Almost-famous apple cake

You might say that at the moment I’m completely obsessed with apples. Making my apple picking cookies really got me in the spirit and although I’m reduced to buying my apples from a wooden crate at the local grocery store, I just had to make my almost-famous apple cake.

A slice of almost-famous apple cake

It’s a tradition in my house at this time of year: My official passage into the fall season. Each time I make my almost-famous apple cake for someone he or she invariably asks me to make another one. I’ve made small ones to give as gifts, and I’ve had a number of people pay me to make them.

That’s just how good  the apple cake is.

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Royal Icing Diaries will be moving

I am so excited to let everyone know that in the very near future, Royal Icing Diaries will be moving to a hosted site.

Now you may be asking, “what in the hell does that mean”?

I had no idea either until a few months ago, so don’t feel bad.

It’s a good thing, I promise.

You see, currently as you know, you have to include “wordpress” in the web address if you have any hopes of actually reaching the blog site.

Self-hosting the site (paying for a server) will allow me to add all kinds of fun stuff to the site, and the web address will be shorter since I won’t be using

The new address will simply be:

In other words, I will have a lot more creative control over everything on the site which is what I want.

To say I am thrilled is an understatement and hopefully everyone who follows the blog will be too. I promise bigger and better things to come at

By self-hosting I’ll be able to customize Royal Icing Diaries to my heart’s content, have a new design, better links, a print button on each page that allows you to print a recipe, and all kinds of other things.

I’m hoping that the migration will go off without a hitch and there will be very little “down time” in the process.

I will let you know when it will happen but look forward to it being within the next two weeks with any luck. And once it does, please feel free to let me know what you think of the new look and feel of the blog. All feedback is welcome.

Once the change is made, you’ll be directed to the new web address if you have the blog bookmarked, but only for a while. So please bookmark the new address once I let you know it’s up and running.

Thanks to all of you who follow and support the blog, and the Facebook Page. I just love writing the blog and you have no idea how much it means to me that you are interested in it and keep following it. I hope you all continue to share the blog with your friends and family.


An 18th birthday: orange and white cookies

Oh to be 18 years old again and have the world at my fingertips.

My orange and white cookies mark that very special birthday for my beautiful, smart, and incredibly ambitious niece, and god-daughter, Mallory. A high school senior focused on life as a college student in the no-so-distant future.

Orange and white birthday cookies

As she celebrates her 18th birthday I doubt very much she’s as concerned with the number as she is with the fact that she’s “finally legal” and ready to take on all that her new-found adulthood has to offer.

I was more than content with that feeling as well at her age. Of course, when I turned 18 I had all the answers. Every one of them – I mean, don’t all 18-year-olds know it all?

I was prepared to solve the world’s problems and there was nothing at all that I didn’t fully comprehend or that anyone could possibly shed light on because uh, hello…I’m 18! I’m not a kid anymore.

And of course, advice from my parents was the LAST thing I needed at that age: After all, what could they POSSIBLY know about being MY age? Sound familiar?

Simple 18th birthday cookies

Oh yes, the beauty of the 18th birthday and the naivety that comes with it. It’s a part of growing up and for some it takes much longer to realize just how little you DID know about life at that age.

When I set out to make Mallory some 18th birthday cookies I knew that I wanted make white cookies with just one accent color. I thought she looked beautiful in her prom dress and decided to use orange as the accent so I made her some orange and white cookies.

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