Sugar is Two Sweet!

My sweet furry child turned TWO years old on Tuesday! Sugar’s name and the fact that her birthday is so close to Valentine’s (February 11th) made a theme for the party super simple: SWEETS! And what’s more sweet than being two years old (get it? TWO sweet)?!

Decorations

Fortunately decorating an entertaining a two year old kitty is far simpler than two year olds of the people variety! But I still wanted a day of fun and love~

The tablecloth was from Dollarama and reminds me of the decor at a little sweets shop! I cut out the banner out of felt; all in pink except for the occasional donut and ice cream.

I also bought a ton of cheap valentine’s candy and decorated my place with them! All the guests were able to take home a loot bag full of even more sugary sweet treats!

The Food

This little pink cake was made using the Wilton Ombre cake recipe! It’s just a very simple white cake recipe~ but oh so delicious! The insides were coloured in layered pink ombre cake.

The cake is covered in pink buttercream, piped on with a star tip. And the ears, eyes, and pink heart nose were made out of white melting chocolate which I carefully poured with a spoon! The whiskers were made in a similar way but with dark chocolate darkened further with violet food gel!

There was a fair bit of buttercream and cake left over from cutting off the crowns, so I used the remainder to make chocolate dipped cake pops! They always go over super well especially if somebody doesn’t want to say they had a whole slice of cake!

The cake is small (5″) but is incredibly sweet and it’s enough to fill up 6-8 people with a generous serving of pure goodness.

Sugar had a blast, and promptly fell asleep on the table shortly after trying to steal all the buttercream she could! 😀

Happy Birthday Sugar!! xoxo

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Christmas 2019 is a wrap!!

Another Christmas done! My holiday was jammed full of family, colour, cheer, and of course so much food that I’ll be full for a week (just kidding, I’m nibbling on more cookies right now :D)!

Speaking of food, I’m so happy to say my challenge to bake every day since December 1st was a big success!! I ended up whipping up well over 25 different items and had so much fun in the process and have learned so much. The crazy thing is there is almost nothing left now but crumbs as I’ve given away so many trays (phew)!!

Here’s the full list of goodies I baked (they link to the recipes!):

  1. Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
  2. Shortbread Cutout Cookies
  3. Mini Chip Butter Crisps
  4. Peanutbutter Balls
  5. German Spritzgebäck (Spritz) Cookies
  6. Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies
  7. Magic M&M Cookie Bars
  8. Gingerbread Recipes for House and Cookies
  9. White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies
  10. Double Chocolate Stuffed Thin Mint Cookies
  11. Loaded Christmas Bark
  12. Christmas Swirl Cheesecake Cookies
  13. Jam Thumbprint Cookies
  14. Sugar Cookies & Royal Icing
  15. Mixed Berry Pie
  16. Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes
  17. Chocolate Truffles
  18. Toffee Butterscotch Cookies
  19. Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
  20. Christmas Tree Brownies
  21. Grinch Cookies
  22. Chocolate Mint Nanaimo Bars
  23. Butterscotch Confetti Squares
  24. Cinnamon Bread
  25. Savory Spicy Rosemary Nuts
  26. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  27. One Hour Cinnamon Rolls

I’m going to continue baking into the new year because I think I’m properly addicted now! Anyways, have a great rest of the holiday season and can’t wait to see you for the next sweet thing!!

xoxo Erika & Sugar the Cat

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25 Days of Christmas Baking: Day 24 – Cookies for Santa

What kind of cookie did you leave for Santa as a kid?! For me, it was always nothing but chocolate chip and a big glass of milk!!

Santa must have to eat millions of cookies tonight (living the dream for sure!) so it’s important that your cookies are little bites of pure goodness! I went with this super easy recipe:

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 cups flour

1/2 cup chocolate chips (or white chips or even raisins if Santa is into that!)

How to Make Them

1. Preheat oven to 375F. With a mixer, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix well.

2. In a separate bowl add the baking soda, salt, and flour. Add the dry mix to the wet and mix until combined.

3. Stir in the chocolate chips. With a spoon, scoop out the mix and place the balls on a lined baking tray. No need to flatten down. I made my cookies pretty small (about 1 inch)

4. Bake for 9 minutes or until the edges are brown but the cookies are still soft.

5. Put out for Santa with a tall glass of milk!

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25 Days of Christmas Baking: Day 10 – Candy

Still no cream cheese! It’s somehow even colder today here (-40C!!) and I’m not too keen on turning into a popsicle on the way to the store! This Christmas baking challenge really has turned into a bit of a challenge as it’s mean scrounging up what I’ve got and turning it into tasty treats.

Today I did Christmas candy! You know those desserts that are just pure sugary definitely terrible for you GOOD. Which is definitely what Loaded Christmas Bark is!

It’s sweet and salty with chocolate, white chocolate, M&Ms, pretzels, peanuts, and sprinkles and looks just like Christmas! I’ve been back to the counter 3 times to steal some more because it’s irresistible.

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25 Days of Christmas Baking: Day 6 – Dessert Bars

I can’t believe how fast all my Christmas treats are going! I thought I’d be drowning in cookies and cakes, but I’ve been doing up plates for family and there isn’t much left for me now but crumbs (probably a good thing! :D)

My bake for Day 6 was Dessert Bars! You know – those sliceable sweets perfect for sharing! I’m a sucker for anything with M&Ms, so I became absolutely enchanted by these easy oh so festive Christmas Magic Cookie Bars from Passion for Savings and couldn’t wait to cut into them!

Let me say these bars were an absolute delight to make. They only contain graham crumbs, butter, sweetened condensed milk, quick oats, chocolate and butterscotch chips, and Christmas M&Ms. That’s IT! The true magic is how these ingredients work together to make an ooey-gooey sweet treat that looks like you spent ages throwing together but nobody will ever know it took just a couple of minutes.

The “worst” part was waiting for them to cool so I could dig in! Will absolutely be making again.

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