Archive | December, 2011

Fresh Fruit Tart for the Holidays

26 Dec

December 26th, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! The past few days have been busy with last minute shopping and visiting family and friends that I barely had time to make anything. But for a gift exchange party held today I managed to make a fresh fruit tart. Fruit tarts are a great alternative to decadent chocolatey desserts, as they are more refreshing and light, not overly sweet and they don’t sit too heavy in the stomach.

The main components of a fruit tart consist of the tart shell filled with pastry cream and topped with fruits. The fruits used can be varied, depending on what you can find at the grocery store or farmer’s market. It’s easy to use berries since they require little to no cutting, but kiwis, oranges, mangoes and pineapples are also great fruits to use and they add color.

Enjoy the rest of 2011 and I hope to squeeze in a few more baking sessions before the year ends!

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

11 Dec

December 11th, 2011

Happy Holidays! I still can’t believe it’s December already, which means holiday baking in full-affect! I have been experimenting with a few tarts, but that will be a future post. This weekend, however, I experimented with a new cake flavor.

Recently, I’ve been seeing cakes decorated with cream filled wafers, so I was inspired to make something similar. I decided to make a mini (6-inch) carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. The cake was light and fluffy because I lightened the batter with meringue. The center was also filled with cream cheese, with a thin layer of shredded coconut. The fun part was surrounding the cake with vanilla cream wafers. Not only did the wafers give a nice dimension, but they are also a pretty presentation.

Carrot Cake

Frosted and filled with cream cheese frosting

Surrounded with vanilla wafers.

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