Thursday, September 24, 2015

Get Social

Ice cream is fun no matter the time of the year.  Get creative and capture & share your ideas. For this event I used a galvanized metal bucket, filled it with ice and put 3 kinds of ice cream in it.  I used a wine bottle chiller for the whip cream.  I try to save money whenever possible.  So I went to Dollar Tree for the cups and spoons.  I even found sprinkles there.

  I made the canopy with help from my mom and children.  It was a simple idea, but turned out to be a bit tough.  I bought 2X2 wood and it was super dry.  End result, cracking.  We still managed to get it all to work.  We then zip tied it to the table to keep it from moving in the wind.  No sewing required.  Staple gunned fabric to the wood and finished it off with mini color lights that made the night fun.  

My cake!
Duncan Hines white cake
1 cup cream of coconut
1/3 cup of oil
4 eggs
1 container of vanilla yogurt
* Mix all together and bake at 350* for 20-30 minutes

 Frost with Smart & Final non dairy whip topping
Layer shredded coconut into the middle
Topped with Trader Joe's coconut chips and chocolate ganache

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Pick A Top

I try to choose different things to top my cupcakes.  Sometimes it's fruit or candy.  Other times I make toppers out of paper.  No matter what I come up with I try to make it different and fun.  

This time I went very simple.  I crushed Almond Rocha and sprinkled it over the top of the frosting.  

It was a very nice add-on.  And I think my photo came out pretty good too...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Simple Birthday Cake

I am always experimenting with new ideas.  I really love this look.  The ways you can do this are endless.  I made a 6 in. devils food cake and layered it with vanilla frosting.  

To get the dripping effect I melted the frosting a bit and poured 2 layers over the top.  Let first layer dry a bit, then add the other.  

Finished it off with milk chocolate truffles and a few candles.   

Bake, Treat, Repeat! 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Seeing Stars

Not to long ago a girlfriend of mine was helping put together a friends baby shower.  The theme was gold and royal blue.  She asked me to whip up some of my super yummy white chocolate popcorn balls.  I added Wilton edible gold stars.  She packaged them up to really finish them off right.  Adorable!  Simple, fun idea...

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Popcorn Ball Recipe
4 cups popped corn(I used Orville's simply salted)
2 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 1/2 tablespoon butter
dash of pumpkin pie spice
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the marshmallows and stir until they start to melt.  Add the chocolate chips and keep stirring until everything is incorporated.
Dump in the popcorn, almonds, spice, and stir, stir, stir.
Turn off the heat and let the mix cool for a minute or two.
Once it's cool enough to handle, shape into balls.
Line them up on wax paper and leave them out for a bit so they don't stick together.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Vow Renewal

     This summer my cousin and her husband of 15 years renewed their vows.  It was a very special day for them full of family and love.  She asked me to bake cupcakes for her with the hearts theme.  
     Planning ahead in February, I gathered up anything I could find hearts.  With my mom's help we decorated the cupcake table with confetti, red glitter heart cut outs I made into trays, and 100 cupcakes.  
     The cupcakes where made up of white cake and chocolate cake. They were topped with heart shaped marshmallows, red cherry gummy candies and heart shaped York patties.  

Love Live Their Love... 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cherry Breakfast Cake

Delish Cherry Breakfast Cake

     1 Box Duncan Hines White cake
     1 cup vanilla yogurt
     1/4 cup water
     3 eggs
     1 can cherries
     White frosting
     9"X13" pan use non-stick spray
     Oven at 350 degrees
     Cook 25-30 minutes

Mix together cake mix, yogurt, water and eggs.  Put mixture into your pan and then add cherries all around.  I used a knife to swirl it into the batter.  
Cook, cool, frost & enjoy...


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sweet Buckeye's With A Twist

Sweet Buckeye's

     1 (16oz) pkg. chocolate chips( I used mini)
     1/2 cup melted butter
     1 lb. confectioners' sugar
     1 lb. peanut butter( I used creamy Skippy)
     2 cups graham cracker crumbs
     1 tsp. vanilla extract

    Combine melted butter, confectioners' sugar, peanut butter( I melted mine a bit in the microwave), graham cracker crumbs and vanilla in a bowl and mix well.  Shape mixture into bite size balls. Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave.  Done slowly this method works very well. You can either dip or drizzle your peanut butter balls.  This time to change things up I drizzled.  Cool on wax paper.  

Simple, sweet, eat!