Happy Birthday Sissy!

My sister wanted a double chocolate cake with sprinkles for her birthday, so I offered to make it.

Always the one for a challenge, I located a scratch recipe that called for espresso powder to deepen the chocolate flavor in both the cake and frosting. 🙂 I also decided it was time for me to try my hand at strawberry roses…

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The finished product turned out pretty well, and my sister enjoyed every bite! Happy Birthday Sarah!

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-Anna San

Boutonniere

My brother’s confirmation is just around the corner so in preparation for the big day, I found an easy tutorial on how to make a boutonniere. 🙂 

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On the day of I will be using a red flower, but for my practice run today I utilized items that I already had on hand: a yellow carnation and a Japanese Maple leaf for filler. Pretty stoked about how this one turned out, and can’t wait to make another!

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-Anna San

Now Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding!

Every year We Wish You A Merry Christmas plays on the radio, and the question that always follows “What is Figgy Pudding?” So this year I made it my goal to wonder no more, by surprising my family with homemade Figgy Pudding for Christmas. 🙂

The whole process was an adventure from finding and prepping the ingredients, to making and serving the pudding. I honestly had no idea what I was making until it was on my plate! I always pictured a fig puree with the consistency of pudding, but instead it was a cake with caramel sauce!

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Chopping the figs – very messy workIMG_20151225_144752

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What I expected the figgy pudding to be lol

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Cake batter?

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Grating chocolate is time consuming and messy work

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Combining all the ingredients…

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Fresh outta the oven – it’s a cake?!

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Prepping the caramel sauce

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Voila! The finished product.

I had a lot of fun doing it, and even more fun sharing it with my family! Merry Christmas everyone!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San