18 Aug

waffle cone cookies

How about we kick Monday morning off on a sweet note with these waffle cone cookies? The lovely Apryl Ann Photo + Layered Bake Shop are here to show us just how to make these delicious homemade pizzelle cookies for your ice cream (not to mention give us something to crave all week long). Take it away, guys…

waffle cone cookies

What is a pizzelle you ask? It is thin anise flavored Italian cookie. I grew up making these by the dozens every Christmas for my Italian grandfather. I was always in awe of the gorgeous pattern the pizzelle iron made, and like my grandfather I grew to become obsessed! I am actually not a fan of anise, however it is hard for me to enjoy these cookies without it. They are quite surprisingly delicious with the added flavoring and I encourage you to use it. But have no fear, I have included some alternative flavors that are just as delicious. That is what makes this recipe so great; its ability to be customized. Strawberry ice cream with a lemon flavored waffle cone like cookies, can you even imagine? This is a fun activity to do with your kids! My family recipe is sacred but I have created by own similar one you can follow here: 

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Ready: 45 mins
Makes approximately 2 dozen

Equipment needed:
Pizzelle iron
Butter knife
4″ scalloped cookie cutter
Mixing bowl
Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients needed:
3 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon anise extract (or pure vanilla extract)
1 3/4 cup of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

Um, yum!!!

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

*It is important to follow the instructions on your pizzelle maker. Some are non-stick and others need to be brushed with oil.

Directions

1. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar with a whisk until thick. Stir in the melted butter and anise (or vanilla). Sift together the flour and baking powder, and blend into the batter until smooth.
2. Heat the pizzelle iron, and brush with oil if needed…you must read the directions that come with your iron. Drop one tablespoon of batter onto each circle on the iron. You may need to experiment with the amount of batter and baking time depending on the iron. Bake for 20 to 45 seconds, or until steam is no longer coming out of the iron and it turns the perfect shade of brown. Carefully remove cookies from the iron by sliding the butter knife under it and lifting up. Transfer to a flat surface and center your cookie cutter before pressing down. Then move the cookie to another flat surface to cool and harden.
3. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Alternative flavors: Chocolate, add 1/4 unsweetened cocoa, an addition 1/4 granulated sugar, and an additional 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder. Lemon, add 1/2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of lemon rind (you can adjust to your level of preferred lemony) Expresso, add two tablespoons of instant expresso coffee. Bourbon (yes, this is amazing!), replace the extract in the recipe with 1 tablespoon of bourbon.

Created by Apryl Ann Photo for 100 Layer Cake | Dessert by Layered Bake Shop

 
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15 Aug

Fig and copper wedding inspiration |  Photo by City Love Photography | 100 Layer Cake

TGIF! Today we’re opting for a not-so-casual Friday with this stylish shoot by City Love Photography. The team got together to create an elegant textured scene with a bold floral backdrop (perfect inspiration for fall brides, we think) and timeless bridal gowns by Alice Padrul Bridal Couture. Photog Alexis says, The interplay of warm metallics, soft tulle, lace and lush fig colors inspired this fashion-focused shoot. 

Fig and copper wedding inspiration |  Photo by City Love Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fig and copper wedding inspiration |  Photo by City Love Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Tulle as a romantic backdrop? Noted! Such darling bridesmaid stationery too.

Fig and copper wedding inspiration |  Photo by City Love Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fig and copper wedding inspiration |  Photo by City Love Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fig and copper wedding inspiration |  Photo by City Love Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fig and copper wedding inspiration |  Photo by City Love Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Elegant shoes + clutch by James Cicotti Bridal for a little added sparkle.

Fig and copper wedding inspiration |  Photo by City Love Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Chyrel Banias of Lil Epic Event Design made this striking floral backdrop.

Fig and copper wedding inspiration |  Photo by City Love Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fig and copper wedding inspiration |  Photo by City Love Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fig and copper wedding inspiration |  Photo by City Love Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fig and copper wedding inspiration |  Photo by City Love Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Falling for that dreamy Alice Padrul Bridal Couture dress!

Thanks to everyone below for sending this shoot our way…

Photography: City Love Photography / Venue: Artango Bistro / Design & Stationery: Chykalophia Design / Styling: Ari of Heartily Wed / Floral Backdrop: Lil Epic Event Design  / Hair: Anca Moldoveanu / Makeup: Joanna B Artistry / Small Detail Rentals: Intaglio Vintage / Dresses: Alice Padrul Bridal Couture / Shoes & Accessories: James Cicotti Bridal / Model: Caroline Hubble, courtesy of BMG Models and Talent

 
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Don’t you love it when the internet sends you little packets of coordinating inspiration? It’s like the universe is trying to tell you something. In this case, that we’re most definitely all due for a trip to Greece.

We’ve been seeing so many gorgeous photos of Greece around Pinterest, and while browsing one of our favorite shops for indie-designed goods, Of a Kind, we noticed that their current editions were kind of screaming to be packed for lust-worthy trip to Santorini. Are you with us?

Honeymoon wardrobe inspired by Greece | 100 Layer Cake

If you happen to be one of the luckies in the throws of planning your honeymoon, our friends at Mr. & Mrs. Smith have some amazing spots dotting the coast of this gorgeous country. These photos of Santorini and Mykonos are enough to have you booking flights this afternoon.

Even if a honeymoon isn’t on the docket for 2014, we thought you might be inspired by an easy wardrobe for the end of summer.

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