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Party Cakes

25 Apr

The latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens features lovely cakes in all shades of pink with sprinkles and ribbon buttercream. I know not everyone reads the magazine, so I had to share the beautiful photographs, recipes and how-to’s. Yes, they have a how-to on each frosting.

I think these would be perfect for a mother’s day cake, don’t you? Or any celebration cake. Plus, check out Food Network’s Frost by Numbers frosting tips, here.

xoxo, Ari

How-to Gallery:

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*I do not own these photos. I purchased and scanned the clips myself.


San Francisco Farmers Market

20 Apr

A few photos from the San Francisco Ferry Building and Farmers Market

xoxo, Ari


Prepping for Earth Day 2012

10 Apr


Easter and Springtime Cookies

10 Apr

Hello again!

This past weekend I made some Easter and Spring themed cookies using my favorite and most delicious Sugar Cookie Recipe and Royal Icing Recipe (I add lemon extract).

These were taken with my camera phone, so the quality of image is not the best.

enjoy and happy baking!

Lucky Charms ‘N Fruity Pebbles

14 Mar

Easy treats made of cereal!

Yes, please!

Via TheKitchn

Okay, now just add GREEN Candies and you’re all set.

Via Glorious Treats

And if you have a chance, stop by The Chocolate Bar. They dip all kinds of cereal balls into milk and dark chocolate. OMgosH HEAVEN! May favorite are the Lucky Charms dipped in Dark Chocolate.



Somewhere over the Rainbow

13 Mar

But FIRST, HOORAY! This is my 100th post!


Thanks so much for reading 🙂

And now, what better way to celebrate the 100th post than with COLORFUL and TASTY Treats!

Here are some yummy, colorful and sort of easy-t0-make treat ideas for St. Patty’s Day!


How-to here from Sweet Sugar Belle

In Katrina’s Kitchen Rainbow Choco Chip Cookie Recipe

Munchkin Munchies Rainbow Cake Pops! Adorbs.

Rasberrie Cupcakes Blog shares Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats

Cute. Creative. Tasty, I’m sure!

xoxo, Ari

St. Patty’s Day countdown – Day 1

12 Mar

Remember this post? I’ll be posting fun recipes this whole week for this Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!

I’m not a huge fan, but my friend Rachel in NYC is. So, I’m dedicating all posts to her. Love ya, girly!

Here we go…

Let’s start with something that can be eaten for Breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Lucky Spinach Quiche from Diamonds for Dessert Blog.

Yum. Recipe here.

Better Homes & Gardens Shamrock Milkshakes!

Recipe here.

Irish Mojito! I love mojitos and this one from Fashionably Bombed looks da bomb! (eh, sorry for that one)

Blog and recipe here.



Coming soon…

23 Feb


My heart cake. I did it!!!

20 Feb

Okay, so I’ve been admiring I Heart Baker’s Heart Cake recipe for the past year. So, I gathered up the courage and decided to test it out. Davey loves coconut, so I decided to use Ina Garten’s Coconut Cake recipe instead of the original Magnolia Cake recipe. Oh, and I cheated on the red velvet part. Because I didn’t want to make a lot of extra cake for the heart filling, I went ahead and made a trip to my favorite local bakery, Rao’s, and bought one red velvet cupcake for $3. 😉

The four layers of coconut cake were baked and refrigerated on Sunday. Monday was frosting and carving time (eeek!). Then, the moment of truth came Tuesday, Valentine’s Day…and the results were TERRIFIC!  I cannot even begin to explain how much joy I felt after I sliced the first piece and saw my little red velvet heart inside.

“I did it!” I did it! There cute little heart was there …on my FIRST try! I couldn’t believe it.

Okay, so it was leaning slightly, but I think I did OK for my first try!

Bleeding Love? Just kidding.

If you love to bake and are ready to take on a “culinary challenge” then give this cake a try. I love it mucho!



Sweeties for your Sweetie: Glitter Cupcakes

13 Feb

Made these on Friday. Love the sparkles.

I’m addicted to edible sprinkle dust.

You can buy some online here, or if you are in Houston, then I recommend Make A Cake (my #1!) for baking supplies.