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Valentine’s Day Treats

valentines day cakes

Pictured above: Raspberry-filled golden butter heart cakes. ( Not iced…yet)

Golden Butter Cake:

 

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Baking Spray

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.  Pour into your heart pans which have been sprayed with baking spray.  Bake at 325° until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 21 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Invert pan onto a wire rack over waxed paper and hit the hearts with a spoon to loosen the cakes to fall out.

Raspberry Filling:

Combine raspberries, sugar, 3/4 cup water, and lemon juice in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl. Pour mixture back into the saucepan.  Mix remaining water and cornstarch together in a bowl until dissolved; add to raspberry mixture. Bring mixture to a boil; cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Cool filling in refrigerator, at least 30 minutes.

OR… here’s a HACK: Get a can of raspberry pit filling in your grocery store. ( It’s easier and no one will know!)

I then used a small heart cookie cutter to cut a hole into each cake and fill it with the fruit filling. Then I placed the heart I cut out back inside.

Go to my Facebook page tomorrow and see the finished cake!

 

valentines day cookies

Another treat that you can make that is much easier than the cakes, are sugar cookie hearts.  It’s your simple sugar cookie recipe and then frosting is a cinch!  Frosting hack: Get a tub of vanilla or white icing and melt it in the microwave. You don’t want it to be soupy. Melt it at 21 seconds, check and then add 5 seconds until you get a good consistency.  Then I scoop it into a pastry bag and design the cookies. I have heart sprinkles and place those on the cookies.  Oh, how did I get pink cookies? Simply, separate the dough and with half the dough I add some pink or red food coloring and mix.

Check my Facebook page tomorrow for how I created the DIY bags to put these lovely cookies in.

 

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The Making of Christmas Part 2

The first thing I made was the Santa Snack Mix.  If you follow me on Facebook, Clever Cakes then you saw the special syrup I made to pour on top of it before I baked it at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

cookies christmas

I made over 300 cookies this year, and sometimes it’s impossible to get pictures of every one of them! But here’s a sample of the types of cookies I made.  I give them out as gifts but I also need them for my family for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!  Don’t worry, all these recipes will be in my recipe book which will be released late January 2019!

christmas cake

Then I made the Christmas Tree Cake. Thank goodness for pans that are already in the shape! It cuts the process in half!  I made a Golden Butter Cake and then I topped it with vanilla icing that was made green.  Of course, no cake would be complete without little decorations!

nephew

This year my nephew who is almost 3, got his first baking set and we learned how to bake cookies. Those are the ones he baked with his Auntie’s help!

tree

I wish you all a Very Merry and Bright Christmas!!!

 

 

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Happy Halloween!

 

Halloween is here and we are all so excited! I love having the kids come over the house and also giving out tricks and treats to the kids in the neighborhood!

Here are some of the things I made for today:  Golden Butter Cake with Orange Vanilla Icing and Ghost Peeps.  A Halloween House ( chocolate cookie). Pumpkin Cookies with Apple Cider Icing and introducing…… ( play the horn here)

Sassy With Love Gourmet Chocolates which will be sold online soon- just in time for Christmas!

Enjoy your day!

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Treats or Tricks

I love creating new recipes and creating new ways to present them.   Here I put angel food cake into little jars, decorated it with leaf sprinkles, and added icing from a pastry bag. Then I went to the dollar store and bought appetizer size forks and taped them to the top of the jar for easy use.

pumpkin

I also this past week, made pumpkin spice cookies and then dipped  in my homemade combo of of milk and dark chocolate.

 

Find out what I make this week…..  I got some tricks up my sleeve. ( And it’s not even Halloween yet!)

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Let the Fall Baking Begin!

apple cookies

It’s officially fall so do you know that means?

It means my favorite time of year starts: Fall Baking!

The picture above are the Apple Caramel Cookies I baked for a dentist’s office open house they were hosting.  Yes, even dentists love cookies!

There are many different things I love to bake during this time of year.  Let this be a warning that you will be seeing the posts pile up in the next few weeks.

Before I go though, let me ask all of you a question: What is your favorite dessert to bake during fall?

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Say Hello To Fall And Goodbye To Summer

 

We now have unofficially, said goodbye to summer and hello to fall.  S’mores is really a summer treat, but you can have it all year round. This recipe above, uses all the same ingredients to make S’mores, (Marshmallows, Chocolate,) but instead of the graham crackers, I replace them with chocolate chip cookies.  I then dip half of the top cookie into chocolate and have those go into the fridge to harden.  Then I put a good size piece of chocolate on top of an inside cookie and a giant marshmallow on top if it.

I put it in the oven for 10 minutes at 315 degrees. As soon as they come out of the oven, the top cookies goes on top.  Then you need to place them back in the fridge if you are serving them later, if you are serving them directly from oven, the chocolate will be melting and the marshmallow gooey.

To say hello to fall, I created “pie-like” cookies. The cookies are shortbread, they work better than any other cookie.  The top part, well, that’s a secret. BUT wait until I tell you in my upcoming recipe book I am putting together- just how easy it is to make these cookies.

It’s really easy to make both of these cookies, but you know what it even easier? Having me do it for you. Email me at clevercakesandcrafts@gmail.com for details.

 

 

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Pizelles Keep Piling Up

pizzelles

What do you do on a hot summer day in August? You make Pizelles, silly!

I love making these- especially since the machine to make them is simple to use and the dough to make these is tasty and also easy.  If you don’t have the machine to make them, be adventurous and try using a waffle maker instead. You won’t get a “cookie” but you will get the taste of one. Then you can add on top some ice cream, sprinkles and whipped cream!  I’m getting hungry just thinking about that!

Ingredients: Flour, baking powder, eggs,  butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and I add a little cinnamon sugar to the mix.   Now there are actual amounts that you can add, but I like to eye ball it.  The amount I made above was 2 dozen cookies.  I don’t think you want to make that many “waffle-like” cookies!  If you really want the amount, message me CleverCakesAndCrafts@gmail.com  And I will send you the amounts.

In the meantime, why don’t you just enjoy looking at them all piled up!