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Sparkling Cranberries with White Chocolate Cheesecake

For Christmas dinner I chose to make dessert.  Again, a cheesecake.  They go over really well in my family.  I followed this recipe from Pinterest with only making one change and that was to use almond extract instead of vanilla.

This cake was super yummy.  I love the tartness of the cranberry combined with the sweetness of the cake.

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For Christmas I only made 3 different treats this year, which worked out well.  It didn't take up too much of my time and also reminds of why I like to do cakes!  All three recipes did not like how dry it was in the condo.

1. Millionaire's Shortbread - This is my absolute favourite.  I only make it at Christmas otherwise it would be all I eat.  It's like a homemade Twix bar.  I double the recipe for the shortbread and bake in a 9 x 13 pan.  The caramel and chocolate topping I only use one recipe for and it works well.  This first batch turned out really well.  The 2nd batch the shortbread was way to flakey; not a bad thing but it doesn't cut as nicely when it's a bit wetter.  Of course, I had to add some gold to the top to see how it turned out.

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Pistachio Crusted Cheesecake

Today we had a family get together at one of my cousin's house.  I was tasked with bringing a dessert.  She was worried that I was tired of making desserts but I love to get a chance to do whatever I want and try something new; something that doesn't necessarily have to be a cake or elaborately decorated. 

Okay, so I still made a cake, but a cheesecake is a totally different category.  I found the recipe on Pinterest.  I did make a few changes from the recipe: I used a 10" pan instead of a 9", used almond extract instead of vanilla and I didn't bother to strain the apricot jam.  Continuing the gold kick I added some to the tops of the raspberries.  This is a really good recipe!  It went over well with the family.

Liliana's First Birthday Cake

There's nothing more fun to do then a 1st birthday cake; especially when it's pink and gold.

I've always had trouble with covering fondant in gold that didn't look like it had streaks.  Finally, I purchased some amazing gold metallic lustre dust from Flour Confections.  It was worth every dime!  It went on like butter!

Before the buttercream icing had chance to set I added the fondant letters to the cake and then refrigerated until it was ready for pick up.

The cake was two tiered; 10" two layer chocolate and 8" two layer vanilla.  I love how the gold shimmers!

Smuggler's Cover Birthday Cake for Skip

Miss E has been going to Canadian Adventure Camp for the past 3 summers and has loved every minute of it.  So, when I was asked to make a birthday cake for the camp's owner, Skip, I was very happy to do so.  I knew Miss E would be thrilled too.

This cake was a 3 layer 8" carrot cake with cream cheese filling.  Cream cheese icing is not as sturdy as buttercream so I decided to cover it in fondant so I could have a much easier canvas to work with.  I decided to have some fun with painting the sides of the cake instead of decorating with fondant.

I love how the trees turned out.  I will definitely be doing this again.  It also goes a lot faster than cutting and piecing fondant together, that's for sure.

Mr. Dewell's Anniversary Cake

This weekend St. Paul's celebrated their organist's 40th anniversary.  He is an amazing musician! I am always awed to watch him play the organ and the piano.  Needless to say I was more than thrilled to be able to make this cake for him.

This is a 6" four layer chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling.  I covered in white fondant.  To mark the white keys I used a straight edge and pressed in about very 3/4 of an inch.  Then I added the black keys on top.

Mr. Dewell loves a big statement flower so I made the biggest one that I could and then brushed it with gold shimmer dust.  

I also made 10 dozen cupcakes for the congregation to enjoy 5 dozen vanilla and 5 dozen chocolate.  Mr. Dewell got to take the cake home.

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I was excited to ask to make this cake for Michelle's retirement.  I remember when she first came to the school where my parents taught.  That was a a few years ago!

This cake is a 9 x 13 two layer chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling.  Michelle is an avid volley ball player which is why it is on the front of the cake.  Otherwise I decorated the cake it in a classic teacher theme with chalk board and apples.

Congratulations Michelle!