Recipe Post: Rich Vanilla Ice Cream

In my humble opinion, there’s ice cream, and then there’s IIIIIICE CREEEEAAAAMMMM! The standard frozen confection is usually pretty good; you can buy it at the grocery store in tubs ranging from smaller than your hand to bigger than your head, or at the local Baskin Robbins or Dairy Queen or what-have-you (and if you’re…

Blast From The Past: Jam Recipes!

This morning, while perusing my vast collection of recipes on my computer, I stumbled across a document I had thought lost forever; a series of jam recipes a pastry friend and I developed when we were running a funky little foodie blog called Chronic Masterbakers. The blog now being defunct (*sadness*), I wasn’t able to…

Recipe and Tutorial Post: Sugar Cookies of DOOOOOOMMMMM! (Part 2)

As per my previous post on sugar cookies, here is part deux discussing the decoration of said cookies! The client’s United Way theme this year was “Be The Hero”, and my inspiration picture was of a hero’s silhouette in white with a cape and the UWay logo on the chest. Well, I wasn’t hand-drawing the…

Recipe Post: Sugar Cookies of DOOOOOOMMMMM! (Part 1)

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap. – Barbara Jordan I have a great friend in Ottawa who hooked me up last year with his employer, a HUGE National…

Top Ten List: Introduction to Cinnamon (6th of 10)

This is a little bit of an odd Top Ten list, but I thought I’d take you through my baking cupboard (yes, I have an entire cupboard dedicated solely to baking supplies…um, and another cupboard…and a 4-tier rolling rack…but I digress). Since a Top Ten list would make this blog post too long, I’m splitting…

Baby Shower Cake: Gluten Free Baking?

I have the great opportunity to make a baby shower cake for one of my work colleagues this week. I’m actually looking forward to it, as I haven’t baked anything… Not. A. Thing…in a few months now, and I’m starting to jones for the smell of OMG CAEK in my home again! The catch? The…

Commission Tales: The Cutest Little Hallowe’en Cake

This past weekend was my beloved little nephew’s first birthday party, and I was asked to bring the cake and some decorated sugar cookies.  I’m so there!  I also was tasked with making a little smash cake for him so that he could enjoy his first taste of cake too.  Done and done! As he…

Blast from the Past: A Very Special Wedding Cake Commission

Reposted and updated from my previous blog, Chronic Masterbakers: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I’ve been thinking a lot about the past lately; I nearly splorted when I realized it has been over 18 months since my beautiful, smart, uber-rational baby sister married the love of her life in a lovely winter wedding ceremony in February 2012. I was…

Recipe Post: Pineapple-Vanilla Bean Jam

This was the third and final of my three jams I made for my wedding favours last month. I had a difficult time trying to decide which preserve I would make to follow as closely to my “yellow” wedding colour; I was originally considering: Lemon curd (rejected due to it needing refrigeration and having a short…

Blast from the Past: Under the Sea Baby Shower Cake

Almost exactly a year ago, a friend and I made a lovely baby shower cake for my little sister’s first baby shower.As the theme was “Under the Sea”, so the cake theme was as well.  We expected around 40 people to the shower, and boy, did they all come!  It was quite the event; obviously…

Commission Tales: So many little’uns, so many birthday cakes…

Right after I had completed the birthday cake commission mentioned in the previous post, I had to start work on the next one due only a few days later. Also a vanilla funfetti flavour (totally a coincidence, whodathunk…) for the bottom tier, and deep chocolate for the top tier, this cake was a gift to…

Commission Tales: Elmo says,"Tee hee, that tickles!"…or something.

Pulled myself through a bad case of the flu in order to complete this cake commission last week.  One of two commissions, actually. Ah well, illness never arrives in the right time anyway, so we must soldier on regardless! Of course, I made scrupulously sure that all of my baking surfaces were cleaned and disinfected,…