Monday, February 20, 2012

Unusual "PIPE" Cake

You will need
*3.5 cups flour
*3 sticks of butter of margarine
*250-300 grams sour cream
*pinch of salt
*baking soda (just a pinch)
*cranberries or raisins or whole preserved sour cherries.
*chocolate butter-cream
*plain butter-cream or any other frosting


 Use butter at room temperature (soft) but don't melt it. Just mix all ingredients together. Boil water and let cranberries sit in hot water for about 15 min. Drain water. Divide your dough into even parts. Roll out strips, add cranberries in the middle and form a long "sausage" or little balls or short "sausages" to fill the inside. It doesn't really matter. Try to make your pieces not to thick or thing and with identical consistency.
Bake 480F until golden-brown. It should be done pretty soon. Let it cool completely. If you want your cake to have a few layers use smaller diameter baking pans for the same recipe. I strongly recommend to moisturizer your baked product by spraying with either sugar syrup or any juice. Let it get absorbed and soften the dough.

Layer baked pieces with chocolate butter-cream. Decorate with any frosting on top. I decorated the sides with crumbled dough leftovers. On top I sprinkled cocoa powder. Also I placed a few dark and white chocolate chips, raisins and nuts. 



Saturday, February 18, 2012

Pink Velvet Cake


Valentine's day cooking and gift ideas


Scary Halloween Pumking Cake

I was inspired by I guess already a classic pumpkin carving idea
Here is my video instructions


Pheasant Head Purse

One day I was killing my time at Cabela's while my husband was looking at MEN STUFF. I ended up in a fly fishing section. They had a great variety of feathers.  Then I saw this guy...

 I needed to have it. That's how they look live...
 Don't ask we how I got this idea to decorate a purse with that head.....but I did. Sooo here is my video on HOW-TO make a Pheasant Head Purse


Pine Cone Cake

This recipe is for nuts lovers. :) Works as a wonderful winter holidays centerpiece and a great gift. In this video below I'll show you how using regular shaped baking pan you can create a pine cone shaped cake. You can definitely use any cake dough or frosting.
I added some greenery to make it more look realistic but it's up to you.

             Share your results!!!  

Sunday, February 12, 2012


I LOVE oatmeal cookies, but after I bough silicon forms like these I just went crazy with my sweet combination.

I don't even necessary have any particular oatmeal cookie recipe. I just mix together main ingredients: oatmeal, butter, sugar, flour,baking powder,eggs. I've been baking so much I don't need a precise recipe now. This makes my treats taste unique every time. You can use any cookie recipe you like.

I like to fill them with all sorts of yummies: nuts, raisins, cranberries, chocolate chips, banana, peanut butter....
Then I mix cream cheese with a little bit of yogurt and sugar until it's smooth and pour it over the cupcake. 
Sometimes I add egg or melted chocolate or orange/ lemon zest, also instant drink powder for color and taste. Just use my imagination.

Bake 350F for 20-25 min
KitKat bars 'glue' together with warm chocolate. Let cool in a freezer

 These had cream cheese mixed with egg.
 banana, peanut butter, chocolate, cookie dough again...

 pieces of fruit indicate what's inside

White chocolate mixed with butter and with some cranberries and dark chocolate on top



Monday, February 6, 2012

Pancake Rose Bouquet

You'll need:
*5 eggs
*200 grams sugar
*200 grams flour
*food coloring
*orange juice
*vase or any container
* florists foam for flowers

Preheat the oven to 350°F and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Mix eggs, sugar,flour and food coloring ( optional) together and pour different size circles/pancakes with a ladle. They won't be perfectly round but that's OK. Remember that the bigger pancakes you make the bigger flowers you'll get. To make them look more realistic it's important to have different sizes.  This arrangement is the amount I got from the recipe.
Bake about 10-15 min or until golden brown. If you use food coloring then judge 'wellness' by the sides/rim.
When done it's important to keep your baking sheet inside the oven. You want your pancakes to stay hot as long as possible. You'll need to work fast so they don't burn ether having to sit  in a hot oven.  To make a flower all you do is roll petals together starting with the smallest working your way to the biggest. You may want to wear some gloves to protect your hands from heat, because that's what makes petals stick/glue together.

To keep my roses moist and to add some additional character to the taste I sprayed them with some orange juice and rubbed with a little bit of sweetened condensed milk.

Then decorate a vase. Put some foam inside. I skewered my flowers adding  blueberries to hide the tips and added some orange slices just to make my bouquet more rich looking.