Tag: Holiday Baking

Halloween Zombie Eye Ball Chocolate Candy Cake
Cakes

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 […]

Halloween Piñata Cookies
Cookies

Halloween Piñata Cookies

It’s that time of year again… Halloween is slowly creeping upon us, only 19 days to go! What better time to make some tricks with treats! These Trick-Or-Treat Halloween cookies are fun to make, almost too cute to eat and doubled joy when given to friends. Unfortunately I have never yet experienced a trick-or-treating myself – in Finland we have a somewhat similar Easter tradition called […]

Apple Pomegranate Honey Cake (Gluten Free and Dairy Free)
Cakes

Apple Pomegranate Honey Cake (Gluten Free and Dairy Free)

Whether you are celebrating, serving a dinner party or just feel like having some nutty fruitylicious cake, this cake is perfect for the season. Made with ground almonds and using apple sauce instead of butter it’s both gluten free and dairy free. The cake is deliciously moist and fruity and it does not too heavy to top off a meal. It’s an upside-down apple cake glazed with […]

Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes, Two Ways
Cupcakes

Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes, Two Ways

These chocolate cupcakes are perfect for the season. Fun apple toppers for kids and stronger dark chocolate & pecan for the rest. If your regular green fondant does not quite look like apple green you can easily lighten it by mixing some white fondant in it. I also used a bit of yellow fondant and worked it with my hands rather than a mixer to keep […]

Matzah-Coconut Truffles
Bars & Chocolates

Matzah-Coconut Truffles

It’s Passover and we’ve been eating plenty of Matzo over the last three days… And there’s more to come, so naturally it’s time to incorporate this special flatbread into desserts too! These easy to make matzah-coconut truffles are dairy free and have no added sugar. This time I chose to make them in cute little heart shaped foil chocolate liners without coating. You can also roll them […]

Easter Egg Macaron Cookies
Macarons

Easter Egg Macaron Cookies

Sometimes you just have those days when things don’t go as planned… Well, let me tell you what happened while making these macaron cookies that I planned to fill with chocolate ice cream but ended up serving as almond-meringue cookies with no filling. I prepared the egg shaped macaron shells the day before, using my regular macaron recipe and colours mixture that I will write […]

Chocolate Coconut Easter Cupcakes
Cupcakes

Chocolate Coconut Easter Cupcakes

These Palm Sunday Easter cupcakes are bittersweet cakes with coconut buttercream frosting topped with little cute bird nests consisting of dark chocolate, desiccated coconut and jelly beans. I have wonderful memories of my childhood Easter holidays, they were filled with family time, Easter grafting, chocolate egg hunt and playing outside in the first signs of spring. The fun would start from picking up and decorating willow branches […]

Coconut & Pineapple Mille-Feuilles
Other Desserts

Coconut & Pineapple Mille-Feuilles

Inspired by our Thailand holiday and perhaps my favourite tropical fruit duo – pineapple and coconut, I gave this French pastry my first try. I baked them into individual sized pastries for pretty presentation, which also makes them great serving for parties. You could double the amount by cutting them into even smaller pieces and serve as cocktail bites – add some rum to the pastry […]

Sugar Free Hamantaschen Berry Pie
Sugar Free

Sugar Free Hamantaschen Berry Pie

Just like last year, I was late baking Hamantash and sharing this a day after Purim. If you are done with hamantaschen for this year – save the recipe for next one. 😉 This is a sugar & dairy-free recipe without artificial sweeteners or margarine. The pastry is soft and has a light lemony flavour and berry filling is made out of frozen berries. Even though […]

Laskiaispulla – Sweet Cardamom Buns
Leavened

Laskiaispulla – Sweet Cardamom Buns

Shrove Tuesday is in some countries known as Pancake Day. In Finland it’s called Laskiainen and it’s a generally celebrated by kids going out sledging and coming home to some warming green pea soup and laskiaispulla; a sweet cardamom bun filled with jam or almond paste and whipped cream.  Last year I made the I heart Finnish Shrove Buns, from which this version differs by type of yeast used, […]

Gingerbread and Dulcey Macarons
Macarons

Gingerbread and Dulcey Macarons

Christmas countdown may be over but these spicy macarons are going to make you love gingerbread again, and if you have too many gingerbread cookies left you may want to add some more of those in form of crumbs, either in the shells or filling. The dulcey chocolate I used in the filling was a finding I made before Christmas in a local delicatessen store in Israel, […]

Croquembouche
Cakes

Croquembouche

Crunch in the mouth, a croquembouche,  lengthy project but truly worth it. I have done choux pastry before, but never have they looked as impressive as this.  This was my first croquembouche and it won’t be the last, that you can be sure of. It’s as diverse as other cakes as you can amend the size, use different fillings and play with the decorations. Here’s how I made […]

Strawberry & White Chocolate Sufganiyot
Leavened

Strawberry & White Chocolate Sufganiyot

In middle of all the peppermint and gingerbread baking, while local bakeries in Israel are all presenting their beautiful Sufganiyah doughnuts, it’s time for a BIP version, naturally with a macaron on top. 🙂 Happy Hanukkah!

Gingerbread Igloo and Cookies
Cookies

Gingerbread Igloo and Cookies

Baking gingerbread cookies has been an annual tradition for me ever since I was a little girl. My mom would make a big batch of gingerbread cookie dough that we’d bake around Christmas time. Sometimes we’d buy a ready made frozen dough, not that making your own dough would be hard, there’s just some really nice ready made frozen doughs and they save up time on already busy season. […]

Vanilla & Blueberry Macarons
Macarons

Vanilla & Blueberry Macarons

Happy 97th Independence Day, Finland! Time for blue and white desserts, so I decided to make macarons. Blue and white shells filled with vanilla flavoured white chocolate ganache and unsweetened blueberry preserve. I did save some shells for later and am thinking of using vanilla chantilly cream and frozen blueberries as an alternative filling. You can make them round or heart shaped, one or two coloured and organize […]

Pecan Pie
Pies & Tarts

Pecan Pie

 I made this yummy pecan pie for my first Thanksgiving dinner with friends last week. Late post for Thanksgiving but a warm pecan pie makes a great winter dessert, and who knows maybe I make it to our family’s Christmas dinner this year. Serve warm, on it’s own, with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Chocolate Turkey Cake
Cakes

Thanksgiving Chocolate Turkey Cake

Thanksgiving Chocolate Turkey – This one is for all my American friends, wishing you a Very Happy Thanksgiving! I never celebrated thanksgiving myself but after seeing pictures of dozens of cute turkey cake pops and mini cakes with their adorable candycorn tails, all over the internet, I could not resist making a turkey themed cake. And here it is, tail from dark chocolate, sugar sprinklers and white chocolate, chocolate […]