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|Posted on April 9, 2015 at 10:36 AM||comments (45)|
All you need is:
- Favorite boxed cake mix (this one is Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme)
+ any recipe ingredients ie: eggs
- 2 cans of frosting (inside is lemon, outside is cream cheese)
- Lots of sprinkles!!
Any candy and lots of it to cover the entire cake would work and be really cute. Think all pink or blue sprinkles for a baby shower, all white or silver for a wedding shower, any holiday, any size or shape of sprinkle!
Follow all boxed cake instructions, ensuring your cakes are COMPLETELY cooled. You want everything nice and cool so it's firm enough that the frosting and sprinkles don't slip and slide.
I used about 2/3 of my lemon jar in between the cakes and entire jar of the cream cheese to frost the whole cake. Tools like an offset spatula make frosting cakes much easier!
Once you're frosted, go to town on sprinkling. I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend doing this step with your cake in the sink, on a plate of course. I started with my cake just on the counter and my counter, floors, feet, hands, everything was covered in sprinkles. If you pop it in the sink, they're contained and easily wash down the drain.
Make sure to press lightly to pack the sprinkles into the frosting so they don't fall off too easily. Pop the whole thing in the fridge to set it all together for at least an hour or so and you're all set!
The possibilities are endless!
|Posted on October 14, 2014 at 1:16 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on October 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM||comments (0)|
Pumpkin Spice Madelines
With acronyms like PSL (pumpkin spice latte) running rampant these fall days, I decided to make a little something to dip into your favorite warm beverage. I love traditional lemon and almond madelines, why not try a fall twist!
I thought I was being so clever until I googled pumpkin madelines and well, many someone's are also very clever. Hopefully this recipe though, is super fast, super basic and only puts you 20 minutes and about $7 away from deliciousness.
The first thing you'll need is a madeline pan to give them the distinct shell pattern. However, this can be done as a large cake, cupcakes, mini cupcakes, any size or shape you have.
This would have been a three ingredient recipe had my local grocery store been carrying spice cake but alas, it became a yellow butter cake with a few spices I had in my pantry.
- Boxed Cake Mix (Spice Cake would
be perfect and you wouldn't have to
use additional spices!)
- Can of pumpkin puree
- 1 egg (that's it!! Don't follow the recipe
on the back of the cake or it will be
If you do use the yellow cake mix, I added about 10 shakes of cloves and about 15 shakes of pumpkin pie spice. This is completely your taste but for me, you can't add enough pumpkin pie spice mix.
Make sure to preheat your oven to 350 and then one small scoop in each madeline shell is all you'll need. Baking time is around 8-10 minutes because these little cuties are so small.
That's it! They're not overly sweet and I think that's what I enjoyed most about them. They were almost like a muffin and muffins are healthy right?
|Posted on September 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM||comments (0)|
It's a brownie, it's a cookie, it's a girl scout cookie dupe
It's currently not girl scout cookie season but I am craving a samoa. It's that caramel-y coconut-y goodness. A coworker of mine is also gluten free and thus was born... the coconut caramel brownie cookie. Also known as the "samoa brownie bite."
I picked up 5 ingredients at my local Whole Foods but any brands will work out just great.
- Box of GF Brownie Mix
- Any GF sugar or plain cookies
- Jar of Caramel Sauce or a handful of
- Shredded Coconut (they only had
unsweetened but sweetened would
be delish too)
- Some chocolate chips for melting
(The brownie recipe does call for vegetable oil and I used pam baking spray so make sure you have those on hand too! Or eggs if your brownie mix needs those but this particular one did not.)
Preheat your oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix together brownie box according to the package instructions. I added a handful of coconut to the mix to give it a little extra flavor.
Give your mini muffin tins a quick non stick spray because seriously, washing out each of those little crevices is a big pain-ola. Crunch up your sugar cookies and fill the bottom of each tin with cookie bits. Poor over your brownie mix and bake away!
The brownie box calls for 25 - 30 minutes of baking at 350 and woah no! Not with these little goobers of delight. They'll only take about 8-10. Once you pull them out, very important to let them cool!! If you poor your caramel sauce over while it's hot, it will just melt all over the place and slip right off. You want the caramel to be cold, brownies to be cold and then frost them with the caramel like you would a cupcake. It should be a nice, thick layer of caramel frosting goodness.
Sprinkle on a good handful of coconut and get your chocolate chips microwaving. You'll only need about a quarter cup of chips. If you're never melted chocolate in a microwave, it's a slow process, be patient. Do not nuke it for a long time! Start with 20 seconds at a time, stir, back in, 20 sec, stir, back in, 20 sec. Once it's a beautiful melted smooth consistency, drizzle over each brownie bite for that signature samoa look. They're ready to eat!
This method / recipe would also work for our non GFers. Just grab a box of full gluten brownie mix and full gluten cookies. :)
|Posted on September 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM||comments (0)|
Mini Apple Pies
A coworker sent me this completely adorable, super simple, all edible apple pies and I had to test it out immediately!
by The Girl Who Ate Everything
I added my own small spin and wanted to provide a few tips and tricks I learned along the way. Only 4 Ingredients!
- Granny Smith Apples
- Can of Apple Pie Filling
- 2 Packets of Maple Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal
- Refrigerated Pie Crust
(Cinnamon to taste)
Start by slicing the tops off of your apples. The recipe mentioned gutting them with a knife and spoon and I started a few with that. I am either not coordinated or not very strong but I switched to a melon baller and it seemed to go much quicker. :)
After scooping out the apples, mix together in a large bowl the can of apple pie filling, packets of oatmeal, sprinkle in some cinnamon and a half cup of hot water.
Fill up the apples to the very top!
Time to roll out the pie crust. The lattice work is so cute but does take some time. The recipe calls for 30 minute of work using 4 apples but I had a whole bag and it took me about 2 hours. eeek!
I added a small amount of water to the pan (make sure it has high sides because the apples like to roll around), popped them in the oven for about 30 minutes. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and oh my goodness, you have a great healthy fall dessert that makes the whole house smell delicious.
My end result!
2 thumbs up for simplicity, inexpensive ingredients, and big adorableness factor.
|Posted on August 5, 2014 at 5:52 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on May 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
My two great loves together today. I did borrow this recipe from a quick google search of chocolate peanut butter fudge: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/peanut-butter-dark-chocolate-fudge-50400000116805/
- Bag of Chocolate Chips (I used
the ghirardelli semi sweets)
- Bag of Peanut Butter Chips (I
used Reese's Chips)
- Instant Coffee
- Dark Chocolate Powder
(Hersey's makes a great one)
- Can of Sweetened Condensed
Follow recipe according to MyRecipes post above.
I sprayed my cake pan with a good amount of Pam for Baking to ensure non-stick. Make sure to allow time for the first chocolate layer to harden a bit in the fridge before plopping on the second peanut butter layer. Fudge is a bit finicky so go slowly when microwaving. Too much time and the chocolate will seize. I did add a touch of butter to both layers to thin it out a bit and make it easier to press into the pan.
I also added a drizzle of some melted chocolate with heavy cream over the top. Allow to harden for at least two hours and then use some muscle to cut into that deliciousness.
|Posted on May 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM||comments (0)|
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Oatmeal Cookie Bars
I'm on a "cooking with cereal" kick and this might be my most favorite thing I've put together. 3 ingredients, super fast, super easy and huge results!
- Pkg Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix
- Pkg Oatmeal Cookie Mix
In a giant bowl, combine the 2 cookie mixes and their ingredients as labeled (butter, eggs, water). Press evenly into baking dish. Grab big handfuls of cereal, smoosh and press into the top. Great for kids! Baking does take longer due to the thickness of the cookies, about 40 min. Best served warm and maybe with some vanilla ice cream. Or with a delicious cup of coffee in the morning. It is cereal after all. ;)
|Posted on May 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM||comments (0)|
A play on the traditional Rice Crispy treats, these couldn't be easier or quicker with a delicious yum factor!
- Box of Reese's Puffs Cereal
- Half Bag Marshmallows
- Half Stick Butter
Microwave the mallows and butter together in a giant bowl for about 2 min until melted and sticky. Pour in the whole box of cereal and stir to coat everything without making a giant mess. Press into a glass dish or throw away tin. I sprayed my hands with baking Pam to push it all down and into the corners. Don't attempt without pam or butter on your hands, it's a disaster. Trust me. Let them firm up at least an hour and then cut 'em up!
I also found this AMAZING recipe I'm going to try next:
|Posted on May 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM||comments (0)|
Eye of Sauron Cake
A coworker of mine challenged me - make an eye of sauron cake from Lord of the Rings - aaaaaaaand make it not look like lady parts.
Well, I gave it my best shot but all I see is, well, lady parts. :) If you're hosting an LOTR party though, this would be a huge hit!
- 1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix
- 2 Jars of Buttercream or Cream Cheese Frosting (vanilla or white, just make sure it's light colored)
- Food Coloring! (I also bought a small tube of black icing)
I followed this great video tutorial from The FilmBaker using the paint brush and all. Viola! It takes a little while but completely worth it and my coworkers reaction was priceless.