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Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are layered Southern style buttermilk biscuits with a cinnamon sugar filling and raisins. A copycat recipe of Hardee's biscuits! The butter glaze is simple and adds extra sweet to these breakfast pastries. These fluffy biscuits make a great breakfast or brunch option and reheat well so you can make in advance as well. Find the recipe and how to for making tall flaky biscuits on thewoodandspoon.com

Can I tell you something without receiving the full weight of your judgment? I love fast food. Like, love it. Yes, I adore fancy pants restaurants and made-from-scratch comfort favorites from my own kitchen. I appreciate the slow food movement and eating local and all that jazz. But sometimes fast food just hits the spot, ya know? Give me curly fries or secret sauce or a Chick-Fil-A sandwich basically any day of the week. Maybe it’s because I grew up on food from a brown bag or maybe it’s just because greasy gut bombs hit the spot, but no matter the reason, fast food will always have a place in my food pyramid. Case in point: these cinnamon raisin biscuits. Have you had those buttery beauties from Hardee’s? They are AWESOME. Consider this rendition of those drive-thru faves a homemade ode to the glory that is a fast food breakfast. Let me tell you how to make them.

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are layered Southern style buttermilk biscuits with a cinnamon sugar filling and raisins. A copycat recipe of Hardee's biscuits! The butter glaze is simple and adds extra sweet to these breakfast pastries. These fluffy biscuits make a great breakfast or brunch option and reheat well so you can make in advance as well. Find the recipe and how to for making tall flaky biscuits on thewoodandspoon.com

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are layered Southern style buttermilk biscuits with a cinnamon sugar filling and raisins. A copycat recipe of Hardee's biscuits! The butter glaze is simple and adds extra sweet to these breakfast pastries. These fluffy biscuits make a great breakfast or brunch option and reheat well so you can make in advance as well. Find the recipe and how to for making tall flaky biscuits on thewoodandspoon.com

These cinnamon raisin biscuits start like my favorite chocolate chip biscuits. We stir together the dry ingredients of flour, sugar, leavening and salt, and cut in the fat. Unlike my traditional buttermilk biscuits, these contain a bit of cream cheese which help to keep the pastry tender. Next, we stir in the raisins and bring the dough together with buttermilk. For flaky, pull-apart layered biscuits, we use a folding technique and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon sugar inside the folds so that there is a swirl of spice throughout the biscuits. Finally, the rounds of dough are baked in the oven until golden, and each one is topped with a simple sugar glaze.

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are layered Southern style buttermilk biscuits with a cinnamon sugar filling and raisins. A copycat recipe of Hardee's biscuits! The butter glaze is simple and adds extra sweet to these breakfast pastries. These fluffy biscuits make a great breakfast or brunch option and reheat well so you can make in advance as well. Find the recipe and how to for making tall flaky biscuits on thewoodandspoon.com

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are layered Southern style buttermilk biscuits with a cinnamon sugar filling and raisins. A copycat recipe of Hardee's biscuits! The butter glaze is simple and adds extra sweet to these breakfast pastries. These fluffy biscuits make a great breakfast or brunch option and reheat well so you can make in advance as well. Find the recipe and how to for making tall flaky biscuits on thewoodandspoon.com

These cinnamon raisin biscuits are best eaten the day they’re made, but I’ve had terrific luck reheating them in the toaster oven. If you’re wanting to make them in advance, leave them unglazed so that you can rewarm without making all of the icing run off. I haven’t tried freezer or prepping the dough ahead of time, but I suspect it will work. Who wants to try it out?

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are layered Southern style buttermilk biscuits with a cinnamon sugar filling and raisins. A copycat recipe of Hardee's biscuits! The butter glaze is simple and adds extra sweet to these breakfast pastries. These fluffy biscuits make a great breakfast or brunch option and reheat well so you can make in advance as well. Find the recipe and how to for making tall flaky biscuits on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Friday to you all and take care! Share a batch of these biscuits with someone you love and enjoy something that makes your heart full this weekend. See you next week and happy baking!

If you like these cinnamon raisin biscuits you should try:

Raisin Swirl Bread
Cinnamon Swirl Scones
Breakfast Danish
Honey Nut Biscuits
Maple Oatmeal Biscuits

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Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are layered Southern style buttermilk biscuits with a cinnamon sugar filling and raisins. A copycat recipe of Hardee's biscuits! The butter glaze is simple and adds extra sweet to these breakfast pastries. These fluffy biscuits make a great breakfast or brunch option and reheat well so you can make in advance as well. Find the recipe and how to for making tall flaky biscuits on thewoodandspoon.com

These cinnamon raisin biscuits have a swirl layered throughout and a sweet butter glaze on top. Serve warm for a flaky Southern-style treat!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
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Ingredients

For the biscuits:

  • 2 cups (280 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, cold
  • 2/3 cup cold buttermilk
  • ½ cup raisins

For the filling:

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the topping:

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 11/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

To make the biscuits:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use the back of a fork or a pastry cutter to cut in the cream cheese and butter until large, pea-sized clumps exist throughout. Stir in raisins and then add the buttermilk, stirring to combine. Dump the shaggy dough out onto a floured surface and used floured hands to gently pat the dough out into a 1” rectangle. Fold the dough in thirds like a letter and then pat it out again into 1” thickness. Combine the sugar and the cinnamon for the filling and sprinkle half of it on the dough. Fold the dough in thirds again and sprinkle more filling. Fold once more and then pat the dough out into a 1” thick rectangle. Use a 2” biscuit cutter to cut out rounds of dough. Gently combine the scraps and then pat out that mixture to 1” thick again. Cut out additional rounds. Space the rounds out on a cookie sheet and bake for about 18 minutes or until the tops are puffed and turning almost golden. You may need to rotate the pan towards the end of baking if one size is darkening faster than the other. Allow the biscuits to cool briefly while you prepare the topping.

To prepare the topping:

  1. Whisk together the ingredients in a small bowl. Rewarm as needed and add a tablespoon or more or milk to get the icing a smooth, spreadable consistency. Smooth a dollop on each biscuit and serve immediately! Biscuits are best eaten on day one and served warm.

Lavender Cake with Lemon Curd

Lavender Cake with Lemon Curd and Creamy Vanilla Frosting by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a floral cake decorated with edible dried flowers and filled with a homemade lemon curd. This sturdy lavender cake is coated in fluffy American whipped buttercream. Learn how to make this beautiful layer cake for the spring on thewoodandspoon.com

We need something fancy and delicious to round out these unfamiliar times. In a world where most of us are existing in sweatpants and dirty hair and isolation, I think it’d feel good to put on the ritz and make something special, beautiful, and delicious. These past few weeks I’ve seen so many people tying on their aprons to create in the kitchen. Baking can be seriously fun, even therapeutic for some, and my heart could explode from all of the new pastry friends I’ve been making. It’s not frivolous or careless or a waste of time to express creativity in the kitchen in a time like this. In fact, I’d argue there’s value in creating and enjoying something out of the norm. Use this extra time, this season of unknown, to do something that nourishes your soul in a special way, and be encouraged knowing that this won’t last forever. Take advantage of these days to love on yourself and the people around you in a way we normally don’t make space for. Maybe do so with this lavender cake.

Lavender Cake with Lemon Curd and Creamy Vanilla Frosting by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a floral cake decorated with edible dried flowers and filled with a homemade lemon curd. This sturdy lavender cake is coated in fluffy American whipped buttercream. Learn how to make this beautiful layer cake for the spring on thewoodandspoon.com

My friend Amy Ho has just published her first book, “Blooms and Baking.” She is cute as a button and her baked good are equally lovely. I always recognize her desserts by their beautiful colors and feminine details, and her book, a collection of recipes dedicated to floral baked goods, is filled with her trademark whimsy and decor. I’ve long been a fan of lemon combined with lavender, and so this lavender cake was an easy pick from the pages filled with interesting flavors and pairings.

Lavender Cake with Lemon Curd and Creamy Vanilla Frosting by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a floral cake decorated with edible dried flowers and filled with a homemade lemon curd. This sturdy lavender cake is coated in fluffy American whipped buttercream. Learn how to make this beautiful layer cake for the spring on thewoodandspoon.com

Admittedly, this cake does require a bit of work, but it can easily be segmented into a few different part. First, the cake. Here, a simple butter and sour cream cake with a moist and dense crumb is lightly scented with dried culinary lavender. The balance here is perfect: not a hint of soapy floral flavor, just a hint of something in the background. The lemon curd comes together easily on the stovetop and serves as the filling for the layers. In a pinch, you could substitute in a store-bought lemon curd (you can find it by the jelly!) or even your favorite marmalade or berry jam. Finally, the frosting is a fluffy whipped American buttercream make with little more to flavor it than vanilla bean. The end product is a really tall 6″ cake with thick layers and lightly sweetened filling and frosting all over it.

Lavender Cake with Lemon Curd and Creamy Vanilla Frosting by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a floral cake decorated with edible dried flowers and filled with a homemade lemon curd. This sturdy lavender cake is coated in fluffy American whipped buttercream. Learn how to make this beautiful layer cake for the spring on thewoodandspoon.com

For decor, I opted to use Amy’s “Floral-fetti” technique by covering the cake with dried edible flowers. You can buy these online or at speciality stores, OR you can follow the instructions in her book for using live flowers. The final outcome feels a little like Marie Antoinette in a cake, and honestly, that sounds perfectly awesome. “Let them eat cake!”

Lavender Cake with Lemon Curd and Creamy Vanilla Frosting by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a floral cake decorated with edible dried flowers and filled with a homemade lemon curd. This sturdy lavender cake is coated in fluffy American whipped buttercream. Learn how to make this beautiful layer cake for the spring on thewoodandspoon.com

Many congrats to Amy on her new book (you can find it here!) and hugs to all of you. Keep your chin up, bake on, and take good care of yourselves. Let’s not just going to get through this- let’s full-on dominate this season and come out on the other side absolutely beaming with hope and determination. Happy Monday to you all and happy baking!

Lavender Cake with Lemon Curd and Creamy Vanilla Frosting by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a floral cake decorated with edible dried flowers and filled with a homemade lemon curd. This sturdy lavender cake is coated in fluffy American whipped buttercream. Learn how to make this beautiful layer cake for the spring on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this lavender cake you should try:

Lemon Lavender Cookies
Lemon Lavender Icebox Cake
Lemon Berry Crumb Cake
Blueberry Lemon Bars
Lemon Olive Oil Pie

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Lavender Cake with Lemon Curd

Lavender Cake with Lemon Curd and Creamy Vanilla Frosting by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a floral cake decorated with edible dried flowers and filled with a homemade lemon curd. This sturdy lavender cake is coated in fluffy American whipped buttercream. Learn how to make this beautiful layer cake for the spring on thewoodandspoon.com

This lavender cake with creamy lemon curd and vanilla buttercream comes from Amy Ho’s new book, “Blooms and Baking.”

  • Author: Amy Ho
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 1 Cake 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the lemon curd:

  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cubed

For the lavender Cake

  • 3 cups (360 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon culinary-grade dried lavender ground
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 13/4 granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature

For the vanilla buttercream:

  • 11/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Flowers of choice, for decorating

Instructions

  1. Make the creamy lemon curd. Whisk together the lemon juice, eggs, egg yolk, granulated sugar, and salt in a large nonmetal bowl (e.g. glass or porcelain). Place the bowl over a small pot of simmering water, making sugar the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Heat the mixture ,whisking constantly, until it starts to thicken, 5 to 7 minutes. The lemon curd should be thick enough to coat the back of the spoon. Once the lemon curd has thickened, remove the bowl from the double boiler and allow the curd to cool for 10 minutes. Add the butter, one cube at a time, and whisk constantly until all the butter has been combined. Strain the curd through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any clumps. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the curd and transfer the bowl to the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, until the curd is fully chilled.
  2. Make the lavender cake. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease three 6” round cake pans, line them with parchment paper, and set them aside.

     

  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, lavender, and salt. Set the flour mixture aside.

     

  4. In a medium measuring cup, combine the milk, sour cream, and vanilla. Set the milk mixture aside.

     

  5. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until it is creamy, about 1 minute. Add the granulated sugar and beat the ingredients for about 1 minutes, until the mixture if fluffy and pale in color. While the mixer is running, add the eggs and egg yolks, one at a time, making sure each egg is incorporated before adding the next. Stop the mixer and add half of the flour mixture and half of the milk mixture. Mix on low until the ingredients are just incorporated. Add the remainder of the flour mixture and the milk mixture and mix until they are just combined with the egg mixture, about 45 seconds. 

     

  6. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans. Bake the cakes for 34 to 36 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean. Cool the cakes on a wire rack for about 15 minutes before removing the cakes from their pans to cool completely.

     

  7. Make the vanilla buttercream. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until it is creamy, about 1 minute. With the mixer on low, add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Add the milk and vanilla. Beat the buttercream at high speed until it is fluffy, about 3 minutes. Transfer 1 cup of the buttercream to a pastry ag fitted with a large round piping tip.

     

  8. To assemble the cake, trim off the tops of the cake layers with a serrated knife if the tops are rounded. Place the first layer of the cake on a cake stand or plate. Pipe a ring of vanilla buttercream around the top of the cake layer. Fill the center with some of the chilled lemon curd. Place the second layer of cake on top of the first and repeat this process, topping the second layer of filling with the third cake layer. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the remainder of the buttercream. Decorate with flowers of choice. 

     

     

     

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Mini Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are two bite cini minis with a cream cheese frosting or simple sugar glaze. You can fill these with brown sugar and cinnamon or a chocolate Nutella filling. These come together with yeast and butter in a mini cupcake pan and can be made ahead for brunch or breakfast parties. Find the recipe and how to make and roll homemade cinnamon buns on thewoodandspoon.com

I basically live my life in moderation. A little coffee, a short break, a bit of dessert. There’s pockets of time with my kids, little bursts of energy, and the full spectrum of emotions- joy, impatience, excitement, loneliness, peace, and fear- scattered in spurts throughout my day. Moderation is the essence of everything from my diet, my workout regimen, and even my my hair washing schedule. In this time where we’re just doing a little less- maybe less work, less planning, or fewer visits with friends- it seems fitting to share a similarly bitty recipe: these mini cinnamon rolls. These are bite-sized treats that work for this moderate period of life, and because they’re super yummy, you’re going to want to try them ASAP. Let’s chat about them.

Mini Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are two bite cini minis with a cream cheese frosting or simple sugar glaze. You can fill these with brown sugar and cinnamon or a chocolate Nutella filling. These come together with yeast and butter in a mini cupcake pan and can be made ahead for brunch or breakfast parties. Find the recipe and how to make and roll homemade cinnamon buns on thewoodandspoon.com

Mini Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are two bite cini minis with a cream cheese frosting or simple sugar glaze. You can fill these with brown sugar and cinnamon or a chocolate Nutella filling. These come together with yeast and butter in a mini cupcake pan and can be made ahead for brunch or breakfast parties. Find the recipe and how to make and roll homemade cinnamon buns on thewoodandspoon.com

This recipe for mini cinnamon rolls was adapted from my favorite overnight cinnamon rolls recipe. This has long been one of the more popular recipes on this site and for good reason- they’re phenomenal. These pastries are soft, lightly sweetened, crowd-pleasing, and near-impossible to screw up. This new recipe is smaller in size and uses half the dough, so it will work perfect during this time when we’re seeing fewer people and have less opportunity for sharing. Like the original recipe, they’re still delicious and totally worth the time, so let me tell you how to make them.

Mini Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are two bite cini minis with a cream cheese frosting or simple sugar glaze. You can fill these with brown sugar and cinnamon or a chocolate Nutella filling. These come together with yeast and butter in a mini cupcake pan and can be made ahead for brunch or breakfast parties. Find the recipe and how to make and roll homemade cinnamon buns on thewoodandspoon.com

These mini cinnamon rolls start like any other sweetened yeast bread. Yeast dissolves in lukewarm milk and water before being combined with sugar, butter, and eggs. The dry ingredients come next, and the whole thing is kneaded until the dough comes together into a tacky, stretchy heap. Let the dough rise until doubled in size, about an hour and a half.

Mini Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are two bite cini minis with a cream cheese frosting or simple sugar glaze. You can fill these with brown sugar and cinnamon or a chocolate Nutella filling. These come together with yeast and butter in a mini cupcake pan and can be made ahead for brunch or breakfast parties. Find the recipe and how to make and roll homemade cinnamon buns on thewoodandspoon.com

Next comes the rolling. We roll an extra-long but narrow strip of dough and coat it with melted butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Roll the dough tightly and use a sharp knife to cut small spirals from the log. I baked my rolls in a mini muffin tin, but you could easily just plop them on a quarter sheet pan instead. Whatever works! After a second brief rise and a bake in the oven, these rolls are ready for icing.

Mini Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are two bite cini minis with a cream cheese frosting or simple sugar glaze. You can fill these with brown sugar and cinnamon or a chocolate Nutella filling. These come together with yeast and butter in a mini cupcake pan and can be made ahead for brunch or breakfast parties. Find the recipe and how to make and roll homemade cinnamon buns on thewoodandspoon.com

These mini cinnamon rolls are cute, really yummy, and the perfect addition for these weird times. Give the recipe a try and let me know what you think! Oh! And if you happen to be making this recipe months or years later, when social distancing isn’t a thing, double the recipe and test it out for a party or a group brunch. It will be perfect for something like that. Happy hump day and happy baking!

Mini Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are two bite cini minis with a cream cheese frosting or simple sugar glaze. You can fill these with brown sugar and cinnamon or a chocolate Nutella filling. These come together with yeast and butter in a mini cupcake pan and can be made ahead for brunch or breakfast parties. Find the recipe and how to make and roll homemade cinnamon buns on thewoodandspoon.com
Mini Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are two bite cini minis with a cream cheese frosting or simple sugar glaze. You can fill these with brown sugar and cinnamon or a chocolate Nutella filling. These come together with yeast and butter in a mini cupcake pan and can be made ahead for brunch or breakfast parties. Find the recipe and how to make and roll homemade cinnamon buns on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these mini cinnamon rolls you should try:

Chocolate Sweet Rolls
Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
Hazelnut Cinnamon Rolls
Swedish Cinnamon Rolls
Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls
Gingerbread Cinnamon ROlls

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Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Mini Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are two bite cini minis with a cream cheese frosting or simple sugar glaze. You can fill these with brown sugar and cinnamon or a chocolate Nutella filling. These come together with yeast and butter in a mini cupcake pan and can be made ahead for brunch or breakfast parties. Find the recipe and how to make and roll homemade cinnamon buns on thewoodandspoon.com

These mini cinnamon rolls have two filling and frosting options and can be made in advance or overnight to serve a crowd! 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 240
  • Yield: 40 1x
  • Category: Pastry
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Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1/2 cup (120 gm) milk, lukewarm
  • 2 tablespoons water, lukewarm
  • 1/2 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted but not too hot
  • 1 large egg 
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup bread flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar

For the frosting (see notes for glaze alternative):

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (115 gm) powdered sugar
  • 2+ tablespoons of milk

Instructions

To prepare the dough:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl, combine the milk and water and sprinkle the yeast over top of it. Allow the yeast to dissolve, about 5 minutes. Stir in the butter, egg, and brown sugar, and sugar until smooth. In a small bowl, combine the flour, bread flour, and salt. Dump about half of the dry ingredients into the yeast mixture and stir until combined. Pour in the remaining dry ingredients and knead in the bowl using the dough hook attachment until smooth and slightly tacky, about 7 minutes. If you notice your dough isn’t pulling away from the sides of the bowl or it’s too wet, add flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a little dough “tornado” around the dough hook. Once done kneading, place the dough into a large lightly greased bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap to double in size, about 1-1/2 hours.
  2. Once the dough has risen, dump it out onto a lightly floured surface and cut it in half. Use a rolling pin to roll one half into a large rectangle about 6”x22” in size. Pour the melted butter and spread it out over top. Combine the cinnamon and brown sugar and sprinkle evenly over the buttered dough. Starting with one of the long ends, tightly roll the dough from end to end and pinch the edges together to seal. Cut the dough into about 20- 1” sections and lay them out pop each on spiral up in a lightly greased mini muffin tin. Repeat this process with the remaining dough. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise again, about 40 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once preheated, bake in the oven for about 15-17 minutes or until the edges are barely golden and the internal temp of a roll is 190 degrees. Remove from the oven and prepare your frosting.

To prepare the frosting:

  1. Cream the cream cheese and butter in large bowl at medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the powdered sugar and milk and beat to combine. Add additional milk to thin out the frosting or more powdered sugar to thicken it. You can also gently warm the frosting to pour over the rolls as a glaze. Cinnamon rolls are best enjoyed warm.

Notes

  • As an alternative to the, you can spread a thin layer of Nutella and proceed with the instructions.
  • As an alternative to the thick frosting, you can make a glaze for the rolls by combining 2 cups confectioner’s sugar with ¼ cup milk and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Dip the tops of each warm roll into the glaze and allow to set up.
  • You can make these overnight by putting the freshly spiraled cinnamon rolls into the fridge overnight and baking first thing in the morning!

Java Chip Muffins

Java Chip Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy, one-bowl muffins scented with coffee and dotted with mini chocolate chips. The muffins have a simple brown sugar streusel crumble that has espresso powder and adds a bit of sweet to the muffins. These taste terrific with morning coffee and are a simple make ahead breakfast or brunch treat. Learn more about this easy family recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

In the three minutes since I sat down to write to you all, I’ve peeled someone’s banana, dissolved an argument, tended to one whining baby, and tied four shoes. Apparently toddlers don’t know the meaning of social distancing? Bless. Listen, I understand that I am the last person on earth that should be complaining. After all, I’m a work-from-home mom and get to be quarantined in the country with the 4 people I love most in this world. But the other day, my kids asked when the germs would be gone so they could see their friends, and I totally commiserate. We need some new faces. A changes of scenery. If this period of time has taught me anything, it is to be wholeheartedly grateful for the million and one things I take for granted on a normal basis, and that includes personal space. Sign me up for some of that, Dr. Fauci.

Java Chip Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy, one-bowl muffins scented with coffee and dotted with mini chocolate chips. The muffins have a simple brown sugar streusel crumble that has espresso powder and adds a bit of sweet to the muffins. These taste terrific with morning coffee and are a simple make ahead breakfast or brunch treat. Learn more about this easy family recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

But enough about me- let’s talk about you. Are you still working? Are you primarily home? Did you pick up a new hobby, start a new book, or finish that show you’ve been binging? Have you given up on washing your hair? We’ve gotten into a decent routine of school, crafts, outdoor playtime, and work, and while some of this change has been hard, there’s also been some really fun parts. Case in point: these java chip muffins. I’ll be honest- I’ve baked like 6 batches in the past few weeks. My kids devour them almost immediately, and since food pyramids don’t count in a quarantine, I keep letting them. These java chip muffins are like a sassy grown up chocolate chip muffin, and man, they are good.

Java Chip Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy, one-bowl muffins scented with coffee and dotted with mini chocolate chips. The muffins have a simple brown sugar streusel crumble that has espresso powder and adds a bit of sweet to the muffins. These taste terrific with morning coffee and are a simple make ahead breakfast or brunch treat. Learn more about this easy family recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

So to make these java chip muffins, we literally need one bowl. That’s it! The batter comes together with melted butter, sugar, an egg, and flour. Vanilla and espresso powder add flavor, and chocolate chips are folded in for extra oomph. The kicker here is the streusel. Mannnn, it is GOOD. Brown sugar, butter, and espresso meet a smidge of flour and salt to make a crumbly topping that adds extra flavor and texture to these toothy muffins. If you’re the person that’s like, “Man, I could really use an extra jolt of coffee this morning,” these muffins are going to be the bomb for you.

Java Chip Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy, one-bowl muffins scented with coffee and dotted with mini chocolate chips. The muffins have a simple brown sugar streusel crumble that has espresso powder and adds a bit of sweet to the muffins. These taste terrific with morning coffee and are a simple make ahead breakfast or brunch treat. Learn more about this easy family recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

I hope you guys are doing well in light of all that is happening in the world. This will pass! We will arrive to a new normal, and my bet is it’s going to be good. Hugs to you from afar, and please, for the love, make these java chip muffins. You’re going to love them.

Java Chip Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy, one-bowl muffins scented with coffee and dotted with mini chocolate chips. The muffins have a simple brown sugar streusel crumble that has espresso powder and adds a bit of sweet to the muffins. These taste terrific with morning coffee and are a simple make ahead breakfast or brunch treat. Learn more about this easy family recipe on thewoodandspoon.com
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Java Chip Muffins

Java Chip Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy, one-bowl muffins scented with coffee and dotted with mini chocolate chips. The muffins have a simple brown sugar streusel crumble that has espresso powder and adds a bit of sweet to the muffins. These taste terrific with morning coffee and are a simple make ahead breakfast or brunch treat. Learn more about this easy family recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These java chip muffins are stuffed with chocolate chips, scented with espresso, and topped with a coffee streusel.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
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Ingredients

For the muffins:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 13/4 cup (230 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 21/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

For the crumble:

  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour 
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the glaze (totally optional):

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 23 tablespoons coffee

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a 12-compartment muffin tin with liners. In a large bowl, stir together the butter, milk, vanilla, and egg. Add the sugars and stir to combine. Add the espresso, flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring just to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips. Use a large cookie scoop to fill the muffin tin. Each liner will be about 2/3 of the way full. 
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  3. In a separate bowl, toss together the brown sugar, flour, and espresso powder for the crumble. Use the backs of two forks to cut in the softened butter until it has pea-sized clumps throughout. Sprinkle the crumble on top of the muffin batter. Bake in the preheated oven for about 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  4. In the meantime, whisk together the powdered sugar and coffee until combined. Add more coffee to thin out or more sugar to thicken to your desired consistency. Drizzle on top of the cooled muffins and enjoy!

Sausage Kale Pinwheels

Sausage Kale Pinwheels by Wood and Spoon. These are simple pastry roll up filled with spicy italian sausage, kale, cheese, and herbs. These make great breakfast bites or afternoon snacks / appetizers. The dough is simple and requires no rising time. Think of it as a no-rise yeast dough! Learn how to make these yummy make ahead feed a crowd savory treats on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Friday!! Friend, can I just tell you how awesome you are? I don’t have to know your story to know you are a prize. Life is WEIRD right now, yet here you are still perusing the internet for food inspiration. You’re still at it. Sometimes we don’t need to wait for a big milestone or breakthrough in order to acknowledge ourselves and the significance of our stories- sometimes we need to celebrate the fact that we’re still standing. WE’RE STILL STANDING, Y’ALL! So let’s celebrate with some happy things. Today I’m going to share these sausage kale pinwheels as well as a few things on the internet that have been making me smile.

Sausage Kale Pinwheels by Wood and Spoon. These are simple pastry roll up filled with spicy italian sausage, kale, cheese, and herbs. These make great breakfast bites or afternoon snacks / appetizers. The dough is simple and requires no rising time. Think of it as a no-rise yeast dough! Learn how to make these yummy make ahead feed a crowd savory treats on thewoodandspoon.com

What I’m Reading:

My dear friend left a pile of books in my mailbox, and it has brought me endless amounts of joy. My guilty pleasure of the moment is “Meg and Jo,” a modernized, medium-trashy version of the classic “Little Women” that tells the tale of 4 sisters growing in life and love together. If you love the original and are a fan of pointless fiction, there’s a good chance this is the mindless read you need right now. For a shorter read, check out this comical article from Bon Appetit about food etiquette in the times of social distancing. The author answers questions about eating during ZOOM meetings, hiding food from your quarantine roommates, and more.

What I’m Eating:

Besides endless pans of no-churn ice cream, I have been eating the crap out of these Mediterranean turkey burgers from The Modern Proper. Like, we make them weekly. Also, my girlfriend recently sent me this recipe for simple summer corn chowder which sounds all kinds of comforting and delicious. Don’t we need more food like that? Normally in April I’m thinking about bathing suit season and getting right for the summer, but honestly, let’s just get cozy. I want food that feels like a hug.

What I’m Watching:

We have yet to really binge on any kind of TV, but I have been filling my brain with all sorts of funny Youtube videos. John Krasinski (Yes, that’s Jim from “The Office”) has started a little video series called “Some Good News,” and on a recent episode, the cast of “Hamilton” sang the intro song to their show via a ZOOM call. I cried actual tears. It was beautiful. You should watch the episode, but especially that song… so amazing. Also this video of 5 unexpected moments in Carpool Karaoke is hilarious. Happy viewing!

Sausage Kale Pinwheels by Wood and Spoon. These are simple pastry roll up filled with spicy italian sausage, kale, cheese, and herbs. These make great breakfast bites or afternoon snacks / appetizers. The dough is simple and requires no rising time. Think of it as a no-rise yeast dough! Learn how to make these yummy make ahead feed a crowd savory treats on thewoodandspoon.com

Sausage Kale Pinwheels:

Chalk these guys up as your new favorite savory snack. These little scone-like pastries are filled with spicy Italian sausage, sautéed kale, and Swiss cheese. You can easily adapt them to meet your preferences and they are great for a number of meals- breakfast, afternoon snack, dinner appetizers, etc. This dough is incredibly versatile and can be used for a number of fillings, so feel free to go wild! Sausage kale pinwheels are kind of a derivation from our normal train of thought here, but we need some salty to balance out all that sweet, right? This is just the ticket. Give these a spin sometime in the coming weeks and let me know what you think! Hugs to you guys from me to you and happy baking!

If you like these sausage kale pinwheels you should try:

Tomato Olive Rolls
Kale Swiss and Sausage Quiche
Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche
Tomato Galette

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Sausage Kale Pinwheels

Sausage Kale Pinwheels by Wood and Spoon. These are simple pastry roll up filled with spicy italian sausage, kale, cheese, and herbs. These make great breakfast bites or afternoon snacks / appetizers. The dough is simple and requires no rising time. Think of it as a no-rise yeast dough! Learn how to make these yummy make ahead feed a crowd savory treats on thewoodandspoon.com

These sausage kale pinwheels are filled with spicy sausage and Swiss cheese. The pastry is flaky and tender and serves as a great breakfast or appetizer option!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 60
  • Yield: 15 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
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Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 12/3 cups (235 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup (80 gm) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1 large egg, cold

For the filling:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ pound Italian sausage (I used mild)
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Baking spray or canola oil spray

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Use a pastry cutter or the back of two forks to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until pea-sized clumps are present throughout and the butter is well integrated. In a separate bowl, whisk the whipping cream and egg. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until a shaggy dough forms. Dump the mixture out onto the counter and knead together just until a dry dough forms- do not overwork the dough. You can add an additional 1-2 tablespoons of cream if your dough won’t come together at all. Place the dough in the fridge while you prep your filling.
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  3. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the sausage and onions and brown to perfection, breaking up the sausage as you go. Once browned, add the garlic and cook for an additional minute, stirring regularly. Add the kale, red pepper, salt, pepper, thyme, and water and cook until kale has wilted. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool.
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  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the dough from the fridge. Once ready to roll, lightly dust a workspace with flour and use a floured rolling pin to roll out dough to a 8″x18″ rectangle, about 1/8” thick. Toss the swiss and parmesan cheese with the sausage mixture and sprinkle it all over the dough, leaving a 1” border around the perimeter of the dough.
  6. Starting with the widest end closest to you, begin to roll the dough somewhat tightly away from you until you reach the end. When finished rolling, pinch to seal the dough seam at the end. Slice the log into ¾” rounds and arrange them on the sheet pan. Bake in the oven until the crust is golden brown, usually about 20 minutes depending on the size of your rolls. Allow to cool slightly before consuming. Rolls are best eaten the day they’re prepared but can be reheated the following day.

Notes

  • Feel free to sub in another cheese! A different variety of sausage! Another green!

Marble Layer Cake

Marble Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch mini chocolate and vanilla swirl cake with a rich fudge frosting. Perfect for smaller serving size or family size. This cake can be made as a sheet cake or a small stacked cake. Learn how to swirl cake batters and make this delicious half and half cake on thewoodandspoon.com

It’s been an eventful few weeks. It’s okay then it’s scary, there’s nothing to do but then it’s a lot of work. Weather gets hot then cold, my kids are happy and then insane. Can we just agree that things are kinda tumultuous? The political, health, financial, and relational climate of this world is a hodgepodge right now, so it seemed fitting to share a dessert equally nutso: Marble Layer Cake. This is the dessert you go when you’re craving both chocolate and vanilla, and because it’s a slightly smaller batch recipe than I normally share here, you can feel okay about making it during these more isolated times. Let me tell you all about it.

Marble Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch mini chocolate and vanilla swirl cake with a rich fudge frosting. Perfect for smaller serving size or family size. This cake can be made as a sheet cake or a small stacked cake. Learn how to swirl cake batters and make this delicious half and half cake on thewoodandspoon.com
Marble Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch mini chocolate and vanilla swirl cake with a rich fudge frosting. Perfect for smaller serving size or family size. This cake can be made as a sheet cake or a small stacked cake. Learn how to swirl cake batters and make this delicious half and half cake on thewoodandspoon.com
Marble Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch mini chocolate and vanilla swirl cake with a rich fudge frosting. Perfect for smaller serving size or family size. This cake can be made as a sheet cake or a small stacked cake. Learn how to swirl cake batters and make this delicious half and half cake on thewoodandspoon.com

My first experience with marble anything was at a Starbucks. I was always obsessed with their marble loaf and even shared a copycat recipe on this site a few years ago. I think a cake like this is a fun twist on a traditional chocolate or vanilla cake and makes a great alternative for the plain Janes in your life. Maybe you have a fussy eater in your house who doesn’t love fancy flavors? They’ll adore this! Maybe you’re normally an adventurous eater but you’re really just craving something that feels comforting and familiar? Again, this marble layer cake is the perfect choice. Chocolate and vanilla is always a safe choice, and let’s be honest- we could all use a little of that, right?

Marble Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch mini chocolate and vanilla swirl cake with a rich fudge frosting. Perfect for smaller serving size or family size. This cake can be made as a sheet cake or a small stacked cake. Learn how to swirl cake batters and make this delicious half and half cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ll keep it short (and sweet!) today, but I do want to fill you in on a few recipe details. First, this makes a smallish cake. I baked my batter in a 10″ square pan, cut the cake in half, and stacked the two layers on top of one another to form a 10×5″ 2-layer cake. Alternatively, you could bake the batter in two small round pans and stack in that manner. Cakes this size are super easy to store in the freezer, so if you can’t eat it all ASAP, save the leftovers for later! Second, you can basically use whatever cocoa powder you prefer her. I used regular unsweetened, but a dark or dutch processed one would be fine too. Finally, this chocolate fudge frosting is super good, but the consistency will totally change in the fridge. I recommend serving at room temperature.

Marble Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch mini chocolate and vanilla swirl cake with a rich fudge frosting. Perfect for smaller serving size or family size. This cake can be made as a sheet cake or a small stacked cake. Learn how to swirl cake batters and make this delicious half and half cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Do you have any birthdays or special occasions coming up? We can still celebrate, even in the midst of quanrantine! Give this marble layer cake a try and celebrate the people you love even if it’s from afar. Happy Tuesday and happy baking!

If you like this marble layer cake you should try:

Marble Loaf
Chocolate Cake
Black and White Cake
White Chocolate Cake

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Marble Layer Cake

Marble Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch mini chocolate and vanilla swirl cake with a rich fudge frosting. Perfect for smaller serving size or family size. This cake can be made as a sheet cake or a small stacked cake. Learn how to swirl cake batters and make this delicious half and half cake on thewoodandspoon.com

This marble layer cake is a chocolate and vanilla swirled cake with a rich fudge frosting. Perfect for small batch baking!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 9 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1/3 cup (80 gm) hot coffee or water
  • 1/3 cup (25 gm) cocoa powder
  • 11/3 cups plus 2 extra tablespoons sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup (170 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 21/4 cups (270 gm) cake flour
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons (200 gm) whole milk, at room temperature
  • 21/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups (230 gm) powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (85 gm) cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 10” square pan, lining it the bottom with a cut out sheet of parchment paper. In lieu of a 10” pan you could also use two round 7” pans.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the coffee (or hot water) and cocoa powder as well as 2 tablespoons of sugar. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and 1-1/3 cups of sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs one at a time, stirring to combine each into the butter. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add half of the flour as well as the baking powder and salt. Stir on low and then add the vanilla and half of the milk. Add the remaining cake flour and then stir in the rest of the milk. Only stir until combined. Spoon out 1/3 of the batter and fold the cocoa powder mixture into it. Begin alternating dollops of the chocolate batter and the vanilla batter into your prepared pan(s) until all of the batter has been used. Smooth the top and bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean about 30 minutes for a 10” pan or 22-ish minutes for the two round pans. Allow to cool completely prior to frosting.

To prepare the frosting:

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until combined, about 1-1/2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, salt, and milk, and stir on low until smooth and combined. Increase the speed briefly to fluff it up.
  2. Trim any dome off of the top of your cake(s). If you opted to bake your cake in a single 10” pan, cut the square in half to make two equal-sized rectangles. Spread frosting on one half of the cake and then top it with the remaining rectangle. Smooth frosting over the remaining cake and enjoy!

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream (No-Churn!)

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon. This is a no-churn ice cream with a strawberry sauce and bits of cake throughout. The no churn base has a bit of cream cheese to enhance the flavor and the strawberry sauce is a quick stovetop drizzle with a jam consistency. Learn more about the how to make ice cream at home without an ice cream machine and what to use leftover cake scraps for with this recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

There’s going to be a few haters out there- I can hear the protests now. “ICE CREAM? IN APRIL? Are we even out of winter yet?” Look, I get it. We’ve had some crummy weather, and the opportunities for ice cream desserts are few here too, but how about we all just snuggle up in some warm clothes, throw on a Jimmy Buffet record, and pretend it’s a warm summer day so that we can enjoy this strawberry shortcake ice cream? Deal? Cool, because I’m positively starving.

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon. This is a no-churn ice cream with a strawberry sauce and bits of cake throughout. The no churn base has a bit of cream cheese to enhance the flavor and the strawberry sauce is a quick stovetop drizzle with a jam consistency. Learn more about the how to make ice cream at home without an ice cream machine and what to use leftover cake scraps for with this recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

No-churn ice creams like this strawberry shortcake ice cream are absolutely one of my favorite things to whip up. I love being able to use everyday kitchen appliances in lieu of the bulky occasional ones that I hide in the back of my pantry. With little more than a hand mixer you can have homemade frozen treats, and no-churn ice creams are so easy that I’ve basically given up making any other varieties.

This strawberry shortcake ice cream is conveniently timed, because the mini layer cake recipe I shared a few weeks ago will leave you with an extra bit of cake scraps to work with. While developing that recipe, I couldn’t stand to throw away those delicious little crumbs and decided a cake-loaded ice cream was just the ticket. After a bit of testing, I found this recipe to be as simple as it was delicious and I am thrilled to be sharing it with you today!

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon. This is a no-churn ice cream with a strawberry sauce and bits of cake throughout. The no churn base has a bit of cream cheese to enhance the flavor and the strawberry sauce is a quick stovetop drizzle with a jam consistency. Learn more about the how to make ice cream at home without an ice cream machine and what to use leftover cake scraps for with this recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

If you aren’t planning to make the mini layer cakes anytime soon you can also use leftover sweet biscuits, cake doughnuts, or those cute little strawberry shortcake shells. Anything soft and sweet that you can crumble will be great. I opted to soak the cake in a little milk and simple syrup too to make those bites of cake even more flavorful, but if your cake is super moist you can skip this. As the late Biggie Smalls used to say: More Flavor, More Better.

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon. This is a no-churn ice cream with a strawberry sauce and bits of cake throughout. The no churn base has a bit of cream cheese to enhance the flavor and the strawberry sauce is a quick stovetop drizzle with a jam consistency. Learn more about the how to make ice cream at home without an ice cream machine and what to use leftover cake scraps for with this recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Give this strawberry shortcake ice cream a try and let me know what you think! I’ve slowly been chipping away at the freezer-full of it I have in my own home for the past month, and I am not mad about it. I feel like we need a bite of happiness, and this is definitely the ticket. I hope you all are well, safe, and finding contentment even in these days. All my love to you!

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon. This is a no-churn ice cream with a strawberry sauce and bits of cake throughout. The no churn base has a bit of cream cheese to enhance the flavor and the strawberry sauce is a quick stovetop drizzle with a jam consistency. Learn more about the how to make ice cream at home without an ice cream machine and what to use leftover cake scraps for with this recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

If you like this strawberry shortcake ice cream you should try:

Rhubarb Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake Macarons
Mini Victoria Cakes
Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles
Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

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Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream (No-Churn!)

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon. This is a no-churn ice cream with a strawberry sauce and bits of cake throughout. The no churn base has a bit of cream cheese to enhance the flavor and the strawberry sauce is a quick stovetop drizzle with a jam consistency. Learn more about the how to make ice cream at home without an ice cream machine and what to use leftover cake scraps for with this recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This strawberry shortcake ice cream is a no-churn treat with strawberry sauce and bits of cake throughout!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 1 Quart 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the Strawberry Sauce:

  • 2 cups (300 gm) halved strawberries
  • 1/3 cup (70) sugar
  • Pinch of salt

For the cake:

  • 1 cup (240 gm) whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 2 cups cake crumbles (I used leftover white cake that I crumbled into dime-sized clumps but you could also use leftover sweet biscuits, vanilla dessert shells, or vanilla pound cake)

For the Ice Cream:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 14-ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups (480 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

To prepare the strawberry sauce:

  1. Combine the strawberries, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Stir regularly bringing to a simmer and begin to smash the berries with a potato masher of the backs of forks. Continue cooking to break down the berries and thicken slightly, about 5-6 minutes. Pour into a heat-safe bowl and place in the fridge to cool completely.

To prepare the cake:

  1. Combine the milk and simple syrup in a medium-sized bowl. Toss in the cake and allow it to soak up the mixture. Set aside while you prep your ice cream.

To prepare the ice cream:

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk just until smooth. Add in the whipping cream and vanilla extract and, using the beaters of a hand mixer or the whisk attachment on a stand mixer, whip the mixture until it thickens to the consistency of medium-stiff whipped cream. Fold in the cake crumbles and begin layering the mixture your freezer-safe container (I like to use a metal loaf pan!), alternating with swirls of the strawberry sauce. Once combined, place in the fridge to freezer completely, about 6 hours. Allow to sit out for 5 minutes prior to scooping and enjoy!

Chocolate Cutout Cookies (with Speckled Easter Egg Decorating Tutorial!)

Chocolate Cutout Cookies (with Speckled Easter Egg Decorating Tutorial!) by Wood and spoon. These are cocoa powder and butter cutout cookies that are simple and don't require softened butter. You can make and freeze these in advance and the icing is simple. No royal icing- just a yummy one bowl glaze. This splattered robin egg decorating technique is a great edible easter craft for kids. Learn how to make these at home on thewoodandspoon.com

Did you enter this period of quarantine with some butter and a hint of creativity? I’m really hoping so, because today I have a festive and kid-friendly Easter cookie tutorial that you will love. These chocolate cutout cookies are fairly simple and a great recipe to get your feet wet in the decorating arena with. If you have some free time this week (and let’s be honest, a lot of us have TONS lately), this is definitely a treat worth trying out.

Have you seen all the jokes on social media about Quarantine Karen? They basically poke fun at the overachieving Moms who are doing ALL THE THINGS with their kids while out of school during this time. The jokes are comical and rolls eyes at the excessive crafts, homeschooling rituals, and Super Mom tendencies that are emerging in the thick of all this home togetherness. The basic gist is that a handful of humans out there are really thriving in the home while there are others seriously struggling.

Chocolate Cutout Cookies (with Speckled Easter Egg Decorating Tutorial!) by Wood and spoon. These are cocoa powder and butter cutout cookies that are simple and don't require softened butter. You can make and freeze these in advance and the icing is simple. No royal icing- just a yummy one bowl glaze. This splattered robin egg decorating technique is a great edible easter craft for kids. Learn how to make these at home on thewoodandspoon.com

Memes and jokes aside, I want to let you know that it’s okay to be exactly who you are in this season. If you’re really struggling at home- maybe you’re buried under schoolwork, stressed under the circumstances, feeling lonely, or slowly going insane with a handful or stir-crazy kids- it’s okay. You can be exactly who you are in this moment, and you’re allowed to grieve and process this new normal in a way that feels healthy for you. On the other hand, if there is grace in your life right now to create and play and achieve and thrive in this season, embrace that too. You don’t need to shrink back or make yourself smaller because an internet full of memes is telling your personality or abilities are just way too much. You be you. We all have grace in our life for different seasons and settings, and it’s okay to flourish in some and be vulnerably in process in others. Make room for yourself, your friends, and the people you rub shoulders with on social media to be exactly who they are, and remember to be kind- to others and especially to yourself. You’re enough exactly how you are.

Chocolate Cutout Cookies (with Speckled Easter Egg Decorating Tutorial!) by Wood and spoon. These are cocoa powder and butter cutout cookies that are simple and don't require softened butter. You can make and freeze these in advance and the icing is simple. No royal icing- just a yummy one bowl glaze. This splattered robin egg decorating technique is a great edible easter craft for kids. Learn how to make these at home on thewoodandspoon.com

Some of you looking at this recipe for chocolate cutout cookies are already overwhelmed. Like, whose kids are going to cooperate in making decorated cookies at a time like this? Others are like, “YES! A new project!” Either way, please keep reading and consider making these. Granted, any cutout cookie is a bit of production, but these are about as simple as they can get. Lots of reward for the moderate amount of effort they require.

To make these chocolate cutout cookies, we start with a dough. Sugar and cold butter (yep, no softened butter needed here!) whips away in a stand mixer until the mixture comes together in a smooth consistency. Next comes eggs, vanilla, and the dry ingredients. Cocoa powder gives these chocolate cutout cookies their hint of flavor, which is overall not too rich and very kid-friendly. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and trim out shapes using cookie cutters, biscuit cutters, whatever. I didn’t have an egg cookie cutter, but I did have one shaped like a balloon, so I just accommodated. Don’t feel like these have to be perfectly egg-shaped- little circles would be just as cute.

Chocolate Cutout Cookies (with Speckled Easter Egg Decorating Tutorial!) by Wood and spoon. These are cocoa powder and butter cutout cookies that are simple and don't require softened butter. You can make and freeze these in advance and the icing is simple. No royal icing- just a yummy one bowl glaze. This splattered robin egg decorating technique is a great edible easter craft for kids. Learn how to make these at home on thewoodandspoon.com

Once the cookies are baked and cooled, stir together the icing and add color to it. I use Americolor food gels, but whatever you have on hand would be okay. Frosting consistency is the single more important factor in making a really pretty cookie, so be sure to pay close attention to the instructions there. My kids like to “paint” these cookies with some paintbrushes I have specifically for baking, but if you don’t have any unused paintbrushes on hand, just squirt the icing in the center of the cookie and spread it out with a small knife or spoon while it’s still wet. Get creative and know that it’s really okay if they’re not perfect.

For the splatter, cocoa powder and vanilla extract are stirred together into a slurry and flung at the cookie using a little pastry or basting brush. Pro tip: cover your work surface with wax or parchment paper before you do this, or you’ll be scrubbing little specks of cocoa powder off of EVERYTHING. These chocolate cutout cookies are the happiest little treats for this time of year, and I really hope you’ll consider making them. If you’re more interested in a traditional vanilla cookie, check out my favorite recipe here. Finally, on the off-chance that you’re reading about this recipe on the day I’m first sharing it, head over to my IG where I’ll be making them in my IG Stories. My friends at Winn-Dixie asked if I would show you all how to make them, so there’s going to be a little tutorial (kids included!) this afternoon. Happy baking and all my love to y’all. See you next week!

Chocolate Cutout Cookies (with Speckled Easter Egg Decorating Tutorial!) by Wood and spoon. These are cocoa powder and butter cutout cookies that are simple and don't require softened butter. You can make and freeze these in advance and the icing is simple. No royal icing- just a yummy one bowl glaze. This splattered robin egg decorating technique is a great edible easter craft for kids. Learn how to make these at home on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these chocolate cutout cookies you should try:

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies
Easter Cake
Painted Sugar Cookies
Marbled Sugar Cookies
Meringue Cookies

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Chocolate Cutout Cookies (with Speckled Easter Egg Decorating Tutorial!)

Chocolate Cutout Cookies (with Speckled Easter Egg Decorating Tutorial!) by Wood and spoon. These are cocoa powder and butter cutout cookies that are simple and don't require softened butter. You can make and freeze these in advance and the icing is simple. No royal icing- just a yummy one bowl glaze. This splattered robin egg decorating technique is a great edible easter craft for kids. Learn how to make these at home on thewoodandspoon.com

These chocolate cutout cookies are soft and sweet and really simply to make at home. No royal icing required! Learn how to speckle the cookies like Easter eggs here too!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: About 40 Small Cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 21/2 (350 gm) cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup malt chocolate powder
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces.
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the icing

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 36 tablespoons of whole milk or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the splatter:

  • 1/2 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 11/2 teaspoons of vanilla, plus more as needed

Instructions

To prepare the cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth and well combined, about 2-3 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the egg and extract and cream until combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir on low just until combined.
  4. Dump the dough crumbles out on to a lightly floured surface and work together into one ball with your hands. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to just over 1/4″ thicken and use a medium sized cookie cutter to cut shapes. If the dough ever gets too soft, refrigerate briefly.
  5. Place shapes on a baking sheet and freeze briefly for about 5 minutes.
  6. Once chilled, bake in the preheated oven for 10-11 minutes, or until the edges are set, and cool on a cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool completely prior to icing.

For the icing:

  1. Sift or whisk powdered sugar to remove lumps.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of the milk and the extract, whisking until combined. Continue to add milk until it is the right viscosity. You will want thicker frosting for piping. To test viscosity, run your whisk or a knife through the bowl of frosting- your frosting should slowly move back together until you can’t see any trace of the whisk any longer. This process should take about 10 seconds. If the frosting is too thick, it will not pool back together, and if it is too thin, it will pool back together too quickly. The ten second test doesn’t lie. Add more milk for a thinner icing and more powdered sugar if your icing becomes too thin.
  3. Cover tightly in a tupperware or with a wet paper towel if you are not using it immediately, as frosting will dry out and become clumpy. Whisk occasionally and add more milk if it becomes too thick.
  4. Fill piping bag halfway with sugar cookie frosting. Pipe borders around cookies, being careful to not get too close to the edge. Using a paint brush, “paint” frosting into the center of the cookie, filling in to the outside border. (For a good tutorial on this method, check out the Ina Garten video here) I typically will border and fill 4-5 cookies at a time. Continue this process until all the cookies are iced. Set aside for 3 hours, or until icing is set and dry. If you’re in a humid climate, you can use a small fan pointed at the cookies to help expedite this process.

To splatter your cookies:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of the cocoa powder and the vanilla extract until a thin, watery slurry comes together.
  2. Hold your paint brush or natural bristle pastry brush at the base of the bristles. Squeeze, applying a small amount of pressure with your fingers to fan the brush slightly. Dip the tips of the brush in the cocoa/vanilla “paint” and find a spare corner of your covered work space to practice your splatter. While continuing to fan your brush with one hand, use the fingers of your other hand to lightly pull back the bristles and release. This will be a slingshot type of movement and will result in a splatter effect on your work surface. Once you’re confident with your speckling skills, move on to the cookies! Splatter away and allow to dry before storing. 

Pecan Scones with Brown Butter Glaze

Pecan Scones with Brown Butter Glaze by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream scones scented with cinnamon and iced in a simple brown butter icing. The scones are tender and small batch, the perfect serving size for a small family. Learn how to make this easy breakfast pastry recipe using nuts on thewoodandspoon.com

The past few weeks have felt like an eternity of days. I’m at the point where I don’t really know where we are in the week and I’m basically only thinking as far ahead as the next meal. It’s not the Lysol fumes or a house full of children getting to my head- I think it’s just the enormity of the situation at hand and the boatloads of unanswered questions. It feels like a lot for us all to process, right? I know you all have social media and news outlets and your germaphobe Great Aunt keeping you at the cutting edge of our current health climate so I won’t dwell on the crisis formally known as Corona, but I do want to say one thing before I skip on to the pecan scones: We’re going to come out of this okay. This is a full-on dismantling of life as we know it, but we will emerge from the confusion and paranoia and panic. Life will be different for a lot of us and we will all grieve these circumstances in our own way, but my hope is that we make it out united. I heard someone recently say that having faith doesn’t mean you ignore the facts but it does mean you override those facts with truth. The truth I’m clinging to is that God is big enough to care for me, my family, our health, and our livelihood. I don’t know what your truth is, but you’re welcome to borrow mine if you’d like. In the meantime, know that you have big portions of my love and prayers as we all figure out what we’re doing here.

Pecan Scones with Brown Butter Glaze by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream scones scented with cinnamon and iced in a simple brown butter icing. The scones are tender and small batch, the perfect serving size for a small family. Learn how to make this easy breakfast pastry recipe using nuts on thewoodandspoon.com

So. Pecan scones. These are pretty simple cream scones with the most comforting flavors and a brown butter glaze that had me licking the spoon. Most of my scone recipes make upwards of 12-16 scones, but I figured since we’re all keeping to ourselves a bit more frequently you may appreciate a smaller batch recipe. Here, you’ll wind up with 6 pecan scones and enough leftover glaze to keep you licking your fingers sanitarily spooning it from a bowl for days.

Pecan Scones with Brown Butter Glaze by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream scones scented with cinnamon and iced in a simple brown butter icing. The scones are tender and small batch, the perfect serving size for a small family. Learn how to make this easy breakfast pastry recipe using nuts on thewoodandspoon.com

Pecan Scones with Brown Butter Glaze by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream scones scented with cinnamon and iced in a simple brown butter icing. The scones are tender and small batch, the perfect serving size for a small family. Learn how to make this easy breakfast pastry recipe using nuts on thewoodandspoon.com

To make these pecan scones we start by combining all of the dry ingredients. Stir them all together and then fold in all the wet ingredients. You may need to add an additional tablespoon or so of cream to make the scones come together into a shaggy dough. Pat it all out into a flat disk and slice into six wedges. Bake until the edges are golden brown and the insides no longer appear wet. Next, you’ll move onto the glaze which is basically heaven. Brown butter makes everything taste good, and if you don’t already know how to make it you can check out my tutorial here. Combine your browned butter with sugar, vanilla, and salt and then drizzle it on top of the cooled scones. Seriously, these are like bite-fulls of comfort.

Pecan Scones with Brown Butter Glaze by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream scones scented with cinnamon and iced in a simple brown butter icing. The scones are tender and small batch, the perfect serving size for a small family. Learn how to make this easy breakfast pastry recipe using nuts on thewoodandspoon.com

Pecan Scones with Brown Butter Glaze by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream scones scented with cinnamon and iced in a simple brown butter icing. The scones are tender and small batch, the perfect serving size for a small family. Learn how to make this easy breakfast pastry recipe using nuts on thewoodandspoon.com

I hope you’ll give these pecan scones a try, and truly, I hope you are well. Take care of yourself and shoot me an email if you need a buddy.

If you like these pecan scones you should try:

Cinnamon Sugar Scones
Chocolate Coffe Almond Scones
Maple Bacon Scones
Funfetti Scones

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Pecan Scones

Pecan Scones with Brown Butter Glaze by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream scones scented with cinnamon and iced in a simple brown butter icing. The scones are tender and small batch, the perfect serving size for a small family. Learn how to make this easy breakfast pastry recipe using nuts on thewoodandspoon.com

These pecan scones serve a few and are topped with a decadent brown butter glaze. Find out how to make them here!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Pastry
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Ingredients

For the scones:

  • 11/2 cups (190 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar (50 gm) 
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans, plus more for garnish, if desired
  • 3/4 cups (180 mL) heavy cream, plus extra to brush on tops of scones
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the brown butter glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1+ tablespoons of milk

Instructions

To prepare the scones

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and prepare a sheet pan with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. In a medium/large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and sugar until combined. Toss in the pecans. In a measuring cup, combine the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Pour the cream mixture on to the dry ingredients and fold or stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until evenly combined. It should be moist enough that there aren’t any dry pieces not sticking to the dough, but not so sticky that the dough is watery or doesn’t hold its shape. If needed, add an additional tablespoon or two of cream to make dough to right consistency. 
  3. On a floured surface, bring the dough together to be smooth and pat the dough out into a flat  6” circle. Do not overwork the dough. Using a sharp knife, cut the circle into 6 wedges. Brush the top with heavy cream using a pastry brush. Place the pan of scones in the fridge or freezer for 10-15 minutes to rest as this will help the scones to rise well. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the edges of the scones have browned and the center of the scones are no longer doughy. Allow the scones to cool for about 10 minutes before covering or piping with glaze.

To prepare the glaze:

  1. Add the cubed butter to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the butter is melted to ensure that it melts evenly. Once the butter has melted, it will begin to bubble.Continue to stir regularly. Small golden flecks will begin to form on the bottom of the pan. Stir or whisk gently continuously at this point as the butter is beginning to brown. The bubbling should subside at this point and you should notice the butter takes on a golden tint and begins to smell nutty. Do not let it burn, but stir until golden brown and then whisk the mixture into a medium sized bowl to cool slightly.
  2. Once slightly cooled, about 5 minutes, add the sugar, salt, and vanilla whisking to slightly combine. Add a tablespoon of milk, and continue to add small amounts until the mixture is the right consistency. You’ll want a thinner consistency for glazing and a pourable thick consistency for piping. I used a number 4 tip in a piping bag to ice mine. Enjoy!

Mini Layer Cakes

Mini Layer Cakes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny three layer pastel cakes perfect for parties, spring holidays, and Mother's Day. The small vanilla cakes are baked in a sheet pan and then frosted together with a simple American buttercream. The cakes are colored in pale easter colors and served as individual desserts. Perfect mini cake for two. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

What do Anna Kendrick, Bruno Mars, and my three kids have in common with today’s recipe? They’re tiny and straight-up ADORABLE. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: fancy pants desserts like these mini layer cakes are my favorite. With soft pastel colors and a pint-sized stature, these little vanilla cakes are a happy treat to share with others. No, this isn’t the most social time of our lives (given the worldwide circumstances), but I’ve never known a time where people need love a little more. Maybe love them via cake?

Mini Layer Cakes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny three layer pastel cakes perfect for parties, spring holidays, and Mother's Day. The small vanilla cakes are baked in a sheet pan and then frosted together with a simple American buttercream. The cakes are colored in pale easter colors and served as individual desserts. Perfect mini cake for two. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I’ve been wanting to create a tutorial for simple mini layer cakes on this site for a while. I’ve hesitated because I really didn’t want to provide some set of instructions that required you to buy a ton of mini cake pans, cake rings, or other unnecessary equipment. I finally tooled around with a sheet pan cake and found that the layers, when trimmed out with a cookie cutter and briefly frozen prior to frosting, are actually pretty decent to work with. These mini layer cakes aren’t insanely easy to make, but with a smidge of patience you can totally do this. Scout’s Honor.

Mini Layer Cakes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny three layer pastel cakes perfect for parties, spring holidays, and Mother's Day. The small vanilla cakes are baked in a sheet pan and then frosted together with a simple American buttercream. The cakes are colored in pale easter colors and served as individual desserts. Perfect mini cake for two. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

To make these mini layer cakes, we first bake up a fluffy vanilla cake in a rimmed half sheet pan. This recipe is relies on whipped egg whites for its fluff, but you do need to take care not to overbake it. White cakes are prone to drying out, so bake only until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Once the cakes have cooled completely, we use a 2″ round cookie or biscuit cutter (I like this one!) to trim out rounds of cake. You want to cut out your circles pretty close together, and if done correctly, you should end up with enough to make about 7 and a half-ish cakes. I was happy to have an extra layer in case one didn’t come out super clean, but you can feel free to eat those extra layers yourself. No shame. Place the cake layers on a clean sheet pan lined with parchment and freeze briefly so that the cakes cake firm up. This makes them easier to frost.

Mini Layer Cakes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny three layer pastel cakes perfect for parties, spring holidays, and Mother's Day. The small vanilla cakes are baked in a sheet pan and then frosted together with a simple American buttercream. The cakes are colored in pale easter colors and served as individual desserts. Perfect mini cake for two. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Mini Layer Cakes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny three layer pastel cakes perfect for parties, spring holidays, and Mother's Day. The small vanilla cakes are baked in a sheet pan and then frosted together with a simple American buttercream. The cakes are colored in pale easter colors and served as individual desserts. Perfect mini cake for two. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

The frosting is a simple American buttercream. You can reference my recent post on stacking layer cakes for a little help here. I opted to frost the cakes entirely, but if you wanted an easier option and were planning to serve them quickly, you could also pipe the frosting onto the cakes for a naked look! Click here for a cute example I found on the internet. Truly, do whatever feels right here and just make something that goes with your vibe.

Mini Layer Cakes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny three layer pastel cakes perfect for parties, spring holidays, and Mother's Day. The small vanilla cakes are baked in a sheet pan and then frosted together with a simple American buttercream. The cakes are colored in pale easter colors and served as individual desserts. Perfect mini cake for two. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I opted for pastel hues on my mini layer cakes, and you can find some info on the colors I used in my recipe. As always, I opted for Americolor food gels, but use whatever you have on hand. Keep in mind that food coloring can often change the texture of your frosting, so be sure not to use too much. For decoration, I smeared a bit of white buttercream on top and garnished with assorted white and clear sprinkles. Again, this is dealer’s choice. Fresh flowers, fruit, or confetti is super pretty too.

Mini Layer Cakes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny three layer pastel cakes perfect for parties, spring holidays, and Mother's Day. The small vanilla cakes are baked in a sheet pan and then frosted together with a simple American buttercream. The cakes are colored in pale easter colors and served as individual desserts. Perfect mini cake for two. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

It feels odd to be sharing recipes for cake with you at a time like this, but I also simple sources of pleasure and joy should be indulged in, especially now. If you’re homebound and looking for a fun project, this could be just the ticket. Give the recipe a try, pop the cakes into the mailboxes of people you love, and be apart of your own personal delicious little love movement. Y’all take care and happy baking.

Mini Layer Cakes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny three layer pastel cakes perfect for parties, spring holidays, and Mother's Day. The small vanilla cakes are baked in a sheet pan and then frosted together with a simple American buttercream. The cakes are colored in pale easter colors and served as individual desserts. Perfect mini cake for two. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

If you like these mini layer cakes you should check out:

Mini Victoria Cakes
Mini Strawberry Galettes
Smash Cake Tutorial
Funfetti Cake

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Mini Layer Cakes

Mini Layer Cakes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny three layer pastel cakes perfect for parties, spring holidays, and Mother's Day. The small vanilla cakes are baked in a sheet pan and then frosted together with a simple American buttercream. The cakes are colored in pale easter colors and served as individual desserts. Perfect mini cake for two. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

These mini layer cakes are cute and delicious treats for gifting or sharing with a few! Check out the tutorial here!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 7 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cake:

 

  • ¾ cup (170 gm) egg whites (I use ones directly from the carton), at room temp
  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 11/2 cups (300 gm) sugar
  • 3 cups plus one tablespoon (400 gm) cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (240 gm) milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

For the frosting (Recipe makes a bit of extra frosting, but this will be sufficient for getting to decorate the tops!)

  • 11/2 cups (340 gm) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Milk or water to thin the frosting

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prep a rimmed half sheet pan (18”x13”) by lining it with a sheet of parchment paper and lightly greasing the sides.
  2. In the clean bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside in another bowl while you continue prepping the cake.
  3. In the same stand mixer bowl you whipped the egg whites in, cream the butter and sugar for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Combine 3 cups of the flour, baking powder, and salt and add half of this mixture to the butter mixture. Stir on low to almost combine and then add half of the milk and the vanilla. Stir to combine and then add the remaining half of the dry ingredients followed by the remaining half of the milk. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in the egg whites being careful not to overwork the batter. Smooth the batter into your prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 19-20 minutes. Be careful to not overbake! The top will be golden and set when the cake is done. Set aside to cool completely- you can expedite this process by popping it in the freezer after cooling on the counter for a bit. Once cool, use a 2” round biscuit or cookie cutter to trim out circles of cake. You should be able to get about 23 circles out of the sheet cake which will make 7 cakes plus 2 extra layers for backup. Feel free to pop the layers on a clean baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze briefly while you make the frosting. This will make assembly a little easier.
  4. To prepare the frosting, whip the butter on medium speed using the paddle attachment on your mixer. Continue for about 3 minutes, scraping the bowl as necessary, until pale and smooth. Add half of the sugar and stir to combine. Add the remaining sugar, the vanilla, and a couple of tablespoons of milk or water to help it all come together. Stir and add water or milk a tablespoon at a time until the frosting is smooth. Consistency is important here- make sure the frosting isn’t so stiff that it will pull on and rip the cake layers while assembling, but it also needs to be thick enough so that it won’t just squish out the sides. A good consistency frosting will plop off your rubber spatula but will chill to firm. Pop it in the fridge if it gets too warm.

 

To assemble the cakes:

  1. Each mini cake will have 3 layers. Mix up your colors as you please. For the colors pictures here, I used Americolor Food Gels. The pinkish one is a 3 parts red, 2 parts blue, and ½ part brown. I recommend adding the color a tiny bit at a time to make sure you don’t mix a color you’re not fond of! The blueish greenish cake is 3 parts blue with ½ part brown. The orange-ish cake is 3 parts deep pink with ½ part brown.
  2. When ready to assemble, smear a little frosting on your cake board or serving plate and stack the first layer. Add about 2 tablespoons of frosting on top and use an offset spatula to smooth. Stack a second cake layer and repeat this process twice to finish with a third cake layer. Spread a thin crumb coat of frosting on the cake and pop it into the fridge or freezer to set up. I placed a cooling rack with a sheet of parchment on it in my freezer so that I could quickly chill the cakes while I was making them. I found keeping the cakes cold while assembling helped make the process simple.
  3. Once your crumb coat has set up, finish frosting the cake with the remaining frosting and decorate as desired! For my cakes, I use a round dollop of white frosting that I smudged with the end of my offset spatula. White large and small nonpareils and clear sprinkles finished them up! Share with someone you love and enjoy!