Mmm, a warm coffee cake. Comforting. Perfect with a hot cup of coffee on a winter’s morning.
My husband loves coffee cake, and this one is no slouch. This makes a great breakfast or brunch item, or just a fantastic snack. I plan on enjoying some while sitting in front of my Christmas tree this holiday season.
Walt Disney World. One of my most favourite places on Earth. I think I like it there more now as an adult than I did as a kid. It’s magical, and amazing, and breathtaking.
My husband and I first visited Walt Disney World together in April of 2012 for our honeymoon. It was my first time staying on a Disney resort and using a Disney Dining Plan. We stayed at the Coronado Springs resort and loved every single minute. There’s nothing in this world like Disney service. We were treated like royalty, especially with it being our honeymoon and all.
We visited Disney again in February of last year with very good friends of ours. Once again we stayed on Disney property and enjoyed the Disney Dining Plan. This time we stayed at the Pop Century resort. It was an absolutely amazing time.
Since then I have vowed to never again visit Walt Disney World without staying on a Disney resort and enjoying the food that Disney has to offer. You never go hungry and the food is outstanding. It’s not your run of the mill food, and Disney’s restaurants are not run of the mill restaurants.
My friends who have had this cake RAVE about how delicious it is, and how easy it is to prepare. I hadn’t been able to try the recipe myself until recently, since I didn’t have a bundt pan quite big enough to bake it.
I am lucky to have such wonderful people in my life. I really, truly mean that. My friend Suzi, from whom this recipe came, was generous enough to gift me a bundt pan this holiday season so that I could try this cake for myself the way it is meant to be. Isn’t that amazing? How generous and kind. Suzi has such a big heart and a giving spirit, and I know that giving me this pan means as much to her as the sentiment behind the act does to me. Thank you so so much Suzi, for being so kind to the people around you every day. The world is a much better place with you in it.
I decided then, that I couldn’t wait to bake this cake – I was just so excited! Cake is my favourite thing to eat. This is a no-brainer.
When I think of Christmas flavours, I think of pairs like chocolate and mint, cranberry and orange, dates and caramel, rum and eggnog. All of those pairs just scream ‘Holidays!’ right in my face. I love them all too.
I’ve been sitting on this cranberry orange coffee cake recipe for several years, knowing just how tasty it was, but never actually taking the time to bake it myself. This year I was going through my recipes, as I do so frequently, and this recipe fell right out of my book and looked at me, just begging to be baked and blogged.
If you’ve ever had occasion to visit New Brunswick for any amount of time, specifically the Fredericton area, you may have had the privilege of visiting Kings Landing.
Kings Landing is a historical settlement located just outside Fredericton where they do everything now just as they did over a hundred years ago – they churn butter, spin wool, mill wood to build their buildings – it’s amazing. My husband and I love it there – it’s one of the most pleasant and interesting places we’ve been to.
For my thirtieth birthday, my parents took our whole family to the Kings Head Inn at Kings Landing to enjoy their Christmas Dinner. We had our choice of goose or roast beef, all the sides, and a choice of dessert, one of which was this old-fashioned gingerbread with whipped cream, all by candle and lantern light. It is one of my favourite birthday memories – we had so much fun. Thanks Mom and Dad. You always go out of your way to make every occasion a special one. We love you so much.
This gingerbread recipe is the recipe served at the Kings Head Inn. It is a modest, old-fashioned, stripped down gingerbread with a real deep molasses punch. The whipped cream (or ice cream) is a must if you’re serving it as an after dinner dessert. Smaller slices of this are also really good for breakfast.