Thursday, December 22, 2016

Holiday Snow Balls


If there's one thing that I could wish for during the holidays, it would defintely be snow in the Bay Area. I have always wanted a white christmas! Something about the snow and all the christmas decorations make everything seem so magical. 

Since there wouldn't be snow this year once again, I've decided to create my own snow balls and they're edible! But the best part of this recipe is that it only requires a few ingredients. These vanilla holiday snowball are the easiest thing to make for a last minute dessert for a party or a potluck. 




They're kind of similar to a cake pop but instead of candy melts, I used melted white chocolate chips with a little bit of heavy whipping cream to add a shiny glaze kind of finish. These Holiday Snow Balls are not just delicious but they look so festive and cute! 



Ingredients:
1 box cake mix
16 oz container ready-made frosting
A bag of white chocolate Chips
1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
Holiday Sprinkles of your choice

Directions:
Bake the cake as directed on the box, using a 9x13 cake pan. Let cool completely. 
Once the cake has cooled completely. Crumble cake into small pieces in a large bowl, then add three-quarters of the container of frosting into the large bowl. Mix together until thoroughly combined. 
Roll mixture into 2 inch balls by hand and place them on a prepared baking sheet, cover baking sheet with plastic wrap and chill for about an hour or two.
After your cake pops have chilled completely, take baking sheet out and place aside.
To melt chocolate, heat a small pot with several inches of water. Cover the top with a heat-proof bowl. Make sure stem cannot escape. Pour in the bag of hot chocolate in bowl, then add in heavy whipping cream. Stir occasionally. 
Dip one cake ball into melt chocolate coating until covered completely, remove with a fork, and then place back on baking sheet.
Add sprinkles right away onto chocolate coated cake balls.
Repeat steps 6-7 until done.
Place baking sheet in freezer for 20 minutes.
Once cake balls have cooled completely. Take them off the baking sheet and they are ready to be served!


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Monday, December 12, 2016

Product Review: Burgati Professional Shampoo set


I've decided to do a little summary of a product that I have been currently loving! If there's one thing that I struggle on, is really taking care of my hair. To be honest, I have never really been into hair care and maintenance. But as of lately, my hair has been needing some serious help.

For the past couple weeks or so, I have really been pushing myself to take some extra time during my nightly routine to spend on taking care of my hair. I've been currently using Burgati professional series set, and let me tell you, my hair has never felt so luscious and healthy in so long. Of course, I didn't see result right away but after day five/six, thats when I started seeing results of how healthy my hair has been looking. Another thing that I absolutely love is the fact that these products are packed with Kertin and Argan Oil, and if you know me, then you know how much I love anything with Argan oil! Also, who doesn't love a hair product that is sulfate-free and paragon-free? 

You also can not beat the price of these products as well. Everything on their website is so affordable!  I definitely recommend these products to anyone who needs a little love and tender for their hair. Although, I am not really impressed with the smell. Don't get me wrong, It doesn't smell bad but I think it doesn't really smell like anything at all. But I can't complain, because it does the job! My favorite product is also the leave-in conditioner, this products works really well with my fine, wavy hair, it does a great job detangling and conditioning my hair. A little also goes a long way with this product. 

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Holiday Sugar Cookies




Now that the holidays are in full effect, it is also the season for baking! To me, the holidays do not feel like the holidays until I smell sweet cookies flowing through out the house. With that in mind, holidays are all about spending time with your family, so baking cookies with family is always one of my favorite things to do. 


I wanted to share a cookie recipe that would be fun to make with others, so I knew this sugar cookie recipe would be the perfect match! The fun part is always decorating the cookies. These cookies are seriously soft and chewy, it'll definitely be hard to leave some for Santa. 


The best part of this recipe is that most of these ingredients can be easily found in your pantry! For sprinkles, Any sprinkles can work but of course since its Christmas time, you know I had to bust out my holiday sprinkles. 



When it comes to shaping out the cookies, the easiest thing to do is roll the dough in a 2'' ball and use a flat bottom glass cup dipped in a little flour to flatten the cookies into a circular shape. You can always roll out the cookie dough and cut out the shape with a cookie cutter. If you do plan to roll out your dough, make sure to cover and chill your cookie dough ahead of time for about 10 minutes. 



Sugar Cookies 

The perfect soft and chewy Frosted Sugar Cookie 

Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 cup plain yogurt 
  • 1 ¾ cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract 
  • 6 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
For frosting:
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoon of milk
  • Food coloring and Sprinkles
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and yogurt with a stand mixer or hand mixer until smooth and light in color.
  3. Add in sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix until combined. 
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt (if using). Then, slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in small sections. Mixing well after each.   
  5. Roll dough into 2” balls and placing them 2” apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Use a flat bottom glass dipped in flower, press the cookie balls flat. ( For rolled cookies, see information under dough picture above)
  6. Bake cookies in preheated over for 5-7 minutes, until the cookies behind to rise and bottoms are lightly brown. Remove Immediately and let cool on a cooling rack before frosting. 
For Frosting:
  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and extract with a stand mixer or a hand mixer.
  2. Add in powdered sugar (1 cup at a time), mix until smooth after each addition. Add in milk and food coloring, and beat until smooth. 
  3. Frost cookie and immediately sprinkle cookies and have fun!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Candle Haul




Nothing makes the holidays more cozier than candles. I am absolutely crazy over candles especially during the holidays. With these cold winter nights, sun going down faster, candles makes the mood in the room feel so much cozier and relaxing.  
Candles are the best aromatherapy for me. Just snuggling in bed with a cup of hot coco and a christmas movie on with the candles lit up is the best stress reliever. I really suggest stocking up on candles since I know the holidays can be stressful to some people, once you light up that candle... all your worries go away.


Lucky for me I live right next to Bath and Body works and I don't know about you guys but I tend to go crazy over the holiday collection, just like how crazy I am over the holidays in general. So of course, I wanted to show you guys a few of my favorite candles in the holiday collection! 


We all have the one candle you can't live without. This is mine. Marshmallow Fireside is my favorite candle scent of all time! I am a sucker for warm scents. This candle reminds me of sitting by the fire side, roasting marshmallows and listening to christmas music surrounded by family.



This one is also one of my favorites. First of all, can we talk about how cute the labels are this year? So adorable. This candle smells like of course spiced gingerbread, vanilla icing, cinnamon sugar, and fresh nutmeg. This would be a perfect candle to have in near the kitchen.




And finally, Vanilla Bean Noel! As you can tell, I am obsessed with vanilla scented things. The smell of this candle smells like if heaven baked fresh sugar cookies everyday. If you like sweet smells, then you will definitely love this candle! 

I hope you all enjoy this post about my favorite candles! Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite candle from Bath & Body works is! 

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Sangria

It is finally the most wonderful time of the year again! And what better way to start the month of December than a nice cup of holiday cheer? December is definitely my favorite time of the year. Something about all the christmas decoration and of course all the lights lit up, makes this time so magical. Something about this time, just makes me feel so nostalgic and filled with joy! 




Now the one thing that I love about this drink is of course the way it taste like but also the way it looks! Just look at it. It looks so chic I l-o-v-e it! Especially with Cranberry and Rosemary? This cup seriously taste like christmas in a cup. So I thought this was the perfect way to get you into the holiday spirit! 




This Christmas Sangria only requires a few ingredients as well! All you need is a cranberries, apple, rosemary, sugar and wait for it... apple cider and your favorite white wine. Of course my favorite wine is Pinot Grigio.  


This drink is the perfect drink for a holiday party! Like I said, this drink is just so pretty, it'll also make a nice touch on the dinner table.





Christmas Sangria 
The perfect cup of cheer infused with cranberries, apples, and rosemary. 
Ingredients:
- One bottle of white wine
- 3/4 cup of sparkling apple cider
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup of cranberries, halved
- 1/2 cup of cranberries, whole 
- 1 granny smith apple, chopped
- 4 rosemary springs
Directions:
Add all ingredients in a large pitcher while stirring with a wooden spoon. Serve chilled or over ice. 


Hope you all enjoyed this! xoxo sheena 

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Cinnamon Sugar Cupcakes


October is here and I couldn't be any more happier! I don't know about you guys but I get way too excited when fall comes around. The cold weather, the autumn decorations, the leaves turning orange, It just fills my heart up with joy. I feel like all the decorations and halloween things is the ultimate "kick off" party for the holidays! 

I have never liked the hot weather even though I was born in July, I was just never a fan of the heat. Now, with the weather finally cooling down over here in the Bay Area, I couldn't be any more happier! I love snuggling up in a blanket with hot tea while read a book. It just so relaxing. But what makes that even better? With a Cinnamon Sugar Cupcake! Yup, I said it Cinnamon Sugar Cupcake... Doesn't it make your mouth drool when you hear that? 


These cupcakes were such a hit with my family, they were gone in a day! These cupcakes were so moist mixed with fluffiness and dense and filled with cinnamon. And I didn't just want to add cinnamon to the batter. I wanted it to top it off with cinnamon! I made a cinnamon buttercream frosting. Best thing ever.


Nothing screams Fall with cold weather and the warm smell of cinnamon flowing through your house. 

My family actually compared the taste of these cupcakes as a copy-cat version of the cinnamon flavor cupcakes at Sprinkles -Who doesn't love Sprinkles Cupcakes? So to hear that, it was a huge compliment. The best part of the cupcake is that its not too sweet and you can eat these for breakfast, with a warm cup of coffee or tea. It'll make your morning. Trust me




I also added fall colored sprinkles around the edge of the cupcake to make it more "fall-y". I found these perfect colored sprinkles at my local HomeGoods store! But you can use any sprinkles that you want. 



Cinnamon Sugar Cupcakes 

Yield: Makes 14-16 cupcakes 

Ingredients 

1 2/3 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 baking powder
3/4 cup salted butter, room temperature
3 egg whites
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
Cinnamon Sugar Frosting
1/2 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp vanilla extract 
1 - 2 tsp water or milk

Instructions

For Batter: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder in a large mixing bowl
  3. Add butter, egg whites, vanilla, sour cream and milk and mix on medium speed until smooth
  4. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl
  5. Add cupcake liners to cupcake pan
  6. Place 1/4 cup of cup cake batter into each cupcake liner
  7. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp of cinnamon sugar onto batter and use a toothpick to swirl it around the batter 
  8. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until tooth pick comes out clean
  9. Allow to cool for 1 minute, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling

For Frosting:

  1. Beat butter until smooth
  2. Slowly add one cup at a time of powdered sure. Mix until Combined
  3. Mix in the cinnamon, vanilla extract, and 1 tbsp water *add more water to get the right consistency, then frost the cupcakes*
  4. Add sprinkles around the cupcakes

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

No-Churn Ice Cream




With summer coming to an end, I thought it was perfect to end it right with homemade ice cream! And get this, You don't even need an ice machine for this delicious treat. The best part... Each Ice Cream flavor only has five ingredients or less and takes less than 15 minutes to make!


 So, being able to make no-churn ice cream is simply amazing to me because its less expensive than going out buying an ice cream machine and it's such a fun thing to do with kids! The base of this ice cream is real simple, just a can of condensed milk and heavy cream. And, just whip until stiff peaks form. Easy isn't it?



With the base being easy, everything else is just an addition to make this delightful, sweet, and flavor-packed frozen treat! I'm excited to show you guys three easy flavors that everyone will love! I made a strawberry shortcake, cake batter, and a caramel brownie ice cream. My family enjoy all these delicious flavors, it was the perfect dessert to end the night. 
 

No-Churn Ice Cream Base:

Ingredients


❤  2 cups of heavy cream
❤  1 can of condensed milk (14oz)

Instruction:


❤  Pour in Heavy Cream in a large bowl and whip it until peaks form. You can use either a hand mixer or a stand mixer, either or will work perfect! (It usually takes about 10 minutes until you see results) Gently fold in the condensed milk.
❤  Fold in any toppings that you would like. ( Check below for some of my favorite add-ons!)
❤  Place ice cream in freezer for about 6 hours (the hardest part is the waiting, i know) and you're done! Simple and Easy.


Cake Batter Ingredients: 

❤  A cup of sprinkles
❤  Half a cup of funfetti cake mix
❤ A cup of crushed up Circus animal cookies

Strawberry Shortcake Ingredients:

❤ A cup of sliced strawberries
❤ 1/4 a cup of strawberry preserves
❤ A cup of crushed up Golden Oreo's

Caramel Brownies Ingredients:

❤  1/2 cup of caramel sauce
❤  Crushed up brownies 


XoXo Until next time,

Sheena

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Monday, July 18, 2016

My Review on Pressed Juicery "One-Day Juice Cleanse"





I am pretty good about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Yes, you would think I would be constantly eating junk food since i'm always baking, but to tell you the truth, I am very good at disciplining myself. That doesn't mean I won't treat myself to some dessert! A girl like me, needs her dessert to stay alive. I try my best to exercise at least 4-5 times a week. But lately, I have been eating very poorly and it's starting to take a huge negative effect on my body mentally and physically. Yuck.

So with the being said, I needed to take action and cleanse my body so I can feel more better and energized and alive. I stopped by my local Pressed Juicery and decided to try out their 1-Day Juice Cleanse. So for one day, I have given up all foods and drinks (except water), and instead I drank eight bottles of yummy cold-pressed juice. Although, you can always just juice at home with your own fresh fruits and vegetables. It is a different experience, when everything is already prepared for you which I found very convenient. Since I have been asked many questions about what is was like going on a cleanse, I would like to share my experience on here!

Lets start with the basic. 

What is a cold-pressed juice?
In a much simpler form without any scientific terms, it is a machine or "cold-presser" that extract juice by pressing and grinding fruits and vegetables without adding any heat, hence the term "cold-pressed". Cold press juicers use the right amount of pressure to extract the juice while maintaining its vitamins, enzymes, and overall nutrients.  


What is a Juice Cleanse?
With these juices providing the highest quality plant-nutrition available, it gives your body an extra push to maintaining a healthy basic. Cleansing is basically detoxing the body and restoring optimal health. In other terms, giving your body a break from all the horrible processed food you've been eating. At Pressed Juicery, you have the options to choose which cleanse you would like to choose, Cleanse 1,2, or 3  based on your current diet or goal or you can even customize your own selection . *Note - This is not a cleanse to lose weight .

How it works:
Each cleansing package comes in six, 16-ounces drinks per day. The one thing that I loved about Pressed Juicery is that they already label what drinks you should drink in order! *Two thumbs up! Right when you wake up, start drinking drink #1 and then ending with drink #6 at least two hours before you sleep. You should drink each juices two hours apart. Also the hardest part of it all is avoiding any solid foods and snackies and any drink that is not water while cleansing. 

Additionally, with the six bottles of juices, they give you two drinks: one with chlorophyll and another one with aloe vera. Also, continue to drink eight glasses of water during the cleanse. The chlorophyll water is there to drink between your juices, which helps you rebuild red blood cells. The aloe vera water is your last drink of the day, after the almond milk, which is there as a small colon cleanser... basically eliminating and detoxing the body.

Before the cleanse:
I can't stress this enough, stay hydrated! Drinking plenty of water (which you should be drinking at least eight cups of water a day) is the key to a successful cleanse! 

Of course, you're starting this cleanse because of your horrible eating habits, it can also help your cleanse be more successful - and be less of impact to your system - by cutting down the fatty foods three days before. Try skipping out on meats, pasta, bread, dairy, sugar, basically anything that bad for you and basically eat a salad. (You can doooo it!)

Review:
It's been a few day's after taking the juice cleanse and here's what I think about it...

Lets start by saying, this cleanse was a challenge. It was definitely not easy, although it was only one day. You really have to be prepared and put your body and mind to it.

The Pros to this cleanse is that it definitely swipes out your old taste buds to newer fresher kind of taste buds. I felt more energetic than I did before (without having to rely on coffee). So, ever since then I have not had a cup of coffee to keep me awake which was awesome! My mind also feels more awake and open. All of these results were definitely my main goal of all of this, to feel more alive. It made me more conscious of what I eat and I definitely do not miss any heavy food! + Of course I am still having my small cheat dessert once a week. A girl like me, needs dessert to feel satisfied.

Now, the Cons... First off, the hardest drink was the Roots 2! oh my I was dying trying my best to drink that, the taste of the ginger was not appetizing to me. That one was definitely a challenge. Next, I also started to get hungry by the fifth drink... good thing It was almost time for bed. Lastly, I kept having to go pee every 20 - 30 minutes, so I would definitely suggest having a bathroom near you at all times.

In general, I would definitely recommend this juice cleanse! Its definitely a boost to get your body into a healthier lifestyle. Or, if you have been feeling sluggish and want to make a change. Like I stated before, this cleanse is not for long-term weight loss results. Keep in mind, this review is based on MY experience, every body is different and may react differently. It is always best to do your research before hand when it comes to dieting/cleansing!

Hope you've enjoyed reading my review! Please drop me a comment if you have any other questions or general feedback!

Until next time, Hugs & Kisses

Sheena

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Book Club: Love & Gelato






With Summer in full effect, it definitely gives me more down time to relax on the couch and read a good book. Besides baking, One of my favorite thing to do that is just so relaxing to me is reading. I have been told that I have a huge imagination, so when it comes to reading, I just love how I can paint the scenario in my head, as if i'm watching a move.

Moving on, If you're looking for a good summer read then you have definitely come to the right place! Let me start by saying, this book is an amazing book to read, I honestly could not put this book down (Hence, why I was able to finish this book is less than three days). The main character, Carolina, but goes by Lina loses her mother from cancer, her mom's dying wish is that she goes to Florence to live with a father who she has never met. Keep in mind, her father lives in a cemetery! Yes cemetery! *spooky* She is given a journal that her mother kept with her when she lived in Italy when she was younger. Throughout the book, Lina is on a mission to find out the truth about her own beginning, as well as discovering her mothers secrets. She has a hard time accepting who her mother really was, and the man and life she left behind. 

I absolutely loved this book! Not only does it make you want to go to the nearest place that has Gelato, but Welch really knocked it out of the park with this book, making you feel as if you were in Italy with all her descriptive details. Italy is definitely on the top of my list of places to go someday, also keep in mind, the places that she mentioned in the book are actually real places! So if you're looking for a book full of emotions that'll make you laugh and even cry, or you like part romance and part mystery then you must read this book! You wont regret it.

Hugs & Kisses Until next time,

Sheena 


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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Thick & Chewy M&M Cookies


Happy Saturday everyone! What a better way to kick off a three day weekend than to enjoy some delicious cookies?  I decided  to bake some cookies and bag them up in goodie bags for my family to take to work the next day to get them through the week! 

These cookies are one of the best cookies I have ever ate in my life! Thanks to Baker by Nature. I am still amazed till this day how chewy and moist these m&m cookies are + they're homemade too! These cookies were so good, even my own family thought they were store bought. These cookies will definitely be my go-to dessert, especially because they are so easy to make. 


These thick and chewy brown butter M&Ms cookies are so good, I am letting you know now, you will need to make two batches because these babies will disappear fast! 


M&M Cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purposed flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened. (Browned and brought back to room temp.)
1 cup + 2 tbs. dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar 
3 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs, room temp.
2 cups mini M&Ms. 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

2. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and sea salt; set aside.

3. Place one stick of butter in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat and cook for about 3 minutes – stirring almost constantly – or until the butter has browned. Remove from heat and stir in remaining stick of butter; whisk until completely smooth. Pour the hot butter into a heat proof bowl, then place the bowl in the refrigerator or freezer and bring the butter back to room temperature. *You’ll know the butter is at room temperature when you press a finger into the top and it makes a slight indentation.

4.  Once the butter is at room temperature, Add the sugars and the vanilla to the browned butter and beat on medium-speed until light and fluffy; about 2 minutes (you may use a stand mixer/ handheld mixer to help if you have one). Add the eggs and beat quickly – for only about 30 seconds – until they’re just combined; scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes, then beat the eggs for another 30-45 seconds. Gently fold in the flour mixture with a wooden spoon, stirring only until the flour begins to disappear. Fold in the m&m minis.


5.  Roll scant tablespoon sized balls of dough between your palms to form a ball, then place on prepared sheet (make sure to leave a little bit of room in between each cookie for inevitable spreading). Continue this process until all the dough has been rolled. Place baking sheets, one at a time, in preheated oven and bake for 7-8 minutes, or until golden at the edges but still soft in the middle. Let cookies cool for 15 minutes on the sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Hugs & Kisses until next time,

Sheena

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


This year was the first time I have actually tried carrot cake, believe it or not! After my first bite, I knew I was in love. So with this in mind, my brother's girlfriend birthday was around the corner and that gave me the perfect excuse to bake one of her classic favorite, carrot cake! I've searched the internet to find the best carrot cake recipe, "My Recipes" one was definitely a winner. 

This carrot cake is unbelievably moist and packed with so much flavor, from the pineapples, to the walnuts, to the coconut flakes, every bite was to die for.  The cream cheese frosting was so creamy and smooth, you can't resist licking off the spoon.



This was such a hit at the birthday party! I've seen people grab for seconds actually. It was the perfect moist cake on a very hot day. This simply classic, good old fashion cake, might just become your next absolute favorite cake. 

And did i mention it being easy? No? Well, it is... very much so. This was one of the easiest thing i have bake so far! The ingredients are also simple as well. Nothing better than a good tasting cake, that almost anyone can do! and I mean anyone

I hope you guys enjoy this cake as much as I do! Now... Lets start baking! 
xoxo




Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


Prep time
Cook time
Total time
1 Hr and 30 mins
Ingredients:
For Cake Batter:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/4 cups vegetable oil           
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 buttermilk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extact 
  • 2 cups of grated carrot
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 (3½ -ounce) can flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

For Buttermilk Glaze:
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda 
  • ½  cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • 1 tbs. light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Cream cheese:
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese softened 
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1½  teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Line round cake pans with wax paper (I used two 8x3 round cake pans); lightly grease and flour wax paper. Set  pan aside. 

2. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon in a bowl and side aside. Beat eggs and sugar, vegetable oil, buttermilk and vanilla extract until well blended. Add dry ingredients, beating at low speed until blended. Fold in carrots, pineapple, flaked coconut, and chopped walnut or pecans. 
3. Pour batter evenly into prepared cake pans. Bake at 350°  for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 
For Buttermilk Glaze:
Add sugar, baking soda, buttermilk, butter, and light corn syrup to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-heat until boil Stirring often for four minutes. Remove from heat and stir vanilla. 

4. Once cake is done baking, poke a couple holes in the cake and drizzle Buttermilk Glaze evenly over layers. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pants, and cool completely on wire rack.

For Cream Cheese Frosting:
Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. 

5. Spread Cream Cheese frosting between layers and on top and the sides of a cake and decorate to your desire! I bought a few flake flowers from the craft store and used the left over carrots, walnuts, and coconut flakes to sprinkle along the sides.

Hugs & Kisses until next time,

Sheena

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