Beary Nice Beach Day

Beach Bears

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!

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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

patriotic cupcake

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!

Hats Off to Graduation Cap Donuts

Graduation Cap Donuts

Congratulations to all 2014 graduates and their friends and families. It’s graduation season and another excuse for a party. Keeping with the graduation theme, we came up with graduation cap donuts! These donuts are easy to prepare and make a great presentation. Display them on a platter with mini diplomas or on a glass platter on top of old yearbooks. You’re guaranteed to go to the top of the class with this dessert.

Graduation Cap Donuts

Note: it’s important to select donuts in proportion to the chocolate squares. We
made small and large donuts and purchased two different brands of mini donuts
before we settled on Little Debbie donuts and Hershey’s chocolate squares.

INGREDIENTS

Makes 12 servings

  • 12 -1 3/4″ inch round donuts (Little Debbie mini frosted chocolate donuts worked best)
  • 2 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars(7 ounces each) or 12 -1 3/4″ chocolate Squares like Ghiardelli squares
  • 1 jar of Marshmallow Fluff
  • 12 yellow M&M ‘s or Reese’s Pieces
  • 3 yellow Starbursts

DIRECTIONS

  • Prepare the chocolate mortar boards by carefully cutting the chocolate bar into 6 squares. Use a grater to smooth the sides of the chocolate squares or unwrap 12 Ghiardelli chocolate squares.
  • To make the tassel:
    • Microwave a yellow Starburst for 8 seconds.
    • Remove from microwave and roll into 4 pieces.
    • Cut each of the 4 pieces in half and roll one half into a thin log.
    • Roll the other half into an even thinner log and break into 6 pieces.
    • Pinch the 6 small pieces together at one end to form the tassel. Attach the tassel to the longer Starburst log by gently pressing the pieces together.
  • Gently press the yellow tassel onto the top of the chocolate square. Place a yellow M&M in middle of the cap over the end of the tassel.
  • Take a small amount (1/2 teaspoon) of Marshmallow Fluff and put it in middle of donut. (Too much fluff and it will show out from under the mortarboard)
  • Place chocolate square on top of donut.

Congratulations! You’ve just earned your B.S.(Baking School) degree in Graduation Cap Donuts from the Grin And Eat University.

Enjoy!

 

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!

Toffee Caramel Apple Donuts

3 best toffee donuts
Toffee bits and caramel sauce, what could be bad? Absolutely nothing!
I decided to convert my favorite apple cake recipe into donuts. And what better way to finish them off than by adding toffee bits for texture and caramel sauce for taste?
Voila, my standby apple cake was elevated to a special treat!

 

Toffee Caramel Apple Donuts
Makes 12 donuts

INGREDIENTS
-Spray on oil
-2 cups diced apples
-1 cup granulated sugar
-1/3 cup oil
-1 egg beaten
-1 ½ tablespoons water
-1 ½ cups unsifted flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-½ teaspoon salt
-1 ½ cups toffee bits
-2 cups caramel sauce (store bought jar )

INSTRUCTIONS
-Spray the donut pan with oil. Wipe off the excess spray from the top of the pan.
-Combine apples and sugar in bowl and let stand for 10 minutes.
-Blend oil, egg, and water into apple mixture.
-Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and ½ cup of toffee bits. Stir everything together.
-Fill each donut mold 7/8 full with the batterapple donut batter

-Bake in the oven for 20 minutes
-Remove from oven and let cool about 15 minutes. Remove donuts from pan.
-Pour approximately 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce over each donut. Sprinkle toffee bits on
top. Press toffee bits gently on top of donut to stay in place.
-Repeat for each donut.

Over time, the caramel sauce will seep into the donut to add sweetness to each bite. Keep the donuts in the refrigerator to maximize flavor.

The old saying says an apple a day keeps the doctor away. This is one way sweet way of enjoying your apple.

Daffodil Donuts for Mom

daffodil with flowers for blog
April showers bring May flowers just in time for Mother's Day. Like real flowers,  
these daffodil donuts won't last forever. But in this case, these daffodils will 
be gone because  they were eaten so quickly!
Daffodils today come in many different shapes and colors. Traditionally the 
daffodil should have six petals and a bell shaped center. 
We chose to make a traditional yellow daffodil but displayed it two ways:
   1. In a basket with fresh-cut flowers.
   2. In a vase as part of a floral arrangement . 

Now it's your turn to get creative ! 
daffodil in vase
Daffodil Donuts
Serves 6
Ingredients
– 6 regular size donuts
– 1 container of vanilla frosting
– Yellow food coloring
– Tube of yellow Writing Icing (Cake Mate Writing Icing was used)
– 6 regular size marshmallows
– Yellow sugar sprinkles
– 18 1-inch licorice string pieces in black, yellow or orange
– 6 large lollipop sticks(optional)
Preparation
  • Cut the edges off of the donuts to form flower petals as seen below. (The daffodil should really have 6 petals)
Donut Flower Without Icing
  • Put a half a cup of frosting into a microwave safe container
  • Mix in a few drops of food coloring until you get your desired shade of yellow
  • Place in microwave for 20 seconds (or until melted)
  • Individually dip each donut into the melted frosting and let cool on a wire rack
  • Sprinkle sugar sprinkles on petals while frosting is still wet
  • Dip top and sides of each marshmallow into frosting and then cover with yellow sprinkles
  • Once the frosting has dried, use the Writing Icing tube to outline the petals and the top of the marshmallow
  • Insert 3 pieces of licorice string into the center of each marshmallow
  • Place the marshmallow onto the middle of the donut (dip the bottom of the marshmallow into frosting to make sure it adheres to the donut)
  • Optional: insert lollipop sticks into the donuts.

Enjoy!

individual daff donut

Cinco de Cupcakes

Cinco de CupcakesCinco de Mayo has a special place in my heart. Not only do I love guacamole and margaritas, Cinco de Mayo is the day I met my husband. I think that’s reason enough to love the holiday! If you don’t want to brave the crazy Mexican restaurants on Cinco de Mayo, here’s an easy cupcake recipe for you to create your own celebration at home.

Cinco de Mayo Taco Cupcakes

Ingredients

Serves 12

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 12 dried apple slices
  • 1/2 cup of coconut
  • 12 yellow Starburts
  • 1 container of vanilla frosting
  • green and red food coloring
  • 10 chocolate cookies

Preparation

  • First, ice all the cupcakes with vanilla frosting to form the base
  • To create the salsa, mix 1/3 cup of frosting with red food coloring until you reach your desired shade of red
  • To create the lettuce, mix the coconut with green food coloring
  • To create the cheese, melt a yellow Starburst in the microwave for 5 seconds and then flatten it with your fingers to form a flat square
  • Once all the taco ingredients are prepared, take a dried apple slice and cover one side with red frosting
  • Pinch the apple in the middle to form the taco shape
  • You may need to apply extra red icing to the center to act as a glue to keep the taco shape
  • Fill the “taco shell” with a melted Starburst, ground cookie and green coconut
  • Place the taco on top of a cupcake and serve with an ice cold margarita

These cupcakes are guaranteed to turn your dinner into a fiesta!