"if you wish to be glamorous, become a cake baker" -The Joy of Cooking

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

one of my new fave books


Just got this for christmas and cant stop looking at it....a lot of inspiring and beautiful ideas, a must if you love to decorate cakes

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sticky Toffee Pudding....I'm in love

Yesterday for our Christmas dessert I made a traditional sticky toffee pudding.  I have read about steamed puddings from reading Nigella Lawson’s books but I was never able to find the pudding mold until this Christmas I found a very pretty one at Williams-Sonoma.
It came with the recipe inside and so I was very excited to try it out.  It came out perfect :) 
the mold


ready for steaming

One of the BEST desserts I’ve ever had….it is super moist and tender. A perfect thing to end the feast.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Cookies...

Finally! I'm all done my cookie baking and just in time for christmas....here are the pics

my christmas cutters...i cant decide which is my favourite


pecans, white chocolate and cranberries....makes a festive cookie alla Nigella Lawson  

ready to scoop

ready for the oven

Isn't this spatula too cute?! It's at Williams-Sonoma! 

mmmmmmmmmmmmm

I found this little canister of crystallized ginger at Williams-Sonoma..can you guess what my favourite store is yet? haha? anyways, it comes with a recipe on the side and thought i would make a batch and add them to the list....so glad i did!!! they are soooooo yum!

chewy ginger snaps need to be rolled in a ball and then rolled in sugar before baking

these cookies make your whole house smell so christmasy and warm

thumbprint cookies....adding the jam just when they come out of the oven


shortbread- just butter, brown sugar and flour

gingerbread



Merry christmas everyone! and happy baking :) xo
if you are interested in any of these recipes please leave a comment below and I will be happy to post any you request! 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My first stacked cake! :) :) :D

I’m so proud of my very first ever stacked cake! Yay me! Tonight my cake instructor from the Wilton courses held a 3hr class called tall cakes. Before this class I was terrified at the thought of trying to stack a cake, but it actually wasn’t so bad and it was just a little 2 tier cake but still I’m very pleased with the results J

vanilla buttercream icing


just outta the oven ....yum


and were stacked!!


the final cake! :)


view from the top


close up of my gumpaste flowers


Monday, December 13, 2010

Merry Cookies!

Today I finally got started on my Christmas cookie baking.  Every year, with the help of my sister, I like to bake a huge assortment of cookies.  It’s nice to give them away as little presents, bring them to parties and have them on hand for when company stops by, which can be often during this time of year 

We always make anise twist cookies, that we call zia’s cookies because my aunt was the only one who could make these beautiful cookies, shortbread, thumbprints, biscotti and chocolate chip cookies-not just the standard chocolate chip cookie but white chocolate, cranberry and pecan ones….mmmmmmm. 

This year I decided to buy a madeleine pan and add them to the list, as well as gingerbread.  I’m dying  to use my new copper cutters I bought from Williams Sonoma and a few other new cutters that my darling and thoughtful bf gave me a couple days ago.
Today I  only got through a batch of almond, orange and dark chocolate biscotti, vanilla madeleine and about 3 dozen of zia’s cookies.




Anise extract-the key ingredient for zia's cookies

                                                                                            


the finished cookies

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ready for the oven





                                                        Biscotti, going in the oven for the second baking                                                               

                                                                   


my new Madeleine pan...it's so pretty!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                



Zia’s cookies are definitely a favourite in my family and not just made for this time of year.  As long as I can remember my aunt would make batches and batches of these cookies for any kind of special occasion or get together.  Sometimes she would come over and spend a whole afternoon making dozens and dozens of them for my mother so we could keep a reserve in the freezer and take them out as needed.  No one else could make them, not the way she did. I deeply regret I was never able to learn from her myself or that she is no longer here to make them.  During this time of year I think about her the most and when I make them I think of her and feel like she is right there with me in the kitchen.  

Here is probably my most cherished cookie recipe.  I'm not going to lie, they are pretty finicky to make.  You don't have to make them twisted like I do here but that is part of the joy of these cookies.

Anise Twist Cookies

1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 tsp anise extract
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Glaze:

2 cups icing sugar
2 tsp anise extract
enough water or milk to create a runny consistency


  • place sugar, oil, eggs and extract into a bowl and mix well with a fork.  Do not use a mixer for this recipe, it never turns out
  • next add flour, baking powder and salt and mix well with fork until a soft ball of dough begins to come together.  This is the finicky part about this recipe.  Sometimes I need to add more flour, sometimes I don't.  It just depends on the day I guess.
  • Next, start rolling and twisting cookies.  I usually form about a walnut size ball of dough into a dowel and then twist the dowel into the shapes you see here.  you could just roll the ball of dough and then bake them without the twist
  • bake cookies in a 350 oven for 10-12 mins.
  • let them cool completely then glaze the tops of the cookies




Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Gift box cake



Everyone loves this cake.  It's so cute....the bow is made from a gumpaste and fondant mix.  It takes a little time to make the bow but other than that, it's a pretty easy cake to make for a beginner like myself and is a sure crowd pleaser.  This is a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream covered in fondant.  You could use any basic vanilla cake recipe or even a box cake if you like.  You could also play around with colours and customize the cake to look however you like.

Click here for step by step instructions on how to make the bow.  Wilton is a great website for ideas and DIY cake projects and I highly recommend their cake decorating courses.

Friday, December 10, 2010

making mom's bday cake....

she requested a carrot cake. Click  here for a great recipe from the queen Martha.



The final cake
The flowers and carrots are made from gumpaste

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Welcome!

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog! I always put all my heart and soul and of course flour into everything I bake so hence the title.  My name is Romina and I live in Toronto, Canada. I’ve always been a baker and just recently became very interested in cake decorating.  

Over the past 3 months I completed the wilton cake decorating courses at Michaels craft store -I highly recommend them! soooo fun! Any one can do it no matter what level of baker/decorator you are.  Now I’m completely hooked.  

I created this blog because I wanted a space where I can just write and share pics about my passion for cake making and decorating.

Hope you will enjoy this blog and stay tuned for some pics of my holiday cookies