Here’s to the summer heat and happy Bastille Day,
This is one of my favorite cakes of all time. There is a little cupcake shop in Portland that has the best coconut cream cheese cupcakes and I have finally been able to replicate the taste in gluten free cake form.For the frosting, just cream 8 oz of unsalted butter, then add 10 oz. cream cheese. Mix in 1 tsp. vanilla. Then, incorporate 1/2 cup of sifted confectioners sugar (add more sugar if you like sweeter frosting). Once the cakes have cooled, put a thin layer of frosting between the cakes. Then lightly frost the top and sides. Lastly, add a little bit of toasted coconut to the top.This is a great cake recipe but really everything is good with cream cheese frosting. Get the printable recipe here.
What type of cake do you like to make in the summer?
Not sure if any of you are Bachelorette fans like I am (it’s one of my guilty pleasure), but I decided to make a Bachelorette Bracket. Sort of like March Madness but instead of basketball teams, it’s the contestants on the Bachelorette. (FYI if you are not caught up don’t look any further).
If you play with friends, you can award points based on how many you correctly move to the following week. If you get 6 out of the 8 in Round 4 correct you would get 6 pts. for that round, and so on. Since we are already a few weeks in, I started the brackets with the 11 remaining bachelors. Get the PDF version here.
Who do you think is a good match for Andi and will make it to the Final Four?
These apricot oatmeal bars ended up being a great snack to have around and they were gone within two days. Since they were pretty simple to make, I’ll have to make some more. They ended up being the perfect combo of crunchy and soft, I highly recommend whipping up a batch or two for snacks during the week. Check out the recipe below and get the printable recipe card here.
I’ve decided to start a new series on Silk & Cinnamon that highlights a fun party idea and includes decor, food or drink ideas, and an invite that you can customize for your own use. The first one is a flamingo themed pool party that has a hint of the 50′s.
1. A chic black and white striped tent // 2. Lawn flamingos straight from the 50′s // 3. Striped pool towels // 4. Flamingo straws // 5. Polka – dot cupcake liners // 6. Inflatable flamingo floating drink holders
If you are interested in using this invitation for your own party, message me and I can send you a customized file with your details that you can print yourself.
I hope you enjoy this new series on the blog, I have already got a couple more ideas in the works.
This recipe is ideal for brunch, since you bake the French toast, it allows the meal to be prepared and ready at one time for all your guests. Plus, it remains extra moist because it cooks slowly. Add some syrup and fruit and it’s perfect for a spring breakfast. I love using challah or brioche for French toast, it adds a bit of extra fluffiness! See below for the recipe and click here for the recipe card.
Following the creation of my terrarium, I decided to try another planting project. This time with mason jars and herb seeds, hopefully they’ll be successful.
For each seed type you’ll need: 1 mason jar, a large handful of putting soil, a small handful of pea pebbles, a handful of perlite, herb seeds. You can also buy a kit with all the supplies you need here.
Directions: 1. Start with an inch of perlite. 2. Then put a 1/2 inch layer of pebbles. 3. Followed by 2 inches of soil. 4. Make a small hole in the soil with your finger, about 1 inch deep. 5. Place the herb seeds and the hole and cover with soil. 6. Add water and sunlight.
I’m hoping my seeds will soon grow into plants that I can use in cooking.
Off to enjoy the Seattle sun!
While this dessert might appear to be complicated, you literally only need four ingredients, all of which you probably already have in your kitchen. It is the perfect last minute dessert for unexpected guests or just to satisfy your chocolate craving. Special thanks to my aunt for sharing this recipe with me.Get the printable recipe card here.