Saturday, November 26, 2011

Just a Quick Hello

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and didn't over stuff yourselves the way I did!  Seems like every holiday ends with a diet....."oh bother" (eeyore)....

We were invited by some of the most beautiful Palestinian people and had an Arabic style Thanksgiving dinner.  Really wonderful tasting food.  Love the spices!  But we still had the TURKEY!  I mean what would Thanksgiving be without a turkey and dressing?  This dressing was really spicy too.....yyyummm.  I had to take a plate...or two...home ;).  At least I don't have the whole meal sitting in my fridge to eat for the next week!
Their daughter baked some delicious pumpkin pie, another brought a basbousa style cake which I love so much!  One of my favorite Arabic desserts.  It's made from a semolina flour (or another type grain) and smothered  with a sweet sugar/rosewater syrup.  Absolutely to die for!

I baked a Swiss Carrot Cake which was a new recipe I found made with hazelnuts, almonds, carrots (of course) and lots of eggs.  The European cakes are always so delicious.  And the amazing thing is they is hardly any flour or oil in most of them.  So you get lots of protein and not a lot of sugar either......delicious!

Ok, what's on the agenda next?  Well, I'm waiting on a response from The Little Cake Shop and hope to bring you a great story from a fantastic American couple who moved to Holland and set up a very successful cake shop!  Can't wait to hear back from them so I can get started.  And then of course Christmas is just around the corner so I hope to bring you some new ideas to make your holiday that much more tasty!

Until next time........happy baking!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Thanksgiving Cake Ideas

With Thanksgiving not too far around the corner it's time to start thinking of ideas for your family Thanksgiving cake.  Many people are satisfied with just a pumpkin pie or some apple dumplings; yet others want something a bit more exciting.  I've taken some time to look around the web and pull some ideas that I thought were really awesome looking cakes.  I hope this will trigger some unique ideas for your special day!
Awesome Thanksgiving Cakes
 The cornucopia is always popular during this season


Awesome Thanksgiving Cakes
 Nice and colorful fall leaves add a nice touch to this 3 tier

Awesome Thanksgiving Cakes
Gobble Gobble......Nice job with fondant!
Awesome Thanksgiving Cakes
 Oh, I love this basket weave.  I wonder if the nuts are real or fondant.
Awesome Thanksgiving Cakes
Very delightful looking turkeys if I do say so myself!  And look, they have card holders for a message.  Maybe the turkeys are porcelain?
Awesome Thanksgiving Cakes
 Yyyuuummmm, Looks like a carrot cake with walnuts!  My favorite!
Awesome Thanksgiving Cakes
 Now, I think this is my favorite so far!  Cute little scarecrows in a pile of leaves... Adorable!

Awesome Thanksgiving Cakes
And how about those Indians and Pilgrims?   If you're a chocolate lover this one's for you!
Awesome Thanksgiving Cakes
 Very nice and calming.

Awesome Thanksgiving Cakes
 Ooops, what was I thinking?  Funny pic huh?
Awesome Thanksgiving Cakes
 From Martha Stewart, acorns and pumpkins
Awesome Thanksgiving Cakes
 Oh, I like this one!  I love those "twistie" cookies!  Bet it's delicious!

Awesome Thanksgiving Cakes
We can't forget our little ones!  These are probably made with 4" rounds.  Too cute!
Awesome Thanksgiving Cakes
With whatever you choose to make I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Until next time.....happy baking!


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