Tag: Holiday Baking

Mini Lemon-Almond Madeleines
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Mini Lemon-Almond Madeleines

Hi all, happy spring time! It’s been a while since my last post and a lot has happened since… First of all updating the “about” page is long due and I will get to that soon but I need to let you know that I’ve recently graduated as a pastry chef and now work in a local chef restaurant. It feels so unreal at times […]

Cardamon Brioche Buns with Filling
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Cardamon Brioche Buns with Filling

It’s my newest take on a Shrove Bun – laskiaispulla, with brioche dough that has high egg and butter content which gives it rich texture and tender crumb. And when it comes to the filling and topping, this one has a mix of it all – almond paste (in my case it was sugar free marzipan), jam and lots of whipped cream and topped with sliced almonds and pearl […]

Chocolate Layer Cake
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Chocolate Layer Cake

Rich chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache and chocolate frosting! It’s the perfect chocolate treat for a special occasion, birthday, holiday or… simply any day! Well, at least for chocolate lovers 😉 I had the pleasure of creating this cake for a young man’s 10th birthday earlier this month and I’m still grinning from ear to ear when I think about the lovely thank you’s that followed. […]

Gingerbread Ornaments
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Gingerbread Ornaments

Edible Christmas ornaments – YES! Whether you are looking for edible decorations for your Xmas tree or ideas for DIY gifts, GINGERBREAD ORNAMENTS are a versatile option for both! You can make them into any shape and decorate with icing, candies or chocolate! Thin ones stay crispy and they have a lovely christmassy spiced flavour. I set our tree (=artificial plastic tree) up early this year […]

Apples & Honey Mini Cupcakes – Honeycomb Cake
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Apples & Honey Mini Cupcakes – Honeycomb Cake

Bzz Bzz greetings! I’ve been a kind of a busy bee (busy baking of course!) lately and this post is a bit overdue… Nevertheless I hope it comes in good time for your fall baking projects! The cupcakes are delicious apple cake with rich honey caramel and vanilla frosting. And those bees, aren’t they cute? Apples and honey – a very relevant combination here in […]

Epic Easter Chocolate Cake
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Epic Easter Chocolate Cake

Happy Easter! I’ve got a super fun baking project for the long weekend – an epic easter cake! It’s a rich chocolate cake with Oreo cream cheese and chocolate buttercream filling with overly cute and tasty Easter chicks and bunnies decorations topped with salty and chocolaty popcorn nest filled with chocolate eggs! I have the most creative cake projects when I just start baking and […]

Sesame Seed Quinoa Hamantaschen Bagels
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Sesame Seed Quinoa Hamantaschen Bagels

My this year’s take on Purim treats, hamantaschen, are savoury, dairy free and vegan bagels packed with goodies! Sesame seeds and quinoa bagels 😀 They are an absolute treat and really not difficult to make! I used flour mixture of plain wheat and whole wheat rye flour and sesame seed mixture of white and roasted black sesame seeds. Black sesame seeds and rye bring more […]

Spice Cake with Chocolate Irish Cream Icing
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Spice Cake with Chocolate Irish Cream Icing

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and for many also stressful… By sharing my go-to cake for the holidays I wish you all stress free holidays! Spice Cake is the cake my mom would bake every Christmas to us and she often gifts her signature spice cake for friends and family. I have fond memories of licking the spatula as a kid and […]

Beet Red Velvet Brownie Gifts
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Beet Red Velvet Brownie Gifts

With the last gift wrappings going on, let’s make some more :D. Beet Red velvet brownies with cream cheese frosting ribbon and sugar sprinkle star bow! Easy, Cute and Tasty!  Be creative, double stack the brownies with extra frosting in middle (for the friends of frosting) and make them into different shapes and sizes – just like those gifts under the tree (though these gifts […]

Glögi – Mulled Wine Marshmallows
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Glögi – Mulled Wine Marshmallows

Glögi is the Finnish and Estonian spelling or Nordic Mulled Wine, Glögg. It’s a traditional drink during winter and especially around Christmas time. There are various non-alcoholic and alcoholic versions but the main mulling spices used are cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and bitter orange. I prepared a half juice – half red wine glögi with a ready mulling spices mix cooked with an extra cinnamon stick, if you […]

Vegan Christmas Plum Pastries
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Vegan Christmas Plum Pastries

With Christmas only 10 days away I have to admit I feel a bit blue that we won’t be travelling to Finland this year but I am grateful for all the wonderful memories from last white Christmas we spent with my family and friends. To reflect some of my feelings I’ve already started baking some Finnish Christmas pastries such as these Puffy Plum Pastries. The traditional […]

Mascarpone Gingerbread Mousse
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Mascarpone Gingerbread Mousse

A quick midweek post about an easy dessert for the season, Mascarpone Gingerbread Mousse! The recipe uses only 5 ingredients, you can prepare it quickly before dinner and you can serve it right away, though it gets better when chilled at least for an hour and up to 12 hours. I used my favourite store-bought gingerbread cookies; Anna’s Ginger Thins found in Ikea food section, but the […]

Mini Jelly Donuts “Sufganiyot”, Three Ways
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Mini Jelly Donuts “Sufganiyot”, Three Ways

It’s my third Hanukkah in Israel and each time someone hands me a traditional jelly doughnut, Sufganiyah, I rather just have a bite or a half of a doughnut – they are delicious but often too big and since they are fried, also heavy. Last year I made some more traditional shaped Strawberry & White Chocolate Sufganiyot with mini macarons on top. This year my version […]

Easy Coconut Macaroon Bites
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Easy Coconut Macaroon Bites

A quick post before I’m off to catch a flight to Rome for a little getaway with my husband! There’s going to be a lot of eating on this trip (I love Italian food!!!) and we’ll take a closer look on Italian cooking too which I will write more about when we are back, but now to these divine little coconut bites… A few weeks back […]

Pumpkin Pie with a Hint of Chocolate
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Pumpkin Pie with a Hint of Chocolate

Pumpkin Pie, the iconic sweet pie for fall and early winter. Someone said “it’s so end of October” but it’s not that at all, as it’s a popular dessert served on Thanksgiving in both Canada and the United States. I have not found sugar pumpkins in the local stores here, so instead of pureeing pumpkin myself I looked for canned pumpkin and was glad to find Festal […]

Halloween Zombie Eye Ball Chocolate Candy Cake
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Halloween Zombie Eye Ball Chocolate Candy Cake

As we approach Halloween and are eyeballing outfits and holiday makeups this zombie eye ball cake is the cake to keep you focused on the week’s theme! And it is a total treat – a moist chocolate cake with Reese’s Pieces in batter, baked in a wilton ball cake pan set, filled with Candy Corn, Reese’s Pieces, Halloween Candy Skulls and coated with vanilla buttercream and […]