January 25th is Burns Night in Scotland. For those unfamiliar with Burns night, it’s a celebration of the life and work of the famous Scottish author, Robert Burns. Traditionally, a Burns supper is held, complete with pipers, poetry, and haggis. Such an occasion sounds like a great opportunity to plan another Around the World party. So its off to Scotland we go! This rugged, beautiful land is rich in culture, history, and tradition just waiting to be explored!
G’day, you lovely lot! Who else is excited for the start of the Australian Open? If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know that last May I started making special cupcakes for each of the Grand Slams. Well today I’m going to cap off this series with an Australian Open inspired cupcake. I’ve heard quite a few people who’ve traveled to Australia talk about Tim Tams and the famous “Tim Tam Slam”. Tim Tams are a chocolate biscuit or cookie that’s filled with chocolate cream and dipped in chocolate. I couldn’t pass up the chance to incorporate cookies […]
Can you believe there’s less than a week until the start of Sherlock series 4?! And since a new series of Sherlock is literally as rare as a blue moon, I couldn’t pass up this chance to concoct a special dessert. This dish is inspired by everyone’s favorite consulting criminal, Jim Moriarty. Stuffed with gingerbread and chocolate, these tender baked apples are a peculiarly delightful combination of sweet, tart, and spicy. Simple to make, Moriarty’s Baked Apples are the perfect treat for marathoning Sherlock or a fun dessert to make for a premier party.
It just isn’t Christmas without oranges. A garland of dried oranges speckled with cloves. A simmering pot of wassail with fresh orange slices. And let’s not forget the orange in the stocking on Christmas morning. One of my favorite orange-y Christmas treats is Terry’s chocolate oranges. My family usually buys loads to give out as Christmas presents to friends and family, so we always have a couple boxes leftover after the holidays. This chocolate orange lava cake is a delicious way to use up any chocolate oranges you may have sitting around. Because what could be more Christmas-y than oranges, […]
The 13th of December marks Saint Lucia Day, a festival of light and hope in Scandinavian countries. Coinciding with the winter solstice, Saint Lucia Day honors Saint Lucy, who brought food and aid to Christians hiding in catacombs from persecution by the Roman empire. Seeing as I have Scandinavian ancestors and Swedish friends, I’ve always wanted to throw a Saint Lucia Day party. I’ve put together some adorable crafts and delicious recipes that kids are sure to love! Besides getting everyone in the Christmas spirit, a Saint Lucia Day party is also the perfect opportunity to teach kids about a […]
It simply isn’t Halloween without watching Young Frankenstein at least once. While Doctor Frederick Frankenstein (that’s Fronk-en-steen) may not be partial to desserts, he does enjoy a nice schwarzwälder kirschtorte. What is schwarzwälder kirschtorte? You might know it as Black Forest cake. A classic dessert that pairs perfectly with an evening spent watching this classic film. But just like Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks put a spin on this classic spooky tale, I’ve put my own twist on this classic dessert. So grab your lab coats and an assistant, raid the kitchen cupboards, and bake up this diabolically delicious schwarzwälder kirschtorte […]
Mad scientists, bubbling potions, and devilish monsters straight from your nightmares. All of these and more are found lurking in the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved novella, “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. Bring this classic horror story to life in your kitchen with two simple recipes. Brew up your own draught of Dr. Jekyll’s Potion, or perhaps indulge yourself with one of Mr. Hyde’s Sinful Fancies. Both recipes are monstrously delicious and set the tone for any spooky celebration. But beware! You never know what may be prowling in the shadows…
Pumpkin season is officially in full-swing. Grocery stores and farm stands have stacks of pumpkins. Doorsteps are adorned with pumpkins of every size. And families are visiting local pumpkin patches to pick that perfect jack-o-lantern pumpkin. Once all the pumpkins have been gutted and carved, what do you do with that bowl of slimy pumpkin guts and seeds? Before you throw the baby out with the bath water, pick out those seeds and make a batch of roasted pumpkin seeds. These rich, salty seeds are as addictive as a bag of potato chips and are the perfect snack to get […]
Today would have been John Lennon’s 76th birthday. It’s difficult to sum up the legacy of such a legendary artist. He could be a polarizing figure at times, but ultimately, he challenged the way we think and tried to make the world a little better. To celebrate, I made a special scotcheroo cupcake. Never heard of scotcheroos? Well, scotcheroos are dessert bars made with chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch, and Rice Krispies. For this cupcake, I’m dropping the Rice Krispies and throwing in some corn flakes. Sounds a bit nonsensical at first, but trust me, the final product is unlike any […]
Today is the start of the US Open in the heart of the Big Apple. And as with the other Grand Slams, I’ve concocted a special cupcake to celebrate the spirit and energy of this iconic tournament. Such an American tournament calls for an equally patriotic cupcake, and nothing says “America” more than apple pie and Cracker Jacks. These two classic American flavors combine to create a spectacularly scrumptious caramel apple pie cupcake.