Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

This week, I went to a cookie exchange.  It was so much fun!  For those of you who have not done one of these, basically you bake a lot of one kind of cookie (ours was 6 dozen packaged into 12 half dozens).  Then you get a half dozen of each kind of cookie that your friends bring, which is A LOT of cookies!  Now, I need to figure out what to do with all these cookies!! :)

I (of course) looked on Pinterest for inspiration.  I found these cookies that looked fun.  I just switched out the recipe for my own sugar cookie recipe that I love.  They were a bit time consuming but, so worth it in the end.  Look how festive they are!  In case you have not done all of your baking for the season yet, I am posting the recipe below.  :)

Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

454 g unsalted butter at room temperature
410 g sugar
5 ml salt
10 ml vanilla
2 large eggs
765 g all-purpose flour
15 ml baking powder
10 ml milk
5 ml lemon zest (optional)

Cream the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla until very light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time.  Mix the dry ingredients together and then add to the creamed butter and egg mixture.  Add the 2 tsp. of milk and mix.  Add lemon if desired.  Mix dough until it comes together in a nice, smooth dough.   Divide dough into three bowls.  Mix in red food coloring to one, green to the other and leave the last one white.  Form dough into 3 flat discs and wrap with Saran wrap.  Let rest and chill for 2 hours.   Roll each color of dough out onto parchment paper into a rectangle and layer on top of each other.  Gently roll up the short end to form a log.  Roll the log into sprinkles, covering completely.  Cover and refrigerate till firm.  Thinly slice logs into ¼ inch slices.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Makes a lot…. J

Happy baking and Merry Christmas!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Apples Say Everything About Fall

What says Fall better than apples, cinnamon and cloves???  Growing up, my mom would make our family this recipe of Applesauce Spice cake when the apples started ripening up outside (we had 9 apple trees in our yard).  This is a very simple and moist cake for any celebration or just to serve your family on a cool, rainy weekend.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!  :)

Applesauce Spice Cake
makes 17 cupcakes 

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups applesauce (no sugar added)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons baking soda

In a stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.  Add the egg, vanilla and applesauce.  In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, cloves and soda.  Add to the applesauce mixture and stir to combine.   Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan or into lined cupcake pans.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Let cool and top with my favorite creamy vanilla frosting (recipe below).

Vanilla Sour Cream Frosting - adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
8 cups confectioners sugar

In a stand mixer, cream the butter,  sour cream and vanilla together.  Gradually mix in sugar.  Makes about 4 1/2 cups.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Let's Dance! - 5th Birthday Party

 Everything is SO adorable about this little ballerina birthday. From the pink tutus, ballerina shoes, little girls dancing and sweets.  This past August, I had the privilege of making the sweets for the beautiful dessert table. What fun it is to see it all come together! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. :)

desserts by Delicately Sweet Confections

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - First Birthday!

I have had the privilege of doing cakes for this sweet family many times now.  Their newest addition just turned one.  Check out this sweet little First Birthday dessert table they put together for little Bradley with the theme, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star".  SO adorable!

Ruffle cake and cupcakes by Delicately Sweet Confections

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

July Market Dates

Upcoming July Dates!

We are Next month we are excited to be at the Edmonds Farmers Market on July 5th!  

Here are our July dates:   
July 2nd - Mukilteo Market 3-7
July 5th - Edmonds Market 10-3
July 9th - Mukilteo Market 3-7
July12th - Shoreline Market 10-3
July 16th - Mukilteo Market 3-7

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Up and Coming Market Season!

Hello Friends!

I am so excited for this summer! New markets, confectionary classes and traveling.  As I'm writing this though, I'm getting a little nervous just thinking about all that I need to do to get ready... This is definitely list making time!

First, I want to keep you all up to date about the Markets we will be at this summer.  We will continue to be at Mukilteo Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Shoreline Farmers Market on Saturdays.  In addition to those, we will be popping up at the Edmonds Farmers Market and Lynnwood Farmers Market a few times throughout the summer.  We are so excited for these new market opportunities!

Later this Summer, the end of the July through August, I will be taking a break from markets to be a part of Bonnie Gordon School of Confectionary Arts Decorating Essentials program in Toronto.  I am SO excited for this opportunity to increase my skills in confectionary design!  Bear in mind that during this time we will not be able to take orders.

Funky Junk Vintage Market ~ June 20th and 21st
If you like vintage, DIY creative projects or shabby chic then this is the place for you!  The market is held at the Puyallup Fairgrounds Friday night and Saturday all day.  This will be my fourth time being a vendor at this market and I LOVE it every time!  Stop by for some delicious sweets as you shop!  Check out the link for ticket information and times.

Upcoming June Dates!

June 4th - Mukilteo Market 3-7
June 1lth - Mukilteo Market 3-7
June 14th - Shoreline Market 10-3
June 18th - Mukilteo Market 3-7
June 20-21st - Funky Junk Vintage Market
June 25th - Mukilteo Market 3-7
June 26th - Lynnwood Market 3-7
June 28th - Shoreline Market 10-3

Looking forward to seeing all of your faces this summer! :)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Tea Time!

I hosted a Garden Tea Party for my girlfriends this past weekend.  All went perfectly except for the weather... I had a vision to be outside under white tents surrounded by the beauty blooming in my yard right now but, instead we had Seattle monsoons all weekend long...  We had a great time despite the downpour. :)

It was so much fun to treat my friends to a delicious High Tea.  The menu included Orange Citrus Scones with Devonshire Cream, Cucumber and Herb cream cheese tea sandwiches, Cream filled Strawberries, and Chocolate Mousse.  I can't wait to do this again 'just because'! :)