Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Red Velvet Berries and Cream Layer Cake

Celebrating life is one of my favorite things to do. Specially birthdays. In our home we don’t just stay in a one day thing, we party for an entire week. Well, we don’t literally party for an entire week. We go out and do different things like go on a picnic at a beautiful park, have brunch in a special place, go to one of Disney’s parks or what ever the birthday girl or boy wants to do.

Cut a slice of a Red Velvet, Berries and Cream Layer Cake and celebrate today. recipe found at mysweetzepol.com

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Horchata Tres Leches Cake

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Summer is here and entertaining is happening. For us is on a regular basis. Being born in Puerto Rico and raised in Boston I have family all over. And unexpected visits happen on a more regular basis during the summer than any other season of the year. That means, I need to be ready for them.

While running for some errands in my local Target store I found some cute designs from my favorite disposable plate brand. When it goes to style as well as durability my choice is Dixie Ultra®, just because they never disappoint on either of those requirements. Plus, the cutest Dixie Ultra® designs are exclusive for Target. Making my trip to Target even better. If you have the Cartwheel app downloaded you can save 25% on Dixie Ultra from 6/18-7/1. If not, go and download it, you’ll thank me later.

When I am entertaining I want everyone to have all my attention and I want to enjoy their company as well. Cooking, eating, laughing, making memories is what having my loved ones around is all about. I take all the help I can get. I believe in the strong Dixie Ultra® paper plates, because they will keep up with whatever I dish up in our backyard barbecues, picnics and parties. So go and replace your real plates all summer long. You’ll be one happy hostess.

If I know I’ll be having family and friends over I will make the dessert ahead of time. One of my go to dessert recipes is my Tres Leches Cake, which I always make it with coconut milk. This time I am giving it a twist and making it with Horchata. Sounds great, right? Horchata is a refreshing Mexican drink made with rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Here’s the recipe, enjoy served over ice and let me know what your thoughts are. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as we do.

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Horchata Tres Leches Cake

Yield: 24 servings

A tres leches cake with a twist. Made with horchata as one of its milk. Making this cake a true indulgence for any occasion.



1 cup Flour
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
5 Eggs, (divided)
1 cup Sugar (divided)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 cups Horchata drink, (divided)
1 (12oz) can Evaporated Milk
1 (14oz) can Sweetened, Condensed Milk
Remaining of the Coconut Milk can

Whipped Cream:
2 cups Heavy Cream
3 tablespoons of Powder Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Cinnamon Powder, (to garnish, optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray with cooking spray a 9x13in pan and set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, give it a mix and set aside.

Separate the eggs. Dropping the egg whites in a mixer and the egg yolks in a large bowl.

Beat the egg yolks with a 3/4 cup of sugar until it turns a pale yellow.

Stir in 1/3 cup of the Horchata drink and vanilla extract.

Beat the egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. Slowly pour the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and beat until egg whites are stiff but not dry.

Add the flour mixture to the egg yolk mixture and mix until well combined.

The next step is to carefully fold the egg whites into the cake batter.

Pour over the prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until after pocking with a toothpick it comes out clean.

Mix the milks together in a bowl, including the remaining of the Horchata drink.

Pierce the cake gently with a skewer wooden stick or a fork several times.

Slowly drizzle all the milk over the cake, making sure that every bit had its share of milk. Let it rest and cool off completely.

Refrigerate until you make the whipped cream.

For the whipped cream, in a mixer beat the heavy cream and powder sugar until thick and spreadable. Add some flavor to the cream with the vanilla extract.

Spread over the surface of the cake.

Sprinkle some cinnamon powder. This serves as a garnish and also adds more flavor to the cake.

recipe by Wanda Lopez, My Sweet Zepol

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When entertaining do you enjoy using paper plates and spending that extra time with your guests? I know I do! Tell me, what is your go to dessert recipe for large gatherings?


Friday, June 9, 2017

Fruity Frozen Yogurt Bark

Joy, laughter, giggles, sun, are all over the place. Kids are off from school and outdoor activities are more frequent, at least in my house they are. I can feel the heat every time they come inside the house.

Frozen Yogurt Bark with raspberries, blueberries, apples, pistachios and bee pollen. The perfect treat for summer. Kids and grown ups will love them. Recipe at mysweetzepol.com

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Egg-less Chocolate Ice Cream

Ice cream is one of my girls favorite summer treat. Rain or shine they can go for some ice cream. So can I. I bet you could too.

Egg-less Chocolate Ice Cream / Creamy, rich, egg free and so easy to make. Enjoy summer spending as less time in the kitchen as possible. Recipe found in mysweetzepol.com

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cocoa Beach Uncorked Festival

Sip. Savor. Repeat. at Cocoa Beach Uncorked a Food and Wine Festival new to the Brevard County.

Sip. Savor. Repeat. at Cocoa Beach Uncorked a Food and Wine Festival

Cocoa Beach Uncorked, an all-new food, wine and craft beer festival launched from the sunny shores of Florida’s Space Coast. The highly anticipated two-day festival took place at Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, a favorite gathering spot for viewing space launches and surfing icons. More gastronomical than astronomical, Uncorked Cocoa Beach celebrated Central Florida’s most renowned chefs, restaurants, and breweries in a culinary showcase served with 180-degree Atlantic Ocean views. A wonderful summer festival to keep your eyes on year after year.

Moet and Chandon Champaign all summer long! Sip. Savor. Repeat. at Cocoa Beach Uncorked a Food and Wine Festival / more at mysweetzpol.com

Moët & Chandon bubbly in the VIP Chalet.