Alana Jones-Mann

Alana Jones-Mann

cakes, diy desserts

Today is National Cream Cheese Frosting Day!

Today Arla is commemorating the nation’s favorite seasonal dessert topping with its own official holiday: America’s first-ever National Cream Cheese Frosting Day. To celebrate, I’ve whipped up a delicious cream cheese frosted cake with Arla cream cheese. The frosting was so delicious, it was slightly dangerous to have in my kitchen due to my lack of self-control. For the design, I went with a Danish folk art-inspired pattern as a nod to Arla’s Denmark origins – and individually piped  ...

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diy desserts

NYE Disco Ball Cupcakes

I’m feeling a bit depressed to be posting a New Year’s Eve dessert, because it means the most magical time of year is over. UGH. SUCH. A. BUMMER. But, I’ll find a way to deal with it. And honestly, eating some cupcakes might help. I made these DISCO BALL CUPCAKES for A Beautiful Mess (you can find the how-to for them HERE), which I thought would be perfect for those of you hosting or attending a New Year’s Eve party. I was inspired to make these because while I had  ...

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cakes, diy desserts, holidays

Retro Wreath Cake for A Beautiful Mess

I don’t know how to put it humbly – I’m completely obsessed with the way this retro wreath cake turned out. I love the idea of this cake – it’s a dessert piece that shines on display at a party and encourages guests to pick off and snack on the candy first, before getting to enjoy the cake. Sound familiar? Yup, it’s essentially just a gingerbread house, but it’s not a house…and it’s not made of gingerbread. Another major difference is  ...

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etc, gift guides

The Best Baking Books of 2017

I thought I’d put together a quick post highlighting my favorite baking books of the year. Most of these came out this year, or at least were in my hands this year. For anyone who has an interest in cakes or baking, these books would make great gifts this coming holiday season. In no particular order, here they are. [click on the titles below to shop the books] 1. Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book: This 1963 classic got another fancy new re-issue, which I love because coming across  ...

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