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12.23.16

This is the cake to make for the holiday!!! Citrus is in season big time and not only do I love citrus but orange is so refreshing, and such a nice change from the heavy or earthy flavors normally associated with this time of year.  Every year in my stocking my parents give me that delicious chocolate orange that you slam on the counter and it breaks into segments.  The flavor of orange and chocolate together is heavenly, and I decided they’d go together perfectly in a Christmas Cake. Nothing makes me happier than being able to redo a recipe because it wasn’t quite what I wanted. I made this cake for my Christmas gathering and while everyone was kind enough to eat it, and really there was nothing particularly wrong with it my frosting was closer to whipped cream than buttercream, and not stiff enough to hold the layers on top very well.  That plus the fact I let my curd sit out a bit so it was room temperature and  less firm led to some epic weeping out the sides of my cake.  It was messy, I was frustrated, and I was going to be very sad if I couldn’t make it how I wanted.  But I found some time and did!!!! This time around it was perfect, and beautiful, if I may be so bold!!!! Adding the small adornments on top makes it the perfect centerpiece to your Christmas table.  Imagine tiny little people playing in your rosemary sprig forest throwing confectioner sugar snowballs!  PRECIOUS!!!!!

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12.14.16

That’s how the nursery rhyme goes right? No? Hm. Weird. Welcome to the second installment of Cranberry Week!!! I have to say, this week has been full of positivity and exciting news.  You’ll have to wait for my big announcement at the end of this post (cut to everyone scrolling all the way down). And I also have a very fun collaboration I’ll be posting on Friday, and definitely not in the way you’d probably expect.  Not to mention I had the pleasure of being part of a Leonard Cohen tribute concert in Brooklyn Monday night, am having a few close friends over on Saturday, and will get to enjoy a little holiday cheer at a Christmas party tomorrow night.  Don’t worry, I still haven’t bought one Christmas present, I’m still a secret mess.

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11.7.16

The holidays are really here! I’m incredibly behind on presents, I’m working more hours in a day than anyone should, my apartment is a mess and there are only lights as of right now on our tree, yes it is truly the holiday season.  I think it’s funny how people get so excited about this time of year and yet it can be the most stressful time there is! How is that fun? I’ve done my best recently to just go with the flow, and try to enjoy any time I have with friends and loved ones as much as possible. This time of year SHOULD be fun and a little magical.  It’s the time of year for snuggling up and watching Christmas movies, drinking mulled wine……..just drinking really. And I can’t help but want to bake all the time, new things, old things, all the chocolate bark I can make. And when I headed to my friend’s Christmas party, the first of the season, I had to bake something to bring! So I made these egg nog cupcakes.  But I have to say I thought they were…..ok. So I had to make them again, just for myself, and make them better.  In the second batch they were exactly how I wanted them! Full of egg nog flavor, like you can SMELL it when you get near them. You can smell it as soon as you take them out of the oven. The cinnamon frosting is the perfect pairing.  I was thinking of boozing them up, but no alcohol actually sounded complementary or appealing to me in this cupcake.  So I’m glad I left well enough alone, because when I tried one myself, I knew second time was a charm.

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