Strawberry Shortcake

As you may have figured out by now, my birthday gifts to my friends and family members usually end up being the birthday cake of their choice – no cake too elaborate, no tower of layers too high. We have had a few memorable ones over the years, but this one sticks out because when … Continue reading “Strawberry Shortcake”

Guinness Chocolate Cake

It was Krystopf’s birthday last weekend, and, as I do for the fam-dambly, I take on the cake-making duties as a present – the birthday person gets to pick whatever one they want and I do my best. Krystopf picked a Guinness Chocolate Cake, which is a very grown-up sort of cake (he did turn … Continue reading “Guinness Chocolate Cake”

Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake

If you’re Canadian, you’ve probably had a Nanaimo Bar once or twice in your life. If you’re not Canadian, you probably SHOULD have a Nanaimo Bar once or twice in your life. My sister-in-law Mags sent me this recipe as a not-so-subtle hint about what kind of birthday cake she’d like this year (her birthday … Continue reading “Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake”

The Molly Cake

Mrs. Nice’s birthday was back in November and the Pie and I wanted to make her birthday cake a little more personal this year. Papa John and Mrs. Nice now live next to a farm and so their backyard faces a huge field full of very curious cows. At a craft fair recently, Mrs. Nice … Continue reading “The Molly Cake”

Spider-Man Spice Cake

A couple of weeks ago my sister-in-law Ryder winged a banana coffee cake that had me drooling — alas, Rusty refused to share.  So when the Pie requested a spice cake for his birthday I figured I’d wing something similar of my own devising (it’s actually his birthday today, but we celebrated on Saturday).  For … Continue reading “Spider-Man Spice Cake”

Atlas’ Giant Stacked Cookie Cake

This past Father’s Day was a first for Krystopf, but it was also his lovely wife’s birthday, so we of course celebrated in style.  She requested cookies instead of a cake, but I can’t just make cookies for someone’s birthday, now can I?  Pshht.  NO. While I do excel at making cookies from scratch, from my … Continue reading “Atlas’ Giant Stacked Cookie Cake”

Rosa’s Baby Lavender and Earl Grey Cupcakes

This weekend Mags threw a post-partum baby shower (a “Sip ‘n’ See”) for Ryder and Rusty’s new little one, Rosa.  Because the colours of her baby room are gray and purple, I decided to stick to the theme and make Earl Grey cupcakes with lavender icing.  Sounds fancy! I adapted the Earl Grey cupcake batter … Continue reading “Rosa’s Baby Lavender and Earl Grey Cupcakes”

Banana Buttermilk Cupcakes

Happy birthday Doodle! In this country, buttermilk is only available at the larger grocery stores in 1-litre cartons.  So after we made buttermilk pancakes the other day, we had 3 1/2 cups of buttermilk left to deal with.  I know that some people drink it as a beverage, but I can’t quite bring myself to … Continue reading “Banana Buttermilk Cupcakes”

Sexy Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

Check out these sexy puppies.  I made them as a killing-two-birds-with-one-stone for both Valentine’s Day and Mags’ and Papa John’s joint birthday.  So very very good. For the cupcakes, preheat your oven to 350°F and line a 12-capacity muffin tin with cupcake liners.  I used fancy schmancy pink polka dot ones.  Because I am that … Continue reading “Sexy Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes”

Rusty’s Diamond Cake

It was Rusty’s birthday on the 4th and we cooked up a plan for a really epic baseball-themed cake.  The cake recipe itself came from Delish, because I needed a three layer cake in order to have enough batter to fill my 16″ pan.  As it stands, the batter was so good that I’m keeping … Continue reading “Rusty’s Diamond Cake”