Lavender Champagne Cake with honey cream cheese frosting

I have absolutely no chill when it comes to this cake.

Zero.zilch.nada.

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It’s amazing. And that’s a bold statement. But so amazing that I ate it for breakfast before Mr. LTSL was even awake. I wish I was lying but #RealLife.

And I would only make it for the specialist of occasions … you know, like Friday night.

Kidding … kind of.

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But it’s mother’s day weekend and we gotttaaa celebrate mama!! Also, this mother’s day is super-extra-special aannnnd we need cake.cake.cake.!

First, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the people mamas out there, all the expecting mamas out there, all the adopting mamas, all the pet mamas, and all the women who are holding it down!!

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I have no words for my mom, seriously she’s my everything – she loves cake, her laugh is infectious and her kindness can put mother Teresa to shame (not true, mother Teresa wins life … by Mama LTSL comes a very close second).Don’t get me wrong though, her sass is something similar to Queen Bey’s Lemonade video. I’ll just warn you, don’t mess with mama’s family – she’ll juice you!!

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Now that we’re all afraid of my mom – let’s talk cake!! More specifically naked cake … such as this one. Funny story, a couple years ago for my bridal shower I wanted a naked cake – something with fruits and fresh flowers, simple but elegant. I walked into a bakery and simply asked Hi, do you guys do naked cakes – the kind baker responded, why – yes, I’ve done a few ass cakes over the years.

I looked at my mom – my mom looked at me and we walked out pretty much peeing our pants.

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But this cake. AHH – the lavender makes it taste like spring, the honey cream cheese frosting is sweet but not too sweet and it’s sooooo preeeetttyyyy!! Also, champagne. YYYEEESSS! We’re winning folks, simply winning all of the golden stars.

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Lavender Champagne Cake with honey cream cheese frosting

  • 3 cups all-purpose flower
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ tbsp. dried lavender
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 cups champagne
  • Prepared cream cheese frosting
  • 1 tbsp honey

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans (or 1 10 inch and 1 8 inch because you realize your 9 inch pans are at your parent’s house after making the batter *rolls eyes*).

In a bowl combine flour, baking powder sea salt, lavender and lemon zest .

In a mixing bowl beat butter and sugar 3 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy.

Add vanilla and beat in the eggs one at a time.

Beat in flour mixture and champagne in three alternating additions, starting and ending with flour to prevent curdling.

Pour batter into pans and bake 35 minutes.

Let cool.

In a small bowl, combine can of cream cheese frosting and honey.

Once the cake has cooled, cut each cake in half horizontally and frost the middle. Stack each layer and repeat, only frosting the middle ( that’s why it’s called a naked cake heh. without any bums in sight).

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Peach Blackberry Croissant Custard Cake

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As if anything says sum-sum-summmaaa time like fresh berries, peaches, sunshine and cake.

It’s very possible I just added the cake part, but look how peeerrrrdy this cake is.

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It’s a stunner!! It’s all bright and fruity and custardy and pretty deerrn easy to make.

Your weekend needs a little cake.

Life needs cake.

I need cake.

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Heh. So fun fact – every week when I do the grocery shopping there are a couple items you will always find in my trolly

  • Milk
  • 5 oranges, 2 apples, 2 pears, strawberries ( if they’re in season)
  • Kale
  • Snacks for Mr. LTSL … which means any one of the following, Apple Danishes, butter croissants or Belgian waffles and Jello.

… every week I pick up a container of either Apple Danishes, butter croissants or Belgian waffles for Mr. LTSL and normally it finishes once Friday rolls around.

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Except when there are leftovers and I have to find something delicious and snazzy to do with it. So I make cake.

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Peach Blackberry Croissant Custard Cake  

2 Large Peaches

1/4 cup water

1 cup + 1 tbsp granulated sugar ( separated 1 cup x 1tbsp)

4 stale croissants, torn into 8 pieces each

1 ½ cup blackberries (separated ¾ cup x ¾ cup)

4 eggs plus 2 egg yolks

3/4 cup whole milk

1 cup cream

1 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup brown sugar

1/2 cup ground almonds

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1 tbsp turbino sugar

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Directions : 

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Preheat oven to 325. Liberally spray an 8-inch cake pan.

Heat water and  1 tbsp of sugar in a large pan over a medium heat, add peaches and cook until the water is absorbed by the peaches . Remove from heat, and allow to cool.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs, yolks, remaining 1 cup sugar, brown sugar, milk, cream, almond extract and vanilla extract until well combined.

In a separate bowl mix ground almonds with cinnamon and ground ginger.

Add 1/3 of torn croissants to your prepared cake pan.

Add ½ of peach mixture and toss in ¾ cup of blackberries. Over your fruits , add ½ of your spiced almond mixture.

Make a second layer, using the exact same process.

Last, add remaining 1/3 of torn croissants, pressing down gently to secure all of your flavour. Pour your liquid mixture over your cake and allow to stand for 1 hour.

Next, top with sliced almonds and turbino sugar.

Bake for 45 minutes.

Remove from oven, and allow to cool completely -this also helps the liquid mixture settle – should take approximately 45 min.

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Slice & Enjoy!!

Decorate your cake like a Boss with Sugar Tiers

It’s Friday.

FINALLY.

I love fridays … the notion of an other week over, so much accomplished and the fact the next day there’s no guilt involved when I hit my snooze button. Friday’s have always been my favourite day, even when I was a lot younger, we would celebrate in the littlest of ways.

Now, I still host mini self celebrations – treat myself to a hot chocolate – buy myself one of my favourite cookies …   dress up a little extra … wear a sassy coloured lipstick … it’s nothing major, but it’s my way of saying … congratulations, you made it!

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And when we’re celebrating (even the little things) we need cake.

It’s a must.

And it’s major.

Except, I want cake without the calories ( it’s my blog, I’m going to dream if I want to 😉 ) – Ideally I want to be able to eat like Marie Antoinette and have Jackie O’s body … too much to ask? – what’s that, I’m lazy. Maybe. Probably.

… back to cake!

So instead of going to town on a slice .. or two. I want to give Y-O-U the chance to Decorate your cake like a boss!!

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I have, for 1 lucky winner the opportunity to take part in 2-hour Basic Introduction to Cake Decorating class OR a 2-hour hands on Cupcake Workshop with the amazing and ever so talented team at Sugar Tiers!!

These two ladies are taking the term sugar-high to a whole new level, not only talented but extensively trained in the fine art of cake decorating. This is your chance to learn the tricks of the trade and make Martha Stewart and Buddy Valastro seem like old news … and let’s be honest, there will be some chomping too 🙂 

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So, what do you have to do to get in on your own little sweet fantasy?

Please leave a comment below after completing each of the following activities ( every individual comment you leave, will count as one entry – for a maximum of 7 entries per person)

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Greater Toronto Area, this contest is calling your name!! Sugar Tiers is located at : 735 Markland Street, Unit 4, Markham Ontario, Canada, L6C 0G6. However, don’t let the location stop you from entering … this contest is open to one and all, and the lucky winner will be announced on Friday March 8, 2013 !! 

Good Luck my sugar pies, have a great weekend

xox

Happy Birthday Batman <3

I’m deeming July Birthday month at LTSL … we’ve got another one today – – and this one is extremely near and dear to my little Grinch heart… today we celebrate my personal superhero’s birthday.

Faster than superman

Stronger than the incredible hulk

More sly and cunning than Batman

Dooo dooo doooo doooooooo

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR.LTSL!!

I have a little secret to share with you folks about my dear Mr.LTSL – – when we started dating he would make silly little jokes about how he’s a superhero and would whisk me away if ever I was in danger (cheesy – yes – – did I buy into it and love every second of it – yes!) as time went on, instead of deterring him from this ultra-ego – – I think I’ve only made it worst.  

But today I’m here to say my love – – you will always be my knight in shining armor. You have used your superpowers to cast a spell on me, and I don’t want it to ever end. I’m flying among the stars when you’re by my side. I’ll keep this short and sweet by simply saying, I love you and I’m thankful that I have your constant support and love in my life. I’m floored by your smile, mesmerized by the look in your eyes and intrigued by your intellect. Loll, your friend hit the nail on its head when he said “I choose right” loll ha ha ha – – I sure did. I’m truly blessed, that you and I have each other.  You’ve managed to make me the happiest girl in the entire world, and together – – I know we are unstoppable.

For your 25th birthday, I have so many wishes and dreams for you – I want to see you take over the world;  see you succeed –  see you continue to fall in life – and for us to continue building our life together. But of all of this – – most of all, I wish you complete contentment, with yourself and those around you. I wish you laughter, the respect you deserve and everlasting love. I can’t wait to grow old with you, laughing with each other and at each other.

How can I not love this goof-ball ❤

I’m proud to be your girlfriend and all that you believe in. I had never allowed myself to know what true love was like, or that happily ever after was something that every girl could have. But you changed all of that for me. You weren’t kidding when you said I was dealing with a different kind of man this time around. You’re not just a different kind of man – you’re an exceptional man.

I love you, my knight in shining armor. Here’s to celebrating today, and for the rest of our lives and we grow old, grey and little bit more crazy – –  happy birthday

Xoxox

Happy Birthday To My Main Hype-Man!!

Happy Birthday Pop-sicle!!

Today, My Main Hype-Man – – my dad is celebrating his birthday!!

Yahooo * Cake * Balloons *Dinner out among the city lights!!

Many people say, they have an amazing dad – – and they’re probably right, but MY dad – – He’s EXCEPTIONALLY-AMAZINGLY-FANTASTICALLY-COOL!! Look at those sunglasses, can he BE any cooler?!?! I love this man. Really. No one can, or ever will compare.

He’s patient.

He’s funny.

He’s far too caring.

He loves endlessly and without judgement.

He wears his heart on his sleeve and would turn the world upside down for those he cares about most.

My every dream and wish whether to take over the world or to stay in bed all day, is supported by him and I can not thank him enough. He makes me proud to be his daughter and gives me faith that there are actually good men out there. He never disappoints and I would never want to disappoint him.

I know we have a pretty special relationship as father and daughter. When I was little, I would look up to him in amazement knowing that no matter what – he could fix anything. And he did. I’m able to talk to him about things no one else would ever understand. He allows me to dream big and never settle until I’ve touched the stars. I know im gloating  – – but he completely amazes me 🙂

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So, here’s to you my pop-sicle – – Happy Birthday!!

Thank you for being my super hero every single day. Thank you for each laugh we share, each time you wiped my tears,  and your constant support. You’re SUCH a good man. I don’t know how you do it. But I thank you forever and ever to the moon and back – twice.

I love you Dad – you will forever be my main man – and I will forever be your little princess.

Happy Birthday you Crazy Crazy Man - - you make my life perfect!

xoxox