Monthly Archives: October 2011

  • Sweetapolita’s Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls Sweetapolita’s Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls

    Sweetapolita’s Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls

Sweetapolita’s Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls

  Listen, if you are on a diet, don’t make these. Because there is absolutely no way you can exercise portion control if you get a whiff. Maybe you will have the self control to devour only half of one after pulling them out of the oven and smearing on the frosting.  You’d be forgiven for ripping off a piece and swallowing it whole. Indeed.But the next morning when you open the fridge and find the tray of cinnamon rolls staring at you, you will find yourself reaching for a plate and warming another one in the microwave for a few seconds and then slathering on more frosting. The aroma is intoxicating, the rolls soft, the frosting perfectly sticky sweet. The smell lingers and snakes its down from the kitchen and into the family room and taps you on the shoulder, impatiently, reminding you it’s ready for the taking. The […]

  • Martha Stewart’s Honey-Cinnamon Frosting Martha Stewart’s Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

    Martha Stewart’s Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

Martha Stewart’s Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

  I’m always on the lookout for great-tasting frosting, which pipes well, and isn’t necessarily buttercream. I was in a bind one afternoon when I realized I had to make a quick frosting.  I needed to take photos of our Famous ‘Stache Movember cupcake toppers and wrappers for our Etsy shop Frost and Fete (see the entire set here) but I didn’t want to waste all my butter on making buttercream I didn’t even like. I quickly rifled through my well-loved edition of Martha Stewart’s “Cupcakes” and found something I hoped, and prayed would work out. The photo in the book didn’t reveal whether it would pipe beautifully or if it was just one of those slather and smear frostings. Fortunately for me this honey-cinnamon frosting came together just beautifully, piped easily, and to top it all off — it’s delicious. Normally I don’t dedicate an entire post to frosting, […]

cupcake toppers, cupcakes, Frost and Fete, frosting, Martha Stewart|Comments Off on Martha Stewart’s Honey-Cinnamon Frosting
  • Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu

    Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu

Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu

  If you love pumpkin, if you love chocolate, heck even if you just love cake, you will love this dessert. I found this recipe after doing some Googling to find a way to use up my leftover pumpkin puree. And I’m so very glad I took a chance on this revamp of the classic Italian dessert. Luscious, moist, delicate, the perfect combination of fall flavours. What can I say? I’m a big fan of this dessert.It came together rather easily, especially because it’s a no-bake recipe, as you will know if you’ve made tiramisu before. If you are a tiramisu purist, don’t be turned off. The pumpkin flavour works in harmony with the chocolate and almond-flavoured liqueur despite any apprehensions you might have. And if you follow my lead, and lightly brush the ladyfingers rather than soaking them until they fall apart, this tiramisu will hold its consistency rather […]

cake, Christmas desserts, holiday desserts, Martha Stewart, pumpkin, tiramisu|Comments Off on Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu
  • Pumpkin muffins with cinnamon streusel Pumpkin muffins with cinnamon streusel

    Pumpkin muffins with cinnamon streusel

Pumpkin muffins with cinnamon streusel

  I was in Boston to attend a conference last month and I entered Trader Joe’s to grab a bottle of water. I had five minutes to get in and out. In the span of those few seconds on the way to the cash register, I ended up grabbing a bottle of organic agave syrup, a store-brand brownies mix, and also a dry mix to make pumpkin bread. All told, I spent just a few bucks if you can believe it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. That would never happen in Toronto. Anything organic or foodie is going to set you back, as some of my dear readers will attest. When I came home, I threw open the door to my baking cupboard and things started falling out: piping tips, candles, a jar of maraschino cherries. (I guess I’m one of those clean-counters, messy-cupboards kind of people). In any case, I started weeding through all the […]

cinnamon, holiday desserts, muffins, pumpkin|Comments Off on Pumpkin muffins with cinnamon streusel
  • Marie-Helene’s apple cake Marie-Helene’s apple cake

    Marie-Helene’s apple cake

Marie-Helene’s apple cake

  It’s been nearly a year since I made this cake for my father’s birthday and I’ll admit part of the reason why I haven’t written about it until now is because I’m disappointed in the photo. But this cake was so simply delicious I’d be remiss in my duty to my blog readers if I skipped it entirely. I made this cake around the time Dorie Greenspan’s “Around the French Table” came out, a book that has not once disappointed me. A book you must purchase if you haven’t already. I’ve written about Dorie Greenspan several times already and there’s good reason for that. She’s a true francophile who writes recipes for the everyday person but works with the top professionals. Her recipes turn out. Every time. How many times can you say that about someone else? In any case, the reason why I baked this cake for my […]

cake, desserts, Dorie Greenspan, French, French Fridays with Dorie|Comments Off on Marie-Helene’s apple cake
  • Paula Deen’s red velvet cupcakes Paula Deen’s red velvet cupcakes

    Paula Deen’s red velvet cupcakes

Paula Deen’s red velvet cupcakes

  Now this, THIS is a red velvet cupcake. I’ve blogged about #redvelvetfails in the past. (Ahem, Martha). But then, came Paula Deen, and her full-fat, high in sugar, full of love recipes, y’all. High in calories but delish. And lo and behold, I became a red velvet baking queen. I made her recipe for a baby shower (you can see how they looked here, awfully cute with pink roses) but I didn’t stop there. The problem with the Martha Stewart recipe was that it fell flat in flavour and colour. If you’re anti-food colouring, you’re not going to like this recipe. But that’s what it comes down to. Good food colouring. Not the Wilton brand or the stuff you find at the grocery store.You’ll need to order some from the professional baking stores or from Williams-Sonoma. The better the quality the less you need to use. If you’re still […]

cupcakes, Paula Deen|Comments Off on Paula Deen’s red velvet cupcakes
  • Lemon-kissed buttercream cupcakes Lemon-kissed buttercream cupcakes

    Lemon-kissed buttercream cupcakes

Lemon-kissed buttercream cupcakes

  While I tend to fall back on tried-and-true cupcake recipes such as vanilla bean or Devil’s Food, sometimes I yearn for a little lemon. I made these for a springtime party but I’ve also made them since then for a baby shower. I found this recipe online when I wanted something a bit more sophisticated at the last minute and I knew I had lemons in the fridge. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned before but I’m not the biggest fan of buttercream. I love how it looks when you pipe it, but there are certain recipes that just taste much too buttery for my taste. This recipe changed my mind. This has become my favourite buttercream recipe ever. If you don’t like lemon, suck it up and try it out anyway. You will be pleasantly surprised I think. A testament to how much I like this recipe is […]

  • Miette mini madeleine donuts Miette mini madeleine donuts

    Miette mini madeleine donuts

Miette mini madeleine donuts

  Some time ago, I declared with some authority, that doughnuts were in fashion. (You will never hear me saying that cupcakes are out. That’s just ridiculous). Of course, the timing was poor because I have been on a diet (let’s call it a lifestyle change) for several months now. And the day I had two Timbits (doughnut holes for my American readers) I felt guilty for days. But when my husband showed me the Smart Planet mini donut maker, I had to have it. I don’t have any extra counter or drawer space so when I buy an appliance, it’s a big deal. Bonus: you can make the mini donuts without deep frying them. It’s more like a waffle maker with a super hot surface, if you can envision it. And they’re mini! I love mini anything. When you can fit two of anything in the palm of my hand, […]

chocolate, donuts, doughnuts, madeleines|Comments Off on Miette mini madeleine donuts
  • Trick or Treat Halloween cupcake toppers and wrappers Trick or Treat Halloween cupcake toppers and wrappers

    Trick or Treat Halloween cupcake toppers and wrappers

Trick or Treat Halloween cupcake toppers and wrappers

  Forgive me for bragging a bit, but if you love cupcakes as much as I do (and I’m pretty sure you do) then you’ll see why this is a big deal. As you might know if you’ve been reading my blog, my sister and I have an Etsy shop in which we sell custom-made cupcake toppers and wrappers. The scrumptiously amazing blog, Cupcakes Take The Cake, featured our Halloween cupcake toppers and wrappers in one of their posts this week! They are absolute authorities on cupcakes, and have even been on the Martha Stewart Show. This is what they had to say about us: “These creepy cobweb, grinning jack o’lantern, spooky black cat and bat cupcake toppers are for sale on Etsy by Frost and Fete, 6 wrappers for $10. Fun!” If you want to see what else we’ve been up to, check out our Etsy page.

cupcake toppers, cupcakes, Frost and Fete, Halloween|Comments Off on Trick or Treat Halloween cupcake toppers and wrappers
  • Midnight madness meringue cake Midnight madness meringue cake

    Midnight madness meringue cake

Midnight madness meringue cake

  There’s nothing I like more than alliteration and this is why I made this cake. OK, I’m lying but I must admit I like the name of this cake. Now that I have my Grammar Geek confession out of the way …. To be honest, I don’t really see it as a cake. It’s much more airy and light than a traditional cake. And this is why it’s the perfect dessert for a Canada Day barbecue, which is where this made its appearance. (I told you I was catching up with old posts). Tiers of hazelnut meringue (which I have finally conquered) sandwiched between berries and whipped cream make this an easy dessert to create in steps. And a dramatic-looking one at that. Imagine displaying this on a beautiful cake plattered in candlelight. Sensual, no? I dog-eared a page in a special recipe-only magazine put out by Chatelaine, which has not […]