Wednesday, December 25, 2013

On MY Christmas...

One Carrot Cake &  Three Christmas Baskets (gifts for my family)

More Christmas <:)))

Cake & Cookies - Other versions
Gingerbread Cookies/ Traditional Carrot Cake

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gingerbread Cookies Recipe & Free Printables

Full of spiced notes... Perfect for a hot drink!
Jingle Bells ;)

Original recipe HERE ...Ho, ho, ho
Free Printables HERE from Kate Hadfield . Lovely! Thanks Kate :)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

In my Dreams, since I was a little girl, this is how Christmas tastes & smells ;) 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Tree Cake 2013

What's under the tree?
Carrot, orange, coconut, sultanas soaked on Porto wine & some secret spice...Ho, ho, ho

Christmas Carrot special
From 15 to 25 cm Ø

Friday, November 15, 2013

Jake and the Neverland Pirates - Tigui B-Day Party Stuff

The MOST important Day of The YEAR!!!!
My BOY is turning 4 <3

Bottom Cake- 3 layer Carrot/Orange Cake + GreekYogurt Carrot Filling (25cm)
Top Cake / 3 layer Zucchin/Lemon Cake + GreekYogurt Zuchini Fillin (20cm)
9 Kg

Chocolate Cookies for all MATEYS!

Tresure Cake-Pops

Gummy Fruits

FAIRY DUST Pockets for Izzys & HEADBANDS for Jakes
MEDALS for all PIXIE Pirates!

Jake'sWater Bottles

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Dady's B-Day Cake

Tigui says "I LOVE my DaDy & I painted the CAKe"

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Cookies

Sweets or...sweets
Pumpkin Treats with Chocolat Dots Surprise

Cookies are glued with pumpkin jam :)

Inspired by Glorious Treats

Great Idea, Gloria ;)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

My B-Day Cake 2013

Roses...again. I'm in this mood!

Carrot Orange Light Cake/ Carrot Yogurt Filling/ Swiss Merengue Buttercream/Sugarpaste Roses
20 cm cake tin/ 3,00 kg

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sophie's Pink Roses Cake

In Pink we Celebrate
Happy B-Day, Sophie :)

Chocolate Baileys Mud CaKe/ Dark Chocolate & Baileys Ganache Filling/ Buttercream Frosting/ Sugarpaste Decoration
18cm cake tin; 3,5Kg

Monday, September 16, 2013

Raquel & Paulo Love Birthday Cake

"Whoever does not Love does not know God because God is Love" (1 John 4:8)
Two words to describe them: ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!! May all your dreams come true ;)

(Lemon cake with yogurt filling - 22cm cake tin - 3 kg)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Angry Birds Cake

Great Children, Fantastic Parents, Sweet Friends ;)

(Banana cake with brigadeiro filling - round tin 25cm and squared 10x10cm - 5,700 kg)

Monday, August 5, 2013

DIY Dark Chocolate Cookies - Recipe & Tutorial

"By request of several families" (this is a portuguese expression :)) i finally found some time to make a tutorial of the marvelous Chocolate Cookies i usually use in my works. The original recipe is from the wonderful and i follow it step by step, word by word, with religious devotion. You can find the direct link in my Cookies on Sunday Dress Code

This cookies are absolutly tasty and crispy and if you follow the steps, i can assure you they will keep their shapes when you bake them. So, this cookies are just perfect for decorations - sugarpaste, royal icing, etc
Here we go:
 In a large bowl, sift together 750 g (6 cups) all-purpose flour, 137 g (1+1/4 cups) dark cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon (8 g) salt. Set aside.

 In an electric mix fitted with the paddle attachment, cream 454 g (2 cups) softened butter, 400 g (2 cups) of granulated sugar and 228 g (1 cup) of light brown sugar. Cream until fluffy and pale, about 5 minutes.

Beat in 3 cold eggs,

 until just combined

 Add dry mixture and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined

 Add vanilla and blend.

 Remove 1/3 of dough from bowl, make a ball and place on a large piece of plastic wrap...

 ...and wrap pressing down with the palm of your hand making a disc about 2" thick

 Repeat with the 3 dough portions. Chill the 3 discs of dough for about 45 minutes.

 In order to acelerate all the chill processes, you can increase the refrigerator temperature.

Meantime, you can prepare the equipment you'll need next: 7 large pieces of parchment paper - 2 for each disc of dought and one for the oven board.  Your favorite cutters, rolling pin, two 1/4 wooden dowels, wire rack and a paletteknife.

Remove one disc from the refrigerator and unwrap the plastic. Place on top of a piece of parchment paper. Use a silicone rolling mat underneath to ensure it doesn't slip while rolling. Then place two 1/4" wooden dowels on either side of your dough, then another sheet of parchment paper.

 Roll dough (this will require a bit of elbow grease for the first few minutes until it softens up a bit) so it's flush with dowels; they will ensure that your dough is even thickness.

 You can cut a little of the tips... make the dough fit between the dowels no widest than your rolling pin

 When you finish it will look something like this. Slide your parchment paper and dough onto a board, then place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes

Join all the trimmings and make another disc of dough. Don't need to be chilled again; only after rolling.
Preheat the oven 325ºF/160ºC.

Remove from fridge and cut your shapes using the selected cutters...

 ...placing them on a board lined with a silicone bakin mat or parchment paper, with 2" clearance around each one and the edge of the sheet. Chill for another 15 minutes before baking.

 Bake untill cookie edges are just crisp, about 16 minutes.

Cool sheets on wire racks for about 5 minutes, then gently remove cookies and place on wire racks to finish cooling.

It yelds about 40 medium cookies, depending on shape/size.

 Ok, you can't do this cookies if you're in a hurry, but if you find motivation to do something special, it really, really worth it.