Thursday, January 29, 2015

Seven Minute {Blood Orange} Frosting

If you've had a classic southern coconut cake, you've probably have seven minute frosting.  It's a meringue style frosting that is easy to make, and even easier to eat.  


I decided to shake it up a bit by making mine orange flavored.  I had some blood oranges on hand, and with a quick search a found this recipe by David Lebovitz.  If I had to cook without online recipes I'm pretty sure we'd be living on scrambled eggs and grilled cheese.

The only edit I made to Mr. Lebovitz's recipe was blood orange juice and zest instead of plain orange juice and zest.  The result was delicious, and I think it would be an excellent dreamy pink frosting option for a Valentine's Day treat.


I made my go-to chocolate cake recipe by Add a Pinch.  I only used one round, sliced it in half, and generously spread on the frosting.  I saved the other round for a future dessert that I've been plotting (evil laugh here).


To finish the cake, I topped it with sweetened shredded coconut.  It looks like a giant snowball!  You might be wondering if chocolate, orange, and coconut are allowed to play together on the same cake? The answer is a solid "yes!".


The frosted cake doesn't need to be refrigerated, but it also doesn't store well for more than a day.  So, you should probably have some friends over to share with you.  They'll be your friends forever. ♥


Monday, January 26, 2015

G'day, Mate!


I'm all about the flat white lately. I tried one at Starbucks, liked it, and then I started making them at home in the mornings. From what I can tell from reading online, it was created in Australia and refined in New Zealand. 

It's going to snow all day, and that means we practically need cake. You know I love a theme, so I made an Australian marble cake to survive the snow and pair with my drink. Cheers!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Milk & Cookies


Chocolate chip cookie cake spread with vanilla ice cream and chocolate frosting. Then, for fun, sprinkled with cow sprinkles. The cookie is a little hard since it's cold, but I'm not going to let that get me down. ��

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Ways to Keep Warm

Coffee and a quilt...

Silly socks...

Bake some cookies...

I recommended that you do all three. Hope your weekend is cozy and sweet! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cold Days, Cookies, & Hot Tea

Like a lot of places in the US it's been crazy cold here the last few days. We have snow outside that isn't going away anytime soon, and the only thing I want to do is bake oatmeal raisin cookies and drink hot tea. Wait, that makes me sound like a major granny! Well, I am what I am, and, according to my tea bag tag, that's who I should be. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Waffleignets

After you spend half your morning trying to pronounce my made up word, you might want to make some Waffleignets. This morning I tried out King Arthur Flour's recipe for "Belgian-Style Yeast Waffles". 

Quick verdict: delicious. 

Longer verdict: They don't taste like waffles. They have more of a yeasty doughnut flavor. That's why I mixed the words "waffle" and "beignets" together. If you want the taste of a beignet, but with a slightly different texture, you will be thrilled with the result. Would be delicious with powdered sugar and chicory coffee. 

Dessert mash-ups (think Cronut) seem to be a food trend continuing in to 2015. I just saw a Mille-Feuille and ├ęclair love child on Instagram yesterday. So, this beignet-waffle hybrid is not only delicious, but trendy too. Oo la la.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Chocolate Kettle Corn

Easy. Delicious. Do it. 

Cook the popcorn on the stovetop as directed on the package. The only change is that you add an equal amount of sugar as there is of oil or butter. You can use white or brown sugar. I prefer the brown because it has more of a caramel flavor. 

When you finish with the popping, dump popcorn on to a baking sheet. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Let the chocolate cool and harden (or not). I feel like Emeril because that's popcorn kicked up a notch! Bam!