Inspiration for Holiday Treats

Our Youth Cooking Class finished up their program a week or two ago and had a blast making a Chocolate Mayonnaise Layer Cake and Blueberry Tarts. After 8 weeks of cooking with veggies the participants planned out their final class and a chocolate layer cake was on their wish list! 

This was no ordinary cake mind you! There was still fruit involved and the icing was not your usual refined icing sugar, sugar crash inducing, artificial die added paste. And most importantly they loved it!

Ready To Decorate

After a number of skill testing activities each participant was allowed to plan different parts of the final meal. Raspberries were chosen as the topper for the cake and strawberries as the centre layer (something tells me there might be a bit of maple syrup in the mix there as well).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPutting the cake together was a fun challenge, not only with the assembly but also with the – not snacking on the berries or icing 😉

Assembly of CakeThe chocolate icing is made from dates, cocoa powder, brown rice syrup and water. It comes out sweet and very chocolaty. You can find the recipe for it here.

Icing the CakeThe fanciest part of the cake decorations was the crushed rose petals sprinkled on top!

Rose Petal DecorationsNext the addition of the raspberries …

Raspberries on CakeThe final shot … Yes we all find the filter effects on our program’s camera too fun to ignore 😉

Final CakeThe Blueberry Tarts were also a big hit with the participants. They got to decorate their own. There were also fruit smoothies and savoury snacks made to order by these amazing youth cooks!

Blueberry Tarts

Some other great holiday treat inspiration:

High Park Harvest Festival Sunday, Oct. 6th

So excited about Harvest Fest this Sunday! Join us from noon to 4:30 at the Children’s Garden for food, fun and great activities for the whole family! Professor Elwood Pricklethorn will be joining us at 2 pm and Chocosol will be there to hand out yummy chocolate samples. Other guests include Live Green Toronto and Jenia’s Ukulele Jam! Plus Colborne Lodge will have vendors selling corn and other tasty treats plus wagon ride tickets.

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What To Post, What To Post?

That’s the tough question isn’t it?  What should our first post on the Children’s Garden and Exploring Toronto Programs brand new blog tell you?  What important facts should we impart?  What shiny little nuggets of wisdom should we dish out?

There are so many options, so many possibilities . . . but really, there’s only one clear choice:

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe it is!

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