Cannoli Cream Cake

Cannoli is something my guy and I both really love as a special treat and we often pick up a couple when we are out at our local Farmer’s Market. So when his birthday rolled around I thought that a Cannoli Cream Cake would be not only delicious and pretty, but also something a little different for a birthday cake for him. Now let me tell you, I have had some cake disasters in my day, but I really loved how this came together so easily! There are a few steps, but they are all so simple and the end result was completely worth it. Not only did he love it, but our dinner guests thought I had bought it from a nice bakery! I made the cakes one day before the event so they could cool completely, and prepared the filling and ganache, and assembled it all the morning of. Breaking up the steps like this made it totally stress free.

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Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes for Valentine’s Day

These adorable heart shaped miniature Victoria Sponge cakes were inspired by my favourite BBC series Call the Midwife, if you haven’t seen it, it’s a heart warming series about a group of nurses and nuns working as midwives in the East end of London in the 1950’s. You’ll also notice Victoria Sponge being a regular part of the storyline, as it is clearly a favourite in the Nonnatus house.

Being a Canadian girl myself and born in the 80’s no less, I had no clue what Victoria Sponge was but I was intrigued and had to look it up. As it turns it’s a wonderfully simple but delicious British classic dessert often served at tea time. A Victoria Sponge is traditionally two round sponge cakes with whipped cream and strawberry preserves sandwiched inside, which is why it’s also sometimes called a Victoria Sandwich. I love desserts with fruit flavours and I was caught up in the idea of being in 1950’s London and just knew I needed to re-create the dessert. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I decided to make a miniature heart shaped version, for my sweetheart! 

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Fresh and Healthy Pineapple Upside Down Cake

In this cold gloomy weather I have been really craving warmth and sunshine and wishing I was somewhere tropical, so I thought a pineapple upside down cake would bring a little of that warmth and tropical feeling to our home. I’ve also made a commitment to focus on my health for 2015, which means watching what I eat, as well as getting more exercise. So I made this cake with health in mind, but it’s still extremely tasty and you don’t feel like you’re eating “diet food”, most of the sweetness comes from the natural sugar in the pineapple and I used 0% greek yogurt in place of some of the oil which gives it moistness.

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