Halloween Cupcake Toppers

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Hosting a Halloween party this year? I'll be adding these frightfully easy cupcake decorations to my table this Halloween.

These toppers can be found at my sister's etsy shop the G.Alexander Paper Company and are currently 20% off!

These toppers are reusable meaning your guests will go batty with glee year after year over these spooky cupcake toppers.

Gooseberry Cake

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Here's an ingredient that I've never baked with before: the cape gooseberry. It's a cross between a cherry tomato and a gooseberry. I saw them in my local grocery store last week and thought they would add such unusual dimension to a cake. Because of the vibrant orange colour, this berry blends in quite well with the autumnal season. 

Cape Gooseberry Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

125g fresh gooseberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 3/4 cup butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3 1/3 cups self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Halve the gooseberries (save a few for the top of the cake) and place in a saucepan with 1/4 cup sugar and water. Simmer for 5 minutes until you have a syrup. Set aside to cool.

In another bowl, combine the softened butter and sugar and whip until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and combine throughly.

Add the flour and baking powder to the creamed mixture and combine. Fold in the syrup and softened gooseberries.

Place mixture into a 9-inch springform pan that has been lined with parchment. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Icing

1/2 cup cream cheese
3/4 stick unsalted butter
2 tsp vanilla
3 3/4 cup icing sugar

Cream the butter, cream and vanilla until well combined. Slowly add the icing sugar until thick and fluffy. When the cake is cooled, top with cream cheese icing and fresh gooseberries.

What fall desserts are you most looking forward to?