Harry Potter has come to a close and with it the end of a dynasty. I’ve never read the books but I’ve seen all the movies. It’s been a tradition of ours. This final installment was no different. Now that I have seen the movies it’s time to bust out the books and read for about 2 weeks straight. I’m not sure how to fit it all in but I’ll figure it out. When I found this and several other tributes to Harry Potter I was interested and thought I’d share them around. Hope you enjoy!
(T)oday’s treat, is dedicated to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I wanted to make Hogwarts a cake, but one that suited everything we’ve learned about the school. I made a delicious spice cake with cream cheese frosting (recipes below), keeping the outside rustic and homespun, just like I think they would serve it at Hogwarts. I covered the whole cake in a thick, fluffy, creamy buttercream and left it au natural, rather than smoothing everything down. Next, I created a banner with the first lines of the Hogwarts school anthem to drape across the top of the cake, as well as each of the four house banners. I love the way the cake looks, and I can easily picture it sitting amongst the amazing desserts and puddings in the Great Hall. But nothing at Hogwarts is what it seems, and this cake is no different. (Read more)
At Gramma Dot’s we use the freshest possible ingredients available which means that this time of the year is uber busy stocking up and prepping food for the coming year. Usually in the beginning of June I start to let my thumb nail grow a little long. I know, sounds weird but it’s the best way I’ve found to hull strawberries without losing the entire cap of the berry. Waste not want not and all that you know. Then I found this neat method to hull a strawberry from Bakingdom! Not only to you get rid of the leafy top but also that tough tip that doesn’t mash well. This strawberry season when it was time to whip up our yearly batch of fresh homemade strawberry jam I didn’t end up with a strange pink thumb like I have since I was a little girl helping mom make enough jam to last 3 kids an entire school year of Peanut Butter & Jam sandwiches. Thankfully we don’t need to make that many jars yet but we are now all set with jam for our PB & J Cupcakes! Read about it here.
A few days ago I decided I needed to have a little treat that reminded me of summer camp when I was a little girl. Sitting around the camp fire with hot dogs on an open fire, singing camp songs and most importantly mastering the delicate art of roasting the perfect S’mores marshmallow.
Now, I will admit to cheating this time. Everything was done in the microwave but I’ve also made S’mores on a BBQ. If you still want that toasty roasty smokey flavour without the fire department knocking on your door for having open flames within city limits the BBQ works great. Just make sure you put them on the top rack and watch them super carefully. But when I saw this recipe from Bakingdom it was quickly added to my list of “MUST TRY THIS ASAP!” Since it’s so intriguing I thought I’d share it even though it doesn’t fall under the ‘cupcake’ catagory. I hope you enjoy it!
There’s not much camping to be had where I live now. I miss it so much. I’ve always loved camping, and I can’t wait to go again once we’re back in the states. In the meantime, though, I’ve come up with a new campfire-y treat, no campfire required. (Read more…)
Andrea, from Bakingdom, shares some great recipes for some summer treats! Such as double chocolate frozen fudge pops, blueberry cheesecake ice cream, burned peach ice cream, pineapple coconut ice cream and, the one I am really excited to try, cinnamon roll milkshakes (pictured to the right).
Are there any cool treats you are looking forward to trying this summer?