Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cake for an Architect

I was asked to do this cake by a friend for friend :P I have never thought about doing a cake for an architect so it was a bit challenging to come up with an idea. Especially since I was a bit limited on time and could not do what i really wanted to do (which one be some awesome architectur-al building model thing :P )
After some research I came upon many architecture cakes that had maps and tools. So I decided to go with that.

It was fun doing them, especially the tip of the pencil! I am very proud of that :D

Oh and I finally managed to figure out how to fully cover a cake with fondant without any creases :S so yay for me!!!

What do think of the cake?

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pretty in Pink Ribbons, A Mother's Day Cake

I know many people who don't like to celebrate Valentine's day or Women's day or Children's day but I have yet to meet a person who does not celebrate Mother's day (and I really hope I never will!!!!)

Have you ever asked yourself where did it all start? Now there are many stories and legends explain the origin of mother's day but almost all of them have the same "storyline". One such legend (Egyptian) says that Mother's day started as annual festival to honor the goddess Isis, who was commonly known as the mother of the pharaohs. Another legend says that it was to honor Greek Goddess Rhea who was the Mother of most of the major deities including Zeus.

To make a long story short, Mother's day was a day to celebrate the goddesses! =D

Now despite the fact that no gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you, we all should give it our best.

This year I decided to go for something less material and more personal! Yes, yes you guessed it, I've finally come to my point!!! ... A Mother's Day Cake. I made my mom the cutest and (surprisingly) one the simplest cakes ever! 
I wanted to make a "pretty" cake this time and my gut feeling said: RIBBONS!
and I NEVER disregard what my gut says :P

I saw a tutorial on one of the most amazing cake blogs you can ever find on how to make a fondant ribbon and did it!
I just love the result! I opted for a bright hot pink to contrast with the light colors of the cake itself.

The inside of the cake if a fluffy moist white cake with a swiss meringue buttercream (I flavored it with some fresh yellow lemons)

As for the pink sprinkles you see on the side, those were homemade also =D, from normal table sugar. I just added some sugar with a little pink food gel inside a plastic bag and shook it.

Even the inside was pink!
Finally, I'd like to dedicate this post to my wonderful amazing lovely supporting mom! I love you so so sooo much and I hope you liked (and enjoyed) this cake. I realized that the "pretty-ness" of the cake is directly related to how much I love the person.. so it's no surprise your cakes are always the best! Thank you for everything, I know I can be a pain "sometimes" but I hope you'll forgive me for it and realize just how much I love you!
I hope all you readers have as amazing a mom as I do!

To all mom's out there: Happy Mother's day!

Oh and if you haven't seen my mom's other cake, here it is: A bouquet of Roses
and sorry for the many pictures, I just love this cake!

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Cinnamon Rolls

A while ago, (and after everyone kept asking me for them) I finally made some cinnamon rolls!

Cinnamon Rolls and Cream cheese frosting!
Aren't cinnamon rolls just the most delicious cinnamon-filled gooey-ness ever created?! I would very much like to meet the genius who created it and give him/her a big big hug!!

It's just heavenly!

They were surprisingly pretty easy to make, they just needed some time (for the rising/baking).

While looking at recipes online, I realized that most dough-related recipes need some kind of bread machine. But I did NOT let this put me down :P I continued my research and finally found the perfect one on Allrecipes. (One of my go-to-sites for recipes)

It has the easiest cinnamon rolls dough recipe. I made the dough, let it rise for a while (I used instant yeast so the process was pretty fast!) Then I rolled it out and spread the dough with a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon and lots n lots of butter!! =D Then I rolled the dough into a log and cut it into circles. I let the rolls rise a bit and baked them in batches over the weekends.

Oh and I finally found a delicious cream cheese frosting recipe to drizzle over each hot roll!

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lazy Cake

You know how sometimes you reach a place where you know the advanced steps of something but have forgotten all about the basic simple ones?

Yes well, this is very similar to my story with lazy cakes! I know how to make a complicated fondant rose cake but when it comes to a simple biscuit cake, it NEVER comes out the way I want it. I've tried MANNNNYY recipes and none work! Biscuit cakes are one of my favorite cakes (surprise! surprise!) so it is very important that I find an AWESOME recipe.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, I was having lunch with my family at Leila's in Verdun and I was looking at that amazing wall they have. It was full of old pictures, ornaments and books. I love the atmosphere there, very neo-classical! Anyway, I was looking and I found this book called: " أنا و ابي والشوكولا " which is Arabic for "Chocolate, my dad and I".

I quickly looked inside and sure enough it was a recipe book for everything chocolate!!! And sure enough they had a lazy cake recipe!!! =D I was thrilled! I went home and tried the recipe and it turned out.....

wait for it.....


I want to share it with you:

Here's the English Translation:

Preparation time: 12 minutes
Freezing Time: 3 hours (I couldn't wait that long though :P I took it out after around 2!)
Amount: One Cake


  • 4 Biscuit packs (I used Ghandour, aren't those biscuits just amazing?!) - crumbled and crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 250 ml of milk (one cup)
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 200 g softened butter
  • 125 g chocolate

What to do:

  1. Melt the butter and chocolate in a saucepan on medium heat and then add the sugar, egg, milk and vanilla. Mix well!
  2. Remove the mix from the heat and add the crumbled biscuits. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
  3. Place the mix in pan of your choice. (I have an english cake pan that I wrapped in plastic wrap first. I then added the mix and closed the top with more plastic wrap.)
  4. Place the pan in the freezer. (I thought the freezer was too strong for it, so I placed it in the refrigerator for the last 30 minutes.)
Note: You can cover it with a chocolate glaze, if desired!

FINALLY: taste the most delicious lazy cake you'll ever eat!!

Here's how mine turned out.

 I hope you give it try! And don't forget to tell me how it turned out =)

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