Queenie’s Apple Strudel Dumplings

Today's the day! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is being released on Blu Ray/DVD. Obviously, that means only one thing...MAGICAL TREATS! Since Jacob Kowalski is so amazing, and makes so many incredible baked treats in the film, there's tons of stuff to choose from, and I can't wait to try to recreate them, but today, I'm inspired by Queenie's witchy cooking. The first time, I watched the movie I was so enchanted when Queenie started ... read more

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Happy Happy Narwhal Cake

I celebrated my birthday this past Sunday. I turned 29. Again. My grandma made it very clear when I was little that the women of our family never aged past 29 years old. I didn't believe her until the year after I turned 29, and lo and behold! I turned 29 again! Aren't I lucky? ;) I was inspired to make myself a narwhal birthday cake this year after spending a week at Walt Disney World with my husband and our three nephews. This was our nephew's first ... read more

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Prickly Pair Valentine Cake

This cake isn't what I planned. Not even at all. I had originally planned to do something with balloons and pennants. I'm sure it would've been a fun cake, but it just wasn't inspiring me. My cake sat frosted with a crumb-coat all day, waiting for me to dress it, but I just wasn't excited about it. I put it in the refrigerator, and I went to bed. Then, inspiration struck. I wanted to make my heart cake into two halves, two characters, that loved each ... read more

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Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes with Perfect Chocolate Buttercream

Do you guys have a recipe that you always turn to, because it's The Perfect Recipe? I love my recipes. I mean, I'm obviously biased, but I think I make some really good stuff. Occasionally, though, there will be a recipe that is It. The One. The Perfect Recipe. These cupcakes, and their frosting, land squarely and happily in that category. Every time I make them, the Hubster says, "These are the best cupcakes. They are perfect. These are the perfect ... read more

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Happy 7th Birthday, Bakingdom!

Wow, you guys! I'm writing a blog post. I know...I can hardly believe it myself. And you know what? It's really hard! It's been almost a year since I last posted - not since March 11 of last year. That's crazy. I don't mind admitting that I'm freaking out a little bit. You know what, though? Bakingdom turned seven years old this past Wednesday, and for the first time since arriving home in the States, I felt the urge to bake a cake, *and* to tell you ... read more

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A Life Update and An Announcement

Today, the Hubster and I are celebrating 14 happy years of marriage! And we're also celebrating 100 days until we're homeward bound to our family and friends! Living in Europe for the last three years has been such an incredible adventure and education. It has kept me busy, and although it's been an incredibly inspiring time, I haven't always been the best at blogging regularly. Over the last year and a half or so, I've been very leisurely about how ... read more

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My Harry Potter Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas Eve! Now that my Harry Potter tree is officially officially done, it's all ready for viewing! Well, it's *mostly* done. Next year, I'm going to be adding a custom tree stand that, if it looks like what I'm imagining - will be amazing! When I decided to create a Harry Potter-inspired tree this year, I was torn between a natural green tree - like those in the Great Hall at Hogwarts - and a glimmering golden tree. As soon as I saw this ... read more

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Harry Potter Floating Book Ornament Tutorial

I confess that I have done very little baking this holiday season. I've been far more interested in crafting - particularly Harry Potter crafts for my happy wizarding tree... I crafted almost everything on the tree in one way or another, and I love everything about it - from the glowing cauldrons to the sparkling patronuses to the cuddly Fawkes with his feathery tail wrapping it's way down the tree. Next year, I'm making a really cool custom base to ... read more

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English Butter Toffee

One of the Hubster's very favorite candies in the world is toffee. He will never turn down good toffee. When we were at Disney last fall, he used a lot of his snack credits for the English butter toffee that they sell all around the parks. He got so many, we had extra to bring home. Since Veteran's Day was Wednesday, and he hasn't gotten to have any good toffee in a long time, I decided that I'd whip up a batch for my favorite soldier, as a thank you ... read more

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Easy Buttercream The Muppets Beaker Cake

Everybody's all, "Let's make Halloween treats!", and I'm over here all, "But The Muppets!" I actually made this cake back in April for the Hubster's birthday, and it turned out so fun, and was so easy, I decided to share it with you guys. :) Not only was Beaker easy to make, and fast, too, he's made of 100% delicious cake and fluffy buttercream. After stacking four layers of cake (Beaker is so tall and thin, after all), I filled and covered ... read more

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What I Did This Summer (Instead of Blogging)

Hi friends! I bet you thought I was never coming back, huh? I'm sorry. I know I just up and disappeared without a word. It was pretty rude of me. I really am sorry. Also, though, I'm kind of not. It's hard to be too sorry when you sent the summer the way I did the last few months. I have no excuse for not announcing that I'd be taking a hiatus...except that I hadn't planned to take it. I had every intention of spending the summer baking, picture-taking, ... read more

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Happy Mother’s Day!: Easiest Buttercream Rose Cake

I've been craving lemon cake like a crazy person lately, so I whipped one up the other day. Then, I was all, "Hm... Mother's Day is coming up, I should make something pretty. But easy. Because I'm lazy." And so now, if you need a super yummy, springy cake, that's beautiful and happy, but doesn't take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to make....I gotchoo covered. ;) All you need to make this cake is a small spatula, butter knife, or even a spoon, and a few piping bags ... read more

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Guardians of the Galaxy Groot Cookies

I know that Guardians of the Galaxy has been out for awhile now, but these cookies have been on my mind for ages, and I finally got motivated and whipped them up. I don't know why I waited do long...they took no time at all to make, and they turned out supah awesome! Okay, so can we just talk about how cute Groot is for a second? Because he is seriously the cutest. Great big, bad ass, big-hearted hero Groot, and bitty little sapling, boogying baby ... read more

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Elegant Spring Checkerboard Cake

I have this obsession with Easter egg hunts. Like, seriously. I LOVE them. I. Love. Them. Every year, I love to hide the eggs for Hubs or the kiddo to find, but my favorite part of the day is when they hide all the eggs for me. And they get super into it, too. They know how much I love hunting for the eggs, so they work together to be sneaky and clever and hide all the eggs in places I might not expect. Except for dark, scary, possibly spider (or ... read more

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Lemon Meringue Shortbread Cookies

These are stupid cookies. Stupid pretty. Stupid delicious. Stupid happy. And they make people stupid, too. Good stupid, promise. Cross my heart. Plus, they have a little surprise inside. Hubs took some to work and shared them, and the yummy lemon curd filling was unexpected and everyone was really happy about it. Like, really. I know that this is all super braggy, but sometimes, I just really need to make sure you guys understand just how ... read more

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Rainbow-filled Chocolate Icebox Cookies

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! I made you some cookies. :) These are obviously fun, pretty cookies...duh. But they're also one of my very favorite recipes, because yum. Seriously, these are so good. You can't eat just one. Or two. Or twelve. ... read more

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