Today I bring you another desert, which was a summer favourite in our family, specially amongst my kids. It has lots of nuts and jam and lemon zest. Ah, such a lovely combination of flavours, and also smells wonderful! I have to bake this weekly now, my kids are hooked up and addicted to this 🙂
I waited for this cake with great anticipation. Because I love, love, love carrot cakes!
Before, I baked carrot cakes in form of cupcakes many times, but this time I wanted one, big cake. I used a different recipe, not my usual, because I wasn’t sure that my cupcake recipe would yield the desired amount for a cake.
my son made the chicken basket at his art class in school
This recipe I found on –aspicyperspective– site and, although I made few little changes (simply because I didn’t have quite everything at home, so I improvised and used substitutes here and there), I might try the original recipe at another time.
before I put the chocolate eggs on top
I wanted something delicate, something feminine, something pink.
Almond and raspberry seemed a good choice. I searched for recipes, but I didn’t find anything that I imagined, so I ended up improvising.
The final result was good, and my cupcakes turned out the way I wanted. They remind me of the Frangipanes and the Almond Fingers we used to buy in Belgium. And they even crumble the same way, too 🙂
I haven’t used lot of sugar, I usually don’t make my cakes too sweet anyway. The fresh raspberries from the icing adds an interesting tone to this cake, and is definitely different then the usual sugar from the top of the Belgian Frangipane.
My little baby girl turned 2 years old! So hard to believe…Finally I got a little time to post about her second birthday.
She is all about the little star twinkling in the well known nursery song. My girl doesn’t really talk (well she does, but on a special language that only she can understand and use, and I can confirm that is not Hungarian nor English 🙂 …) yet she started to sing this Twinkle Twinkle song a long time ago. I am certain that she will be a pretty good singer because she seems to get the music tunes very well.
Anyway, I was happy that even though she couldn’t tell me with words what she would like for her birthday, but hearing her sing all day, in the house, sitting in the buggy, or at dinner her favourite song about the little star, this gave me the idea to make her 2nd birthday based on this theme. It was fun and pretty easy. I wanted to keep it simple so I chose the gold -which is sort of given, and pure white. I think that gold and white are a good match, kind of elegant, too.
Cake Pops with gold and glitter
We didn’t have a birthday party for her, but I still wanted to celebrate this special day with style, adding a little sparkle and magic. My daughter loved it, and so the rest of the family.
Orange juice (I removed the original labels after keeping the bottles in warm water for about 2-3 minutes and sticked my own labels)
Ham and cheese mini sandwiches
Chocolate and nuts cupcakes with white chocolate stars (ah, those stars were NOT easy to make… 🙂 )
I made a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star t-shirt for her using a plain white cotton top and a large gold sequin iron on fabric star.
White chocolate cake
I made one of my favourite recipe this weekend: cupcakes with lots of crunchy pecan nuts and milk chocolate chips generously frosted with cream cheese icing full with finely chopped pecan nuts and spices. Without exaggeration, they were all gone in an hour, they didn’t even cool down completely 🙂 The kids and my husband just came home from the park when I finished them and they could not resist it. And me neither, of course!