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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

Marbleized Crayons - Gift Idea

Occasionally I like to post fun ideas for kids.

This time I was looking for something easy to make for my girls to take to daycare for their friends. I found this idea online of course.

You can use any silicone mould you like - they come in various shapes. I happened to have mini muffin silicone moulds already and I wasn't using them for muffins so they worked out perfectly for this project. Apparently this also works with mini metal cake moulds but I haven't tried that.





This is also a great way to use up broken crayons. I used new ones though. You can use any brand you like. The first night I had 5 boxes of 24 crayons (the Wal-Mart brand). If you do the math, that totals 120 crayons. Each mold took 2 1/2 crayons so I ended up with 48 crayons. The second night I used a combination of Disney crayons and Crayola. The Crayola were the hardest to peel (without a blade). Their paper is like construction paper and rips too easily but not in a good way.







Also, when you go to restaurants, bring home the crayons that they give the kids and start a collection. When you have enough, break them up and make these! The restaurant will only throw them away anyway.


Marbleised (
Marbleized) Crayons - Gift Idea

What you need
  • Silicone moulds
  • Crayons
  • Sharp blade
Procedure
  1. Preheat the oven to 225F.
  2. Remove the paper from the crayons. I sliced a line from top to bottom with a blade. It was 100 times easier but be careful!! The blade is very sharp, if you're working too fast or not paying attention you might slice your finger off! Or you could just peel them but it takes much longer.
  3. Break the crayons into pieces. I was able to break mine into 4 or 5 pieces. 
  4. Place the broken pieces into the moulds filling them at least half way up. Try not to have any crayons hanging over the edge, you don't want them dripping over when they melt. You can match colours or get totally wacky.
  5. Bake the crayons for about 15 minutes or until they're completely melted. Remove them from the oven. You can put them in the freezer if you have room but it's really cold here right now (since it's winter and all) so I put mine outside and they were hard in less than 10 minutes.
  6. Pop them out of the mould and repeat the process until all the crayons are used up.
Check these out. I got the idea from these blogs.
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Elle's Studio
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Comments

  1. I cannot imagine that mine is the first comment about this awesome gift idea....I MUST try them. THANKS!!

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