DIY: Easy Cupcake Party Hats

These cupcake toppers are super cute and, more importantly, super easy to make! I saw some in the baking aisle and balked at the cost. They weren't crazy pricey but still... it was one of those moments where you think, "pshhh, I could make that." And so I did.

Vietnamese Coffee Éclairs

Our home has few traditions but my husband made one decree that I've been able to uphold: eclairs on his birthday. I love making him sweet treats because he is such a kid about the whole process. He's giddy while they're in the oven and stares at them patiently while I painstakingly fumble about  taking photos for a blog post. What a great guy! This year, I bookmarked this magnificent idea for Vietnamese Coffee Eclairs.

Hoppy Easter Bread

Not going to lie. I love how these little bunnies turned out for Easter! The original intention was to bake Folar da Páscoa, a Portuguese bread given to God children by their God parents (the dough over the egg symbolizes a cross). Even though my beautiful God children live in West VA, I thought it would be nice to include at our own dining table as a cultural tradition. 

While researching the recipe, I discovered that there are a variety of Easter breads from other European cultures (i.e. Greek and Italian). They were so pretty! The braided dough and vibrantly colored eggs nestled in the crevices had me smitten.  

Hummingbird Cake

A Hummingbird Cake. What in the world is a Hummingbird Cake? If I hadn't stumbled into this magical world of blog baking, I would never have learned of its existence. I assumed it was an American tradition but when I asked around, no one else had heard of it either! Turns out, the origin of this recipe hails from Jamaica and it didn't hit the United States until 1960's as part of the country's tourism marketing.  As for the quirky name, there are two theories but I am more partial to the idea that the cake is sweet enough to attract humming birds who only consume fruit nectar. 

That being said. What in the world is a Hummingbird Cake?

Chocolate, Almond, & Pear Cake

For all the cakes that I have baked, this one right here from Twigg Studios is in my top five. I never would have found it if it wasn't for my brother. Every year, I make it a point to bake him something other than the standard confetti cake. He has an adventurous palette and loves trying new foods. This year, I decided to try the fruit route. He likes pears - heck he even has a guest post on this blog for a cake using canned pears (brace yourself, it's from a time when I didn't have a fancy camera). I had the idea - I just needed some inspiration.