Sweet Type: Candy Message Cake

candy letter cake - coco cake land

candy letter cake - coco cake land

Say it sweetly: my edible candy lettering DIY is on Craftsy! Add a stylish blast of typography to your cake in the cutest way ever with this candy message cake.

candy letter cake - coco cake land

If I could turn back time… oh wait, I can!! Other cake typography tutorials on Coco Cake Land:

How to write on a cake with buttercream!

Pipe a super cute message right into your cake – this buttercream typography cake reminds me of the 1980s!

Try letter stamp cake toppers to spell it out!

I still love these hand cut letters!

I made a glittery letter garland once using a household kitchen staple!

Happy typography fun times, guys! xo Lyndsay

Cute Strawberry Cake DIY

strawberry-cake-DIY by coco cake land

strawberry cake DIY by coco cake land

I heart CUTE FRUIT. ‘Specially this strawberry cake DIY I made for Handmade Charlotte, which was inspired by my pineapple wearing sunglasses cake!

Even more cute fruit:

My pal Tessa’s watermelon cake! Faceplant into it, me want!!

This is one of of my ultimate favourite cakes, ever. SAD LEMON CAKE

My apple cupcakes tutorial and bookworm NERD cake topper!

These super adorable watermelon cake toppers! Eeks with an eeks on top!

Click on over to Handmade Charlotte for the full cute strawberry cake DIY – so fruity fun for a summer birthday!

Blackberry Coconut Milk Popsicles With Greek Yogurt

blackberry coconut popsicles with greek yogurt recipe

blackberry coconut popsicles with greek yogurt recipe

I’ve got a power blast of blackberry refreshment over on Poppytalk today – my recipe for blackberry coconut milk popsicles with greek yogurt! Git over there! Git!!

Other things that Led-Zeppelin-laser-light-showed my mind this week: 

Kelly, why dontcha go combine two of my favourite things into one? WHAT YOU DID! Ice cream sandwich donuts on Studio DIY, guys.

You know how much I love cute fruit. THIS! Fruit macaron DIY by Sugar and Cloth! The little apple macaron alone is straight up adorable.

I love to Asian up my day and Cynthia’s always got something rad brewing up in her kitchen. Red bean ice cream from Two Red Bowls.

I love banh mi, I love fries. Steph has officially lobotomized me with this banh mi fries recipe over on I Am A Food Blog!

My middle name is #coneheadclub and I love the idea of an ice cream crawl! Doing it up all frozen style at You Are My Fave!

Happy Friday, cake pals! xo Lyndsay

 

Nuts About Coconut Donut Recipe

white coconut donuts

white coconut donuts

white coconut donuts

I’ll have a side of tropical with my donuts, please! I know it’s summer but that doesn’t mean you ONLY have to eat frozen stuff. Donuts are still totally face cram-able! This coconut donut recipe’s got rich coconut milk, the flavours of vanilla, nutmeg and almond, topped with a creamy sugar glaze and a coating of white unsweetened coconut flakes. Cram jam!

Coconut Donuts

For The Donuts

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • ⅓ cup golden brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 ⅔ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup coconut milk

For The Glaze

  • 2  cups of icing sugar
  • 10+ teaspoons of coconut milk (add more or less coconut milk to get the desired glaze consistency! I like my glaze on the thicker side).
  • Large white unsweetened coconut flakes
 

Make The Donuts

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Oil your donut baking pans with a small amount of vegetable oil.

  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, oil and sugars until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the eggs, mixing to combine.

  3. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and vanilla and almond extract.

  4. Add the flour into the wet mixture, alternating with the coconut milk until combined. Do not overmix.

  5. Fill your donut pans 3/4 full with the donut batter. Tip: Use a piping bag or large ziploc bag to fill the donut cavities; fill the bag first with batter, then snip a ¼ inch hole in the bag’s tip and pipe into the cavities.

  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 7-8 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Do not overbake!

  7. Remove donuts from pans and let cool on wire racks.

Make The Glaze

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together icing sugar and coconut milk until combined.
  2. Once donuts are completely cooled, dunk into the glaze!

  3. Fill another bowl with the white coconut flakes; while the glaze is still wet, dunk into the coconut flakes bowl, coating the donut.

white coconut donuts

white coconut donuts

white coconut donuts

white coconut donuts

white coconut donuts

Happy donut making and eating, cake pals! xo Lyndsay

Conehead Club: Ice Cream Cones Forever

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I’ve started a new club. Cone head club. It’s for you and me. The wild and crazy ice cream cone fanatics. Soft serve, gelato, classic hard scoop, homemade – ice cream cones are golden, the trophy of summer, cold, sweet and creamy, cooling you down with each lick, temporary melting bliss. All these snaps are from my Coco Cake Land Instagram… yeah, I eat a lot of ice cream. You’re a conehead. I’m a conehead. Let’s celebrate summer – raise a cone, tag #coneheadclub, jump in a pool, drink an icy drink!

Want to make your own? Here’s some ice cream dreamy links for you:

My brutally easy simple peppermint chocolate ice cream over on Poppytalk

Two mega blog babes making bacon and sweet corn ice cream sandwiches!

Shave ice and snow cones are also my weakness. Cocktail snow cone recipes at Honestly Yum! 

Cakes Gone Wild: Buttercream Flower Cake

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buttercream flower cake by coco cake land

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I’ve always been pretty obsessed with buttercream roses. They’re at once frilly and beautiful, but also hokey and supermarket sheet cake-like, yet still vintage and hearkening back to classic cake decoration and steady piping hands. I wanted to make a cake that overflowed with buttercream flower piped insanity, in bright colours and using a few fun techniques – I’d say the cake turned out pretty 1980s which I love! You can see the entire buttercream flower cake tutorial over on the Craftsy blog!

Speaking of crazy cakes: there are SO many beautiful and original cakes over on Saveur this week, celebrating their 20th birthday! Check out 21 Cakes for Our 20th Birthday and get ready to both drool, dream and punch yourself for not being able to eat your computer screen.

My faves of the bunch include Sarah of The Vanilla Bean Blog’s perfectly gorgeous buttermilk cake with rhubarb buttercream and cardamom cream, Molly’s adorbs pony ridin’ vanilla rosemary blackberry topped beauty of a pony cake and this insaneo meringue stacked cherry and chocolate number by Izy of Top With Cinammon!

Happy weekend, sweet cake pals! xo Lyndsay

I Am Lion Hear Me Roar: Lion Cake DIY

cute lion cake by coco cake land

Roar! This little cutie might just be the easiest animal cake you’ll ever make, not to mention the cutest. Check out the full lion cake DIY over at one of my favourite children’s blogs, Handmade Charlotte!

Currantly Crushing On: Red Currant Popsicles

red currant popsicles by coco cake land

basket of red currants

red currant popsicles by coco cake land

Tart, tangy and milky red currant popsicles! Teddy got a lesson in exchange for goods at the Vancouver Farmers Market a few weekends ago. We were weighing a brown bag of English snap peas and then a glistening pile of teensy red globes dangling from thin delicate stems caught my eye – red currants! They were so pretty I knew I had to bring them home. The market reminds me of playing “grocery store” or “restaurant” (we would serve raw dry spaghetti and water) when we were kids – it’s so fun to do the money exchange. I gave Teddy a little wooden coin worth $5 of farmers market money, told him to give it to the vendor, and he watched as we got a pretty basket of red currants in return!

red currant popsicles by coco cake land

red currant popsicles by coco cake land

We cruised home with the English snap peas and the currants, our bellies full of buttery buckwheat crepes. The red currants burst in your mouth like tart, fruity roe with the flavour of a lightly sour raspberry. These popsicles have an almost yogurt-like tartness from the red currants – a sweet, creamy and summery treat!

Red Currant Popsicles

10 popsicles

For The Popsicles

  • 2 cups of red currants
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 300 ml can of evaporated milk
  • ½ cup whole milk
 

Make The Popsicles

  1. Give the currants a gentle wash and remove the stems.
  2. In a medium saucepan, add currants, water and sugar. Bring to a low boil on medium heat. Remove from stovetop.
  3. Using another medium sized bowl, strain the mixture through a sieve into the bowl to remove seedy bits.
  4. Add the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and whole milk to the bowl.
  5. Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, blend the ingredients until smooth, pink and creamy.
  6. Pour into popsicle molds – I use a liquid measuring cup for this job for ease of pouring!
  7. Freeze popsicles for 30 minutes until set up, then add the sticks. This keeps the sticks from shuffling around in popsicle liquid and gives them a straighter appearance.
  8. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight until completely firm.

 

red currant popsicles by coco cake land

red currant popsicles by coco cake land

red currant popsicles by coco cake land

red currant popsicles by coco cake land

red currant popsicles by coco cake land

red currant popsicles by coco cake land

Happy summer days! I had to share a few of my blog pals’ INSANEO delicious looking popsicle recipes of late, too:

Roasted Pineapple Coconut Popsicles by Tessa at Style Sweet Ca!

These frigging gorgeous looking Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles by Gabriel at The Artful Desperado!

I love all creamy and tea flavoured things, including this recipe for Thai Tea Popsicles from Billy at Wit and Vinegar!

These beautiful Pac-man ghost looking HALVA popsicles from my sweet pal Molly from My Name Is Yeh!

What popsicles have you been making? Leave me a link, I’d love to see! xo Lyndsay