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Le Dolci Cupcakes and Cakes

11 Apr

Good morning, bloggers!

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted – the last yummy post was way back in February with some delish Valentines cookie art! I’ve been so busy – a new semester started at school, our family went on vacation over March Break and general business that comes with having a social life, a school life and a work life! But have no fear – I’ve made up for it today with a nice bright, cheery post with lots of photos. Does this make it up to you? I hope so.

This past weekend was Easter! So exciting, I know. But this isn’t a belated Easter post. It’s a birthday post! On April 9th, my sister and I share a birhday! No, I don’t have a twin. She’s 2 years older than me. But some way or another, totally naturally, we were both born on the same day. So, for my birthday I decided to go to a really neat, trendy cupcake studio downtown Toronto with my sister and a few friends! Right off of King West, Le Dolci is “Toronto’s fun, foodie studio!” I had a total blast, and I reccommend you check it out if your in the Toronto area! (Psst… Le Dolci is having a one year anniversary sale! Check it out asap to get discounts on classes!)

So, on with the photos, shall we? I think so.

(From top left clockwise; my friend Natasha, my sister’s friend Jenna, my sister Kate, me!)

Here we are at work on some beautiful cupcakes! Tons of new materials for me to work with (which Kate went out and bought for my birthday after – thank you!!) which was really fun! Usually I work with gumpaste for my cupcake toppers, but today fondant was the preference.

(This is a cute one from Natasha)

(A cute one from Jenna)

(A pretty heart from Kate)

And finally, a collection from yours truly.

Hopefully this is enough to entertain you all until I post photos from my birthday cake – Lemon Lime Cheesecake!

 

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Christmas Party Catering

18 Dec

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It’s that time of year again!

Last night I catered my parent’s Christmas bash with an assortment of festive desserts – and it was a hit! Lots of these I have already posted the recipe on the blog, so I’ll link these here.

Black and White Shortbread

Lemon Bars

Gingerbread

Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Truffles (Coming soon!)

Happy Holidays Everyone!

DC Cupcakes!

26 Nov

There’s definitely an upside to frequently checking the Bonnie Gordon Confectionery College’s facebook page. That’s exactly how I found out about this event at Indigo Yorkdale.

Have you heard of Georgetown Cupcake, run by Sophie La Montagne and Katherine Kallinis, sisters and baking goddesses? Or maybe you’ve seen their television show, DC Cupcakes, broadcast on TLC. Either way – they are legendary in the baking world. And they’ve wrote a book.

I was so psyched to go see them! I’d been fans of the show for a while (You might remember me mentioning them in a post about cupcakes earlier ;)) and I couldn’t wait to snatch their new book off the shelves and get reading! I brought along my friend, a fellow DC Cupcakes fan, my camera and my admiration.

Yorkdale is sorta close to where I live. It was around an hour drive to get there – which wasn’t that bad. The event started at 7:00pm, and we got there at around 6:40. There was around 25 chairs in front of a stage, and when we got there, we were the start of the standing line behind all of the chairs. Luckily for us,  some one moved the standing line to the side of the chairs. So, being at the front of the standing line – we were right at the front and only a couple feet away from the stage!

It was so amazing to see them!

They did a brief introduction about themselves, and then dove right into the questions. (Heads up DC Cupcakes fans – a new holiday episode on December 2nd!) And then – they started going through the line for a meet and greet and to sign the books!

I admit – I was totally freaking out!! These two are like, my idols! They were really sweet and loved the cupcakes my friend (left) had made for them! A Chapters employee had taken my camera so he could take photos for our little meet and greet, which was really nice. It was such a great experience!

But of course – the cupcake sisters didn’t come empty handed…

They brought along cupcakes for everyone at the signing! I pretty much died at that 🙂 I snagged a delicious Toffee Crunch while my friend had the Cinnamon.

 

In other news – stay tuned for my replica of their signature cupcake, Chocolate Ganache!

Cobweb Brownies

31 Oct

Hi everyone!

Today my Cobweb brownies recipe was printed in Oakville Trafalgar High School’s newspaper, The Devil’s Word. There was a little mix up in the ingredients list, where it was supposed to be the amount of semi-sweet chocolate chips to be melted, there was a blank box where a symbol was supposed to be. So, for any of you who went to the blog to check, it’s 1/3 of a cup.

Happy Halloween!

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

10 Sep

Baking doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be for humans – why not let dogs in on the fun too? For my lab Sandy’s 8th birthday this weekend, I whipped her up a batch of these quick and easy Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits.

 

Let’s start out with our 4 easy ingredients. Smooth Peanut Butter, Baking Powder, Milk and Whole Wheat Flour. 4 ingredients to awesome cookies. Pretty easy and cheap – no?

Here’s our whole wheat flour and baking powder. Just give them a little mix together with a fork and your set.

Time for peanut butter. Mmmmmmmm. Tip: Use a small spatula to help measure your peanut butter! It’s nearly impossible without it.

Moving on to our wet ingredients, we scooped out our peanut butter and now we pour in our milk. Your supposed to mix them together a bit, but it really makes no difference in the appearance of both ingredients so I wouldn’t stress about making sure they’re fully blended together.

Now pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Mixing time! Not really very pretty to look at, but your pup will thank you for it!

Once your done mixing, you can play around with the dough and form it into a ball with your hands. The best part? No need for freezing. Just add, mix, roll.

I was super excited to use this really sweet dog cookie cutter. They make adorable biscuits! Make sure you flour your surface and rolling pin so it won’t stick when you roll out the dough.

Line them up on the baking sheet and plop ’em in the oven for 18 minutes and they’ll turn out……..

….Like this! Cute, easy and your pooch will love them!

In case you didn’t catch all of that, here’s the recipe:

– 2 cups whole wheat flour

– 1 tbsp baking powder

– 1 cup milk

– 1 cup peanut butter

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F

2. Mix the flour and baking powder together in a large bowl.

3. In a smaller bowl, blend the peanut butter and milk.

4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix. Roll dough into a ball.

5. Flour your surface and roll out dough to cut out cookies.

6. Line cookies up on parchment paper baking sheet. Bake for 18 minutes. Cool on wire rack and enjoy!

Homemade Popsicles!

20 Jul

What’s better than store bought popsicles? Homemade popsicles. I saw this machine called the Zoku Quick Pop Maker in Williams Sonoma a couple of months ago and thought it was pretty neat. Unfortunately, I didn’t have around 80$ to get the machine and it’s tools, so no Zoku popsicles for me. But it’s pretty neat, isn’t it?

Personally, I think that that strawberry banana one up there looks amazing. And look at the pretty striped lime one? Awesome.

The big sell on this maker is that it’s an easy way to make healthy, organic popsicles (better than the sugary crap you find in grocery stores). My family is an all around organic family, so I can easily envision making some yummy pops for a summer treat. (Yes – I don’t have this machine. I really wish I did. I hope you can get it and share with me. :))

The coolest thing about this, is probably the accessories that you can buy alongside this kit to make really cool looking pops. Each side kit costs around 20$. The 70$ (CAN) machine seems cheap for a lifetime of pops. But it’s the kits that really kill you. Again, this is why I don’t yet have this machine. It’s pretty pricey to be used in like 4 months of the year. But it’s pretty cool.

Look at these!

Another 20$ kit, but this one is definitely my favourite. Character pops! Too cute!

Unbelievably adorable. I like the yellow birdie the best 🙂

Need something more compact or simply don’t need 6 sticks? This mini maker has 4 sticks and two compartments. And it’s super cute.

Yippee! Another 20$ kit! What are we up to now, 110$? These are the Zoku tools, you can make fancy pops with these.

These are the kinds of super cute fancy pops you can make with the tools. Fancy diagonal stripes and stars and hearts!

If you simply refuse to put your pops in a affordable Ziploc bag for storage, have no fear. Spend 20$ more and keep them picture ready in a storage case! (Okay, I have to admit they do look really cute. I love the blue flower one!!)

Gorgeous pops and photography! I’m just about dying here they’re so cute and classy!!

What about this super cute cupcake pop!? Adorable. And look at the bunny? Sooo cute.

Cherries, Chocolate and Cream? This was found on Zoku’s Recipe Blog, where you can find recipes if you’re like me and too stingy to pay another 20$ for 40 recipes in a colour printed book.

This, being said 20$ book. I’m sure they have some fun recipes. But you can still be creative without it.

Recipes like Pink Mojito. Fancy.

DOUBLE RAINBOW. Enough said.

Wasn’t that helpful? Can you now justify spending another 20$ on this kit?

Mmmmmmmmmm….

So what’s the verdict? Are you going to allow yourself to spend 150$ to get every little cute appliance or accessory Zoku has to offer? Will you never look at a popsicle the same way? For 70$, it can make cute ice pops. But they don’t come cheap. I like the original plan – healthy, fresh fruit ice pops. But marketing the bare minimum at 70$ and then telling us we should spend more than double that to make even better pops – that’s not cool.

Spring Fair Cake Part 2

28 May

I just got back from the spring fair…. AND………………..

I WON MY CAKE!!

I think I tried about 10 times in a row to get a cake, and finally got the winning number. My friend and I ran to see if mine was still there. The poor volunteer was a bit shocked by my…. determination, i guess to get that cake 🙂

I can’t wait to eat it tonight!!!

Also, on the sad side, I didn’t win 1st prize. I got 4th place….  which is kind of a bummer. But I saw the other cakes there, and the winning ones didn’t look like they were made by a young teenager 🙂 Perhaps by a store, or an adult 😉

Oh well – my prize is really getting to take it home!