Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

It was Canadian Thanksgiving last weekend and I decided to make fruity dessert rather than a traditional pumpkin pie.  I found a good recipe for a Cranberry Upside-Down Cake on the Martha Stewart website.

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

The cake tasted great but did not look as good as I wanted it to.  I made it in a 9in spring form pan eventhough the recipe called for baking it in an 8in baking pan.  It would have been nice if there was more cake to fruit ratio but the flavors together worked really well and I would probably make this cake again.

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

I decided to add some slivered almonds to the top of the cake with the cranberry mixture.  The flavor and texture of the almonds was good but the almonds kind of stuck to the bottom of the cake pan and didn't give the cake a very appealing look.  I also did not have any allspice so I substituted nutmeg instead.  The nutmeg flavor was a bit overwhelming and I should have used less but overall the cake tasted good.  I posted the link to the recipe above for you to try as well, enjoy!

 

Cranberry Vanilla Rice Krispie Squares

Cranberry Vanilla Rice Krispie Squares

I recieved mixed reviews about these treats from my friends.  Some said that they loved the combination of the vanilla and cranberry flavors but some said that they would have been better if I took the cranberries out.  I decided to use vanilla flavored Rice Krispies and added extra vanilla extract into the marshmallow mixture.  Overall, the vanilla flavor of the rice krispie squares were great but I may leave out the cranberries next time as they weren't everyones favorite. 

Cranberry Vanilla Rice Krispie Squares

Wedding Desserts for Matt and Laura Greenwood

Matt and Laura Wedding Cake

It has been a busy, fun, crazy summer and to top it all off I got to attend a fabulous wedding at the beginning of September.  My good friends Matt and Laura Greenwood got married on September 17, 2011 but the fun didn't start there.  There was many bridal showers, wedding parties and an awesome bachlorette party.  I had so much fun attending all of these events that I wanted to share all of the treats that I got to eat along the way.

Wedding Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I made these chocolate covered strawberries for Laura's fisrt birdal shower.  They are very easy to make and you can find the recipe on my website here.  As mentioned before, these treats are best eaten the day they are made.

Ice Cream Cake

This was Laura's bridal shower ice cream cake.  We all enjoyed this Dairy Queen ice cream cake, especially because it looks a lot like the couple.

Matt and Laura Greenwood

Unfortunately, we did not get to taste this wedding cake because it was a 'fake' cake.  I had never heard of them before but they call them 'fake' cakes because there is only one piece of real cake at the back so that you can cut into it and enjoy but the rest of the cake is unedible. 

All in all, it was a great summer full of wonderful treats that I wanted to share with you.  Thanks again to Matt and Laura for such an amazing wedding; I am so greatful to have been a part of everyone moment!

Grandma's Shortbread

Shortbread Cookies

This is not actually my Grandma's Shortbread Cookie recipe but in fact this is what the recipe is called.  I got this recipe on the back of the 'Canada Corn Starch' box and they are 'deliciously simple' as the box states.  The cookies are light but buttey and soft but flakey.  This is a good and quick recipe and who knew it would come off a corn starch box!

Shortbread Cookies

Grandma's Shortbread

1/2 Cup (Canada) corn starch
1/2 Cup icing sugar
1 Cup all-purpose flour
3/4 Cup butter, softened

1) Sift together corn starch, icing sugar and flour
2) With a wooden spoon, blend in butter until soft and smooth dough forms
3) Roll dough out to about 1/4 in thick and cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters (if dough is too soft to handle, cover and chill for about 30-60min)
4) Bake at 300F for about 15-20min or until edges become lightly browned
5) Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!