Category Desserts and Candy

Caramel Mud Layer Cake


1½ cups plain flour, sifted
1½ cups caster sugar
1 ½ cups cocoa, sifted
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

2 eggs
¾ cup (190mL) buttermilk
¾ cup (190mL) warm water
¼ cup (60mL) vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

Salted Caramel

1 cup caster sugar
1 tbsp light corn syrup
½ cup heavy cream
2 tsp sea salt
5 tbsp cold butter, chopped

Chocolate Frosting

3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Prepare frosting by first, in a small bowl, sift together the confectioners sugar and cocoa powder. Add butter, milk, and vanilla; stir until smooth and free of lumps. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  3. Grease and line the base and s...
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Apple Crisp for Two

Apple Crisp for Two
I went to the farmer's market today and found some delicious Honeycrisp apples. I bought half-a-peck. As I came home, my mouth watered for homemade apple crisp. However, I knew that it would just be me and my husband for dinner this evening, and I did not want to make a regular size apple crisp for just the two of us. BUT...Apple Crisp for Two is just right.
Recipe type: Desserts & Candy
Serves: 2
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  • 2 Medium size Honeycrisp Apples (Honeycrisp apples are predominately a sweet apple with just enough tartness to make a great baking apple)
  • 2 tsp. Sugar
  • ¼ tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 TBP Quick-Cooking Oats
  • 2 TBS Flour
  • 1 TBS Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp. chopped Walnuts
  • 2 TBS...

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Southern Peach Cobbler

Southern Peach Cobbler
Went to the farmer's market yesterday and found a great deal on white peaches. (White peaches are lower in acid and taste sweeter than yellow peaches.) They looked so good I purchased 5 pounds. Then when I got home decided that Peach Cobbler would be on the menu for this evening. Gathered all utensils and ingredients.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
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  • Peaches - about 4 cups (2.5 lbs.)
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Butter or Margarine
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Cornstarch
  • Nutmeg
  • Brown Sugar
  • Water
  • Lemon Juice
  • Pecans
  1. Biscuit Topping:
  2. Sift together:
  3. c. sifted all-purpose flour
  4. TBS. sugar
  5. /2 tsp. baking powder
  6. /4 tsp. salt
  7. Add to the sifted flour ...

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Fairy Princess Barbie Cake


A couple weeks ago, my soon-to-be 5 year old granddaughter came to me and said she wanted a Fairy Princess Barbie Cake for her birthday party.

I decided that this would be a new challenge for me.  I have seen many versions of this type of cake – but had not baked and decorated one myself.  I mentioned this to one of my co-workers and between the two of us, we came up with some ideas on how this could be accomplished without purchasing one of those very expensive Barbie cake pans.

I also used an ovenproof Pyrex bowl for the top of the skirt.

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I used a Fairy Princess Barbie doll so that my granddaughter could have the doll as a gift after the cake was cut.  I know that cake stores sell the Barbie torsos so that you don’t have to make such a large cake skirt.  I would suggest purchasing a Barbie with painted on clothing that way the icing will not ruin the clothing.  Wrap the Barbie legs and hair in plastic wrap to protect it from the icing and cake.

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