New Year, New Site Design

Hi All!  Happy 2016!

Well, if you are reading this, then the new site is up and running (for the most part).  There are still some misdirected links that I am working on, spacing that needs tweaking, and recipes that got lost from using an old plugin (note to self - don't do that in the future).

I will be combing through all of the old blog posts and recipes, looking for errors and layout changes.  Pretty please be patient with me!  Also, I have some brand new recipes that I am excited to share with you all for the month of January, so stay tuned.  

NOTE: If there is a specific recipe or tutorial that you would like to use ASAP, please email at [tessa@stylesweetca.com] and I will address the issue as soon as possible!  

In the meantime, what do you all think of the new site?  

Cheers!
Tessa

The Best of 2015

Another great year is already over!!  And before we say good-bye to 2015, I wanted to give you all a quick look into the NEW Style Sweet CA!  It will have all the same great content, larger images, lots of cake recipes, and easier access to my favorite resources and recipes.  Think of the site as getting a fresh face-lift for 2016!  If all goes according to plan, Style Sweet CA will be getting its brand-new look on January 4th (I've been designing it all myself, so please forgive me if there are any delays).  

Also, I do hope that the mailing list that all of you subscribers belong to will carry over.  However, if you stop receiving updates and recipes from me all together, then please check back in on the new site and sign up next week!  Again, I am not very tech-savvy, so I apologize for any hiccups that may occur.  But trust me, it's going to be so worth it!  The new site is just gorgeous (if you ask me, hehe).  I'll be sure to send out another reminder about the new site over the next couple days.

In the meantime, let's take a look at my favorite year to date - 2015.  Before I start rambling about the lessons I've learned, my predictions for the future, or try to come up with something super profound/witting/inspirational, I've decided to memorialize the year with The Best of 2015.

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Happy Holidays!

As I type this, I am sitting in the corner of Everett's nursery as he peacefully naps away.  It's such a busy time of year, and I wanted to make sure he got some great naps in by only being an arms length away just in case he stirs.  It is completely dark (thanks PNW winters where the sun sets by 4pm) and I am getting some last-minute work in before the holidays. Earlier today I was caught feeling lonely and sorry for myself that it is two days before Christmas and we are still in Canada while the rest of the family is in California.  I had to check myself because I have so much to be thankful for this year - how dare I start pouting now, especially since we will be making it back by Christmas night.  Pretty ridiculous, right?

2015 has literally been one of the best years of my life.  I guess it is only natural for me to get a little emotional as it comes to a close.  To kick things off, as you may know, my baby boy was born in January.  He is most definitely the best thing that has ever happened to us.  I never knew I could love so much.  Every day he surprises me with how much he's grown in a year and how smart he is becoming.  Our Everett James - he is the happiest, healthiest, most handsome, and slightly crazy little man around!  Instead of daydreaming about what I might be missing out on since becoming a mom, what's on the schedule two weeks from now, or any other ridiculous task that I've forget to check off my list, I should be living in the moment, counting every peaceful nap that I get to spend snuggled up with my love-bug a blessing.

Career-wise, I'm really starting to feel like I have found my place in the world of food blogs (with a BIG thank you to all you loyal readers!).  Blogging is constantly changing, but I feel like I've finally established my brand and found my voice this year.  I'm finally not pregnant, not in the middle of writing a book, and the little guy is becoming more independent each day.  I now feel like I can give this space my all and am very excited to see what will come of it in 2016.  That being said, I am giving the whole site a face-lift in the new year (more on that to come!).  Think larger images and a sleeker, more modern format - I can't wait!

I feel like this year I have really found my purpose  For me, this space is all about cakes and pastries (sometimes savory ones) for the home baker and encouraging you all to get into your kitchens, turn on your ovens, and bake something!  Because let's face it, I am now a home baker too!  There are soooo many beautiful blogs and amazing recipes floating around (on this blog, too), but I want to dig a little deeper.  I want to have a conversation with you all about which recipes to select for each occasion or season, how to pull-off spectacular desserts, and share more of my tips and tricks from working in professional kitchens.  I don't want to just list off ingredients and the steps it takes to put them together.  I want to talk about the flavours we are working with, what the food looks/smells/feels like, what tools I find helpful, etc.  I want to not only talk about how the food tastes but who we share it with and how it makes us feel when we take a bite.  Instead of just being able to read instructions, I want to help you all learn to bake - like what to look for when a dish is done instead of just going off a clock or why we treat certain ingredients certain ways.  I hope you are all on board, because 2016 is going to be amazing for this little corner on the Internet!

Lastly, while 2014 gave me a great gift in the form of a book deal, 2015 is where the book started to really take shape.  My manuscript was due very early in the year, but I had no idea it would take nearly another 9 months or so to get everything ready for print.  It's been such a great learning experience and I can't wait until Layered comes out in the Spring!

 

The baby is beginning to stir and stretch.  I am so thankful for every sweet breath I hear him take.  Well, I better be off so we can finish up the last of the Christmas presents, start packing, and gear up for out trip home!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

xoxoxo The Huff's

Holiday Cake Round-Up

It can be difficult to narrow down a holiday menu or to figure out exactly what treats to make each year.  If you are like me, then there are not nearly enough days in December to bake everything I want to make for the season.  Between all the heirloom recipes I make to carry on decade-long traditions like (Grandma's Ginger Crinkles) to all the new things I want to try, sometimes there simply isn't very much room for too many new recipes.  So instead of giving you yet another new holiday cake recipe (don't worry, I've got one last amazing, new cake recipe for you all tomorrow), I've created this Holiday Cake Round-Up some of my top Christmas cakes from seasons past! Sparkling Cranberry CakeNot only is this cake the perfect amount of rustic-meets-glam, it has an amazing cranberry curd filling and sugared cranberries on top!

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SparklingCranberryCake2

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Poached Pear Cranberry Cake via The Cake Blog No need to question the ripeness of your pears with this treat.  Plus, it's studded with gorgeous, tangy cranberries!

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Cran-Pear-Cake

Ribbon Candy CakeCheck out my full tutorial on how to make this impressive Ribbon Candy Cake.  Dress up your favorite layer cake recipe with festive, wow-worthy buttercream ruffles!

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RibbonCandy-Icing2

xChocolate Mint CakePeppermint and chocolate go hand-in-hand this time of year.  Dress it up with some abstract, swirly white chocolate bark a la Katherine Sabbath!

Chocolate Pear Hazelnut Cake Add the accompanying spicy caramel sauce for a real, festive treat!

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Gingerbread Latte Cake via The Cake Blog Layer upon layer of gingerbread cake, coffee buttercream, and candy toffee bits.  One of my personal favourites!

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Eggnog Spice Cake via The Cake Blog Spice cake layer with eggnog buttercream - for when you want to eat your 'nog instead of drink it!

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Gingerbread House CakeInstead of encrusting it with candy and letting it collect dust for the entire month, make this cake version that you'll gladly eat up!

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Gingerbread House Cake

Here are some of my other favorite holiday cakes from around the web.  Be sure to comment with any fantastic cakes that I might be missing!

Tara O'Brady's Cranberry Ginger Cake on Design Sponge

Cindy's Golden Ginger and Orange Cake on Hungry Girl Por Vida

Amy's Vanilla Gingerbread with Chai Mascarpone on Constellation Inspiration

Tiffany's Spiced Molasses Cake with Meyer Lemon Curd on Oh Honey Bakes

Sarah's White Chocolate Peppermint Cake on The Sugar Hit

Sydney's Marbled Peppermint Crunch Cake on The Crepes of Wrath

Heather's Mulled Wine Stump de Noel Cake on Sprinkle Bakes

Lyndsay's Peppermint Chocolate Cake on Coco Cake Land

Alana's Rosemary Citrus Olive Oil Bundt Cake on Fix Feast Flair

Marcella's Peppermint Bark Chocolate and Vanilla Ombre Cake on Modest Marce

Linda's Soft Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting on Call Me Cupcake

Olivia's Bailey's Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake on Liv For Cake

Erin's Mini Gingerbread Cake on Erin Made This