And now on to the good stuff. These are my favorite desserts of the evening. Ginny and Erin know the power of a good handout and when I saw something called “Wine Cake” they had my attention. I tried making a champagne cake long ago to less than pleasant results. This, on the other hand, is going to be a new Christmas tradition for my family. It is made with Sherry (not cooking sherry you cheapos, buy some good drinking stuff) and tons of nutmeg. It’s moist and sweet and you feel like you should be eating it at holiday time. There are tons of different versions of this cake online and it is really easy! Best made in a bundt pan, I rushed out (well, over to my computer) and bought one (non-teflon) to make this the very next day. I CAN’T WAIT! I have not asked Ginny if I can print her recipe (it varies just slightly from some I read online) but if you have tried the other and still want to see if it can be better, email me and I will get her permission to give it to you.
These little bundles of joy are called “Balloon Buns” but Ginny and Erin make them in to Santa’s Sacks for Christmas. Basically, you take a premade biscuit, roll it out, add butter, a marshmallow, cinnamon and sugar and back (p.s. the ribbon is the $1 ribbon from Michaels and totally doesn’t melt of catch on fire in the oven). This is what caused the nasty stain on my new purse. For a moment, I thought about trying to lick it clean, but I was meeting some new people and thought they might not approve. Again, lot’s of variations online for this recipe. I actually modified it slightly and made these for my food allergic son on Saturday. This is the closest thing he has had to a cinnamon roll and he told me they were “gooder than good.” I will be making these again for him (and me) very soon.