Chewy triple chocolate cookies sandwiched with creamy, cool peppermint buttercream filling. Perfect for any cookie platter and guaranteed to be finished off first this holiday season!Read More
Deeply fudge chocolate bundt cake with a refreshing peppermint ganache glaze and whimsical details. Fresh mint leaves turn the simple piping into a festive wreath. Who says cute can’t be easy?!Read More
Tender red velvet cake layers have been smothered in a not-too-sweet peppermint white chocolate buttercream. Finish off this whimsical look with swirly frosting, piped details, and extra sprinkles!
I don’t have much to say about this cake, except that you should definitely make it ASAP! We are down to the final days before Christmas, and if you have yet to finalized your holiday menu, then I strongly encourage you to add this cutie to your list. Unapologetically whimsical, swirly, and pink, this cake is full of joy and Christmas magic! And if I can’t personally share a slice will you all, then please accept this virtual attempt to spread holiday cheer to all you cake lovers and dessert aficionados.
This week is usually spent baking cookies with my mom and wrapping last-minute gifts (side note- I LOVE wrapping presents), but things have definitely changed these past couple year. We won’t be flying out to California until the 24th, so this week leaves me with plenty of time to reflect and get homesick. I’ll try to focus on the former…. It’s just the little guy and me at home (with the hubs at work everyday). The weather is an absolute mess (yesterday’s gorgeous snow turned to slush) and all of Everett’s regular activities are on hold until after the New Year. In the meantime, we will try to fill our days with cookie-making, coloring, and lots of snuggles.
But back to this cake. I designed it with my little one in mind. Seeing Christmas through his innocent eyes this year has been pure magic. He still is a bit behind in the language department, but “Sansa” has become his new favorite thing to shout out (either he loves the idea of Santa or can’t wait until Game of Thrones returns, lol). So while you might find yourself trying to dig out from under a pile stress, chaos, wrapping paper, and sugar comas these next few days (me included), try to remember this is a season for love and ultimately FUN!
Here’s a bit more of what I have to say about this cake that I made for The Cake Blog:
Head on over The Cake Blog for the full recipe!
One thing that I actually really enjoy around the holidays is menu planning. Anyone else? Maybe I'm just nuts... The hubs and I are hosting Christmas Morning this year, and I have to keep reminding myself that 1) there are only 5 of us this year 2) it's only breakfast and 3) I am 38 weeks pregnant. I want to make it ALL!! From something sweet to something savory, a fancy coffee drink for the slow-cooker to recipes that I can make ahead of time - I am having the hardest time narrowing down my menu.
Seeing that Christmas is in 48 hours, I finally decided on (for now) a bagel and croissant bar (with whipped honey butter and chia jam), fluffy eggnog cinnamon rolls with (diary free - for my dad) cream cheese frosting, and a big ol' fresh fruit platter to go with some yogurt/granola parfaits. Too much? Never!! LOL. As I head out to fight the crowds at Whole Foods (hoping that people will make way for my big preggo belly), feast your eyes on this: a glorious Peppermint Red Velvet Cake Roll! For all of you that are still menu-planning, add this to your list. I looks super fancy and festive, but actually really easy to make.
I've paired a traditional Red Velvet Cake Roll with White Chocolate Peppermint buttercream. And before I start receiving hate mail, no - you don't need to use red food colouring if you don't want to. However, it only takes a little bit to get this red - trust me, I was almost completely out of gel food colouring and just scraped the bottom of the tube with a toothpick to add to the batter. Feel free to leave it out completely - I promise it will still taste delish.
Head on over to The Kitchn for the full recipe.
Happy Holidays to all!!! And if you don't hear from me for a while, then it probably means Baby Huff decided to come early. I can't wait for you all to meet him!
xoxo Tessa Huff
Continuous holiday celebrations with family and friends.
Finally check out my collegue's restaurant downtown, including cocktails, fresh-made bread, 3 courses, and sweet treats.
Day trip to SF with the cousins and get in touch with our German roots while eating schnitzel and waffles. Discover Dandelion Chocolate, OMG.
Cookie decorating with my nieces and nephew. Enjoy a cold beer before the kids actually get there. Cover cookies with gobs of frosting and way too many sprinkles.
Frantically finish wrapping up my Red Wine and Rosemary Sea Salt that I made as gifts this year as the doorbell rings and family arrives.
Make two-kids of focaccia to go with Grandpa's Chili for Christmas Eve.
Double Christmas at my in-laws' and my parents' homes. Christmas margaritas. Eat two celebratory dinners, plus Gingersnap Ganche Tart with Coffee Whipped Cream (recipe coming soon).
Squeeze in a volleyball game with my cousin and her BF from San Diego. Get bruises from not having played volleyball in 15 years.
Christmas Round 3 - BBQing during an unusually sunny California December. Second round of Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip.
Adult cookie decorating- cue more sprinkles and too many cocktails. Sure made for a funny and fantastic game night though!
Grandma's Ginger Crinkle Cookies.
Left-overs for DAYS.
Attempt to clear out mom's fridge before returning to Canada by making TONS of kale chips and juicing everything is sight.
15 hours drive back to Canada- decide to balance out fast food with the left-over kale chips.
Feel a tiny bit better about previous week's diet, and allow a few too many finger-foods on NYE. Happy 2014!
Vow to eat clean and exercise in the new year.
Finally get back to the gym...
..... browse our pantry after being gone for weeks. Find some leftover candy canes, round up the half-open bags of chocolate chips and leftover blocks of chocolate I always have in my kitchen, think about purging the pantry of all processed food, decide to make Peppermint Rocky Road with the last half of a bag of mini marshmallows.