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recipe: easiest icebox cake

October 4th, 2013 · 4 Comments

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Some of you have been around long enough to remember that before I was a fashion blogger, I was a food blogger.  For the first year and a half of its existence, Sugarlaws was a place where I posted original recipes as I created them — and at the time, that’s how I thought it would stay.

It’s funny to remember those early days now, because obviously this blog has changed a lot since then.  But what I remember most is what a small community that food-blogger world was.  I remember reading a handful of blogs whose writers became my virtual friends — this was before the days of events and fashion week and my blogger friends becoming real-life friends, back when an online “friend” was someone you tweeted with every once in a while and maybe exchanged and email or two.  And, above all, we commented on each other’s blogs.  It was a small world back then, and I’m pretty sure my first hundred or so comments were from other food bloggers, encouraging me and sharing in my successes and failures (of which there were many). 

Some days, I kind of miss that.  The internet has gotten so vast and expansive that it’s easy to forget there are real people behind each website, and I find myself gravitating to the bloggers who don’t mind reminding you that they’re normal people with normal lives every now and again.  I always appreciate when bloggers are open and honest about their real lives — the good, the bad, and the ugly — and I’m making an effort to become one of them. 

Which is a long way of saying: this cake came into my head back in those days, in 2007 when I saw it for the first time on Smitten Kitchen.  I remember thinking it was so beautiful (it is) and Deb was so talented (she is), and that someday, I’d try one of my own.  And look: it only took me six years!

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White Chocolate Icebox Cake

INGREDIENTS

2 cups heavy cream, chilled
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
6 ounces white chocolate discs (you could also use chips)
1 box (9 ounces) ginger wafer cookies (chocolate would be great too)
Raspberries, for decorating

DIRECTIONS

Whip 1 1/2 cups cream with sugar until soft peaks form.  Melt chocolate over simmering water until smooth and creamy; whisk in 1/2 cup cream.  Fold white chocolate mixture into whipped cream until incorporated.

Spread a small amount of the whipped cream onto the bottom of six cookies, and arrange them in a circle on a cake dish.  Place one additional cookie in the middle of the circle.  Spread the whipped cream mixture over the entire layer of cookies, spreading outwards to cover them up to the edges.  Layer another set of cookies on top of the whipped cream mixture in the same pattern, and repeat with another layer of whipped cream.  Repeat until you have reached the desired height, ending with a layer of whipped cream.  Top with a few raspberries or white chocolate shavings. 

Refrigerate cake at least 6 hours (or up to overnight) before serving.

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Tags: desserts · food

chocolate cake cookies

August 25th, 2013 · 2 Comments

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So, the title of this post was originally “Royal Baby Chocolate Cake Cookies,” which is why I used our cute little Union Jack stools as backdrop.  But that probably tells you a little bit about how long this recipe sat in my “To Publish” folder, since that baby has probably had four People Magazine covers by now!

But these cookies?  Still totally great.  Cookies are one of my favorite things to bake — they’re not as time or labor-intensive as making a whole cake, but you still get that extra-special homemade touch.  And as an added bonus, Chad would prefer cookies over cake any day (sometimes it’s a major effort to stop him from eating the whole batch)! 

So if you’re looking for a yummy Sunday afternoon recipe, I definitely recommend these.  And congratulations to Will and Kate, a little bit late!

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Chocolate Cake Cookies

INGREDIENTS
1 1/4 cups butter, softened (2 1/2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips
Powdered sugar, for dusting

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.  Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt to the creamed mixture and mix thoroughly, then mix in the chocolate chips.  Drop dough by small spoonfuls onto cookie sheets lined with Silipat or parchment paper.

Bake 8 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookies will be soft. Cool slightly on cookie sheet; remove from sheet onto wire rack to cool completely.  When the cookies are cool, dust with powdered sugar and serve.

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Tags: desserts · food

fourth of july party!

July 17th, 2013 · 10 Comments

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A few weeks ago, Chad and I decided to celebrate the Fourth of July with a last-minute party for some friends at our house! We kept it super casual and low-key, and I made a selection of quick, simple appetizers that people could nosh on before we all got in the pool. It was the perfect way to spend a holiday, and it made our mid-week day off so much more special!

I’ve gotten so much use out of these beautiful Noritake serving platters — they seriously go with everything, and they’re just the right size to lay out mini bites for a group! These are a mix of patterns from the Metaal and Evening Glow patterns, along with their beautiful Rockford goblets! I use these absolutely all the time — there’s something very sophisticated about using actual china for parties, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to go back to plastic plates and paper cups!

I’m putting some of the recipes below! The cake was just from a mix — I know, it’s sacrilege to admit it, but we decided to have people over that morning and I wanted something super quick and easy. We also grilled fish and meat on our backyard grill, but I didn’t get any pictures — next time!

And if you guys want to check out more Noritake China, use the coupon code SUGARLAWS for 15% off any order on their website!

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Tomato and Nectarine Crostini

INGREDIENTS
1 baguette, cut into 1/2-inch slices
3 plum tomatoes, diced
3 nectarines, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
Flaky sea salt
Ground pepper

DIRECTIONS
Toast the baguette slices until slightly golden.  In a separate bowl, mix together the tomatoes, nectarines, olive oil, and sea salt.  Top each baguette slice with a spoonful of the mixture, and sprinkle with black pepper. 

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Corn and Kale Salad

INGREDIENTS
4 ears fresh corn, husks removed
2 cups kale, washed and cut into about 1-inch strips
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp flaky sea salt
Ground pepper

DIRECTIONS
Boil the corn for about 10 minutes and allow to cool. Cut kernels off cobs and place into a mixing bowl. Blanche the kale for 30 seconds in simmering water, and add to the corn. Add lemon juice, sea salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic powder and parmesan cheese, and mix together. Server warm or at room temperature.

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