Another Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Cake

Planes Trains Automobiles Cake | Lil Miss Cakes
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Pumpkin Spice Twist Cookies {recipe}

Pumpkin Spice Twist Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

Don’t get me wrong, I love the summer. But there is something so great about Fall…oh yeah-pumpkin spice overload. Now I agree that the pumpkin craze can get a little overwhelming, but I absolutely love it! I think I’ve shared more pumpkin recipes than any other category. These cookies use pure pumpkin puree just as my pumpkin snickerdoodles (first blog post ever!!), doughnuts, doughnut holes, cinnamon buns, and hamantaschen. Last year I discovered pumpkin spice pudding mix and used that to make chocolate chip cookies, and simple pumpkin spice pudding cookies. I have a few more ideas for this pudding mix and I hope to do some recipe testing soon.

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Apple Honey Crumb Muffins {Recipe}

Apple Honey Crumb Muffins | Lil Miss Cakes

For some reason I really like baking cookies. Alot.  Most of the recipes I share are for cookies-they look good, are easy to bake and serve and they freeze well. For the holiday season my most popular recipe is for simple honey cookies. I also shared a recipe for honey sugar cookies and honey whoopie pies which are like an elevated snack cookie/cake hybrid. So naturally when I found an old recipe for apple honey cookies I knew it would be a perfect recipe for the Jewish New Year. After baking the first batch, the cookies were just too soft and tender to hold up as a cookie, and they were coming out all wonky instead of perfectly cute and even. I thought they would be better suited as a muffin. They needed a bit of excitement though, the batter itself was a little one note for me. So I added a simple crumb topping. Then the crumb topping really just needed a bit of icing, but that’s totally optional. My family really doesn’t like traditional honey cake so I’m always looking for recipes that work in apples and honey and this one is perfect! The muffins are sweet, spiced and tender with bits of fresh apples throughout. The crumbs give the muffins a bit of a crunch and the icing adds a touch of sweetness. There is quite a bit of honey in the recipe and these muffins go perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee, but they definitely don’t taste like that old school dry honey cake.

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NYPD Lieutenant Uniform Cake

NYPD Uniform Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

This cake was really exciting to make. It’s based on the original doctor lab coat cake and second version I’ve made in the past. The cake was for an NYPD police officer who had recently been promoted to lieutenant. His mother had seen my doctor cake and thought it would look great as the NYPD uniform and she couldn’t have been more spot on!

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First Communion Cake

First Communion Cake | Lil Miss Cakes
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Strawberry Banana Ice Pops {recipe}

Strawberry Banana Ice Pops | Lil Miss Cakes

As soon as the summertime rolls around I find myself buying way too many strawberries. They look so sweet and delicious that I can’t resist. But sometimes we just can’t finish them all. Instead of freezing the strawberries as is, I thought it would be way more fun to make them into ice pops. This recipe is so quick and simple, no cooking required. It’s just four ingredients to blend and freeze! Most ice pop recipes call for some sort of fruit juice but to keep these really light and refreshing I used coconut water. The flavor of the coconut doesn’t come through at all. I also used pure maple syrup instead of white sugar to sweeten the pops. I like the flavor the maple syrup gives these treats and since it’s liquid, there is no need to cook the sugar to dissolve it. These are so refreshing delicious, I make sure to have them in my freezer all summer long. Check out some more delicious recipes that my friends brought to our virtual BBQ after the recipe.

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Chocolate Brownie Brittle {Recipe}

Chocolate Brownie Brittle | Lil Miss Cakes

I have really missed sharing recipes with you, I guess that’s why I’m on a roll lately. This recipe is for the chocolate lover in your life. The brownie brittle  is just like it sounds, super crispy with just a bit of chewiness. The chocolate chips add some decadence and creaminess. This recipe comes together so quickly and is made from pantry ingredients, no specialty items! I would even dare to say it’s a bit healthy-using egg whites; not whole eggs, and only 1/4 cup oil. The best part is that this recipe is dairy-free and it freezes perfectly! But I wouldn’t worry about that-these crispy brownie bites are totally addictive!

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Cinnamon Roll Cake {Recipe}

Cinnamon Roll Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

It’s been a while since I have shared a recipe with you, but I’m back with a bang. This cinnamon roll cake is amazing! It has all the flavor of a cinnamon roll without all the hassle. This recipe has no yeast; just mix, spread, dollop, swirl, and bake. The cake is sweet and the texture is the perfect balance of dense and light. It’s dairy free-but nobody will believe you.Cinnamon Roll Cake Slice | Lil Miss Cakes

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Amazon Box Birthday Cake

Amazon Box Cake Side View | Lil Miss Cakes

I had this cake sitting in the archives for quite some time now. I’m a bit behind on posting my cakes, but now is the perfect time to share this one! Since Amazon Prime Day was such a bust, I thought this cake could cheer everyone up. This cake was made for a mom and grandma and was filled with items that are personal to her. I basically got a list of things and figured out a way to turn them into a cute birthday cake. The Amazon shipping box is my favorite part so let me start with that. I baked a square cake and made sure it was nice and tall. After applying the buttercream, I paneled the brown fondant to the cake. What this means is I cut out a rectangle that was measured to fit each side and attached it to each side of the cake. The I cut a square for the top. This method takes more time than covering the whole cake in one shot, but the edges are just so perfectly sharp and squared that it’s my favorite way to finish a square cake. After adding the brown fondant, I used my airbrush filled with dark brown fondant to darken the edges. Then I had cut the Amazon logo out of thin black fondant.

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Mustache and Lips Cookie Straws

Mustache and Lip Cookie Straw Gift Package | Lil Miss Cakes

There is a fun Jewish holiday that falls around February or March each year. During the holiday of Purim it is customary to give cute packages of food to family and friends. It becomes a bit of a challenge to come up with creative ideas each year. I like to keep my packages small which in itself is a challenge. The past few years I have been pretty proud of my creativity! I made these cute popcorn cupcakes, fun ice cream scoop cookies, and gumball machine cupcakes that take a bit more planning. This year I made some cute mustache and lip sugar cookie straws to go with a cookies and milk concept.

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Ruffle Roses Cake

Ruffle Roses Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

How pretty is this cake?! I was given basic guidelines for this cake-make it girly, pink and white. I’ve been dreaming of trying my hand at ruffle roses and this was my chance! I kept the top tier simple with an over-sized bow because the bottom tier was so busy and full of gorgeous texture.

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Pink and Gold Feather Cake

Pink and Gold Feather Cake  Lil Miss Cakes

I am  never out of ideas when it comes to pretty cakes. This cake was made for a Great Gatsby/art deco themed wedding party. I was asked to add feathers and pearls as well as make it pink, ivory, and gold. This cake turned out even prettier than I had in mind!

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Minnie Mouse First Birthday Cake

Minnie Mouse First Birthday Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

How cute are first birthday cakes?! This cake was a combination of a few cakes I have made before. The blocks were taken from this silhouette first birthday cake. The font was inspired by the actual Disney font and was used on this cake. The actual cake was inspired by this first birthday cake from a few years ago.

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Mermaid Birthday Cake

Mermaid Birthday Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

This cake was so much fun to design. I love that it is girly yet colorful and fun. After covering the cakes in white fondant, I used my airbrush to color the tiers this pretty teal and blue-green underwater color. I made the figures out of gum paste because it dries harder and more quickly than fondant. Once they were dry, I attached them to the cake using royal icing. I used the same royal icing to pipe tiny bubbles around the cake.

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Construction Birthday Cake + Smash Cake

Construction Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I love making first birthday cakes. The themes always change and are always super cute! This cake was made to match the birthday invitations which featured the cute dump truck. I made the same dump truck but made it all edible! The cake needed some more detail so I added in some simple orange construction cones that I cut out freehand.

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Funfetti Passover Cookies

Funfetti Passover Cookies | Lil Miss CakesI couldn’t let Passover go without another funfetti recipe (see my funfetti coconut macaroons), because it’s pretty much everywhere. While doing some Passover ingredient shopping I spotted rainbow sprinkles and knew needed to use them! I took my famous Passover chocolate chip cookie recipe and replaced the chips with sprinkles. I also worked on relpacing the margarine with oil. Passover margarine is very expensive, hard to come by, and not the healthiest option. I had to bake and toss 3 batches of cookies until I got the oil just right. It was annoying, but worth it! Now I will say, these taste a bit more Kosher for Passover than the chocolate chip option because you are missing the delicious chocolate goodness, but this is a great option for people who don’t like chocolate. Or are allergic. I’ll just go with allergic, since I will never understand how people can prefer cookies without chocolate chips! Happy funfetti Passover! Here is the printable dairy free and margarine free recipe.

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Funfetti Coconut Macaroons

Funfetti Coconut Macaroons | Lil Miss Cakes

Coconut macaroons are the first dessert that come to mind when I think of Passover. It is probably most peoples first thought as well. I happen to love coconut macaroons, so I look forward to having this treat on Passover. But most of my family members are so totally over macaroons. If I’m going to eat a coconut macaroon, you can bet it will be homemade. So I thought I would bring some fun back to this traditional dessert. I added rainbow sprinkles and shaped them into little hearts! These cookies are sweet, soft in the center, but crispy at the edges. They are dairy-free, kosher for Passover, and really easy to bake-no mixer required! Here’s my printable recipe.

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Neon Birthday Cookies

Neon Birthday Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes
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Lingerie Cookies

Corset Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

I have a cookie cutter problem.  I’m addicted to cookie cutters.  When I saw this shape from Copper Gifts, I needed it!  And I bought it.  But I didn’t have any use for it at the time.  When I got a last minute order for lingerie cookies, I was ready to go!  I made these corset cookies in 3 shades of pink to keep them extra girly.  And the black detailing makes them a bit sexy.

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Pickup Truck Cake

Pickup Truck Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I am finally over my fear of car cakes!  I have made a few in the past, but each one gets better and better.  This one got me nervous because the truck needed to be driving up a pile of dirt.  I usually decorate cakes as I go along, I don’t often do a lot of planning, but car cakes need to be planned out.  I designed a template for the shape of the truck and used that to carve out the whole cake.  I have carved cakes by eye in the past and they never come out realistic enough.  They looked cute, but not to scale.

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Preschool Of Rock Birthday

Drum Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I love when people get creative with their birthday parties!  This party theme was “Preschool of Rock”; how cute!  All the desserts were made to match the party invitation.  The birthday boy loves music and loves to drum, so the cake was made to look like one.  I’ve done a toy drum cake before, but this one was completely different!  This design was super simple, so I used color and texture to add interest.

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Pumpkin Chai Hamantaschen

Pumpkin Chai Hamantaschen | Lil Miss Cakes

I can’t believe it took me this long to come up with this hamantaschen flavor!  I love pumpkin and I love chai, but I guess since this isn’t pumpkin season, this idea hasn’t hit me-until now.  And I’m so happy I thought of it!  I always have Oregon Chai tea concentrate on hand because I love making my own chai tea lattes during the winter.  I use the chai tea concentrate as the liquid in the dough, and to further bring out that flavor I  make my own chai spice blend.  The spice blend has a lot of ingredients, but they are all so amazing, once you own them, you will find yourself using them in sweet and savory dishes!  I love pumpkin but don’t really like pumpkin pie.  But this hamantaschen recipe needed a pumpkin pie filling, so I was on the hunt for a filling even I would love.  I remembered seeing a recipe I thought I would like by Bakerella (one of my idols and the inventor of the cake pop).  She uses cream cheese along side the pumpkin in her pie bites recipe; so I did the same thing but used dairy-free tofutti cream cheese and spiced it with my chai spice blend. Holy deliciousness!  My dough is soft, tender, and so easy to work with.  The dough needs no refrigeration and doesn’t lose it’s shape.  These cookies are packed with flavor and freeze so well.  The dough and filling can even be prepared the day before, just wrap and chill in the fridge.  The next day, just shape and bake.  I’m not sure which hamantaschen are my favorite anymore.  These are definitely on par with my cookies n’ cream recipe, but a bit more sophisticated than my funfetti hamantaschen.  Just try them all!

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Funfetti Hamantaschen

Funfetti Hamanstaschen | Lil Miss Cakes

It’s no secret that I love baking hamantaschen.  I have made some fun combinations like cookies n’ cream, peanut butter and jelly, and pina colada, but nothing beats my classic recipe.  With the funfetti trend going around I thought it would be fun to jump on board.  I’ve seen a ton of funfetti deserts going around, but I hadn’t been in Purim mode so I never put the two together until I saw Chanie’s (Busy In Brooklyn) Funfetti Cake.  I immediately grabbed my recipe and raided my sprinkle cabinet and I’m so happy with these-they are like a party!  I highly recommend trying my recipe for hamantaschen dough because it’s so easy to work with;  and the cookies come out tender, soft, with just the right amount of sweetness to balance with the jam center.  But…you could always just use your personal favorite recipe and add in some sprinkles!

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Cookies n’ Cream Hamantaschen

Cookies n' Cream Hamantaschen | Lil Miss Cakes

Sometimes I get a dessert idea that is too good to be true.  After seeing Melinda’s (Kitchen-Tested) Black and White Cookie Hamantachen I immediately got inspired.  Melinda used black and white bakery cookies to make a cookie butter filling.  Then all at once I thought-cookie butter filling is genius…chocolate sandwich cookies…cookie crumbs in the dough…cookies n’ cream hamantaschen!  This idea went from my mind to my oven in less than 24 hours.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  I really really wanted this cookie to work-and it did!  I made my own cookie filling that comes together so fast,  it’s only 2 ingredients! I clearly love baking hamantaschen; and I love coming up with fun combinations such as Peanut Buttter and Jelly, and Pina Colada, but I think this is my best idea yet!

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Jack In The Box Birthday Cake

Jack In The Box Birthday Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

Happy first birthday Jack!  For Jack’s first birthday, his party theme was “Jack In The Box”-so cute!  I was tasked with making the cake.  I had a few parameters, it needed to be square and it needed to be colorful.  I wanted to keep the cake elegant but still appropriate for a kids party.  I think I achieved that goal!  I kept the cake simple, clean, cheerful and fun.

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Frozen Icicle Birthday Cake

Frozen Icicle Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

My niece told me that she wanted a Frozen (as in Disney’s Frozen) birthday cake for at least 6 months.  The movie came out just around her 4th birthday so there wasn’t enough time for the obsession to begin.  Last year she asked for a Pirate and Princess Cake, and the year before that I can’t remember what I made her.  For her 2 year old party she was too tiny to decide so her mom requested a Dora and Diego Cake for her to share with her cousin.

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Secret Restaurant Recipes Cookbook {review and giveaway}

Secret Restaurant Recipes

I’m sure by now you have heard of this exciting new cookbook!  Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, authors of the “Made Easy” cookbooks are back with an exciting new cookbook concept!  Leah and Victoria go into the kitchens of more than 70 top kosher restaurants for all over the world to share the recipes behind the dishes that keep us coming back for more. Not only does this book share secret recipes, but these famous chefs share tips, tricks, and techniques that every home cook would love to learn!

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Tiaras and Stars Birthday Cookies

Tiara and Star Sugar Cookies  | Lil Miss Cakes

I was asked to make some birthday cookies for a first birthday.  The colors of the party were pink and gold.  Talya’s mom asked for pink tiaras with gold accents and gold stars with pink accents.  When she received the cookies, she was even more excited about the cookies than she expected!

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Doctor’s Lab Coat Cake

Doctor Lab Coat Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

This is actually my second lab coat cake I’ve made. The first one was a last minute order and I made it in one day.  It came out great, but with a little bit of planning,  was able to make one I loved even more!

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Fondant Rose Cake

Fondant Rose Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

This cake was made to celebrate a 40th wedding anniversary.  The lucky couple had a party thrown for them by their children.  Their oldest daughter was taking charge of the cake design.  She had tons of great ideas and was really fun to work with.  Often times customers will give me a general idea of the design they want, or they will send me inspiration pictures.  For this cake, my customer knew what she wanted.  She wanted an ombre rose cake.  Easy enough, I’ve done those!  She also wanted a silhouette of her parents and she wanted ruby red on the cake since the 40th anniversary is ruby.  The most difficult request was that she wanted the roses to be fondant, not buttercream.  Now is where I needed to get creative!  I had some ideas, but had a tough time explaining them, so I sketched the design up on my Ipad and sent them over.

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