Category Archives: cake

Star Gingerbread Cookies

Star Gingerbread Cookies
What a beautiful and easy way to make holiday cookies.

Made with Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Mardi Gras King Cake Crescents

Mardi Gras King Cake Crescents
It’s hard to believe Mardi Gras is almost here.  This year I decided to keep it simple and make King Cake Crescents.  Only a few ingredients are needed and it really didn’t take much time to make these

For the crescent roll dough, I used Annie’s Organic Crescent Rolls which can be found in health food stores.

To make 16 King Cake Crescents:

1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup organic powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp cinnamon
2 cans (8 oz each) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

1 cup organic powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk

yellow, green, purple sugar


Cake Decorating For Beginners: Vines

I hope to do more of these quick tutorials for beginner cake decorating.  Keep in mind that even these easy techniques take some practice and getting used to.

Cake Decorating For Beginners: Shells

Shell borders are found on more cakes than any other border.  They are easy to master and even if you don’t do them perfect, they still look great.  It’s the border I use on my signature cookies.

Icing should be stiff enough so that the shell will hold its shape but thin enough so the icing will squeeze through the tube.

I used a Wilton tube 22 in this video.

Mardi Gras King Cake

I used a traditional king cake recipe (minus the plastic baby) but used a non-traditional buttercream icing. The buttercream decoration not only looks prettier, but it tastes better.  In my opinion, the traditional glaze with colored sugars makes the cake soggy and overly sweet tasting.  The green, purple, and gold colors from the sugars tend to run when the cake is more than a day old too.  I really liked the cinnamon butter filling in this recipe.

Buttercream icing recipe can be found over at Gretchen’s Bakery.  I used half the recipe and it was more than enough for one king cake.  But this is so good that you may want to make the full batch and freeze half of it.

For the cake:
8 ounces Sour Cream (or plain yogurt)
1/4 cup (35 g) sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 (1/4 oz) envelope active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (100 – 110 degrees)
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 to 3 /14 cups bread flour (all purpose flour may be used but will result in a more dense cake)

For Filling:
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup (35 g) sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Buttercream Icing and Icing colors (See above)


Divide buttercream into 3 portions and color each one a different color (Yellow, green, purple)


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Gingerbread Cake with Fresh Ginger (Clean Eating…without top

So I think I found the best gingerbread cake recipe…ever.  I was able to conform the recipe to a clean eating standard and if you replace the eggs with an egg replacer such as Ener g or aquafaba, it can be made vegan.  What I really love about this recipe is that it uses fresh ginger in addition to the powdered ginger.


The fresh ginger adds so much flavor to it.


260 grams Whole Wheat Pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
10 grams finely shredded fresh ginger
1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery sticks or 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
100 grams Coconut Sugar
1 teaspoon good quality Stevia (or you can use 50 grams of raw sugar)
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup unsulphured molasses (To prevent the molasses from sticking to the measuring cup, first spray the cup with a non stick vegetable spray.)
1 cup almond milk (any milk will work)


Once cooled, you can eat this just the way they are and keep it clean eating or add a topping.  I used a coconut cream topping.  To make the topping beat together

1 can of coconut cream
2 tablespoons honey (you can use maple syrup or brown rice syrup to make it vegan)
1 tsp vanilla extract.

Refrigerate topping to firm up before using.

My gingerbread cookie recipe can be found at