In the past few months, "busy" has taken on a whole new dimension. Working through a few different diagnoses for both boys, has left our schedule overtaken by doctors appointments and hospital visits. As difficult as it has been, these two little boys are incredibly amazing. N is constantly smiling and Y is pretty much one of my favorite people to hang out with! They're the bravest, strongest boys and I could not be prouder to be their Mommy - or so I think! Everyday they impress me even more! (I mean let's be real, y'know between the infant sleep regressions and toddlerness, haha!).
But for now, on to blogging and happy thoughts of chocolate and cake and chocolate cake...
Speaking of chocolate cake, you know what makes even the tastiest desserts even better? When they're baked as miniature versions!!
With 2016 quickly approaching, I'm so excited to share with you a few of my favorite products from the past year! Today I'll start with bakeware and throughout the month will highlight cookbooks, kids items and more!
Nordic Ware has certainly taken the lead and enhanced our cooking and baking through innovative products this year. We use our Flare pan, multiple times a week. Yes it may just be a frying pan, but when we had to be out of our home for a few months, it was one of the first things we packed with us to bring to my parents house! Don't even get me started on our dutch oven! It's lightweight and beautiful features are only outdone by how well it cooks basically everything we've attempted in it so far.
But you guys know me, and if you follow my Instagram feed, you'll know that baking is my first love in the kitchen.
And that's where this pretty great pan comes in.
Like I said, life with two under two can get pretty busy, even without all the extras we have going on. So what's better than a cake pan, with a gorgeous design that makes your baking fancy without any effort? A cake pan that does that very same thing, THIRTY times over. Yes THIRTY.
The Bundt Tea Cakes and Candies pan, makes 30 miniature classic Nordic Ware bundt cakes! Think of the endless possibilities. A cute platter of mini cakes for your hostess the next time you're out for Shabbos, perhaps? Or maybe a variety of flavors of mini cakes on cake stands displayed at your next event! An addition to your shalach manos - never too early to start planning! A tray of mini cakes sent to the office or packaged beautifully for a neighbor, teacher, new mom or housewarming gift? It's also perfect for a bake sale or last minute treats for an entire class! Or on a simpler level, if you're anything like me, mini bite size cakes as a treat to last the
Thirty mini cakes in one shot! I can't get over it.
In true Nordic Ware fashion, the cast aluminum is sturdy and results in beautifully and evenly baked mini cakes. It's non stick surface ensures the cakes pop out beautifully, retaining their design. You can even use it to make mini candies, adding versatility to it's list of features including heirloom quality and a lifetime guarantee. It's basically a Mommy baker's ideal gift!
I've included a recipe below that's also super easy for the Mom on the go who wants a delicious and beautiful tray of desserts!
Excuse me, as I'm off to have
Chocolate Pumpkin Cake (makes 60 mini cakes)
1 box of Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
1 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp vanilla
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Mix until well combined.
Using a half tea spoon measurement, scoop batter into mini bundt cake form.
Bake at 350 for approximately 12-15 minutes (depending on your oven, you may have to check at the 10 minute mark to avoid over baking)
Allow to cool and remove from pan
This pan was generously provided by Nordic Ware. The thoughts and opinions expressed within this review are solely my own.