The Baking Owl

a blog written by an aspiring 17 year old baker.


pumpkin pecan cake.

Thanksgiving in the Abbas household consists of many traditions; family ping pong tournaments, way-too-intense games of scrabble, jazz music (which I’m still not exactly sure how it became tradition), watching football & cricket, and of course food. So Much Food.

The obvious main part of Thanksgiving is forgetting you’re on a diet and proceeding to eat the whole dining table, but in my family, it’s a little bit different. Every year we attempt (mostly successfully) to create a weird Pakistani-Indian-Also Partly Vegan-American fusion of our Thanksgiving dinner which somehow results in more food then we can devour at once. The hardest part hands down is stopping ourselves from eating too much so we have room for dessert.

Which leads to my (shocker) favorite part, dessert.

Desserts sometimes vary from year to year, but most of the time we stick to at least two different types of pies, three different types of ice cream, and a cake that I take responsibility every year.

This year I opted for my favorite pumpkin cake with roasted pecans and cinnamon cream cheese frosting. It’s a bit of a handful to say, but it sure was good.

This was three layers of crunchy pecans, creamy icing, and soft, spiced cake. Everyone knows that eating anything pumpkin flavored is basically a crime before the holiday season so this was basically what I dreamt about for the ten months before Fall started.

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Molten Lava Cakes (Gluten & Refined Sugar Free) {Picture Tutorial}

Valentine’s Day is here and you can’t spend the day without making these wonderfully chocolatey lava cakes.


Molten lava cakes have been a favorite dessert of mine ever since I was little. I clearly remember the first time I ate one; I was on vacation in Whistler (a beautiful town in British Colombia), with my family and the four of us had to share one little lava cake. I remember the hot chocolate oozing out with vanilla ice cream melting into the warm cake, my nine year old self wondering how in the world did they get the center of the cake all melty and yummy.

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Peppermint Marshmallows

What’s soft, fluffy, festive, and basically the best thing ever?? Peppermint marshmallows of course! 


Homemade marshmallows are officially my favorite thing in the world. They taste so much better than regular store bought marshmallows and they have none of those nasty chemicals and preservatives either.

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4th of July Surprise Flag Cake + Cake Pops

As 4th of July was coming up, I wanted to make something I’ve not made before. So I made this cake with a surprise inside: It’s the US flag!

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Holiday Desserts and Treats


I know, I know. I haven’t posted a blog-post in FOREVER. Well a month to be exact. But, I have a perfectly reasonable excuse for it.

I was sick. Really sick.

It was pretty terrible. I basically lived in my bed for a couple of weeks. And what’s worse is that I got sick during the Winter HOLIDAYS!

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t bake anything, cause everyone in my family knows that I’ll be the one making Holiday desserts for them to eat. Unfortunately, because I was asleep half the day, and I was exhausted or in a coughing fit for most of the other half of the day, I didn’t get to bake as much as I’d wanted to. But I couldn’t just not post a couple of holiday recipes for you guys. Right?

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Christmas Treats

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas everyone!

There are many desserts people make for the holidays (which makes it hard to choose from), so this year, I went with a few of the classics. I made decorated sugar cookies, gingerbread men, and peppermint rice krispy treats. I had a lot of fun making these festive treats especially because my little brother was helping me make and decorate the cookies.

The first dessert I made were sugar cookies that I decorated with an easy cookie glaze. These cookies are probably the easiest that I ever made. They only take a few ingredients and are also egg-less, so vegetarians can also enjoy them. For the cookie recipe look below the pictures. For the cookie glaze, just click on this link: Cookie Icing

The next thing I baked were gingerbread men. Out of all of the years of my baking (I have been baking since I was 6 years old), I  have never made gingerbread men! So this year, I added it to my holiday baking list. I got the recipe from a video on YouTube: Gingerbread Men Cookies. These Cookies were really good and crispy, but a little hard to work with because the dough was really sticky. To decorate them, I used the same cookie icing and red hots (spicy cinnamon candy decorations).

The last thing I made were peppermint rice krispy treats. They were easy to make and did not take a lot of time. All I did to make the peppermint flavor was putting  just a 1/2 teaspoon of pure peppermint extract. Then, to make them more festive, I dyed the melted marshmallow green and using my Christmas tree cookie cutter, I cut out little green Christmas trees. My brother thought they were not complete and sprinkled them with red, green, and white sprinkles.

On Christmas eve, my mom and I decorated several platters with the cookies and treats I made and gave to our neighbors , friends, and family!

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Sugar Cookies

Makes 30 cookies


2 sticks of organic unsalted butter

1 cup of powdered sugar

2 cups of organic all purpose flour

½ tsp. of baking powder

1 ½ tsp. of pure vanilla extract


1.Preheat your oven to 355 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat mat

2.With an electric mixer, beat butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy in a large sized bowl.

3.In another medium sized bowl sift the flour and baking powder.

4.Add the flour mixture a little bit at a time, beating well after each addition.

5.Finally add the vanilla extract and beat until all of the ingredients are well incorporated.

6.Divide dough into 2 portions and cover with plastic wrap. Then, refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

7.Take one portion of dough and roll it out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out shapes using desired cookie cutters.

8.Place cut outs on lined baking sheet and bake in pre-heated oven for 6-8 min. until lightly golden brown on edges.

9.Let cookies cool on cooling rack for 10 minutes and decorate if you want.

*Most of the ingredients I use are organic and it makes a difference in taste for the cake, but you may use non-organic ingredients if you prefer

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Red Velvet “Cake 4 Kids” Holiday Cupcakes #4

Hi everyone! It has been some time since I made a cake for “Cake 4 Kids” ( a Bay Area non profit organization that gives cakes to under privileged children). Since I had time last weekend, I took a request for 2 dozen holiday cupcakes.

When I think of the winter holidays, I immediately think of red velvet. So, I made 2 dozen of the BEST red velvet cupcakes ever! You can find the recipe on my recipes page. But, nothing goes best with red velvet then cream cheese icing swirled right on top of the cupcake! Also, to make these cupcakes more festive, I added red and white sprinkles on top. I really hope the children liked them and I hope you do to!

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