Tie onesie cookies and coconut cake

full set with onesie feature

Celebrating the arrival of little boys with soft blues is a party theme favorite for me. This set was for a “sip and see” shower to welcome the arrival of baby John. I made favor cookies, tied up in cellophane bags with silver-gray ribbon and a coconut rose design cake, incorporating that soft blue into the buttercream roses.  The cake was finished with a dash of toasted coconut. I tucked that same coconut into the layers for some extra crunch. For the bottle cookies, I wanted to use that deep yellow of early fall and the signature baby boy blue.
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Chocolate adorned raspberry cheesecake

I’ve been waiting to post this cake since last spring.  And today – maybe because the pictures evoke an autumnal tone, or because I just celebrated a birthday myself – I’m feeling happy and energized and ready to type up a recipe for you. This is a cake I made for my friend Elise, whom I am coming to believe is my “dessert twin.”  Everything sweet that she likes, I like.  Accordingly, the cheesecake with a handful of fresh raspberries and a hint of chocolate garnish that she chose for her last birthday is the cake that my mind wanders
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Summertime cakes!

Before the days of swimsuits drying on the back deck and homemade popsicles slip into school hours and talk of Halloween costumes, I wanted to share a couple of my “summertime cakes,” made to celebrate little girls who were lucky enough to be born in the summer, when a pool party will always make the short list…. The first cake was made for just that – a pool birthday party –  with (you guessed it) a BEACH BALL theme! Everything was done in bright primary colors and the birthday girl bounced into age 5 with a fondant enrobed chocolate cake,
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Almond Poppy Seed Awesomeness Cake

If you know me, you know that I’ll beg you to make your birthday cake. Or your neighbor’s birthday cake. Maybe even your little pet hamster’s cake, if I have the ingredients on hand (what is that exactly, wood shavings?). But this cake – this particular people cake – is one of my all time faves, made every mid-January for my cousin’s birthday. It’s a recipe from a dear friend – Pat – a coworker from his YMCA camp directorship days. This moist, yummy bundt cake provides the lingering subltey of almond extract balanced with the snap of a generous portion
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Blueberry Muffin Birthday Cake and a time saving tip!

My last little baby – precious Ren – turned one this past week. There’s just a few things to report about the going’s on of a one-year-old: 1.)  Ren’s healthy, but she doesn’t move from her perfectly content sitting position. Hopefully, crawling and walking are on her bucket list. 2.)  When Ren’s ready to sleep, she reaches for her blankie and the fingers on her left hand. They’re like sleep lollipops. 3.)  Ren loves blueberries. The list looks short, but it’s pretty complete. Babies are not over sharers (they leave that to their older siblings). So…Ren loves blueberries. The jury’s
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