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CCU Undercover: Adriano Zumbo Mirror Cake

IMG_0121‘Covert’ is her middle name.

CCU slid through the aisles, the trench coat collar sticking up high, as she pretended to gaze at ingredients thoughtfully.

Sauces.

Canned goods.

Baking aisle.

She was so close, a bead of sweat trickling down from her temple. She wiped it away, as if swatting a fly, trying to appear inconsequential.

A man with a moustache looked at her. They knew. She quickened her pace, her heart beating erratically, and she pushed past busty ladies balancing their babies to get to the area.

The cake mix area.

Like a venus flytrap, her hand snaked out and grabbed the mix, before being stuffed into the inside of her coat.

Look left.

Look right.

And so, she fled Coles.

*Disclaimer: This story is for humorous purposes only, no foods were stolen in the making.

**Also, I don’t know if Coles is worldwide, but here down under, it is one our major supermarkets. No they did not pay me to use their name specifically, it could have been Woolworths for all its worth, whatever suits your imagination :)

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Ok, now see here, this story is all what you would call, an example of, ‘artistic licence’ – taking an event and twisting it because I have the right to do so as someone who regards themselves as published. No sorry, actually, it can be done by anyone.

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Ever heard of Chinese whispers? Exactly.

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Belated… Everything…

Hiiiiiiiiii… you… *hits you virtually on the shoulder lightly*

*awkward silence*

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Ok, so maybe my keyboard is having a little trouble working… or have my fingers just gotten out of practice in blogging?

Fine, you wrenched the truth from me, it is the latter. Gosh guys, can’t you give me anything? You still love me right?

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Guest Post #2: Giving Baked Goods As Gifts

Hi everyone, can you believe it? Finally, I am this close to Graduation (Imagine me pinching my pointer finger with my thumb) :D – And with graduation comes performances, baking, class parties, baking, muck up days and lots of baking!

Before I graduate though, here I am ploughing through my workload because before every beautiful part of life, comes this hideous, clawing at your neck part known as my final exams. Eep! And because I cannot bake my butt off right now, I would like you to enjoy a huge range of wonderful guest posters especially chosen just for you! 

So close to the end of school, I can taste it! Au revoir mes cheris!

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You may know Marcela De Vivo by now, she is becoming one of my regular guest posters, how cool is that? She always has the best ideas, like when she shared her beauty yoga tips with us! :)

Well, she is back again and with lots of tips and a delicious recipe! Everyone loves receiving baked goods. It is human nature. But how should the gift giver wrap them? In a jar, in a box, in some flimsy clingwrap? Marcela’s tips and ideas are the only way to go about giving out baked goods for sure! Enjoy!

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Baked Goods To Give As Gifts And How To Package Them

What is a more personal statement of gratitude and thanks when giving a gift to someone than homemade baked goods?

Adding personal flair to your baked goods can include wrapping these treats up in pretty boxes. There are plenty of creative ways to package baked goods. Below, you’ll find some ideas as to which baked goods would be easiest to make and package:

Cookies

Cookies are a classic, all-time favorite. Whether it be a sugar cookie, peanut butter or chocolate chip, friends and family alike will be delighted with this gift.

Plastic see-through bags with a personalised ribbon would be a simple and cute gift wrap. Made a batch of all sorts of cookies? There are readymade cookie packages available as well that can divide your cookie selections.

Clear or colorful take-out style boxes are haute and make for a perfect baby shower or birthday present. Need to help raise money for a certain cause? Nicely wrapped homebaked goods can be just the thing to add extra oomph and posh to your baked goods sales.

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Have fun being creative with shaping your baked goods. For example, for Fourth of July, make star-shaped treats. You can also find cookie cutters shaped like surfboards, beach balls and various sea creatures (starfish, crabs, seahorses, etc).

Want to make the chocolate chip cookie into a sweeter, surprising treat? Surprise them with surprising bite into an Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie!

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie

Source: The Picky Palate

Makes: This recipe makes about 2 dozen very large cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of softened butter
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 3 ½ Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 oz (285g) bag of chocolate chips
  • 1 bag Oreo Cookies (Double Stuffed is recommended)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C)
  2. Mix well the butter and sugars, then add the eggs and vanilla. Combine well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking soda.
  4. Add in the wet ingredients and the chocolate chips – mix well.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, take one scoop of cookie dough and place on top of an Oreo cookie.
  6. Take another scoop and place on the bottom of the Oreo Cookie. Using your hands, seal the edges together by pressing and cupping.
  7. Place the cookies on a parchment of silpat lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 9-13 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

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Biscotti

Is the person receiving your gift a coffee fan? If so, biscotti would make the perfect, European-inspired treat to go along with his/her coffee or tea or hot cocoa! You can use the typical candy store supplies to wrap this traditional treat or a small gift box with a clear window.

Try this biscotti recipe: Holiday Inspired Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Bread

Bread is practical, easy and fun to make, and the person you’re giving this gift too will think about you during breakfast and lunch when they devour your present! Purchase cute bread loaf pans in fun designs to add your personal style and touch to your gift.

Bread pans are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes, varying from individual bite-sized shapes, to bundts, to one-pound loaf pans.

Try this bread recipe: Feta & Sundried Tomato Pull-Apart Scrolls

Homemade Crackers, Pretzels

Crackers or pretzels are guilt free treats for those with more of a salty tooth than a sweet one. They are also easy to make and package.

For a more indulgent treat, use a pretzel mold and add flavored chocolate. Decorated pretzel sticks make great party favors!

Brownies, Fudge

If your loved one is a fan of chewy treats, brownies or fudge wrapped with tissue paper and tied with an adorable bow would make for the perfect gift as well. You can even get more creative by using yummy licorice strings as ties.

Try this brownie recipe: Two Twixed Fudgy “Whities”

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Cupcakes

Purchase a gorgeous dolly and wrap in a clear plastic to serve and present your gift. It would make as a wonderful centerpiece to anyone’s kitchen or table. You can also try a sectional box to make your homemade gift look like it came straight out of a cupcake shop.

Another creative way to showcase your cupcakes to be the center of attention – turn them into an eye catching cupcake bouquet! All you need are plastic cupcake holders, toothpicks, a Styrofoam ball and a decorative bucket or pot to hold your bouquet in.

Place half or the entire Styrofoam ball into the bucket or pot, and then place the toothpicks all around the ball. Stick the plastic cupcake holders through the toothpicks through the center, and place your cupcakes through the toothpicks in the cupcake holder. Now, you have a delightful present that you may actually have difficulty parting with to give away!

Try this cupcake recipe: The Hexa-Chocolate Malted Muffins

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Not only will loved ones be grateful for your gift, their tummies will be too with these nicely-packaged, sweet treats! :)

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from California whose writing covers a range of topics, including health, marketing, tech and gaming. She loves sharing DIY tips for cooking and home improvement. Find more tips by following her on Facebook and Twitter!

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I don’t know about you but I would definitely not mind receiving a big jar of those delicious oreo-stuffed cookies! Thank you Marcela for sharing these wonderful ideas with us, we will never be lost again in the art of baking-gift-giving :D

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Guest Post #1: Turtle Hand Pies

Hi everyone, can you believe it? Finally, I am this close to Graduation (Imagine me pinching my pointer finger with my thumb) :D – And with graduation comes performances, baking, class parties, baking, muck up days and lots of baking!

Before I graduate though, here I am ploughing through my workload because before every beautiful part of life, comes this hideous, clawing at your neck part known as my final exams. Eep! And because I cannot bake my butt off right now, I would like you to enjoy a huge range of wonderful guest posters especially chosen just for you! 

So close to the end of school, I can taste it! Au revoir mes cheris!

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Turtles. Tuuuurtles. TURTLES! The first word which pops in my head when I think of the super creative, super fabulous Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic - if you have not heard of  her blog, her insanely delicious and crazy blog, where have you been? ;)

A blogging Willy Wonka if you will, you really have to wonder where she gets her ideas for the insane desserts she shares with her readers!
I am sure you guys are going to enjoy this post to kick off my 
guest posts :D – Go Kim! Go Turtles (you shall see why…)

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Hi folks. Let me introduce myself before things get a little nutty here. I’m Kim and I blog at Cravings of a Lunatic. It’s a bit of an indulgent blog, I make things like Trix Krispies and Pink Popcorn. I bake way too much and have a serious penchant for anything sweet. I blog savoury food too, but sweets tend to be my first love.

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CCU Undercover Diary: Patisserie New York

CCU was ecstatic. Alicia Key’s ‘Empire State of Mind’ was pumping through her mind as she took bite out of, bite out of, bite out of each delicious creation placed in front of her.

With her cape flying behind her, she sugar rushed up, up and away… all the way to the delights of New York…

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Before I begin writing this post, let me just introduce to a good friend of mine. Her name is Patricia Dean-Escoto and a couple of weeks back, she introduced you to her, her story and her tips on how to combat cancer! :)

Thanks to her, I was able to give you all the opportunity to try and win her wonderful cookbook, Top Ten Superfoods For Preventing Breast Cancer!

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And just like Ashley who won my last giveaway, this time it is lucky random winner, Sonali from Sugar et al to enjoy doing this!

Ashley, you have full permission to do this :)

Ashley, you have full permission to do this :)

That’s right, Sonali you are the lucky random winner of this wonderful cookbook! Congratulations :D
I have sent you an email and if you reply within a week, it will be on its way – YAY YOU! :)

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Superfoods #2: Coconut Sugar

How lucky am I? A couple of days back, Justin from Cheap Super Foods Australia, contacted me, asking me to try some wonderful up and coming raw, organic ingredients from their huge range. As if I could turn down a huge opportunity like that! I know many bloggers, especially Vegan, focusing on all these new foods, so I knew I had plenty of inspiration to start making recipes.

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But what are superfoods? Why is using them considered ‘super’ but using caster sugar, isn’t? We are not being ingredient-ist here, but the term ‘superfoods’ means that particular ingredient has been classified as Food with high nutrient and phytochemical content that may confer health benefits. It has few negative properties if any, considering it is highly unprocessed (natural), does not contain contaminants, saturated fats, artificial ingredients or food additives.” – Wikipedia

When I say ‘phytochemicals’, I mean naturally occurring beneficial chemical compounds in plants, such as antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and polyphenol. I used this think anything ‘organic’ equated in some way, to marijuana and hippie food, tasting like dirt despite any ‘benefits.’ Since I started food blogging, I have learnt a heck of a lot about all of it, and am glad to learn that is not the case! :)

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