Margarita Cookies


Truth be told, I was a tad wary of this recipe – I’ve tried making cookies from there before, with disappointing results. This time, however, I was quite pleased.

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I’m not a huge fan of tequila, and the thought of the larger salt crystals gave me pause. I’m glad I went through with it though. Aside from being an easy recipe, the final result was quite tasty, even without the icing (though to be fair, the icing, and extra sugar/salt mix sprinkled on after baking really made it a step above the rest).  The dough also didn’t spread much, though I’m unsure if that was because I baked them right from the fridge, or just the recipe itself.


Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Icing


This is just a dark chocolate cake made from a mix. It’s good, but the main thing I wanted to do with this was make a belated-birthday cake for a friend. I didn’t want to just do a regular buttercream, so I made a raspberry buttercream. I made two cakes, and used red food dye to darken it, and have it be the center filling. The grey-ish icing is raspberry as well, just darkened with black dye. The design on the top was dyed string icing, and though it’s messy, I feel like it made the image more realistic.

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This cake is based off the character Alphonse Elric, from the anime Full Metal Alchemist. To make a long story short, his soul was bound to a giant suit of armor using the symbol on the cake, drawn in blood. The details are graphic, so I won’t go into them here, but given the situation in the show, I thought that rather than the nice, relatively clean symbol in the above link, it would’ve been more harried, and a bit messier.

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In the end, the icing was much sweeter than I would’ve liked. In the future, I’ll try cutting down on the amount of powdered sugar I put in, and see what fresh raspberries would do for the taste.