Homemade Ice Cream Cake

So, I’m on an ice cream cake kick. My son doesn’t like sponge cakes, so for his second birthday, I decided that I wanted to get him a cars-themed ice cream cake instead. I started researching custom cakes from the major ice cream shops (*cough* DQ *cough*), and found it quite expensive – they start at $36.99 without customization. So, I decided to make one myself. It turned out great! And not only is it half the price, it is possible to invent as many variations as you want (I’ve made two different ones already…and I’ll be making another next week!). We bought a toy car and set it on top of the cake – he loved it! (I only wished I’d remembered to take a picture of the cake after it was cut – the layers turned out really well.) This recipe is very easy, but it takes some time to freeze between steps – make sure you give yourself 4 hours or so! Continue reading

Papparoti

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What better way to resurrect my blog than to start with a recipe for the newest craze in sweets to hit Canada, Papparoti! But unless you are fortunate enough to live in Vancouver (www.papparoti.ca), you’re faced with an expensive trip to the West Coast or … kitchen experiments. With two kids under two, I opted for the latter option. So, after a challenge from my husband and inspiration from his co-workers, this is my recipe for Papparoti. This is a long recipe with many steps, but it is well worth the effort. These treats evoke the buttery texture of croissants and the dense richness of sweet rolls with the sweet crunch of a coffee-caramel topping – the perfect snack to pair with a hot drink!

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