{Posts I Love} 2016 Recipe Fails — Cooking with a Wallflower

{My school schedule always has me blogging in waves, where I’m much more active in summer and then fall off the face of the Earth from September-June. I’ve been hanging around following my favorite food blogs, including Cooking with a Wallflower. Among all the 2016 recipe round-ups that are being posted, this one gave me quite the laugh. I love a blog with a good sense of humor. Go check it out!}


It’s the end of the year, so I thought we could finish up with… my 2016 recipe fails! Obviously all the photos on my blog are meant to be enticing and are styled and edited to be that way. Otherwise, you might not look twice at them. But throughout the year, there are many, and…

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DIY Cake Stand

DIY Cake Stand - 2 Cats and A Coffee

Does a $2.00 cake stand sound good to you?

I’ve been wanting a cake stand for a while, but it’s something I haven’t really felt ready to spend money on. I just don’t bake cakes enough to really warrant an entire dish just to display them on. But when I decided to try out this Vanilla Cake with Lemon Curd Filling I knew I needed a nice way to display it instead of just setting it on a plate like I normally do.

Read on for a quick how-to tutorial to build your own cake stand!

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Vanilla Cake with Lemon Curd Filling

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Check out these cute mini Adirondack chairs!!! An unfinished version of them is for sale over at Mainely Inspired Art. Check it out!

Every time I bake a cake I learn something new. Baking – good baking – isn’t necessarily a complex thing, but it does take a good amount of energy and concentration. White cakes in particular have been fairly intimidating to me. I think they are easier to screw up and turn into a dry mess when compared to a nice Devil’s Food cake that’s loaded with a lot of moisture through milk, coffee and oil.

This time around, I learned:

Now let’s look at some pretty cake pictures!

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2 tricks to elevate your pie crust

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Homemade pie crust is still on my list of things to master. I know there are a lot of easy, fast recipes out there but I just haven’t made the effort to figure out one that I really like. Luckily, store-bought crust is pretty cheap, and I’ve got two tricks to make it look a little fancier. One: use a large cake frosting tip to make the steam vents instead of just cutting slits with a knife. Two: use an egg wash to get a shiny, crispy crust.

Let’s get started!

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Favorite Instagram Pics – April 2016

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I’ve done these round-ups before I always have fun putting them together. I’m fairly active on Instagram, but generally I make few enough posts that it’s easy to look back on just one month of pictures and pic out my favorites.

This past April I finished my internship at MGH, went on a 16 mile bike ride, finally baked bread, visited Maine, and of course enjoyed a lot of delicious food, wine and coffee! Here are my favorite pictures from this past month:

April 2016 Instagram retrospective

Do you use Instagram? What’s your favorite recent picture you taken? Share in the comments!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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I love food photography and food blogs, but most times I visit a specific post I’m looking for the recipe and I want to find it fast. But instead I end up scrolling through a 5 paragraph essay with a million ads trying to find the damn thing. So I’m trying something new on my blog – recipe first, photos and blogging after. So without further ado, here is my recipe for Buffalo Cauliflower Bites.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Serves two.

You’ll need:
One 16oz bag frozen cauliflower
1/2 cup flour
1/4-1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 + 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup hot sauce

Preheat oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and spray generously with nonstick cooking spray.
Place frozen cauliflower in pot of water, fill pot with water until cauliflower is just covered. Place over high flame until water boils, then remove from heat and drain.
Meanwhile, mix water, flour and spices together. Start with 1/4 cup of water and add more water as needed to make a batter that is thick but spreadable.
Toss cauliflower with batter, and pour onto baking sheet, spreading cauliflower pieces.
Bake for 7 minutes, flip, then bake 7 more minutes. Carefully toss cauliflower in hot sauce, and return to oven for 20 minutes or until outside is crispy.
Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

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Happy New Year! Here’s my top 5 recipes from 2015

Happy New Year! I started this blog on June 15th 2015, with a personal goal of posting at least once a week over the summer, with the hope of continuing regularly in the fall when school started. I fumbled pretty hard once September came around, but I feel that starting school again and moving to Boston are good excuses for falling behind. I’m about to start my Spring Semester, but luckily I’ll be working at an internship instead of taking classes. So, although I know the internship will keep me very busy, I’m looking forward to having more time to dedicate to this blog.

I wanted to do a little recap and share the top 5 recipes from the short time I’ve been running the blog. As of December 29th I’ve had 2,001 visitors to the blog, who have contributed a total of 2,687 views. The majority of those views came from the US. The top 5 posts in order are:

Dirt Cake

Dirt Cake recipe from 2 Cats & A Coffee

Layers of cool, creamy pudding, cream cheese, and cool whip with crunchy, chocolaty cookies make up this simple yet satisfying dessert. Check out the recipe here.

Homemade Devil’s Food Cake with Buttercream Frosting and Chocolate Sauce

Devil's Food Cake via 2 Cats & A Coffee

Rich, moist & chocolaty without being overly sweet. The addition of a full cup of espresso into the mixture adds amazing depth to the flavor. Find the full recipe here.

Lemon Dream Cake

Lemon Dream Cake via 2 Cats and a Coffee

Sweet white cake swirled with lemon and topped with fluffy, creamy frosting. Perfect by itself or with a little vanilla ice cream! Get the recipe here.

Iced Mocha Latte

Iced Mocha Latte from 2 Cats & A Coffee

Chocolate, caffeine and ice cold milk! A great way to start any summer day. Read how to make this drink here.

Pineapple, Strawberry & Orange White Sangria

Pineapple, Strawberry & Orange White Sangria via 2 Cats and a Coffee

Crisp, cold, fruity, slightly bubbly and very boozy – this strawberry, orange, lemon & pineapple sangria is a delicious summer drink. Get the recipe here.

Thanks everyone for a great year! I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish in 2016 :)

Blueberry Infused Vodka

As soon as I saw the post on The Kitchn about infusing vodka with fruit, I knew I had to try it. Vodka is my spirit of choice, and usually for flavored varieties I buy Smirnoff, but I wanted to try my own.

I opted to get 80 proof 5 O’Clock vodka – the super cheap, bottom shelf, $6 plastic bottle kind – because my palette is not nearly sophisticated enough to discern the differences between vodkas, and I figured that after being infused with fruit and mixed into a cocktail that I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

The choice of blueberry was really just because I had left over frozen blueberries from a previous recipe. So, I thawed them out and got to work!

Blueberry Infused Vodka from 2 Cats & A Coffee

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Iced Mocha Latte

Earlier this summer I wrote about how to make an Iced Vanilla Latte, so naturally I need to address it’s sister drink, the mocha latte! I actually started drinking coffee when I was accidentally handed a hot mocha latte instead of a hot chocolate, so the mocha has a special place in my heart. However with the heat wave the North East has been having, I was desperate for a cold version.

This is a great summer drink. Caffeine, chocolate, ice cold – just what I’ve needed while I prepare to make my move from Portland, ME to Boston! More photos and recipe below.

Iced Mocha Latte from 2 Cats & A Coffee

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Beth’s Sunrise {mocktail}

Two of my favorite non-alcoholic drinks are seltzer and pineapple juice, so when my mom asked me to create a fun no-alcohol spritzer drink I immediately thought to pair the two together.

Seltzer is a great low calorie alternative to soda! I’ve completely stopped purchasing soda for our house ever since me and my husband switched over to drinking it. It has a crispness and bubbliness that satisfies the soda craving without all the sugar and salt. I actually find most sodas to be overly sugary now that I’ve gotten used to seltzer.

Beth's Sunrise {mocktail} via 2 Cats & A Coffee

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