You've Got To Make Fantan Rolls!

You've just got to! They're so much easier to make than they look!

These buttery fantan rolls taste like parker house rolls, but have an even more fun shape. They pull apart, so buttering individual strips of your roll is fun and a highly delicious way to enjoy bread. 

I made these recently for the Craftsy blog and have to tell you, they made me feel the most enormous sense of accomplishment.

You too can feel this accomplishment - - 

Find the recipe here!

Baci Candy White Chocolate White Russian

Let's get white chocolate cruuuuuuunk! Yup, I just said that. 

Sometimes, you just need a sweet-as-sugar cocktail that packs a punch. This Baci white chocolate white Russian is just the drink for those times.

Lightly malted and totally sweet, melted white chocolate Baci candies are joined by a little coffee liqueur and vodka make this sweet cocktail totally intoxicating. In more ways than one! 

So go ahead, make yourself a l'il treat. You won't regret it. 

White Chocolate White Russian 

  • 1 tablespoon malt powder
  • 2 Baci White chocolate candies, finely chopped, plus 1 Baci White chocolate candy, for serving
  • ¼ cup cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 ½ ounces coffee liqueur
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • ice

Optional garnishes:

cinnamon, or melted chocolate

Make the malted milk. Place the malt powder and 2 finely chopped Baci White chocolate candies in a medium heatproof bowl.

In a small saucepan, heat the cream and milk until the mixture begins to simmer. Remove from heat, and pour over the candy-and-malt powder mixture. Whisk until completely combined. Continue to whisk, every few minutes, until the mixture cools to room temperature. At this point, you can cover the mixture and put it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

When you’re ready to make the cocktails, combine the malted milk, coffee liqueur, vodka, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake to combine, and strain the mixture equally into two glasses. Drizzle with melted chocolate or shake a small amount of cinnamon on top. Serve with Baci White chocolate candy halves for an extra treat.

This recipe can be made with half and half instead of milk and cream, but the flavor will not be quite the same. Non-dairy milk and creamer can be substituted for the dairy called for in this recipe.

To create chocolate “stripes” in the glasses as shown, drizzle a little melted chocolate in your glasses before straining the liquid inside. 

It's Here! + Giveaway: Another Unicorn Coloring Book

At long last, my friends, it's here. The Unicorn Coloring Book has a younger sibling: Another Unicorn Coloring Book. They're both available on Amazon (click the respective titles for the link) or in my Etsy shop. But here's the thing: I want you (and a friend!) to have a copy. Scan to the bottom of the post for the giveaway details! 

But first, let's take a sneak peek.

So, I need to tell you that I am super-mega proud of this book. It includes 24 brand new unicorn illustrations, including some of these: 

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Each page spread has an illustration, and on the back side of each page, a quote. This is because you don't want any media to bleed through and ruin a second page; a quote keeps things interesting. Now, I have edited the designs so the quotes are in a lighter grey color; this way, they don't shine through on the flip side of the page. This is my favorite quote, btw: 

I really hope you'll enjoy coloring them as much as I loved drawing them.

WIN A COPY FOR YOU AND A FRIEND! 

OK, I know it's annoying to click over to a different platform for the giveaway, but I want to keep it easy to track, and these days Instagram seems to be the easiest way to do it. To enter, click over to Instagram (my user name is @cakespyblog) and tag a friend. I'll choose one winner at random, and send a copy to you AND the friend you tagged! 

Here's the giveaway post for easy clicking

The fine print: unfortunately, since international shipping is freaking expensive, I can only offer this giveaway to US/Canada residents at this time. I'll choose a winner at the end of this week (Friday afternoon). 

Experiencing Artist's (or a Creative) Block? Try these Tips.

It's an unfortunate fact: every creative type goes through artistic dry spells. 

Happily, they don't need to last forever. I recently wrote what I think is an A+ article for Craftsy.com, regarding some tried and true ways to overcome artist's block.

While it's written from the point of view of a visual artist, the tips are fairly universal and can be applied to any creative process.

Check it out and save these ideas for the next time you're feeling stuck! And if you have a tip for you you combat creative blocks, please leave it here or on the Craftsy post! 

Full article here.