Our Table Cookbook {Review and Giveaway}

Our Table by Renee Muller


 In Our Table, food stylist and recipe columnist Renee Muller shares her simple and delicious kosher family recipes. Each recipe calls for everyday ingredients, all easily accessible, and is accompanied by full color photos. Both of those components as well as the easy to follow directions and tips make this cookbook perfect for a beginner in the kitchen as well as a great resource for the seasoned chef. The cookbook is not only for the kitchen, it makes a stunning coffee table book. Renee brings her expert food styling skills to each and every photo. This is something I really look for in a great cookbook. I love looking at beautiful food and love seeing what the recipe will look like.

The book is filled with recipe tips, suggestions, and techniques to help in the kitchen. Some of the recipes also include links to online video tutorials. As Renee was writing she wished she could be there with her readers in the kitchen. “Many times while writing down recipe instructions, I wished I could just invite my readers to join me in my kitchen and cook with me.  That thought led me to create a variety of videos of some of the recipes so you can view them as you want and see some of the techniques I use when cooking my recipes.”  I love this idea, it’s like getting personal cooking classes with Renee Muller!

The categories in the cookbook include Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Fish & Dairy, Meat, Chicken & More, Snacks & Sides, Bread, Cakes & Cookies, and Desserts. Each recipe is labeled as Meat, Dairy,  or Pareve as well as Freezer Friendly or Gluten Free. There is even a Pesach (Passover) guide with substitutions so many recipes can be used over the holiday as well.

I have already made the Belgian Birthday Waffles  and My Most Favorite White Flour Challah which were both a huge hit! I cant wait to try Mommy’s Stuffed Cabbage,  Mushroom Barley Soup Done Right,  Lo Mein, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tart, Sweet and Tangy Spare Ribs, Oven Baked Honey Mustard Chicken,  Babka Swirls, Just Right Cookies, and Malky’s Old Fashioned Apple Bake.

Apple and Honey Rosh Hashanah Muffins | Renee Muller

I am delighted to share this recipe for Apple and Honey Rosh Hashanah Muffins from Our  Table by Renee Muller reproduced with permission from the copyright holder, ArtScroll Publications, October 2016.

Apple and Honey Rosh Hashana Muffins
Serves: 48
At our house, Rosh Hashanah cannot happen without honey muffins. At least, that’s the way my kids see it. It’s a family project, and by now, a family tradition, too. This recipe was given to me by a relative in Israel who bakes them all the time and claims that no matter how many batches she bakes, there are never enough. She’s absolutely right. We once baked a quadruple batch of these (sans the apples) for a bake sale on our block and we were left without a crumb!
For The Apples
  • 2 Tablespoons butter OR margarine
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, diced
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
For the muffins
  • 2 cups prepared tea, lukewarm
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups oil
  • 2 cups honey
  • 12 eggs
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Prepare the apples: In a saucepan, melt butter over a medium-low flame. Add apples, sugar, and cinnamon; cook until apples are fragrant and soften a bit, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. Prepare the muffins: In the bowl of a stand mixer, on medium speed, combine tea, sugar, oil, honey, and eggs. Mix until smooth. Reduce speed; gradually add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed.
  4. Fill each muffin cup halfway with batter. (I like to use a cupcake pen for this; I find it very helpful.) Top with a teaspoon of prepared apples. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out almost dry with some moist crumbs attached.
note: The apples are optional; I find that some children prefer the muffins plain. We add the apple for Rosh Hashanah (very loudly singing, “Dip the apple in the hooooneeeyy” as we do so) but throughout the year, we bake them plain.
tip: I recently discovered an amazing gadget called “The Cupcake (or Muffin) Pen.” It really removes the whole messy aspect of filling cupcake pans with batter. Look for it in specialty equipment stores.

Want to win your own copy? Artscroll has graciously offered to give one copy of Our Table to one of you! Head over to my Instagram @lilmisscakes and enter for a chance to win! US mailing addresses only-sorry!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies {Recipe}

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

Summer is winding down and Fall is in the air! It’s time for cozy sweaters, boots, and apple recipes! I love apple picking this time of year, and I always pick way too many. Here’s one great way to incorporate apples into a delicious dessert. This is also a great alternative to oatmeal raisin cookies. They are sweet and full of cinnamon for that delicious Fall flavor.

Apple Cinnamon Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes


These cookies are sweet and full of cinnamon to satisfy your Fall flavor cravings. My recipe is simple and dairy free! I shared it with my friend Melinda of Kitchen Tested fame. You can find my Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie recipe there!

If you are looking for more apple desserts try my Spiced Apple Cider, Apple Honey Crumb Muffins, Apple Pie Bundt Cake, or Mini Apple Pies.

Chocolate Meltaway Cake {Recipe}

Chocolate Meltaway Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

Have you ever craved a chocolate babka or kokosh cake, but just didn’t have the time or energy to make one? I’ve got you covered! This simple cake is full of deep chocolate flavor and tons of crumbs. I like this crumb to cake ratio, but you can even double the crumb topping if that is your thing. I have shared this recipe on Busy In Brooklyn while Chanie takes some time off to enjoy her new daughter. Head on over there for the full recipe and details!

Looking for a cinnamon version? That’s where it all began! Try my cinnamon roll cake, you won’t be sorry!

Sriracha Cake

Sriracha Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

Now this cake doesn’t actually contain any sriracha…that would be weird. This is a grooms cake I made to look just like a bottle of the popular hot sauce. The sriracha bottle was carved out of cake before I covered it in red fondant. Red is a really difficult color to achieve out of fondant so I always buy red fondant. I hand piped all the lettering onto the bottle with royal icing and the help of my pico projector (affiliate link).

Sriracha Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

This is technically a two tier cake. The bride wanted the cake to look like it was on a wood board so I made the bottom tier into a wood plank cake. I carved all the grooves and notches into some brown fondant. Then I painted on some darker brown color to create some variations in the wood. To finish it off, I airbrushed dark brown/black in some spots to really bring it to life. I’m totally impressed by how this cake came together!

Two Tier Planes, Trains, and Automobile Cake

2 Tier Planes Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I still love this cake design. I have made it in a single tier version (see it here and here) and now this is the two tier version. I made the cake topper the same way as the oter cakes. I designed an airplane cutter set  (purchase here) and just customized the colors to match this color scheme. You can catch the airplane topper tutorial here. I used my standard car cutter to make the line of cars, but I also have a groovy car cutter available. To make the windows on the cars I hand cut some white fondant and glued them on with some water or tylose glue. All the tires were cut out of black fondant with a small round piping tip and attached the same way. I designed a train cutter to use for the front car. The rest of the train cars are just hand cut out of matching fondant. The clouds were cut using my fluffy cloud cutter. I cut all the pieces including the airplane topper ahead of time. When it was time to assemble the cake it all came together really quickly. Happy 3rd Birthday Shmuel!

Modern Upsherin Cake

Modern Upsherin Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I think this is one of my favorite cakes to date. Birthday cakes for boys are harder to design than girly ones. But I really like how this one turned out! I designed the wavy chevron cutter (available to purchase here) to cut out the stripes and used the color scheme I was given to create this amazing pattern. The candles match the waviness of the pattern which tie in really nicely. The other elements: the scissors, kippah, and tzitzit are all elements of the Upsherin-a hair cutting ceremony some boys have when they turn 3 years old.

Funky Chevron Stripe | Lil Miss Cakes

I really just wanted to highlight the funky chevron design. I would love to use this design again, it can be used in all sorts of colors for all sorts of occasions. Thanks for looking!

Fashion Birthday Cake

Fashion Birthday Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

This was a really fun cake to make. It was made to celebrate a 30th birthday. The birthday girl wanted some of her favorite things in cake form. The bottom tier is a Louis Vuitton suitcase. The top tier is a Jimmy Choo shoe box. I didn’t get a good picture but I hand painted the logo on top of the shoe box. On top of the cake is an edible Valentino sugar shoe. This shoe was a challenge! The straps were basically suspended and every stud was shaped by hand. I hand painted the animal print on the front of the shoe. I’m so happy with the way that sugar shoe tuned out! I added some roses to the cake to match the flowers at the party and to give the cake a little softness and a girly flair.

Louis Vuitton Suitcase | Lil Miss Cakes

Here is a better look at the suitcase. I used light brown fondant for the suitcase and then airbrushed it with darker brown to give it that worked in leather look. Then  I used a stencil to airbrush the logo all around the cake. The suitcase was trimmed with thin strips of fondant and detailed with a stitching tool.  The hardware was made out of fondant. I made my own molds for the latches and handle and I have used it a few times now. Making my own molds was well worth it. The gold hardware was airbrushed in gold before attaching to the suitcase. The corners were painted gold after attaching to the cake. Happy 30th Birthday!

Margarita Bundt Cake {Recipe}

Margarita Bundt Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

It’s Cinco de Mayo which means Mexican food everywhere! And when I think of Mexican cuisine, I think margaritas. What better way to celebrate than with a margarita cake?! It has all the flavors and ingredients that go into a traditional margarita, but baked into a cake and topped with zesty lime icing. The cake itself is moist and somewhat dense with a light citrus flavor, but the icing puts it over the top. You can leave out the fresh lime in the icing, but I don’t recommend it-the fresh zest and juice gives the cake that kick you are looking for! It may seem like there is a lot of alcohol in the cake, but it really bakes out leaving a delicious and flavorful cake. I think it’s the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or any other day of the year! Here is my simple, dairy-free, one bowl cake recipe for you to enjoy!

Margarita Bundt Cake {Recipe}
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Serves: 1 cake
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 package vanilla pudding mix powder
  • 2 tsp. lime zest
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup oil
  • ⅔ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (from about 1 large lime)
  • ⅓ cup tequila
  • 2 Tbs. triple sec
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 1-2 Tbs. water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a bundt pan or tube pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl on a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add in the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, powdered pudding mix, and lime zest. Stir to combine.
  3. Add in the eggs, oil, orange juice, lime juice, tequila, and triple sec.
  4. Turn the mixer on low and mix until all the lumps are gone and the batter is smooth.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes until springs back to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool on wire rack completely before turning onto a cake plate. Once cool, use a flat knife to loosen the cake and then tap it out onto a cake plate.
  7. To make the icing, mix the powdered sugar with the lime zest and juice. Slowly add in the water until your icing is thick but able to drip down the cake.

Watercolor Frog Cake

Watercolor Frog Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I tried a new technique with this cake and it came out really great! I hand painted the fondant with thinned out gel food coloring. I thinned the food coloring with Everclear which is has a super high alcohol content and evaporates quickly. I wanted this cake to be light and feminine. I used light blues and greens to get the watercolor effect. The tiers needed a border, they were looking a little bare so I added some hand formed marbled gray stones.

Fondant Frog | Lil Miss Cakes

I used a youTube tutorial by the Cake Dutchess to make this super cute tree frog. Not bad for my first try! I’m pretty sure I used fondant, but I also could have used gum paste or a mix of gum paste and fondant. I’m not entirely sure since I made this a while ago-I’m way behind on sharing. Just wanted to share this one quickly, let me know if toy have any questions!

Doctors On Call Cake

Doctors On Call Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I have made a few doctors cakes (here and here) and even a nurse cake. But this cake was to celebrate the company’s 10 anniversary. I kept the cake very simple. I used an extruder to form long red ropes of fondant and placed them on the bottom tier to look like blood pressure. Then I draped a stethoscope down the side of the cake. The top of the cake had the company logo cut completely out of fondant. I used a shell border mold to add the blue border around the cake. Simple, cute, and perfect for the occasion. Congrats on 10 years!