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Ayh have moved dahlins! That’s right, FudgieBakes has shiny new digs, owned 100% by yours truly.

Come find me here: FudgieBakes.com.

Pretty fancy don’t ya think? 🙂

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Last week, I blogged about a contest I’m running to give away heart-shaped cake pans in celebration of Valentine’s Day, thanks to the generosity of Lucky Leaf. It’s still not too late to win your own heart-shaped cake pan either! Just email me your favorite Valentine’s Day recipe, or post a link to it below in the comments section along with your email address, and the cake pan will be yours!

I finally got around to making the recipe they had sent me, in my cute new heart-shaped tin, and I’ve got to say, I was surprised (in a good way!) by the result.

Sweetheart Cherry Cake!

At first I was a bit skeptical of the recipe, as it involved canned pie filling, and store-bought cake mix, two things which I usually prefer to make from scratch. Maybe I was just being a snob, because even though I don’t particularly love cherries, I thought this was one of the yummiest cakes I’ve made in a long time! The heart-shaped cake pan was easy to work with, was the perfect size for the recipe, and made decorating a fun new challenge. I used the buttercream frosting recipe they had suggested, but took liberties with the decorations, dying the icing pink, then adding white-chocolate chips and red sprinkles. The final result looked sort of like a 6-year old girl’s dream cake, but with a bit more finesse could also be the perfect desert for a Valentine’s Day treat.

Instead, I served mine at our Superbowl party. 😛

So, without further ado, here is the recipe: Sweetheart Cherry Cake

Ingredients

Cake:

-1 dry white cake mix

-2 large eggs

-1 tsp baking powder

-1 tsp vanilla extract

-1 can Lucky Leaf Cherry Premium Pie Filling

Buttercream Icing:

-1 cup butter, softened

-1 tsp vanilla extract

-4 cups icing sugar

2-4 tbsp milk

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325, and grease heart-shaped pan.

2. Mix together dry cake mix (disregard the directions on the cake mix box), eggs, baking powder, vanilla extract, and half the can of cherry pie filling. Gradually fold in 2nd half of pie filling, until batter is very thick, but moist and well blended.

3. Pour cake mix into pan and bake for 65-70 min. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting

4. Prepare frosting: cream together butter and vanilla extract, then gradually mix in icing sugar. Add a few spoonfuls of milk if consistency is too thick, but be careful! I added too much milk (none was really necessary) and so my icing was too runny, and was not easy to use when frosting the cake.

5. Add other love-ly embellishments such as sprinkles, white chocolate chips, more pie filling on top, etc under your cake is appropriately festive. 🙂

I highly recommend you give this recipe a try, it’s really tasty and really easy to make. Don’t forget to email me your favorite Valentine’s Day recipes this week to win your own free heart shaped cake pan! Or, you can just post a link to the recipe in the comments section, and leave your email address to I can get in touch to send you the prize.

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Today is the first day of February, which means that there are still a good 2 full months of winter here left in Montreal, and good ‘ol Valentine’s Day is just 2 short weeks away. I like Valentine’s Day, especially the past few years since I’m lucky enough to be in love with a genuinely wonderful person, but I also like it for the holiday-themed baking opportunities it brings.

Goodies from Lucky Leaf!

This year I received a neat gift package from Lucky Leaf, including a heart-shaped cake pan, really cute heart-shaped measuring spoons, delicious-looking cherry pie filling, and the recipe for a yummy-sounding Valentine’s Day delight – Sweetheart Cherry Cake!

The Lucky Leaf site has a lot of tempting recipes (Crunchy Amaretto Peach Cobler, Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie, & Apple Coconut Crisp to name a few). I’m planning to give the recipe a try a bit later this week, and will be sure to post lots of pictures (can’t wait to make a heart-shaped cake!), but in the meantime, Lucky Leaf have also volunteered to offer a similiar giveaway for some of my readers!

Here’s the deal – send me your favorite Valentine’s Day baking recipes, and the top 10 entries will win their own heart-shaped cake pan, along with a recipe for Sweetheart Cherry Cake! Your can submit as many entries as you like, however you’ll only be eligible to win one prize. To submit your entry, email me at fudgiebakes@gmail.com.

I’m looking for anything Valentine’s Day related – cookies, pies, cakes, muffins, truffles, you name it!

Good luck to everyone and happy baking!

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Just got back from Las Vegas, where I attended an affiliate marketing conference for work. I hate Vegas, or at least I hate Vegas when on business, but I love business, and am now still in hyper-networking mode. So, when I heard about another upcoming Montreal Geek Girl dinner next week, I decided I must attend.

Girl Geek Montreal

Girl Geek, according to Wikipedia, is defined as “Girl Geek (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_Geek): Someone who is female and has an interest in technology, particularly computing and new media. Not necessarily technically minded.”  I guess that applies to me, and the dinners organized in Montreal are (and this is copied directly from the Montreal Girl Geek Dinners website) monthly events are aimed at providing a welcoming atmosphere and a platform for learning in an informal environment. They are always held in pubs, bars or restos and there is usually a speaker (or several) who talk for a short while on a chosen subject for the evening.

The next edition is happening this Monday, January 25th from 6 to 8pm at McKibbin’s Irish Pub on Bishop Street. The guest speaker is Edith Dandenault, a professional organizer who will be talking about removing clutter from your life to be more effective with your time. I’m going mainly to see some friends and check out what’s happening in the MTL online marketing/job community. Plus, McKibbin’s has some yummy food, I plan on trying out one of their stews.

If you’re going, let me know!

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So today in my facebook travels I stumbled upon a little event called Cupcake Camp.

Cupcake Camp Montreal

Cupcake Camp Montreal

To quote directly from their site (excuse my laziness):Cupcake Camp Montreal is a fun fundraising event and a delicious celebration of the small, good things in life that make a difference… like cupcakes and kids! Completely volunteer run and organized in an open and participatory manner, our first Cupcake Camp Montreal raises funds for Kids Help Phone.”

Apparently this event started in San Francisco, and have since been launched in NYC, Toronto and Ottawa to name a few cities. Sounds to me like a fantastic event – you get to mix baking and eating of delicious cupcakes with charity work and a good cause. Here is a quick rundown of ways you can help:

-bake cupcakes yourself and donate them to the event
-become a corporate sponsor
-volunteer to help out at the event
-attend the event, pay a minimum suggested donation fee of $10 and eat lots of cupcakes

The event is taking place this Sunday, November 22nd from 2pm to 5pm at Bitoque Restaurant, close to Lionel-Groulx metro. Sounds awesome to me!

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