Tuesday, December 8, 2009

TWD- Lemon Ginger Sables

This week's TWD recipe, Sables, was chosen by Barbara, who blogs over at Bungalow Barbara. You can find the recipe by going to this post on Barbara's blog or by turning to page 131 of Baking: from my home to yours, which I am sure you have a copy of by now.

This is a basic butter cookie that can be made with many variations. I decided to make a lemon-ginger version. I added the zest of 2 lemons to the sugar and also added 1 1/2 tsps of ground ginger to the cookie dough. These tasted really great.
You can make them any way you want, with any spice, any zest, any nut and also savory, if you desire.
This is the perfect cookie for this time of year. You can share and send these and the people who are so lucky to receive them will be very grateful.

Go check out the Tuesday's with Dorie Blogroll to see what other variations people came up with this week!
I also just wanted to share some pictures of a cake I created for my friends daughter's 8th birthday party.
This cake was supposed to be decorated with candy, but when I was out shopping, I saw these little Christmas ornaments and the idea popped into my head to try decorating the cake with them.
It worked.
The cake looked so cute.
The birthday girl was happy with her cake and so was I. I have made the cake before, about a year and a half ago, so I knew it was a good cake, with great flavor. Orange cake, raspberry jam between the layers and then a Swiss Meringue Buttercream to finish the whole thing off. Delicious.

Recipe for Orange Butter Cake

21 comments:

Lauryn said...

Great looking sables and that cake is gorgeous! I am making a sheet cake for a birthday party next weekend and I am getting nervous!!! I've never made a cake that big before!

Nichi said...

Gorgeous cookies and very cute idea on that cake! It looks awesome.

Kim said...

Your cookies sound wonderful. I'm going to have to try all the different variations. Love the cake. I wish I could decorate like that.

Erin said...

Love the yellow cookies and the cake is beautiful!

Nicole Bergman said...

That cake is so cute! Love the idea.

Susan said...

Your sables look so sunny! And I love the cake. Too cute. Cute cake stand too! I am making a birthday cake this week with puppies. I posted a couple of pre-cake pictures on my blog. :)

Teanna said...

Those sables are gorgeous, but that is the most awesome cake ever!

G. said...

Hi Mare, I've been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now, I'm not sure how I stumbled upon it but, I love it. In fact, today I bought the ingredients to make the butter cookie dough you talked about the other day. My kids are excited to make the candy cane cookies!! Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading more. :)

Carrian said...

Love that cake. So cute!

pinkstripes said...

Lemon-ginger sables sound delicious! I love the yellow sprinkles. The cake for your friend's daughter looks great!

Clivia said...

Everything looks delicious! I wish I'd made ginger sables. Great variation!

Flourchild said...

Great idea to use the ginger in the sables. Im sure they were good!

Engineer Baker said...

That cake is adorable! Love the ornament decoration idea! And lemon ginger sables sound like they'd be perfect with tea - yum.

Sarah said...

Lemon-Ginger, what a fantastic idea! I'll have to remember that for the next time I make them. I made the spice version this week, and they were wonderful. Your cookies look great, and that cake is beautiful - lucky birthday girl!

mike said...

Well those are the most FUN cookies I've seen in a long time. LOVE those sprinkles!!! And that cake is really fabulous - truly! You should be proud of yourself - that little girl is quite lucky!!!

Bungalow Barbara said...

Thank you for baking along with me this week!

Lemon-ginger sounds great. Glad you liked them!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

lemon and ginger sounds like a great combo! love your cake, and looks like it was a hit with the young ladies!

Pamela said...

Lemon Ginger!?! YUM! They look so pretty all covered in yellow. That cake is adorable, too.

Tracey said...

Love your idea for the lemon and ginger together! I will have to try that one too, along with about 5 other flavors I want to make :)

Great job on the cake!

Di said...

Ooh, I really like the idea of ginger with lemon. I'll have to remember that.

SUGAR B said...

Love the cookies with the yellow decor and of course that cake . . this post made me smile! :)