Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Two Fabulous Holiday Desserts

While my family was getting together for Christmas, my sister Cary stayed up late one night to make these two fabulous holiday desserts. Thank you, Sister!

Pumpkin, Fig, & Pomegranate Upside Down Cake

The recipe for this cake, along with a helpful step-by-step pictorial, can be found at Daily Garnish, one of Cary's favorite blogs. This was a very unique cake. It was good! The texture was almost like a really thick cheesecake. And I love pomegranate, so you can't go wrong there for me. I don't think it was a breeze to make - turning it upside down onto the plate was nerve-wracking, but it had an impressive quality to it.

Life-Changing Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

That's what they're called over at thekitchn.com. I don't know if they changed our lives per se, but they were eaten up pretty quickly. They tasted healthy (but not in that, "Hmm...these taste healthy." non-compliment sort of way). I thought they tasted like a packaged cereal bar but even better. I like the way she ground the almonds into a finer powder than the ones on the website. I thought that made them seem "fancier." These are also fun because you can make a batch and fill them with an assortment of jellies. Cary used 365 brand fruit spread in Apricot and Black Cherry flavors.

15 comments:

  1. What an awesome sister! That cake sounds wonderful.

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  2. That was very sweet of her :) Both look great!

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  3. I was all into making the cake till I saw the 50+ ingredients. I'll add the thumbprint cookies to my list, Blessed Mama's Pumpkin Roll must be made before any other desserts.

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  4. The desserts look great — and how nice they were lovingly made for you. I'm especially attracted to the cake.

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  5. Yeah, ditto, that cake looks great even if I most likely won't be attempting it myself. Maybe I can coerce MY sister into doing it?

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  6. "turning it upside down onto the plate was nerve-wracking"

    aww lol its very pretty:)

    i know what you mean about cookies tasting "healthy" i loved that line.ttysoon

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  7. I loved your description of the cookies. Sounds like something I would enjoy!

    Happy New Year!

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  8. What fabulous desserts! And what a great sister!

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  9. that pumpkin cake is gorgeous! i'm glad your sister was able to pull off the tricky unveiling. happy new year!

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  10. Sounds about unanimous. That cake looks fantastic!

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  11. How did I miss this one?

    That cake sounds soo good! It looks so beautiful too, perfect for holiday celebrations. The cookies look yum too! Thanks for the links; I'll be checking those out for sure.

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  12. I shouldn't have looked at your blog so soon into my detox...my mouth is watering for these beautiful desserts...I will be making those cookies as soon as I'm done!

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  13. Wow...what a beautiful cake! It looks delish. Mine would probably end up in the floor when I went to flip it over onto a plate. You have a great sister!

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  14. Gauri Radha गौरी राधाJune 17, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    The cookies and the cake both look great!!

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  15. This is so delicious, I can see why these are your favorites.

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