Category Archives: Holidays

Last Minute Holiday Gift: The Baking Bites Cookbook

Baking Bites Kindle Cover

A cookbook is always a great gift for the baker in your life. Not only is there something out there for everyone, but there are so many new cookbooks being released all the time that your baker is sure to need a new addition to his or her collection. My 2013 Cookbook Gift Guide is a great place to start if you have time to ... Read More »

How To Make A Christmas Lights Cake

Christmas Lights Cake

During the holidays, I feel a lot more inspired to go over-the-top with cake and cookie decorations. I want to make desserts that are just as vibrant as all those decorations that you’ll find on a Christmas tree. In fact, those twinkling strings of tree lights were the inspiration for this Christmas Lights Cake! The design is very simple and makes a cake with a ... Read More »

Gingerbread House Bundt Pan


Building a gingerbread house is a very traditional way to celebrate the Christmas season. Gingerbread house construction, however, can be a little bit challenging because all those pieces have to line up just perfectly to allow the house to stand up on its own for decorating! An easier alternative is to use a pan that creates the gingerbread house for you, like this Gingerbread House ... Read More »

Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Layer Cake

Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Layer Cake, interior

I love chocolate and peppermint around the holidays, and juding by the number of Peppermint Mochas and Peppermint Bark that I see in coffee shops and stores, almost everyone likes to see this combination this time of year, as well. Instead of making another batch of peppermint bark to showcase these two flavors, I decided to make something a little bit more dramatic looking this ... Read More »

Cookbooks for Bakers, The 2013 Gift Guide


Every year, I add a whole bunch of new cookbooks to my collection and I enjoy every single one of them. I love getting new cookbooks and I know that the same can be said for every cook and baker out there. Cookbooks can inspire us to try out new flavors or learn new techniques, and even though people may be switching to digital books ... Read More »

Favorite Homemade Eggnog

Homemade Eggnog

It wouldn’t be the holidays without eggnog at my house, but you’ll find my fridge stocked with homemade eggnog rather than store bought ‘nog most of the time. Homemade eggnog has a much fresher flavor to it, and you can control the sweetness so that it suits your tastes perfectly. I’ve made many different eggnog recipes in the past, from very traditional uncooked eggnogs to ... Read More »

Biscoff Hot Chocolate

Biscoff Hot Chocolate

Biscoff spread is a peanut butter-like spread made of speculoos cookies. Speculoos are buttery, brown sugar and spice-flavored cookies that are similar to gingersnaps and are popular in the Netherlands (and elsewhere!), especially around the Christmas season. I keep a jar of the spread around my house for spreading on everything from toast to apple slices. While I have been known to eat it by ... Read More »

Frosted Snowman Cupcake Molds


I probably spend more time decorating cookies and cupcakes around the holidays than I do the rest of the year. I always want my cakes and cookies to look nice, of course, but all the cutout cookies and festive cakes of the Christmas season make me want to decorate just a little bit more and not keep things quite as simple as I might the ... Read More »

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