Always Room for S’more

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Having a sweet tooth makes it tough to say no to chocolate, cupcakes, candy, marshmallows, donuts, ice cream, cookies…and the list goes on. Lucky for you, it’s a known fact that if the cupcake is this tiny, calories don’t count. In fact, you might as well have s’more! Here’s a quick and easy recipe that will have you celebrating National S’mores Day in no time!

Ingredients

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 1 tub of chocolate frosting
  • 3 Hershey’s milk chocolate bars (you won’t really need that many, but sometimes they don’t break along the line the right way and you can always find room in your tummy for leftovers)
  • 2 graham crackers
  • 12 mini marshmallows

Directions

  • Break the Hershey’s bars into the individual rectangles as shown in the picture above (you’ll need 12)
  • Break each graham cracker into 6 pieces
  • Cover the top of the cupcake with chocolate frosting
  • Place one piece of graham cracker, one chocolate rectangle and one marshmallow on top of the cupcake

Who wants  s’more?

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Sun’s Out Buns Out

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Nope, not talking about a streaking party here. Instead, we’re just going to stick to cupcakes this time around. Now that BBQ season is heating up, these hotdog cupcakes are the perfect dessert for your next event.

Ingredients

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 1 pound cake
  • 12 red Starbursts
  • 1 yellow icing tube
  • 1 tub of chocolate frosting
  • 1 small container of rainbow sprinkles

Directions

  • To create the buns, cut the pound cake into 1 inch slices
  • Next cut those slices in half from top to bottom and then in half again across the middle to have four equal pieces
  • Then cut a small triangle out of top part of the pound cake to make room for the hotdog (you can just cut a thin slice to put them in, but it works better if you remove some of the pound cake to make room)
  • To make the hotdog, put the Starbursts in the microwave for 7 seconds each and then roll them into a ball and then into a long hotdog
  • Place the Starburst hotdogs into all the hotdog buns
  • Use the yellow icing tube to draw a thin squiggly line for mustard on all the hotdogs
  • Ice the cupcakes with the chocolate frosting
  • Add the rainbow sprinkles on top of the chocolate frosting
  • Then put the buns with the hotdogs on top of the frosted cupcakes

We’ll be frank, your guests will love these!

Gold Medal Cupcakes

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Ever four years the world comes together to watch the best athletes across the globe compete during the Summer Olympics. Since these athletes spent hours grinding away to prepare for Rio, the least we can do is spend a few minutes creating some Olympics-themed desserts to enjoy while we sit on the couch and watch them.

Ingredients

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • Tub of chocolate frosting
  • 12 yellow Starbursts
  • Gold color mist (I used Wilton’s shimmering food color spray)
  • Black decorating gel
  • Package of Twizzlers Pull ‘n’ Peel

Directions

  • Frost the cupcakes with chocolate frosting
  • Place the Starbursts in the microwave (3 at a time) for 10 seconds (exact time will vary by microwave)
  • Once removed from the microwave, roll the Starbursts into individual balls and then flatten them into the shape of a medal
  • Spray the top of all the medal Starbursts with the gold color mist
  • Let the mist dry
  • Write “USA” with the black decorating gel on top of the gold misted medals
  • Cut the Pull ‘n’ Peel into 1.5 inch sections
  • Pair up the individual strands of the Pull ‘n’ Peels and use two pairs to form a “V” on each cupcake
  • Place the gold medal on the bottom of the “V”

 

  • Note: On my first attempt to write “USA” the black decorating gel came out looking like a bunch of blobs. If your tube is coming out too thick, you can make a pool of black decorating gel and then dip the end of a toothpick in it and use that to write “USA” on the medals.

 

Now let your arm do some heavy lifting as you pop these cupcakes into your mouth. Go for the gold!

 

 

 

Sweetest Watermelon on the Block

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It turns out that today is National Watermelon Day. While yes, watermelon is delicious on it’s own, it’s even better when it’s sitting on top of a cupcake. And actually, it’s even better when your watermelon is made out of pound cake, icing, candy and chocolate!

Ingredients

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • A tub of vanilla frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • A chocolate bar
  • 12 green apple Laffy Taffys
  • 1 pound cake

Directions

  • Ice all 12 cupcakes with vanilla frosting
  • Cut the pound cake into 12 small triangles with a curved top (matching the shape shown in the picture above)
  • Add a drop of red food coloring to 1/2 cup of frosting (keep adding drops until you get desired shade of pink) and mix
  • Cover the sides and top of the pound cake triangle with pink frosting
  • Put 2 pieces of Laffy Taffy in the microwave for 5 seconds (time with vary by microwave)
  • Form the Laffy Taffy to fit on the curved top of the triangle
  • Using a knife, cut small rectangular pieces of the chocolate bar off
  • Add a few of the chocolate shavings all over the pink frosted body of the watermelon
  • Place the watermelon on top of the cupcake and serve

 

Don’t be afraid to go for seconds, it is National Watermelon Day after all!

Beary Nice Beach Day

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The sun is out and beach season is in full swing. Maybe you’re spending your weekends perfecting your tan while waves are crashing at your feet. Maybe you just dream of being there every time you look at the beautiful beach sunset picture on your desktop. Either way, these little beachy cupcakes are sure to leave a smile on your face.

Ingredients

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 1 Fruit by the Foot
  • 1 tub of vanilla frosting
  • Blue food coloring
  • Green food coloring
  • 24 Teddy Grahams
  • 4 graham crackers

Directions

  • Add a drop of blue food coloring to 3/4 of a cup of vanilla frosting and mix
  • Add a drop of green food coloring to 1/4 of a cup of vanilla frosting and mix
  • Ice all 12 cupcakes with blue frosting
  • Crush the graham crackers into crumbs as shown above
  • Cover half the blue iced cupcake with the graham cracker crumbs
  • Use the green frosting to paint bathing suits on the Teddy Grahams
  • Cut the Fruit by the Foot into tiny rectangles to serve as the beach towels
  • Using a small drop of icing, stick the Fruit by the Foot beach towels on the sand
  • Using a small drop of icing, stick the Teddy Grahams on the beach towels
  • Place the remaining Teddy Grahams’ legs into the blue water
  • Mix up all the cupcakes so that they have different numbers of bears swimming, tanning, etc.
  • Serve and watch the smiles come rolling in

Not only are these cupcakes beary cute, they’re also beary tasty too!

When It Snows, Bake Cupcakes!

Snowman Cupcake

For those of you living in the NYC area, you are probably more than ready to put away your shovels and pull out your flip flops. We know we are! The one good thing about snowy weather is that you’re locked inside with lots of time to bake. Looking for a perfect snowy weather treat to make for the next storm? Look no further than these adorable snowman cupcakes!

Ingredients

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 30 mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tub of vanilla frosting
  • 12 Starbursts
  • 1 graham cracker

Directions

  • Ice all 12 cupcakes with vanilla frosting
  • Place a Starburst in the microwave for 6 seconds
  • Pull off a tiny piece of the Starburst and roll it into a ball
  • Form the rest of the Starburst into a flat half of a circle
  • Take a knife to press in a line for the rim of the hat and then stick the pom pom ball on the top of the hat
  • Place the hat on the top of the cupcake
  • Put two mini chocolate chips on the cupcake for the eyes
  • Break off a tiny piece of a graham cracker for the nose and place on the cupcake
  • Finally, melt the remaining chocolate chips in the microwave and using a toothpick, draw on the dotted lines for the mouth

It might be cold outside, but these snowmen cupcakes are guaranteed to keep your belly warm!

PEACHY KEEN DONUTS

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Peach season is going full blast. With a kitchen full of peaches, it was time to make some donuts! Of course, we couldn’t leave them unadorned so a crumb topping was a must.

The recipe follows:

PEACHY KEEN DONUTS

Makes 12 donuts

Ingredients for Donuts

  • Spray on oil
  • 2 cups diced peaches
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 ½ cups unsifted flour for donuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup of toffee bits (optional)

 

Ingredients for Crumb Topping

  • ½ cup unsifted flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of softened butter 

     

    INSTRUCTIONS

    Spray the donut pan with oil. Wipe off the excess spray from the top of the pan.

    Combine peaches and sugar in bowl and let stand for 10 minutes.

    Blend oil, egg, and water into peach mixture.

    Add the 1 ½ cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and optional toffee bits. Stir everything together.

    Fill each donut mold 7/8 full with the batter.

    Make the topping by combining the butter, brown sugar and ½ cup of flour

    Crumble the topping over the donuts (½ of mix for 6 donuts).

    Bake in the oven for 16 minutes.

    Remove from oven and let cool about 30 minutes. Remove donuts from pan.

 

Store in the refrigerator for best flavor. This dessert is just peachy. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Barnyard Beauties

Adorable Cupcakes

Adorable Cupcakes

These adorable cupcakes can put a smile on anyone’s face. They were served at a child’s birthday party but would  work just as well for a picnic at a farm or a rustic barnyard wedding . Children of all ages were horsing around and tweeting for more!

Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes

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When it comes to holidays, my childhood was filled with holiday themed desserts,
appetizers and party decorations. With July 4th right around the corner, here is
an easy and patriotic dessert for you to bring to the dinner table.

RED, WHITE AND BLUEBERRY CUPCAKES

 

Ingredients
12 Cupcakes
Container of vanilla frosting
12 blueberries
1/2 cup of coconut
Red food coloring

Directions
Ice all 12 cupcakes with vanilla frosting
In a small bowl, mix the coconut and red food coloring
Carefully line the cupcakes with rows of red coconut for the stripes (you can
also replace the coconut with red Twizzlers Pull & Peels)
Place a blueberry in the corner
Dot a few dabs of icing on the blueberry to form the stars

We guarantee there won’t be any leftovers…it just wouldn’t be patriotic!

Linzer Torte : Torte-ally Delicious

With a little whipped cream and caramel sauce, what could be bad?

With a little whipped cream and caramel sauce, what could be bad?

This blog focuses on food that puts a smile on your face. Linzer tortes aren’t funny, but I thought it was funny that I had a sudden craving for one! I’ve never been a fan of fruit preserves or jelly stuffed baked goods but I wanted a linzer torte now. I fondly remembered a homemade raspberry layered linzer torte that was out of this world and that’s what I tried to recreate.Most linzer tortes consist of an almond crust. Since I am more of a pecan fan, I decided to switch up the recipe. I ended up modifying /changing the Smucker ‘s recipe I found online. For my nut of choice I used pecans. For the filling I used Smuckers raspberry all fruit preserves.
For my first attempt the torte wasn’t bad. It just lacked the sweetness that I was searching for and the presentation perfection that I hoped for. Practice makes perfect so I envision more linzer tortes in my future.Please enjoy my modified Smucker’s recipe. To up the presentation level, I recommend adding whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup.
Yum!
LINZER TORTE
Ingredients
Cooking spray
1 cup chopped pecans
11/4 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon grated lemon
1 jar of red raspberry fruit preserves (approximately 10 ounces)
Directions
– Heat oven to 350 degrees.
– Spray a 9-inch round tart pan with removable bottom with non-stick cooking spray.
– Finely chop the pecans in food processor or blender.
– in large bowl, combine pecans, flour, and sugar.
– Separate one egg and set aside egg white.
– Add egg yolk, remaining whole egg, butter, and lemon peel to flour mixture. Mix until dough
forms a ball.
– Remove 1/3 of dough. Flatten, wrap and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour or until manageable.
– Press remaining dough in bottom and 1-inch up sides of tart pan.
– Spread entire jar of preserves evenly over dough.
– Roll remaining dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper into a 9 1/2 x 5-inch rectangle. Cut
into 10 (1/2-inch wide) strips. ( A fluted pastry wheel makes pretty edges)
– To create lattice top place half the strips across center of torte in one direction. Place the
remaining strips at a 90 degree angle to create a lattice look.( Depending on the width of the
strips, you may not need all the strips to decorate top.) press strips to end of pan and trim ends
with knife or pastry wheel.
– Brush strips with egg white
– Bake 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool 10 minutes.
-To serve, remove sides of pan. Can be served warm or cool. (With or without whipped cream!)
In all its glory!

In all its glory!