#cranberrylove: Cranberry Upside Down Cake

November is #cranberrylove month!!!  I am hosting this month.  In the past I have participaped in #figlove, #peachlove, #tomatolove, #icecreamlove, #pastalove, #berrylove, #greenslove, #chocolatelove.

I have been dying to make an upside down cake!  So, when I was looking for recipes for this month’s love blog hop and stumbled upon a cranberry upside down cake- I was hooked!  I also love bundt cakes, so I decided to put the cake in my bundt cake mold.  It makes everything prettier.  Don’t you think?

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I accept your dare!!

Rachel, over at Elephantine, proposed a challenge!  The challenge was to find a cafe or bakery you’ve never been to, treat yourself to a snack and snap a couple of photos while you’re there.  Try to get these 3 photos: the signage/storefront, the food on display, and a close-up of whatever you order.

I decided to go to the Turtle Bread Company in south Minneapolis for a little birthday indulgence.  My birthday is June 18th, so this post is a long time coming :).  I tried their Opera Cake.  It was heavenly.  I love cake and it was the perfect slice of birthday cake!!

I really enjoyed this challenge, so I might just have to do this again!  What are your favorite cafes and/or bakeries?

Foodie Pen Pal: Tunnel of Fudge Redux

FOODIE PEN PAL TIME!!!  I love getting my foodie pen pal package.  I really enjoy making the package.  It is all so much fun and so yummy!!

These are all the goodies I received from the amazing Amanda!  I loved all the treats and pasta!  She also sent me a recipe for Chocolate Cake and my oh my it was intense!! A very dark chocolate cake, I needed ice cream with it and then it was amazing!!

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The Hunger Games: The Cake on Fire (Chocolate Cake)

This is an ongoing series of food related to The Hunger Games, here are the links to the other recipes- Peeta’s raisin nut bread, the bakery bread Katniss and Gale ate in the woods, the Capitol pancakes, lunch with Cinna (chicken in orange sauce), District 11 bread, Mellark’s apple and goat cheese tarts, goose liver and puffy bread, lamb stew and dried plum, hot chocolate,

I try to focus on the talk, which has turned to our interview costumes, when a girl sets a gorgeous-looking cake on the table and deftly lights it.  It blazes up and then flames flicker around the edges a while until it finally goes out.  I have a moment of doubt.  “What makes it burn?  Is it alcohol?”  I say, looking up at the girl.  “That’s the last thing I wa- oh!  I know you!”

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss, p 77

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Produce Sale: Tangelo-Swedish Visiting Cake

Produce Sale is an ongoing series.  What happens is I go to the grocery store or the farmer’s market and find vegetables or fruit that are on sale or super cheap and regardless of whether I have ever cooked with it before, I buy it and find a recipe for it.

Tangelo was on sale.  I have never heard of a tangelo, but no worries.  I have had this citrus cake waiting in the wings for a while and decided the tangelo was the best way to experiment with it.

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Victoria Sponge Cake with Lemon Curd

Today was a stay inside all day and never leave the house sort of day.  It was cold and windy outside and all I wanted to do was play with my cat, eat and read a book.  This cake was super simple and I was able to use the rest of my lemon curd!!

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