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Doll Cakes and Family Baking Fun Recipes




When I decided to go up to New York to visit my family this year, I knew from the last visit I had to do something special and memorable with my great nieces. We always do a cooking project of some kind the make great memories. Something they would be able to pass on to their children someday. I decided to make doll cakes just like I made for their moms when they were little. I made them this time using the tips from a very good friend and blogger. Being it was Halloween I saw this great doll cake made by Kelli Davidson the owner of Yumgoggle.  Check out her site it's amazing and she helped me make a great memory with my nieces with her ideas that will be etched in their minds for years to come! Thank you Kelli for letting our family get together using your easy techniques we loved the project and it was so perfect for the girls to do this!



I have two nieces that have undergone Cancer surgery Alicia Pluke having thyroid cancer and Pamela Ward with breast cancer . Samantha (below) who is Pamela's daughter made this cake to support Breast Cancer Awareness month for her mom Pamela and Aunt Alicia to support the cause.




 Samantha 
did a great job we are so proud of her!



My two great nieces in the front Samantha and Adriana had a blast making the cakes. My niece Pamela Colenzo Ward is in the back left this is her home we did the project in and she cooked a great dinner for us all making rigatoni alfredo which was awesome.  My son Chad Iffert next to her he was thrilled to be home with the family and my niece Mary Colenzo Guarascio who rolled out those pumpkin heads using rice krispie treats and tootsie rolls. My great nephew Vincent Ward made a graveyard cake with leftover cake batter from the doll cakes. Ryan my great nephew got me safely to this great family event from the airport,  thanks Ryan! Everyone had something to contribute in making our day very special. You all made this day so special!

Mary Colenzo Guarascio daughter Adriana made this witch cake in celebrating Halloween to kick off this fun memory making cooking party!  Great job Adriana so proud of you!



How cool is this using the legs for a graveyard cake leftover from the doll cakes! Great job Vinny. A cake with crushed oreo on top of a frosted cake and decorated for Halloween with tombstones made from oreos tops and monster suckers. Everyone loved Vinny's cake ideas with the leftover cake batter.


Samantha and Adriana you girls rock!

Of course the day wouldn't be complete without a toast to our reunion right girls and guys? I love cooking with the family they are memories that will last a lifetime! The wine was from their dad Luke Colenzo he lives in Florida but coming up to make more memories on their cookie baking day in December.
 This made my trip complete love you all so happy we got to bake together with the kids!

This is my sister in law Theresa Colenzo. Alicia, Mary and Pam's mom. Also the grandmother of all the kids in my blog post. She has certainly been their rock through all the emotional ups and downs in all their lives. I had the pleasure to stay with her on my trip. We shared a great fish fry dinner in my hometown Utica, New York. Thanks for everything we appreciate the love  and support you give us all!



Doll Cakes:

(If you would like to make the cakes above here is what you will need:)

1-  4 cup glass measuring cup
1 cake mix made to package instructions any flavor
1 can of colored store bought frosting
sprinkles of choice
coordinating ribbons
dolls bought from the dollar store that come apart at the waist ( you will only need from the waist up)
popsicle sticks

For the witch. I made a chocolate cake using cake batter poured into the 4 cup glass measuring cup to the 3 cup mark heavily greased with lard. After baking this to package instructions, I immediately dumped it onto wax paper to cool completely. After it cooled I used store bought  purple frosting. Bought the ribbon from a local dollar store. Wrapped the top with Halloween ribbon and taped it on with clear tape. My niece said to hot glue it.
I cut a piece and made a hat for the doll's head and taped that in the back to hold together.
I put the popsicle stick in the center of the doll's waist. Insert that to the middle of the cake.
Frost and decorate to whatever theme you like. I am sure you will get creative!

For the Pink Breast Cancer Awareness doll cake:

I did the same thing as above baking the cake in the 4 cup glass mixing cup following the same directions. After it was cooled I used pink frosting, pink sparkle sprinkles and used the symbols found to accent the doll's hair tie and from the waist up dress with the breast cancer sign I found shoe laces that worked perfectly.

Here are some of the many foods we love from my hometown #uticanewyork:




Garlic Knots



Tomato Pie 





Greens



This is what we took home wrapped up in our suitcases back to Florida. Plus pusties, cannoli and half moons is what my hometown is famous for. No better little Italy in the world but #uticanewyork.
Will miss everyone love you all thanks for a great time!

 Upstate NY  Utica/Rome Specialities:

Chicken Riggie Fest
Upstate NY Greens
Tomato Pie Upstate NY Style
Italian Lemon Ice
Watermelon Sorbet with Rum 
Pizza Fritte Feast Fried Dough
Pusties
Italian Gravy or Sauce the big debate
Feast Upstate NY Style Sausage and Peppers Sandwich
Upstate NY Apple Pie
Pizza Dough
Cafe Almond Paste Cookie
Cannoli Stuffed French Toast
Zeppole St Joseph's Day
Cannoli Homemade
Sicilian Style Pizza
Restaurant in New Hartford NY Dont go!
Upstate ROME New York Great Food Dining 
Meatballs Melted Provolone and Roasted Pepper Sandwich
Italian Rainbow Cookies
Italian Cream Cake
No bake 4th of July Pie
Upstate New York Utica/Rome Greens Video
Pusties with Coconut Cream Filling a knockoff from the Florentine
Mushroom Stew
Cucumber Tomato Salad

3 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! What beautiful doll cakes! The girls did a much better job than me - and it looks like you had a lovely time doing it. I must say that my favorite part was your great-nephew's graveyard with the doll's legs!! So creative! I'm going to share this on my community page - it's just so cute!!

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  2. Would be cute next time to make the dolls witches for Halloween. :)

    I was planning to take a graveyard cake to an office pot-luck the other day. I had made (and written out) cookie headstones, piped a chocolate gate, picked up other spooky candy decorations, etc., but when I inverted the cake out of the pan to frost and decorate it, it completely fell apart lol. Might have to try again for when I'm in the office on Friday.

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  3. Great doll cakes and family too, for sure. Love that graveyard cake!

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