Mrs. Carla Monti

Mrs. Carla Monti

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bake-a-palooza!

Today is a big day - my last day at work (I start a new job next week) and it's also my boyfriend's mom's birthday. I want to go out with a bang, so I went over to Michael's and picked up some adorable colorful Chinese takeout-style boxes, and decided to bake cookies to give to my co-workers.



For my boyfriend's mom, I wanted to create a cake reminiscent of the famous Italian cookie, the rainbow cookie. To do this, I made three separate cake tiers, two vanilla layers and one almond-flavored layer, and colored one layer green and the other red. I sandwiched them with vanilla buttercream in between the layers, and then frosted the whole thing with more vanilla buttercream, and dusted the top with rainbow sprinkles. It's a departure from traditional rainbow cookies to use vanilla frosting (chocolate frosting is normally used) and the rainbow sprinkles were my addition as well (as a play on the name of the cookie).

Finally, the third baked good I made were gluten-free and HCG diet-friendly coconut macaroons. I had never made coconut macaroons before, and I wasn't really a fan of them to begin with, but this 3-ingredient recipe was surprisingly delicious! I will definitely be making them again - they are so easy to make.

Vanilla cake, batter recipe from Annie's Eats!


The dyed cake layers, stacked with vanilla buttercream, recipe also from Annie's Eats!


 Cake inspiration: Italian Rainbow Cookies!


Completely frosted and decorated!



Chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips and walnuts, recipe from All Recipes!





Coconut macaroons, from HCG Diet Recipes!


The finished product!



6 comments:

  1. It looks like you have been busy. Everything looks so wonderful.

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  2. Popped in to say hi! That's really impressive!

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  3. Ohh Carla, as always everything looks delish! when do you have so much time to bake? Hugs!

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  4. Thanks for all the lovely inspiration!
    BTW, I love your templat and background, it's so cute!

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  5. Thank you, thank you! It's sometimes a challenge to find time to cook or bake but I really try to as it's my favorite way to de-stress :)

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