Monday, 16 April 2018

Lemon + Berry Protein Muffins




HI!


IT HAS BEEN A LONG ASS MOTHER FREAKIN' TIME SINCE I BLOGGED A RECIPE!

But here I am. This is my unofficial official quasi maybe probably return to blogging.


I had written about my transition into baking as a full time business in previous posts - but then a whole lot of dramatic life events happened and I kind of temporarily lost my mind (lol but not really but kind of) AND got a part time job to help keep me alive when business wasn't as consistent. And biggity bam - a whole lot of time went by in sort of a blur where I felt carried through the days by some force not of my own will.


It's difficult when life happens. But what I learned is that you have to 'fake it until you make it' in those moments. Action creates motivation sometimes - and not the other way around.


Why am I back? WELL. I think that I have a lot more to offer with blogging now. I have the experience of a business under my belt, experience at a bakery - and just plain old EXPERIENCE - that I would love to share with other people to help them out both in and out of the kitchen.


PLUS - I track my macros pretty consistently and find that eating can be an annoying struggle when I am trying to get in more protein at the expense of other macro-nutrients. Creating recipes that are healthier and also delicious has always been what this blog was about - but now I have so much more to offer to you!






ALSO --- I am not *super* thrilled with the macro-friendly options out there in the world. If you follow me on instagram (@Summerbakes88) then you will know I am going to start doing reviews. Lord knows I spend a crap ton of money trying different snacks - some healthy - some not! And I think I have a pretty good palate for criticisms ;)


A lot of the protein options out there are BLECH. JUST UGH LIKE WHAT. Sorry Lenny and Larry but I am lookin at y'all.




You will always have more control over food when you make it yourself. Don't like lemons - cool! Don't add that. Hate blueberries? No problem! Add another fruit. Trying to gain weight? Add in some chopped nuts/seeds and make them a bit more nutrient dense!


SO PROTEIN MUFFINS - That is after all why you are here - these are just a tweak on my gluten free muffin recipe - and ooooweeeee Rick! These are delicious. So soft and moist and rich. I DON'T CARE IF YOU DON'T LIKE MOIST THEY ARE OK!

Fruit and chocolate chips aren't integral to the recipe at all - so you can swap those items out. I have posted the macro breakdown in the recipe below!



Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Cookies Cakes & Catch Ups 14: All Things Pink & Pretty






This is going to be one heck of a catch-up folks. It has been a hot minute since I had the time to blog a new recipe which, honestly, has been really upsetting for me because creating new things is a huge part about what I do!

But now I am starting to realise when you run a business the 'what you do' part becomes a lot broader and more demanding than what you set out to do in the first place! haha 


The Perfect Bite Bake Shoppe  has just been taking up most of my waking (and sometimes sleeping) moments as I try to pursue the business full time and access as many resources as I can to get there! A lot of that process has been super discouraging and frustrating BUT I also know that every single day since beginning that journey every day has been different for me. Whether it is full of challenges or making new connections it has been amazing and I would take all the frustrations in the world to just get a piece of that joy. 

I am also currently working towards renovating our basement unit to pass the proper provincial and public health codes to become licensed -- which would be AMAZING but is still pretty expensive with all the proper permits, licenses, cost of rennovations, etc. 


That also means I don't have a permanent space to bake out of - so life is a bit crazy when you factor in the fact that you know...LIFE IS LIFE and there are always other obligations that I will have as a result. 


Basically I wake up each day and immediately am like LOL WHAT IS LIFE WHAT I DO WHERE AM I HOW I DO DIS?!

ANYWAYS ENOUGH WITH THE BLAH BLAH BLAH. 


I thought I'd quickly touch base and share some of the cakes and tings that have been poppin' on my end. I have been lucky enough to have so many cool ideas that my clients would like -- and trying new things is always fun. 


Like ice cream cone drips:




S/O To @ Happily Ever After Decor for the gorgeous photo! These girls know how to STYLE! Please check them out on IG and Facebook they're the sweetest.




This geode cake snuck into the newspaper with me for my feature article which was so cool! Made me feel like a legit baker! haha




Check out @Lolafawn on IG where she reigns as QUEEN! This French Bulldog is basically everything.


I was super terrified to tackle doing a cute little pup on a cake. However - it is situations like that where I absolutely must tackle new things or else I will never get comfortable!






I made the ultimate floral buttercream wreath cake for my boho chic loving mama <3 I was soooo intensely focused on this cake because you know how much I love my mamushka!


SPEAKING OF WHICH! We starting watching Bates Motel and now we are addicted to it. Anyone else in love with Sheriff Romero??


Anyways I have been loving buttercream flower cakes and thank goodness my clients agree and are happy to keep supplying the need for my obsession!!!







That last cake means something so special to me because the lovely woman who found me is someone I knew longggg ago (along with her daughter who the cake was for) and during such a difficult period of my life. She found me through the power of google and I could not be more stunned at the power of the internet to bring people together. So happy they found me <3


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Healthy Gingerdoodles (Ginger Molasses Cookies!)

Fun fact:

I found 3 new gray hairs this week.


YES THIS WEEK!


And I am SURE they are new because I have to blow dry and straighten my hair and I am lazy AF and only go through the bother once a week. 


So these little bastards are new and I am sure of it.
Hopefully you have been keeping up to speed with my goingsons (not a word) on IG/FB -- if not the links are around somewhere -- I am sure you'll find me ;) So you will probably have a clue as to why my delicate black strands are fraying and graying at the speed of light.






IF NOT DON'T WORRY BECAUSE TODAY WE ARE HERE TO DISCUSS THESE:






I was so excited with how bakery-esque these turned out. Even without using butter/sugar/dairy -- these cookies turned out so luxurious. Slightly crisp around the edges and chewy on the inside.


SO LOVELY!


If you don't love molasses I would stick to my normal doodles. The snickerdoodle.


However -- especially for the holidays -- these cookies are perfect.







My goal has always been to make my healthier treats look just as good as the 'normal' ones.


Not that weird discoloured dry and kinda crackly uneven thang that most GF goodies have going on. You know what I am talking about?!






I love the slight crackled tops. While you don't have to toss them in sugar (makes them not refined sugar free anymore) it does add to the texture in a nice way. Plus the sugar caramelises a bit and adds to the crunch along the edges.





I promise these are easy to make, too!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

No Bake 5-Minute 'Trail Mix' Bar





As I sit here typing this post I am looking at two giant containers of Halloween candy. You know how Halloween crazy I am. So of course I bought all the BEST candy and was super super excited to give it out to all the cute little kiddies. See excited face below:







Well ya know what. NO ONE CAME! We had maybe 10 kids total. And I had an entire other bowl of candy not pictured above.


I was crushed. I wonder why this is the case. We used to get a lot of trick or treaters! Whatever the reason is it made me really sad. Luckily with all the cakes I make I can use the chocolate BUT COME ON KIDDOS :'(









I decided to do this recipe because it's super quick, super easy and absolutely delicious. The protein powder isn't integral to the structure here, so I didn't list it as a necessary ingredient. I did add it in this batch, though. You know me ;)







Store bought bars are usually horrid for you. I am addicted to Quest bars and even I know my home made bars taste better and are more nutritious (sorry Quest).


So with these you don't have to worry about wasting time and it's something my whole family loves. Even the picky people.











Best of all you really can use whatever you would put in your favourite trail mix. That's the beauty of a trail mix!!!!!


I always make it myself because every store bought trail mix has like...ONE thing I don't like that ruins the experience.


So picture these as the best trail mix ever that is formed into a compact bar that tastes like chocolatey fudgey delciousness.







The only problem is...these will disappear far too quickly...so ...you may want to hide half of them at the back of the fridge in an opaque container.....labelled DANGER DO NOT OPEN.


Not like I'd ever do that....



Anyways here is the super simply recipe!

Monday, 31 October 2016

HAPPY HALLOWEEN: A Jack Skellington Edition








How else could I commemorate this -- this my favourite day, this -- the grand finale of Halloweek -- than with this beautiful Jack cake?!?


Speaking of which -- have you checked out my HALLOWEEK RECIPE ROUND UP?! Not too late to whip up some treats for tonight ;)






I feel like since taking a brief hiatus from caking and food styling on a bigger scale I've really struggled. I just feel like lighting is never right and props are falling over or breaking and my set is on the verge of collapse every time.


I was admittedly nervous to make this cake.


Y'all know Jack is BAE. I have worshipped at the alter of Tim Burton since I was a kid. Half of my room is macabre little accents inspired by Tim Burton's world.


That being the case, there were of course some things I wasn't thrilled with and had to start over. Word to the wise -- the Wilton ribbon cutter is a lot harder to use than just a ruler and a pizza cutter. So I can't suggest it if you have a lot of stripes to cut.


The base of the cake is vanilla cake. I make a butter cake because I think the flavour is delicious and it's a sturdy cake. Layered in between is strawberry buttercream. I made a strawberry reduction and folded it into my vanilla bean buttercream, DIVINE! Probably my favourite flavour so far. I used fondant for the stripes. I don't think piping buttercream stripes on black buttercream is reliable. Make one mistake and bye bye colours.








More on the decorations...