Fun with Fondant and a Giveaway

You know those big beautiful cakes that you see on all those reality baking shows? With all the different shapes and colors of fondant? I’ve honestly never had ambitions to make anything like that. But I’ve also never given it a shot. When Megan from Delicious Dishings and I were talking about our latest baking date, the idea was thrown out there to play with fondant. We figured it would be a fun first to tackle together.

And, to sweeten the deal, the lovely people at King Arthur Flour offered to send us each a tub of their white fondant to play with. In preparations for our fun with fondant day, I baked up a couple cake layers for each of us (we also decorated some cupcakes, that post will be coming later).

Megan decided to make a fall themed cake, while I decided to make a pink ribbon cake. I had great great ambitions in my mind of what this cake would look like. I wanted a big fat pink swirled ribbon draped over the entirety of my cake. But let me back up a minute.

First, we frosted our cakes with some buttercream. We let the cakes chill in the fridge for a bit while we each rolled out some fondant. To coat the cake, we rolled the fondant fairly thin, about 1/8″ thick. To get the rolled out fondant onto my cake, I folded my fondant in quarters, laid it on top of the cake and unfolded it. This was my first mistake of the day. When I unfolded the fondant, it had little seams in it from the fold. I had hoped to be able to smooth them out, but wasn’t able to. Next time, I’d roll the fondant onto the rolling pin and unroll onto the cake.

The next step was to press down the fondant on the sides of the cake. Megan ended up cutting part of her fondant out and I went with the approach of just continuing to press it down and try to smooth it out. Both strategies ended up working, although we both had some uneven fondant on our cakes.

Next cake the decorations. We both took a small portion of fondant and put a few drops of gel food coloring into it. With our hands, we kneaded the fondant until the color was dispersed. Then we played around with the marbling. I’m sure Megan has some intermediate pictures, but I didn’t get any that day. I basically took a small ball of dark pink and a small ball of light pink. I divided each ball in half and rolled them into a long snake. Then I basically laid the ropes out and twisted them together. Then I just rolled the colors together and flipped and kept rolling and flipping until I got a swirl in my fondant. I rolled out a very large piece and just cut out the pink ribbon with a knife.

I draped the pink ribbon over the cake and I loved it instantly! That’s when I discovered my second mistake (or maybe it was my first in reality). You see, my cake layers were frozen at the beginning of the day. They were defrosting while the plain white fondant sat on the cake. This resulted in my white fondant sweating as the cake layers cooled. This was great in the fact that the pink ribbon stuck to the white fondant without any additional aid.

I then decided that the cake felt a little naked. So I mixed my swirled pink fondant with some white fondant to make more swirls. Then I made the dots to decorate the rest of the cake. I think it turned out pretty nicely for my first fondant cake. I’m not sure I’ll be making any big masterpieces in the near future, but it sure was fun to try something new with a friend.

And NOW, after all of that, comes the good part. The giveaway. King Arthur Flour has generously offered one lucky reader of mine and Megan’s the chance to try playing with fondant themselves. I will choose one entry at random to win one tub of white fondant.

Rules for Giveaway:
– Be sure to follow King Arthur Flour either on Facebook, Twitter, or by subscribing to their newsletter (check the lower right hand corner of their website)
– Leave a comment by 11:59PM (EST) on Friday October 7th answering this question – What do you think about fondant? Love it? Hate it? Peel it off before digging in? Eat it all up?
– Only one entry per person
– US or Canada shipping addresses only

Don’t worry, I’ll post more about the inside of this cake shortly. This post is long enough already…

Don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge – make something PINK by the end of the month to raise Breast Cancer Awareness!

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90 Responses to “Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Patty Frosting and A Giveaway!”

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    A — December 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Peppermint for sure

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    Lucy — December 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Love all things pumpkin this time of year!
    ralphlucy at comcast.net

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    JL — December 6, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    The richness of eggnog is one of my fave parts of the holiday season
    jlynch6341@aol.com

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    Mrs. Walk — December 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I can’t decide if it’s peppermint or pumpkin! Oooh or egg nog!

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    Cathy B. @ Brightbakes — December 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    yet another choc/peppermint combination to tempt me. Oh my! These look lovely! Peppermint is Christmas to me!

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    Cathy B. @ Brightbakes — December 6, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I tweeted too! breit85@gmail.com
    love,
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

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    Jene — December 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I looooooooooooooooooooooove chocolate and peppermint. Especially when the chocolate is hot and the peppermint is liquor. Or any other way, really.

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    Cara — December 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Oh I love Pumpkin and Peppermint! Two things my husband hates!

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    Ashley — December 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Apple Cider!! I drink it all winter long.

    smartash1218@yahoo.com

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    Loan LyPham-Ferry — December 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Definately chocolate and peppermint or anything heavy on the cinnamon and nutmeg! Too bad I can’t win these liners with your cupcakes already in them! They look wonderful!

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    Kathy — December 6, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I <3 peppermint, it's a guilty pleasure. Also that I get to overeat gingerbread. That's where i pudge at the holidays, with Gingerbread flavor. its decadent and delicous.

    Also: my word verification is redip. which entertains me.

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    Linda and Matthew — December 6, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I love the chocolate/peppermint combo.

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    Lisa — December 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    My favorite holiday sweet is gingerbread cookies. rhisomers(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Kathy — December 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I tweeted it. and bragged you up.

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    amanda @ fake ginger — December 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    So weird that it came out so thin for you! Maybe I should’ve specified what size can? Whoops. Anyway, I used a 14 ounce can and it came out pretty thick. Weird. I’m going to update my recipe with size now. 😉

    The cupcakes look great anyway! 🙂

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    amanda @ fake ginger — December 6, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Okay, ignore me. Apparently I only used 3/4 of a cup of the condensed milk. Seriously, the cold weather is messing with my head.

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    Kris @ everywhereorange.com — December 6, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I love chocolate and coconut this time of year. oh and of course marshmallow!
    goorsky at g mail dot com

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 6, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I agree – I love chocolate and peppermint this time of year. And your idea to fill the cupcakes w/peppermint and top w/chocolate ganache sounds amazing! But really who minds a bit of a mess when eating something so tasty?

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Just tweeted

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    suzannah {so much shouting, so much laughter} — December 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    yum, these look delicious. i love homemade eggnog this time of year:)

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    Sarah — December 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Chocolate and Peppermint is a classic xmas combo that I just love.

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    Daisy — December 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    ive been drinking peppermint mocha lattes like they’re going out of style. definitely a favorite combo! I love gingerbread this time of year too!

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    Laura and Alex — December 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I love my Grandma’s almond puff 🙂 Soooo yummy

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    Valerie — December 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I’m lovin’ everything almond! Banket is a holiday staple at our house & I can’t get enough almond paste!

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    Sarah — December 6, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I’m partial to peppermint, especially those Andes Peppermint Chocolates. They’re like crack.
    sarah(dot)chverchko(at)gmail(dot)com

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    KV — December 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Anything chocolate!

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    maNda — December 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    my fav is peppermint! i love candycanes and mint choc! 🙂

    mandaala.blogspot.com

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    mom — December 6, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    any kind dessert that looks “Christmas-y” is on my list!

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    Amanda — December 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I am in complete agreement- chocolate-peppermint is my favorite!!!

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    Kirsty — December 6, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    My favorite holiday flavor: Rum. Rum in Truffles, rum in eggnog, Rum in banana muffins, rum in pineapple upside down cakes…..yup, rum. 🙂

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    Cara — December 6, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    peppermint and chocolate is one of my favorite holiday flavors, but you know I have to remain loyal to pumpkin!

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    CT Cupcake — December 6, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    those look so good! peppermint is by far my fave holiday flavor!
    but really also love buttery goodness in cookies. hmmm.
    ctcupcake8@yahoo.com

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    EliFla — December 6, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    GREAT!!!! hugs, Flavia

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    sarah — December 6, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Peppermint (ideally with chocolate)!

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    Rebecca — December 6, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Those look amazing!

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    DaniD — December 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I love mint chocolate and for the holidays put amaretto in EVERYTHING.

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    Fashion Meets Food — December 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I am kind of peppermint obsessed so I absolutely love your cupcakes. Not to mention a peppermint patty frosting just sounds like pure bliss!

    xo

    ps I am your newest follower

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    Mom-in-law — December 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Molasses. Or coconut. And butter. Those are the dominant flavors in three of my favorite holiday cookies. nsp429@gmail.com

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    Eva — December 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I’m also on the peppermint bandwagon!

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    Shelly — December 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Chocolate and peppermint defo!
    shelly8806@hotmail.com

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    Megan — December 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I didn’t used to love the whole chocolate peppermint combo until I made an amazing cake from Bon Appetit last year. Now I’m hooked. I just ate a peppermint chocolate cookie for lunch today.

    Those wrappers are so cute!

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    Aimee B — December 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Pumpkin for sure. I love my pumpkin choc chip muffins! sunshine4342 at juno dot com

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    Blog is the New Black — December 6, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Yum! I am all about mint, and so is my bf.

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    Viviann — December 6, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    PUMPKIN PUMPKIN PUMPKIN!!! Can’t get enough!
    chocomuncher88 @ yahoo . com

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    Caroline — December 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Peppermint and gingerbread. YUM!

    cmerrey at gmail dot com

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    URBakin'MeCrazyy — December 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    My favorite flavor would have to be Egg Nog, or Peppermint :)!

    meggie_sue@woh.rr.com

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    Heather — December 6, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Peppermint for sure!!!

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    Theresa Connolly — December 6, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Silly I know but I love Fruitcake in all its yummy, rummy goodness.

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    kitchenmisfit — December 6, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Love eggnog! And mulled cider.

    – Amanda

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    Alexis — December 6, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I love peppermint and pumpkin best! 🙂

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    Ashley — December 7, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Cinnamon!

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    Amanda — December 7, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Peppermint is definitely my fave! cnahorvath@yahoo.com

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    nicole — December 7, 2010 at 1:04 am

    my favorite holiday flavor is eggnog. I think I could eat or drink about anything with eggnog

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    Rebecca — December 7, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Pumpkin pie spice 🙂 … in everything from homemade pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin bread! My fav!

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    jane deere — December 7, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Peppermint for me! These cupcakes look delicious…love the baking liners!

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    Patricia — December 7, 2010 at 1:37 am

    It’s a toss up between pumpkin and chocolate/peppermint.
    phjones21@yahoo.com

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 7, 2010 at 1:59 am

    These cupcakes look awesome! They are so pretty 🙂

    Such a fun giveaway too. My favorite holiday flavors are ginger and molasses….yum!

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    Melissa — December 7, 2010 at 2:50 am

    Eggnog for sure!!! I just made Eggnog cookies that are actually TOO good….I can’t stay away!

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    Sherry G — December 7, 2010 at 3:08 am

    I love simple molasses cookies! Molasses is one of my favorite things this time of year=)

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    becksterslaboratory — December 7, 2010 at 3:24 am

    I am SO with you on the chocolate/mint combo! Beyond delicious! I always make some peppermint biscotti at this time of year – yum! : )

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    Anonymous — December 7, 2010 at 3:27 am

    love the combo of peppermint and chocolate. also love KA flour – use it all the time.

    jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net

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    Anne @thefitbridesmaid — December 7, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Well they look delicious! But I can see the pain of the ooziness!

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    Taylor — December 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Peppermint and chocolate is my favorite!

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    Elizabeth — December 7, 2010 at 4:29 am

    I love sweet things – especially egg nog!

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    Nina — December 7, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Peppermint – I get addicted to peppermint mochas this time of year.

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    Tyler — December 7, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Mint chocolate! Yum!!

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    Jessica Falksen — December 7, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Cranberry! I think this started when we were giving our ‘grown up’ drink for Christmas Eve dinner. The real adults had wine and we had cran-raspberry juice for the kids version.

    jfalksen at gmail dot com

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — December 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

    As always, your post makes me want to lick my computer screen! I made your Snickerdoodle brownies the other day and I ate just about the whole pan. By myself. Need to give away the rest and then make them again because they made my apt smell AMAZING!

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    Lindsay — December 7, 2010 at 11:43 am

    chocolate and mint, yum!

    ljyoung85 at gmail.com

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    Ange — December 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Coconut is my favorite! I put in mostly everything I bake during this time of year.

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    Tiffany — December 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I love sweet things at this time of year. Especially the peppermint bark or candy cane hershey kisses.

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    Shannon — December 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I love anything eggnog flavored, especially baked goods. Mint is a good one too.

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    Lara @ GoodCookDoris — December 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Peppermint hot chocolate! Or caramel…or pumpkin….

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    Shannon — December 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    ooh, for the holidays i’d have to go with eggnog or peppermint!

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    Maureen — December 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I love peppermint! Can’t get enough of it this time of year!

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    Kasey — December 7, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    My favorite holiday flavor has to be molasses. We have a family cookie recipe involving molasses that never gets old!

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    Katy — December 7, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Almond flavoring goes into several of our cookies- including the candy cane cookies. The combo of almond with mint makes for a great cookie!! Eggnog and chex mix add to this yummy Christmas Eve combination.

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    Suzi — December 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    My favorite holiday flavor is sweet – the chocolate-peppermint combo, mmm!

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    susieq — December 7, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Vanilla (as in the icing on my mother-in-law’s fabulously delicious sugar cookies). Mmmm….

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    Jessie — December 8, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Chocolate is my favorite flavor year round!

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    Liana Engie — December 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I’m not sure if I have a favorite holiday flavor… I’ve been sitting here thinking about it for a few minutes. Mint perhaps? But not in excessive amounts.

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    Amy — December 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    My favorite holiday flavor is really my favorite year round flavor — cinnamon! I love cinnamon anything.

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    Amber2Zoe — December 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Hood Golden Egg Nog – yum!

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    CoCo — December 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Egg nog. I discovered Silk Egg Nog flavor as well as the See’s egg nog truffle this year. So happy.

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    Maria — December 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    amazing! can’t wait to bake them!

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    bbscabral — December 9, 2010 at 3:24 am

    I love anything that is baked with eggnog! This year I’m thinking I might have to try to make eggnog truffles! YUM!

    bbscabral@gmail.com

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    Rachel Blumenthal — December 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Peppermint and chocolate used to be my favorite flavor combo, but lately it’s become chili pepper and chocolate. I love the juxtaposition of spicy and sweet!

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    Kimmy Bingham — December 9, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Pumpkin for Thanksgiving-time, eggnog for Christmas-time. I always forget how much I love eggnog until the time is here! 🙂

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    Sheetal — December 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    pumpkin bread! hbhalsod@gmail.com

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    Carolyn — December 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I worship KAF. I mean WORSHIP! So I would love to win this one. My fave flavour combo for the holidays is probably chocolate and mint too, but I am really into gingerbread these days.

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