Cheetah Cake

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This year Violet picked her birthday cake.  Apparently she is in love with cheetah prints!  She loved it!

Apple Dapple Cake

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Along with this years Thanksgiving cheesecake (Skor – which was not awesome) I made Apple Dapple Cake.  To me Thanksgiving just screams apples and cinnamon, it seems to be a fall thing.  With my horrid past in pie making, I thought I would take a different approach with an apple dessert.

I found this recipe on Pinterst, it is from Southern Plate.  Great website, check it out. When I saw all the photos I knew I had to try it.

Apple Dapple Cake

Adapted from Southern Plate

3 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups raw
apples, peeled and chopped fine

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Prepare a bundt pan – I greased and floured

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3. Mix oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla.

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4. Sift together flour, salt, soda. **I added cinnamon – must have cinnamon with apples

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5. Add to first mixture.

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6. Fold in pecans and apples.

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I have some people who can’t eat nuts so I did half and half

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7. Bake in tube pan at 350 for 1 hour.

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Sauce:

1 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup milk
¾ cup butter or margarine(1 -1/2 sticks)

  1. Combine all ingredients

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    2. Bring to a gentle boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

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    3. Pour over hot cake while cake is still in pan.

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    We tried the sauce once cooled a little from the pot. OMG! Forget the cake, just make the sauce and eat it with a spoon.  Heavenly!

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    Slowly starts to soak in…

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    Let cake cool completely before removing.

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    Looks amazing

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    Everyone said they liked it, but I didn’t.  I was quite disappointed, only finished a couple bites.  It was quite dry and flavourless. I thought it would be moist and almost gooey with all that sauce that soaked in.  Nope, heavy, dense, blah!

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Lego Cake

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I had a last-minute request for a Lego cake.  This one was HOURS and HOURS and HOURS of work, but it was a huge hit!  I even liked how this one turned out, and that’s saying a lot!

The Browniest Cookies

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I am back at it, I have joined another Baking group.  I am the newest member of Avid Baker’s Challenge.  Check them out here.

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This months challenge, The Browniest Cookies from The Smitten Kitchen.  I love the Smitten Kitchen!! I have made several recipes from that site, all of which were amazing.  You will not find the recipe on my blog.  These challenges post links to the original recipe encouraging you to visit their page.  Great idea!

I love brownies.  Honestly, I am not sure I have met anyone who doesn’t.  I have had many a brownie in my day, but my favourites are thick, chewy, dense, very chocolaty and topped with homemade icing ( Drooling, just thinking about it). This recipe is a brownie in cookie form!  When I saw the picture I was sold and could not wait to try.

The Browniest Cookies
The recipe can be found here – the smitten kitchen

In pictures

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Disappointed on how much they fell!  They were not thick at all

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So fudgy and moist

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Spread a lot

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Looks just like a brownie

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These were delicious!  Though I was quite disappointed how thin they were, they tasted amazing!

I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but after the first bite I had one of those ‘paused for a moment, eyes closed, and think OMG’ before I even started chewing. They were very decedent. So moist, chewy, fudgy and oh so chocolaty, everything you imagine a brownie would be.  I will make these again and try to get the thickness that they are suppose to be.

Everyone loved them.  Even people who don’t enjoy ‘under-cooked cookie’ thought they were amazing.  Definitely recommend these!

Thank you Deb from the Smitten Kitchen

Soccer/Basketball Cake

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I had a request for a soccer/basketball cake.  Such a great idea!  This one turned out pretty good, and she loved it!

Frozen Cupcakes

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I really like how these ‘Frozen’ cupcakes turned out.  I had never used the melting chocolates to decorate before, and I think my first attempt went well!  The white balls were an absolute must in the request!
I look forward to adding new elements to my cakes with this chocolate technique