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Aida Arain
Chicago, IL
I'm a mom to two amazing little girls who loves baking, cooking, crafting, and running.
Interests: running, baking, cooking, knitting, reading, crafting
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These mini-blueberry lemon cakes are bright and fresh. Made with lemon curd, the frosting is light and fluffy with a natural lemon flavor. Each mini-cake is big enough to share with a friend over a cup of tea, or to indulge in individually. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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These moist, rich chocolate cupcakes are stuffed with a salted caramel-peanut filling and topped with a light, airy salted caramel frosting. These cupcakes are truly the cake version of a delectable Snickers candy bar! Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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This whimsical set of cookies features large plaque cookies and mini-decorated cookies letting your child's teacher know just how much you appreciate all of their hard work and effort! It's a perfect gift for Teacher Appreciation day or as an end-of-the-school-year gift. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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This light, fluffy coffee cake has a rich buttery flavor with a hint of tart raspberry in every bite. Baked in mini-pans, these raspberry swirl coffee cakes are perfect to share with someone or indulge in by yourself! Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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These decorated sugar cookies for Mother's Day are full of bright colors and royal icing roses. These royal icing roses are quick and easy to make, and the best part is that they can be made ahead of time and simply attached to the cookie when you're doing your final cookie decorations. This set of cookies can easily be made for birthday parties, graduations, or any special occasion! Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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These cinnamon and cardamom coffee cakes are flaky, buttery, rich treats with a sugary crunch. The technique for making these intricate looking pastries is simple and straightforward, and they make a delicious and stunning addition to any brunch, tea, or dessert table! Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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I can't believe that May is right around the corner, and it's barely 50 degrees around here. It's a little disheartening, but 50 degrees is way better than 20 degrees and snowing (which is what we woke up to last Wednesday!). Since the weather isn't getting me into a summer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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This pinata chocolate cake filled with Muddy Buddy Chex cereal is the perfect cake to celebrate a birthday or any special occasion. It's a rich, moist chocolate cake with a dark chocolate frosting, and it's filled with crisp, chocolaty, peanut buttery Muddy Buddy Chex cereal. To make it even more special, the cake is decorated with an easy, but stunning, petal frosting design. The post includes a full tutorial on how to build a pinata cake and decorate it with a petal frosting design. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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These moist, banana mini-bundt cakes are studded with dark chocolate and roasted pecans, and they're topped with a salted caramel sauce that packs a whole lot of flavor in each mini-cake. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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These decadent S'more Cupcakes are rich, moist chocolate cupcakes with a crisp and buttery graham cracker crust, filled with a milk chocolate ganache, and topped with a fluffy marshmallow frosting. To take these cupcakes over the top, each of the cupcake's edges are dipped in ganache and graham cracker crumbs to provide even more s'more goodness. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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This salted dark chocolate cookie with dark chocolate chunks is full of deep, rich chocolate, and it's the perfect balance of sweet and salty. The recipe is Dorie Greenspan's World Peace Cookies. They're so amazing that Dorie Greenspan's neighbor was convinced that if everyone had a batch of these, they'd be so happy it would lead to world peace. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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This cardigan features a beautiful cable pattern that creates a stunning shawl collar cardigan for a baby or toddler. The pattern for this adorable hand knit, called Trellis, is free from knitty.com. Check out my post for the link! Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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This set of decorated sugar cookies filled with royal icing roses and beautiful monogrammed cookies was inspired by spring, and they were gifted to a sweet little girl on her birthday. It's a fancy set of cookies that are surprisingly easy to create. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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This set of decorated sugar cookies are a perfect festive treat for St. Patrick's Day. With rainbows, pots of gold, and clovers, these cookies are decorated with sanding sugar, royal icing transfers, and a few other simple techniques that create a beautiful set of St. Patrick's Day cookies. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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In celebration of Pi Day on 3/14, these cherry and dark chocolate hand pies are the perfect balance of tart cherries and dark, rich chocolate. Fold them into a crisp, buttery crust, and it's a delicious hand-held treat! Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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These St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cupcakes are jam-packed with rainbow goodness. The cupcake batter is rainbow colored, and it's topped with a candy pot of gold at the end of a tart candy rainbow. They are the prefect festive treat! Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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This red velvet cake is decorated with vanilla frosting roses is a show stopper with minimal work. All you need is the correct piping tip and frosting recipe to create this impressive cake. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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If you're looking for a special treat to celebrate the Academy Awards, these Oscar statues and director's clapboards are perfect! Some simple sugar cookies and a bit of icing brings a festive touch to any party. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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This simple set of Olympic Themed Sugar Cookies features Olympic flags, an Olympic medallion, and gold medal cookies that shimmer and shine. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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These grasshopper cupcakes are based on the retro American dessert, the grasshopper pie. My cupcake version is a rich chocolate cupcakes, with a mint-chocolate cookie base, filled with minty chocolate ganache, and topped with a light mint frosting. Just to make it extra special, it's rimmed with mini-chocolate chips and drizzled with some more minty ganache. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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These Olive Ewe decorated sugar cookies are a playful take on Valentine's Day cookies. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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This set of heart-themed Valentine's Day cookies uses straight forward, simple techniques that result in a stunning set of cookies decorated with royal icing, sanding sugar, and sprinkles. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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These light and fluffy red velvet coffee cakes are filled with decadent chocolate ganache and topped with a rich, cream cheese frosting. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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Football themed decorated sugar cookies are the perfect addition to a Super Bowl spread or as a special treat for someone who loves football. Made from basic cookie cutters and just a few colors, these cookies are perfect for beginners or more experienced decorators. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie
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These Chicago themed decorated sugar cookies feature the Chicago Cub's Wrigley Field sign and the city's skyline. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at The Crafting Foodie