Archive for March, 2010

Wow your guest this Easter

March 27, 2010

I am a big fan of carrot cake.  I can’t imagine Easter dessert without it.  I mean what would the Easter Bunny say?  Because of that, one of my April specials at The Sugar Moon is a carrot cake that is sure to please the Easter Bunny and all the rest of your guests.  It’s just regular, very moist and very tasty carrot cake, but it’s decorated with candied carrot strips.  Yes that’s right…candied carrot strips.  I wish I was a better photographer because the pictures truly do not do this cake justice.  It is just beautiful.   If you’ve never had a candied carrot strip, you should get this cake just to try them!  What does Rachel say?  Yumm-O!

Check out my website specials this month for all the ordering information.  It will be a perfect compliment to your Easter dinner and you’ll definitely make a lasting impression on your Easter guests!


More Sugar Cookies

March 26, 2010

Here at the Sugar Moon we make a lot of yummy things but what continues to be the big seller are my sugar cookies (thanks to my secret recipe)!  I had an order for an 8 year old birthday party. I think they turned out really cute.

I usually just ice them with a powdered sugar glaze but on these I used a royal icing instead.  It’s just easier to use when getting a little more creative with the decorating. The taste of the frosting is a little different, but still delicious.

I’m excited to do more of these kinds of cookies in different shapes.  They were really fun to make!

The World’s Best Banana Bread!

March 24, 2010

One of the things I pride myself on in my baking life is my ability to find the best recipes.  I feel like I have a good “pallet” and I guess that’s one of the reasons my baking works.  So do not doubt me when I say…I have found the world’s best banana bread recipe (at least the best of all the ones I’ve tried so far).  It has a crispy texture on the outside and a soft banana-y inside.

I haven’t been eating sweets this week because of a contest with some friends.  So as my replacement (I know that’s not the point, but I had to do something), I made some banana bread yumminess and  although I won’t share the actual bread with you because I can actually eat all three MINI loaves myself, I am going to share the recipe with you!

Oh and if by some small chance someone out there tries this bread and thinks he/she has a better recipe, please send it to me.  I’d love to try it!

Old-Fashion Banana Bread

1 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

2 large eggs

1/2 cup canola oil

1 cup sugar

2 large, brown bananas!

In a large bowl of the mixer beat together the egg, oil, sugar and banana.  Add the flour, baking soda and salt.  Mix until combined.  Pour into either one 9×13 greased loaf pan or 3 small loaf pans.  Bake for 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out  clean.  Take bread out of loaf pans onto a cooling rack.  Let it cool at least ten minutes an thenenjoy!

So easy!  And here’s a tip: If like me, you always end up with a few bananas well past the eating raw stage, take them out of the peel, cut them into large chunks and stick them in a freezer bag. Label how many bananas are in there and whenever you need bananas for any recipe you will have them ready to thaw and add.  When they defrost, you don’t even need to mash them.  They are soft enough to just throw them in the recipe!

A Sugar Moon Easter Special

March 24, 2010

It’s time to start planning our Easter menu (less than 2 weeks left) and of course the only thing more important than the Ham is the dessert…or maybe the dessert is the most important thing.  It’s what we all look forward to and the right dessert can make such a big impact!  On The Sugar Moon website for April the specials are going to be an amazing carrot cake that I will post a picture of in a few days and these wonderful Carrot Cookies!

The cookie itself has real carrots in it and a hint of orange and the glaze is all orange juice (freshly squeezed of course) and powdered sugar with a little bit of orange zest.  What a wonderful compliment these cookies would be to any Easter dessert.  And wouldn’t the Easter Bunny be happy!  Plus, I think if you eat enough of them you can actually count them as a vegetable!

Can you Guess What Flavor?

March 2, 2010
This was an order I did for The Sugar Moon.  I made the cake and iced it, but besides wanting to add some pretty decorations to the top of the cake,  I think it’s a good idea to add a little visual queue as to what flavor your creations are.  When your brain anticipates a specific taste, it makes it that much more satisfying when your mouth gets it!  It’s like when you take a drink of milk, thinking it’s water.  It’s not that there is anything wrong with the milk, it’s just that your brain was registering that you were about to drink water and if makes the milk taste terrible!  I think it’s the same concept with flavor queues.

So of course you can guess the flavor of this cake.  The sugared cranberries and orange peel give it away!  Next time you make something yummy and the flavor isn’t obvious, consider adding a little touch of the thing that creates the flavor to use as decoration.  It will not only make your creations beautiful, but it will please your guests so much more!