling time.
The pie is very rich and sweet- I would recommend cutting these slices very small. It's delicious and everyone loved it!
Truffle Pie
adapted from Deen Brothers
Truffle Layer:
2⁄3 cup heavy cream
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 10-inch prepared graham cracker crust

Whipped Chocolate Layer:
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 1⁄2 cups heavy cream
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla

Whipped Cream Topping:
1 cup heavy cream
1⁄4 cup confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
For the truffle filling, in a saucepan, bring 2⁄3 cup cream to a simmer. Place the 1 cup chocolate chips in a bowl and pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute, then gently whisk until smooth. Spread truffle filling over the bottom of the prepared crust. Freeze for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, for the whipped chocolate filling, in a small saucepan over low heat, melt the 1 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cream until melted, stirring often. Let cool to room temperature. In a chilled bowl, beat the remaining 1 cup cream until thick. Add the chocolate mixture and the vanilla and beat until firm peaks form. Spread the whipped chocolate mixture over the truffle filing in the crust. Refrigerate overnight.

Just before serving, for the topping, beat 1 cup cream on medium speed of an electric mixer until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners’ sugar and whip until stiff peaks form. Spread the whipped cream over the top of the pie. Serve immediately.

Servings: 8