Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Coffee Cupcakes


Super moist yummy coffee cupcakes!

My husbands birthday just passed.  He loves Peets Coffee.  So I whipped up some of our favorite chocolate cupcakes.  I substituted Peets coffee for the water.  These came out soooooo good.  Must try! 

You will need:
 Chocolate cake mix (oil & eggs as per box)
 One small box of sugar free instant chocolate pudding
 1 1/3 cup strong brewed coffee of your choice
 Frosting you love
 & a topper if you like

Mix together cake, eggs, oil, pudding and coffee.  Should let your coffee cool down before adding to mix.  Bake, cool, frost and decorate.

As always, enjoy...

 
 



Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Fondant Ruffle Cake

This is my first ever fondant ruffle cake.  It was my Easter challenge.  I think on a scale of 1-5, to make this, it is a 3.  You make your cake as you would, and put a thin layer of frosting on it.  Pop in the fridge for a while.  While your waiting, about 30 minutes, you can start rolling out your fondant.  You want to cut strips, one side straight and the other curved.  Layer the strips around the cake, covering everything underneath.  I also added shimmer dust.  This was a nice add on and looked great in person, but not so great in the photo. 

In the end I am glad I did this challenge for myself.  I did not care for how the cake looked cut.  Was very difficult.  The pieces fell off as I cut them.  If you don't mind about the pieces coming apart, give this a try.  

Good luck and as always, enjoy...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Ultimate Brownies, YUM!





There are no words for how wonderful these are.  
Oreo Brownies!!! 
If you have a LOVE for Oreos as I do, this is for you.

What you need:
A box of your favorite brownie mix
A container of your favorite vanilla frosting
Oreo cookie of your choice

Mix brownies as directed.  Spray pan to avoid sticking.  Layer in the brownie mix and Oreos(brownie, oreo, brownie).  Warm up your frosting in the microwave just a bit(I did 10 seconds).  Pour frosting over the top.  I used about 1/2 the container.  Use a knife to swirl the frosting around a bit.  Crush some of your Oreos and spread over the top of the frosting.  

Bake using the temperature written on the brownie box.  Baking time will vary.  Depending on the size of your pan.  I used a 9 inch round and it took much longer than I expected.  About 45 minutes.  For best results start checking after 20 minutes or so.  

As always, Enjoy...
 

 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Turquoise, white & gold

Simple, pretty, create...

For these I used turquoise baking cups, Wilton gold hearts and simple white frosting.  Pretty!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Add a little pink to your day



Just some pretties I baked up recently.  
Wilton tiny heart sprinkles with a spiral of pink frosting.
Super Cute!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Create More!



Simple Vanilla Biscotti 

My first ever try at biscotti.  Easier than I expected.  

You will need: 
   1/2 cup light olive oil
   1 cup sugar
   3 1/4 cup flour
   3 eggs
   1 tablespoon baking powder
   1 tablespoon vanilla bean 
   Candy melts
   Piping bag to drizzle candy melts
* I recently discovered pure vanilla bean paste at Sur La Table.  I plan to try this next time.  Also plan to use more than the recipe calls for.  
  

 
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour and baking powder, stir into the egg mixture to form a heavy dough. Divide dough into two pieces. Form each piece into a roll as long as your cookie sheet. Place roll onto the prepared cookie sheet, and press down to 1/2 inch thickness.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on a wire rack. When The cookies are cool enough to handle, slice each one crosswise into 1/2 inch slices. Place the slices cut side up back onto the baking sheet. Bake for an additional 6 to 10 minutes on each side. Slices should be lightly toasted.
  4.  Once cooled you can decorate with the candy melt of your choice.  Simply melt candy in a microwave safe bowl.  Make sure its soft, but not too hot so you can put it in a piping bag.  After you fill the bag cut a very small piece of the tip off.  Squeeze over the top of your cookies.  Let them set up for a bit.  Then Enjoy!

 



Monday, February 8, 2016

Create This Too!


Sweet Buckeyes Changed Up 

Reinvent your treats.  These not so traditional Buckeyes are fun and yummy.  

You will need:
   1 package of candy melts
    (pick your color)
   1/2 cup melted butter
   1 lb. confectioners' sugar
   1 lb. peanut butter
   2 cups graham cracker crumbs
   1 tsp. vanilla extract 
   Sprinkles

I change up the sugar and butter to my liking.  Less sugar and more butter.  

Put peanut butter in microwave safe bowl.  Make it slightly melted.  It's easier to mix. Combine melted butter, peanut butter, sugar, vanilla extract and graham cracker crumbs. Shape mixture into walnut size balls.  Place on waxed paper and place in the fridge for an hour.  
Melt your candy or chocolate in a bowl and dip your peanut butter balls in the chocolate and place on waxed paper. Sprinkle right away.  They will set up quickly.  

Enjoy!