Witchy Treat Table #FaustBakes #Witches #HalloweenParty
Cakes, Celebrating, Frostings, Fruit, Holidays

Hosting Halloween: Witchy Treat Table

Happy Halloween, my spooky friends! I hope you have a scary film playing in the background, Jack o’ Lanterns lit, because the hours are counting down until the Trick-or-Treaters come knocking on your door.

To finish off my Hosting Halloween series, I’ve put together a table that really gives me the heebie-jeebies. Nothing creeps me out more than a deep and dark forest. Haunted woods always make me think there is a coven of witches taking refuge in the dense, dead trees. EEK!

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Alcohol, Cakes, Caramel, Celebrating, Frostings, Savory

Prost for Oktoberfest!

Guten Tag! We’re in the heart of Oktoberfest, and Oktoberfest is always in my heart. Ever since my husband and I visited Germany, I’ve been obsessed.

For those who don’t know, Oktoberfest is a festival in Munich that originally started as a wedding celebration forBavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese. And since my wedding anniversary falls in the middle of Oktoberfest, we’ve taken a shine to celebrating it at home.

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Cakes, Celebrating, Chocolate, Frostings

German Chocolate Cake

My family has what I call birthday bunches–all of our birthdays come in pairs. This is pretty common when you have a large family, but my family isn’t that large. On my husband’s side, it’s just him and his parents, but all their birthdays happen in the same week! Everyone in my family has a birthday buddy, everyone that is, except my sister.

When the first birthday bunch rolled around last month for my mom and dad, I went ahead and asked my sister what she wanted her cake to be. Last year, the cake I made her was pretty awesome, in my humble opinion. I had my expectations high for what she would ask, anticipating fondant and colors and layers–the works! What she asked for, though, surprised me! All she wanted was a simple German chocolate cake.

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Cakes, Celebrating, Chocolate, Frostings, Holidays

How To: Pinch Roses and Southern Red Velvet Cake

I absolutely love Halloween! Positively can’t get enough of it, in case you couldn’t tell by the insane number of posts I’ve been doing lately. Everything about it is fantastic–the thrills, the sugar rushes, the chilly nights.

So far, I’ve made you graveyard cookies and a tombstone cupcake, but my confectionary cemetery is missing something. Hmmm . . . Ah! Yes! What’s a grave without flowers?

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Cakes, Chocolate, Frostings

Cheater, Cheater Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Mmmm, chocolate and peanut butter. No better culinary combination exists. We’ve been mashing it up in our candies, our cakes, our waffles for decades, and really, who am I to monkey with tradition?

So what makes my Cheater, Cheater recipe so great? This bad boy is bakery quality–I’m talking moist, soft, packed crumb paired with a smooth, light, palate-pleasing frosting that has an unmistakeable yet non-overwhelming peanut butter flavor. To put it simply, this cake is a God-send.

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Peaches in Elderflower Cake
Alcohol, Cakes, Frostings, Fruit

Peaches in Elderflower: A Titanic Inspired Dessert

As you are slowly finding out, I am obsessed with sunken ships. Every year, I plop down in front of the TV, pop in my VHS of the 1997 film, and snack on Titanic-shaped cookies. This year, I decided to do something new. I wanted to make a different dessert, maybe even one that was served on that fateful voyage. After several Google searches, do you know what I learned?

People did not know how to eat dessert in 1912.

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Titanic sugar cookies! #faustbakes
Cookies, Frostings

Titanic Sugar Cookies

What none of you Internet friends of mine know that my real world friends know too well is that I am obsessed with sunken ships. Especially Titanic. I’ve seen every film adaptation of its sinking (even the dreaded “Titanic II”), and don’t even get me started on how many times I’ve seen the James Cameron adaptation!

I remember being mesmerized the first time I watched it. The scenes where the ship would degrade and then restore, from its wreckage to pristine condition–they took my breath away.

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