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Italian Lemon Cake

This Italian lemon pound cake is a recipe that I'd had my eye on for a long time. I finally made it back in April! I skipped adding frosting but if you visit the original recipe it'll tell you how to make it. The glaze needed a lot more lemon juice than the recipe called for. I used 5 tablespoons of lemon juice and it was still very thick. The cake itself isn’t very lemony so you really do need either the glaze or the frosting to bring the lemon flavour to this recipe. I'm not complaining though, it was still really delicious! Italian Lemon Cake Adapted from My Recipe Confessions Makes 1 Cake Ingredients For the Cake 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup sour cream 4 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla For the Glaze 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 5+ tablespoons lemon juice Directions Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease and flour a bundt or cake p

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Fudge Balls

I'm excited about this one because it's all about fudge!

Nothing says winter like hot chocolate! And how about hot chocolate on a stick? I altered the recipe a bit. I had heavy cream left from another recipe, but when I went to make the fudge I realised it had expired a few days earlier, so I used milk instead. My can of condensed milk was 12oz rather than the 14oz called for in the recipe, so I tried to adjust the other ingredients.

I'm not sure if it's because I used milk or I didn't add enough chocolate, but my fudge turned out a bit softer than I would have liked. It just wasn't possible to cut it into squares even after refrigerating overnight. But I wasn't going to toss it! Oh no no no .... save the fudge! I pulled out my small cookie scoop and rolled it into balls. Then I coated it in cinnamon sugar and topped it with a mini marshmallow. Yum yum! Hey, I bet you could even coat these in chocolate, cocoa or sprinkles and call them truffles! But we're doing fudge today so we're calling them fudge balls! 

Now, if you want, you can get the recipe for homemade marshmallows from the same blog where I found the fudge recipe. I decided to cheat and use the store-bought minis. I found this recipe on make & takes. I absolutely love the way Jane packaged her fudge in cellophane tied with red ribbon, then placed them into white paper bags with a snowman on the front.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Fudge Balls
Makes about 40 fudge balls

  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 12 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 4oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • about 40 marshmallows
  • Sticks (you can use skewers, toothpicks, lollipop sticks, coffee stir sticks etc.)
  1. Over medium heat, cook milk, condensed milk, cinnamon and vanilla in a pot just until it starts steaming.
  2. Stir in chocolate and let it sit for 10 minutes then return to the stove, on low heat, and cook for a few minutes until it turns shiny.
  3. Spread into a parchment lined (and lightly greased) dish and chill for several hours or overnight. This is what I did when I thought I was going to cut it into squares. But since it won't cut into squares because it's too soft, just go ahead and put it in a bowl and refrigerate it like that. 
  4. Mix the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
  5. Using a small cookie scoop (or a teaspoon) take some of the fudge and roll it between your hands into little balls. Coat the balls in cinnamon sugar. Put the marshmallow on a stick and put it on top of the fudge ball. Place them in little paper candy liners and store in the refrigerator.
  • If you want a stronger cinnamon flavour, you could try adding some cinnamon extract.


  1. What a great way to save the recipe! These look delicious!

  2. Oh, so creative! I like the addition of cinnamon--like Mexican hot chocolate :) I've got orange ginger fudge in my "kitchen"! Come on over! Happy Holidays!

  3. What? This is a great idea! Love the thought of hot chocolate fudge. I think maybe adding more chocolate would remedy the softness, but great thinking on your feet!
    Peanut Butter Fudge 

  4. How cute are these?! I love the sound of the flavor combination. I pinned them so I can make these. Thanks!!!

  5. so pretty!! I would love seeing these on a holiday party table! I'd love it if you stopped by and checked out my microwave fudge recipe! (#55)

    -Krystal @

  6. Your fudge balls are cute........andi

  7. Too cute, my daughter would love these! I'm also your newest follower.

  8. What a neat change from regular fudge. They look totally cute.

  9. What a cute idea! Love it! Glad to be your newest follower!

  10. I love this! You are so smart and creative!

  11. This is so cute. Great pick for sure.

  12. Great recipe for the Crazy Cooking Challenge, it is fun cooking with you!
    Miz Helen

  13. This is so creative and yummy.

  14. Good save! I like the idea of rolling it and maybe turning it into a truffle - sounds yummy.

  15. I love what you've done with these. They look great on sticks. Perfect for Christmas parties.

  16. Come to A Themed Baker's Sunday for this next week's theme: Christmas! Actually, this theme will continue until Christmas weekend! Hope to see you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary

  17. Good job saving the fudge! Don't you love it when you get a good idea, like putting this on a stick, instead of getting frustrated and throwing it out? Good job!


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