Candy Cane Chocolate Cake

Is there such a thing as too many peppermint desserts this time of year? If you said yes, show yourself to the door. Peace out. For the rest of us, let’s get this red and white party started! Fresh on the heels of Monday’s Chocolate Truffle Peppermint Crunch Cookies, I bring you the reddest, whitest, stripiest, Christmassy-est cake I could make. Santa, eat your heart out.

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This cheerful cake is made from deep, dark devil’s food cake and filled with peppermint candy cane frosting. Because I’m a super literal thinker, I had to decorate it with red fondant stripes like a giant candy cane. (I also like to judge books by their covers.) To top it all off, it’s finished with a big pile of crushed candy canes and these super cute candy cane lollipops from Hammond’s Candy. (I found mine at Target).

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Chocolate Truffle Peppermint Crunch Cookies

I’ve heard a rumor that it’s cookie season. I’ve also heard that it’s peppermint season, and gift-giving season, and “calories, shmalories” season. Huzzah!

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I made these Chocolate Truffle Peppermint Crunch Cookies as part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. It’s a fun blogging event organized by Lindsay and Julie, and the concept is simple: you mail out a dozen cookies to 3 different bloggers, and you receive 3 dozen cookies in return. It combines all of my favorite things: making cookies, giving cookies away so I don’t eat all of them, meeting new bloggers, and getting surprise (cookie-filled) packages in the mail. Plus, it also serves as a fund-raiser for Cookies for Kid’s Cancer, so it’s a win-win-win-win-win!

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Hazelnut Hot Chocolate On A Stick

December is winning, you guys. Not in the “#winning!” sense, but in the “I feel like I’ve been beaten with the big heavy holiday stick, and I am not fighting back” sense. Real talk? I’m bushed.

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Whining about work has got to be tied with weather talk in the competition for Things No One Cares About, so rather than complain at length about how overwhelmed I am, I’ll just share that I accidentally took a 2-hour “nap” last night at 8:30 pm. (Not recommended: I was pretty discombobulated afterward.)

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Vintage Christmas Card Cakes + A Cookie Cutter Giveaway

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Thank you to Aunt Chick’s Cookie Cutters for sponsoring this post! Phew! Now that Halloween and Thanksgiving are history, we can finally get to the fun stuff: holiday baking! Hello, December. Hello, candy canes and gingerbread and twinkling lights and that fresh evergreen smell and buying all the butter and sugar at the store. Hello,…

Apple Cranberry Gouda Puff Pastry Roses

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Can we agree that we’re all Thanksgiving-ed out? If you don’t celebrate it, you’re like, “Shut up with your dumb national holiday already! And PS those Pilgrim hats look stupid.” And if you do celebrate it, you’re like, “I have 647 things to buy at five different grocery stores today and a whole house to…

Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Pie

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Behold, the baker who doesn’t like pumpkin pie is posting a pumpkin pie recipe. Hypocrisy, thy name is Elizabeth. I took one for the team with this post. And by “the team,” I mean my husband, who loves pumpkin pie but rarely gets to enjoy a freshly-baked version. And by “took one,” I mean “baked…

Rainbow Mousse Cake + A Mega Giveaway!

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Happy blog birthday to ME! This month marks 3 years of SugarHero-ing it up with you guys, making ridiculously tall cakes, using unhealthy amounts of butter, singlehandedly supporting the chocolate industry, and putting luster dust and gold leaf on absolutely anything and everything, darlings. It has been a blast and it just keeps getting better….

Cranberry White Chocolate Sweetie Pies

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My dad was the pie master in my family growing up. For a large man, he sure had the delicate touch with pie dough, and his crusts were always a buttery, flaky delight. After pressing the dough into the pans, he would roll the scraps of dough into “sweetie pies,” our name for little hand…

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