Strawberry Bailey’s Icebox Cake

Need I say more??? So gorgeous. So delicious. So EASY!

What you need:

  • graham crackers
  • Bailey’s–you need a pastry brush! or something to brush it on the grahams. you can use your fingers if you have to!
  • strawberries
  • whip cream–make your own. seriously. much better than cool whip. eththhkkkkkk. My recipe: 1 quart of heavy whipping cream + 2 Tablespoons sugar + 1 T and 1 tsp vanilla. Mix in a stand mixer or hand mixer until whipped. perfect every time.
  • ganache 
  • fresh mint for garnish

 

Basically you just assemble this on a nice platter or plate. Wash and dry strawberries and then slice them thinly and set aside. Make your whip and set aside in the fridge. Get all your ingredients ready to assemble and pick out a beautiful dish or plate to put it on.

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I also used a pastry bag to pipe the whip on there pretty. You don’t need this—you can just spread it on there evenly and prettily.

Start by spreading a little whip on the bottom of four grahams and place them side by side on the plate. Then brush some Bailey’s over each graham. Then pipe or spread whip over the whole thing, going right to the edge of the grahams because you want to see it in the layers. Then put the strawberries on, and repeat! I did four layers?? And then on the top just put a lot more strawberries on the top, then some whole ones, and drizzled ganache, then put a few mint sprigs. Voila! Put it in the fridge and let it set for several hours. I think mine set for like 8-10 hours–so if you wanna serve it for dessert, make it in the morning. You want the grahams to get soft so you can cut through easily.

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Now you can do some variations on this too: choco grahams. other fruit like blueberries. no Bailey’s (not as fun). chocolate whip!!!! Whoa just thought of that. It’s super easy and I thought pretty cheap too! YUM! Perfect for summer!

How to make Bride and Groom Pretzels

Remember this post about these bride and groom pretzels???

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Well, I’ve been getting  a lot of interest about how to make them… and I thought “hey why don’t I make a video?”

And then I thought: “Wait–are you nuts? a VIDEO of YOU on the INTERNET that people SEE EVERYWHERE???”

So I didn’t.

But then I thought about it more, and watched a couple of how-to videos for decorating on you tube.

And then I did. AHHHHHHHH

Let me first just say that I was very nervous–I’m hypercritical of myself anyways and then to see myself and what I look like and what I really SOUND like (it’s weird to hear your own voice, right?) it’s actually giving me a lot of anxiety. BUT I did spend the time to do it, and my awesome husband shot the video and edited it, and awesome sister watched my daughter and dog so you wouldn’t hear them throughout (there were many outtakes) and we DID IT.

I really hope this helps you if you want to make these. Please be kind in your comments!!! : )

HERE IT IS: (gulp)

Please let me know if you still have any questions : )

and if you watch this and decide–welllll that’s still a lot of work: I’d be happy to make them for you 🙂

 

 

 

Happy Blog-iversary!

Can you believe it’s been 3 years since I started writing this blog???? Thanks to the wonderful people who created WordPress.com because they send you awesome reminders like “hey it’s been awhile since you posted” and “this is your 100th post!” And “congrats! You’ve had this blog for 3 years!” So I appreciate the encouragement wordpress.com. Very helpful!!
When I first started this blog, it was “a girl and her purple mixer”— now, I’m happy to say it’s “a girl and her purple mixerS”!!!!!

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Lucky for me, my husband spoils me. AND realizes that the sounds coming from my original mixer are not good. So it was time to get another one 😉 and this time I got the professional series– bigger and stronger. I LOVE IT!!

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Thank you all for following me and supporting me and trying the recipes I post and laughing at me and my photo fails! I’m proud of what this blog has become and I have high hopes for the future! Xoxoxo

guess how many cookie cutters I have? no seriously. GUESS!

 

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ok so maybe now that I counted them I don’t have a thousand like I thought. 292! That’s a boat load!  I LOVE cookie cutters. I inherited a ton a ton a ton and have been collecting them for years from stores, garage sales, and relatives. One time I went to an estate sale and literally 2 dining room tables and an entire kitchen countertop was COVERED with cookie cutters at like 50 cents a piece. She had the randomest ones I’ve ever seen and I wanted to spend all day there. States, letters, all sorts of holiday shapes, dogs, old school plastic sets, cartoon characters, casino themes, vegetables— I should’ve taken pictures. Actually I think I did but somehow I can’t find them. Hmmm. Anyways! I went through them like 3 times and ultimately ended up buying only like 5 cutters (lame) and every day when I see a cookie I don’t have the cutter for I curse myself for not buying more. <sigh> <really?? 5??? that’s it?!?!?> <grrrrrrr>

I am obsessed with cut out cookies right now. I seem to go in phases… it started with cupcakes and then for awhile there it was cake pops, very briefly chocolate candies, and now COOKIES. BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED COOKIES!

I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at this website in particular: Bake at 350. She’s pretty much my cookie hero right now.

Anyways I have been busy making cookies for orders lately and I’m super proud of them! Here’s my latest confections

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love em. super proud of these lil yum yums.

so yea! cookie cutters! the accidental obsessive collection!

 

sho many shprinkles.

: ) i love sprinkles. remember this photo????

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yea.

my friend (and BEST customer because she asks me to make baked goods for EVERY birthday party for her kids!!!!xoxoxo) was having a carnival themed party for her daughter and asked me to come up with something carnival like for her. Here they are!

SNO CONE CUPCAKES!

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lemon CAKE POPS!

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I was pretty pleased with how these cake pops turned out–considering my first attempts as these suckers wayyy back when turned out like this:

failyeaaaap. progress.

cupcakes!

Here’s a couple of the cupcakes I’ve been making lately:

LEMON

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FUNFETTI WITH CHOCOLATE GANACHE BUTTERCREAM

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recipe for cupcakes here

the frosting was sort of an experiment. what I really wanted to do was make a whipped ganache frosting that would be thick and fudgy. so I made ganache,  and then let it set in the fridge for a few hours, thinking I could just whip it up in my mixer once it was solid, like I’ve done so many times before-only it didn’t set. I don’t usually measure for ganache anymoreeeeee (not smart=do not copy) and it was delicious but it was soupy. soooo I basically made regular buttercream and added it in, whipped it up, and viola! delicious chocolate mousse tasting buttercream.

IMPROV BABY!