this week’s bake – fraisier cake

This week’s bake was a real challenge to make . . . a classic French cake, derived from the French word “fraise”, meaning strawberry.  It is a combination of layers of a Genoise sponge cake, vanilla syrup, creme patisserie, strawberries, and whipped cream. Making this cake is a series of multiple steps, in which I felt like I used every bowl and pan in the … Continue reading this week’s bake – fraisier cake

this week’ bake – valentine sugar cookies

This week’s bake is Valentine sugar cookies that I made for my office for Valentine’s Day.  I’m giving them a little early since making and decorating them is such a long process, it’s not something I can do in an evening after work. This is the same dough recipe I used for the snowflake cookies and the recipe can be found here.  The dough did … Continue reading this week’ bake – valentine sugar cookies

this week’s bake – gooey butter cookies

If you’ve ever had “Gooey Butter Cake”, then you know what these cookies will taste like because they are made from the same ingredients and taste equally as good. The dough for these cookies is really gooey.  I thought maybe it would be less so after chilling the dough, but it wasn’t much better. Be prepared to get your fingers sticky and gooey when rolling … Continue reading this week’s bake – gooey butter cookies

this week’s bake – sugar cookies (and my first attempt at royal icing)

Well, it is Sunday, and time to bake again.  I’ve had this almond-flavored sugar cookie recipe for years and it’s always been a favorite.  It came with an icing recipe, but I wanted to try my hand at Royal Icing. This recipe says to chill the dough for 1 hour after making before rolling it out.  Since I didn’t make up the dough until Saturday … Continue reading this week’s bake – sugar cookies (and my first attempt at royal icing)

this week’s bake – macaroon angel cakes

I’ve decided to start a new weekly series to carry me through winter, until the flowers are blooming again, and I can continue with “this week’s bouquet”.  When winter hits with a “punch”, I need something to entertain myself until I can garden again.  Plus, the oven warms the house and the aromas are heavenly. So . . . to start the series, I’m making … Continue reading this week’s bake – macaroon angel cakes