The Cake Mama’s Top 5 Go-To Recipes for Everday Cooking & Baking

Ever wondered what I make when I’m NOT baking cakes? Maybe not, LOL, but I’m going to share with you my favorite cooking and baking recipes anyway!

Even when I don’t have an order, you’ll always find me right back in my kitchen either recipe testing or making something delicious for my family to enjoy.

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The first I’ll share is a family favorite: BANANA BREAD! I have tried many but this one always puts a smile on my kids (and hubby’s face!) I substitute the canola oil for coconut oil which adds a lovely flavor and I add a nice shake of cinnamon too! You can find my go-to recipe here!

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This next recipe is a wonderful and hearty meal that makes you want to put on the stretchy pants, but I promise its sooo worth it! It’s Ina Garten’s Chicken Stew with Biscuits. I love making homemade biscuits, but in a pinch, I’ll grab some Pilsbury cresents or dinner rolls and bake those up with it.

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As you might have read in one of my earlier blog posts about changing up our eating style and incorporating more plant-based recipes, those delicious Crispy Buffalo Tofu wraps by Jillian Harris is a big hit! My daughter Olivia absolutely loves the crispy panko crusted tofu and it’s a great way to incorporate a “meatless Monday” to your week!

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Some days it totally feels like a take-out night, but I’ve been *trying* to stay away from ordering out and creating dishes that we usually like to get. Our household LOVES food with an Asian flair so it’s no wonder a recipe like Peanut Chicken Stir-Fry gets gobbled up quick. I like to play around with ingredients so sometimes I omit the peanut butter and just do a “teriyaki” style sauce with a mix of soy sauce, brown sugar, a TON of garlic and a bit of oil. Its an AMAZING marinade for just about ANYTHING! I also find that stir-fry’s are the best way to get rid of veggies that may be seeing it’s last days soon so needless to say, we eat stir-fry A LOT. LOL!

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Finally, another dessert favorite in our home is an apple crumble. The crumblier, the better! I also like to shred my apples instead of cubing them so that all of the flavor just melts right into them. Pair that up with a delicious ice-cream and you just have to try and pry us away from the dish! Here’s a great recipe to try!

I hope you all take a moment to try some of these recipes! I would love to hear your recommendations as well as it’s common to get into a rut for meal ideas! Share your fave recipes in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

xo, Izabela

Photo Credit: Pinterest, JillianHarris.com, Taste of Home, Food Network

 

 

 

 

Happy Easter! – The Cake Mama Family Traditions

Happy Easter weekend everyone! I hope all of you are enjoying some time with you family and celebrating in whichever way that you do.

In the Cake Mama household we have a few traditions we like to take part in each year. Having two different cultures also makes it fun and interesting and best of all, it’s a chance to get to see all of our families throughout the weekend.


On Good Friday we always color our eggs. I wish I could say I was creative enough this year to dye them naturally Γ  la Martha Stewart but this year we’re using the classic PAAS coloring kit!

Some years we join my husbands family for a traditional Guatemalan fish dish served at dinner. The kids (as always) don’t enjoy it and usually end up eating cheese pizza LOL but it’s a nice excuse to visit the extended family. 


My side of the family is Polish so on Saturday we visit the Church for ŚwiΔ™conka to get our eggs, kielbasa, bread and just about anything else you’d typically have for brunch in a Polish household blessed.

On Easter Sunday.. the kids hunt for eggs around the house first thing in the morning. We try to make it to mass (with 3 kids now it seems to be even more challenging!) and then we head over to my parents house for lunch. 

Bring on the stretchy pants!! 

It’s one of my favourite traditional meals. Polish potato salad, kielbasa, fresh sweet bread, ham, deviled eggs AND galaretka – an aspic with chicken and beef with a squeeze of lemon. I swear it’s my FAVE Polish food to eat for Easter and Christmas and I think only the select few enjoy it. It’s sooo good! 


Then my kids and my sisters kids go out and hunt for eggs hidden by our parents and we exchange little gifts for all the kids. 

The party isn’t over yet! After lunch and a bit of rest, we head over to my husbands mom’s house and have a delicious dinner. Some years it’s turkey with all the fixings and others it’s traditional Guatemalan dishes like enchiladas. The kids have another egg hunt here while the adults sit and digest our big day of eating LOL.

On Easter Monday, we make bunny pancakes for breakfast and the girls and I always make sugar cookies for their classroom to celebrate the end of Lent and Easter. They always have a good time decorating cookies!

Phew! So much to look forward to and we’ve only just begun. Below is a shot of last year’s Easter weekend, I can’t wait to update it! Happy Easter everyone!

Photo Credits: Pinterest, Google, Style By Deanna

Top 5 Must-Have Tools for Sugar Cookie Making

Ever been curious to know what I use to create my fun sugar cookies that you see in featured posts and Instagram? I’ve learned a lot throughout the years and figured out which items are worth keeping in your tool box and what ones just aren’t worth the investment.

You might call me an old school cookie gal, as I keep things pretty simple around here. I free hand all of my work and have (so far) skipped on the airbrush kits and image projectors. Not to say that I don’t absolutely PRAISE the cookiers that do use these techniques; I’m just a busy gal with projects that don’t necessarily call for these tools. I like to refer those specialized projects to the pros!

Anyway, I thought I’d share with you my top 5 must-have tools for cookie making here. These are the items that I cannot live without and is the reason why I can create the kind of cookies I do!

Here we go!

1. Tipless Piping Bags.

These babies are a game changer for me! Tipless piping bags allow me to use different consistences of royal icing without the need of a piping tip & coupler. Simply snip the tip the desired size and pipe away! Icing squeezes out in a nice circular fashion and best of all, no cleaning of any tips! If you do need to use a tip for more detailed work, you can still use these bags and plop one right in.

2. Scribing Tool.

 

The scribing tool is perfect for pushing around those little gaps of icing when you flood your cookie. It’s also great for popping any air bubbles and cleaning out any dried up piping tips LOL! You can always use a toothpick, but I do find after a while that you need to continuously replace it because it can get gummed up with icing. You can also use it to achieve some wet on wet icing techniques like roses, hearts, leaves and swirls!

3. Edible Markers.


Edible markers are a great way to add those little finishing touches to a cookie. Whiskers, eyelashes and wording are just some of the ways you can use them! I also like to outline designs onto a cookie with the yellow marker. It’s noticeable enough for you to trace along with icing yet discreet so it doesn’t bleed through your icing.

4. Basic Cookie Cutters.

You can never go wrong with a set of circle, square and heart shaped cookie cutters. I don’t know how many times I’ve transformed a custom or themed cookie design into one that can be created with a circle, square or heart. There’s something to be said for thinking outside the box sometimes! (Have you seen the heart shaped ninja turtle cookies I recreated? So fun!)

5. Brush Set.

A multi-sized brush set is great for painting on watercolour style images onto royal icing, dusting some edible shimmer dust or painting on gold details. Channel your inner Bob Ross like I did here, and paint some happy trees!

Well there you have it! I hope I’ve inspired you to up your cookie decorating game!

If you are interested in learning more, there are only TWO spaces left for my cookie decorating class next month! Click here to snap them up!

‘Til next time!

Xo, Izabela

 

 

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