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!

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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!

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!

Toffee Caramel Apple Donuts

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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.

Show Me the Bunny – Take 2

Come on Bunny donut, light my fire…
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Looks like this bunny has an identity crisis!
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Why am I so addicted to having fun with this little bunny donut?

Acting as a pseudo psychologist, I’m examining my childhood. Growing up, I could never have a furry pet because my father was “allergic” to animals. After numerous lazy goldfish who just floated on their backs in the fish bowl or other athletic fish who enjoyed jumping out of the bowls, my parents finally got us a cuddly pet.

To be specific, my parents broke down and came home with a cute white bunny. We called the bunny Snuffy , a compromise between Snowflake and Snowpuff. When my sister and I went to camp, my mom had the job of feeding Snuffy. However, as time went on, Snuffy began to bite my mom. When we returned from camp, we learned that Snuffy was sent to a “farm” so it could play with its friends.

Many years later we realized that Snuffy may have joined its friends at a different sort of farm. More like a farm to table destination. Perhaps Snuffy is playing with friends that were part of Wolfgang Puck’s ‘Braised Rabbit and Fava Bean Fettucine’ that was posted on Wolfgang Puck’s Twitter account earlier this week.

Whatever the reason, I’m having fun with our little white bunny donut. I hope you’re grinning along with us.

See instructions under “Show Me the Bunny” to create this donut.

Show Me the Bunny

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Spring is in the air and that means Easter is around the corner. The markets are filling with colorful holiday candy, Nestle’s is offering Limited Edition pink and yellow morsels, and my local garden center is selling live chicks!

We decided to start preparing for Easter by creating little bunny donuts. We quickly realized that the key to a perfect bunny is the ear to body ratio. Before you rush for your calculator ( or another website), we’ll explain. If the ears are too small your bunny will look like a white mouse.

BUNNY DONUT RECIPE
Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:
8 small donuts ( Entenmann’s powdered sugar popettes work well)
8 marshmallows ( standard size)
1 cup of pink sprinkles
8 pink chips (or M&Ms)
16 brown M&Ms
8 inches of black string licorice
1 container of white frosting

PREPARATION
Bunny Ears:
– Make bunny ears by cutting each marshmallow on the diagonal. Slice off the pointed end of
each marshmallow and discard (or eat).
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– Pour pink sprinkles into a small dish.
– Dip one side of each marshmallow half in sprinkles to cover, allowing a small white
border to show.
– Leave “ears” on plate for later use.

Whiskers:
– Cut licorice into 8 one-inch pieces
– Using a knife or scissors, cut into the ends of the licorice to simulate whiskers.
– Cut each licorice piece in half. (Depending on the size of the donuts, you may want to
make the whiskers shorter. It’s a matter of personal taste).
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Donuts:
– Before frosting the donuts, set a wire rack on top of a piece of wax paper for easier
cleanup.
– Place 1/2 of the frosting into a microwave safe bowl. (Repeat this step to ice remainder
of donuts).
– Microwave the bowl for 20 seconds or until the frosting flows.
– Individually dip each donut into the frosting to cover the front and all sides.
– Remove donut and set on wire rack to dry.

ASSEMBLY:
– Place 2 ears on on each donut. (To keep the ears attached while drying, place extra
marshmallows under each “ear” for support)
– Add 2 brown M&Ms for eyes
– Add a pink chip or pink M&M for nose
– Add whiskers on either side of nose
– Repeat until all the donuts have morphed into bunnies.

These bunnies are ready to hop into your heart ( or mouth)!