First birthdays are often the first time kids get to try a piece of cake, so why not give them the whole cake. . . and then let them smash it to smithereens! I made this cake for the wonderful people at Awestruck, to announce my involvement in their new show- Ultimate Birthday Cake Battle! I am the host, and the judge!
In the Ultimate Birthday Cake Battle, two moms compete head to head for a cash prize. They get only 90 minutes to decorate and assemble their cake design. They are given the theme ahead of time so they have a chance to plan their cake, but are forced to complete it under the time restriction and the cameras! You’re going to be so impressed with these moms. They are tough!
Today my guest host Paityn challenged me to the Chips Ahoy! Cookie Challenge. In this challenge, we have to correctly guess the flavour of the Chips Ahoy! cookie within 15 seconds, while blindfolded. The first person to guess 3 correctly is the winner! The loser has to do a chug of lemon juice…YUCK!
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If you have a rainbow lover or someone who adores unicorns, you must make this cake for them. It’s so magically perfect.
I love to take a traditional recipe and put a new spin on it! This is definitely the case when it comes to putting a meringue cookie on top of a mini lemon pie- in a waffle bowl! If you think I’m insane for doing this, that’s okay. You can always use the filling for a traditional lemon pie.
Blondies/brownies, same thing, but a different colour. It’s not rocket science, people. It’s baking science. You might have even heard of these referred to as “cookie bars”, but whatever you want to call them, call them delicious! I’ve just managed to make two corny jokes in the first two sentences, so you better just watch the video . . . or continue to read at your own expense!
This is a very versatile recipe in that you can add any ingredient into the bars that you want. If you don’t like M&M’s (what is wrong with you?), add in regular chocolate chips! If you want to stick with the “blondie” idea, add in white chocolate chunks instead. These would also be great with an addition of nuts to add a bit of crunch to them.
When Paul and I first started dating, Christmas was only two months into our relationship. Can you say awkward? I had no idea what to buy him and ended up getting him some gift certificates to somewhere I don’t even remember. It was a total cop-out, but I didn’t know him well enough to get him something more personal.
During that first Christmas, I tried my first Italian Peach Cookie. It was amazing! When Italians get together, there is never a shortage of food. Never. A dessert tray is no different from a main course or the third, or the fifth- there is always a ton of food. The cookie platter that held the peach cookies, had a bunch of other pastries and sweets as well, so I’ve got a lot of cookies to replicate in the years to come.
Finally last year, I tried to replicate the peach cookies on my own, without help (my stubbornness shining through!) and didn’t succeed. This year, with my Mother In Law in better spirits (she has had some heart problems in the past), I approached her about teaching me, and then teaching everyone in a YouTube tutorial. Being that she is 80 years old, she has no idea what YouTube is, and barely understands a computer. But, being the strong, confident woman that she is, she was willing to do something that she didn’t really understand the purpose behind. She has been wanting to help us for years in our business, and she was so happy to finally be able to do so.
Paul and I will cherish this video for many years to come, and we are so lucky to have been able to include Pina in our tutorial.