I decided to have a Halloween themed party for my little pumpkin’s first birthday, so will be filling up the blog with all of the fun decorations and recipes this week. Seriously, who doesn’t serve an eyeball cake for their little girl’s first birthday party?
- 1 yellow cake
- 2 containers of vanilla frosting
- 1 box of Oreos
- 1 bag of mini Oreos
- 8 Junior Mints
- 8 brown M&Ms
- 10 candy eyes
- Cover the cake with vanilla frosting
- Split 8 regular Oreos in half and put a Junior Mint in the middle of the Oreo
- Split 8 mini Oreos in half and put a brown M&M in the middle of the Oreo
- Randomly add the Oreos on the cake alternating sizes and then add on the candy eyeballs to fill up the rest of the space
- A second option is to pair the Oreos and candy eyeballs up so that it looks like pairs of eyes all over the cake
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.
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
- 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.
This weekend we visited friends that have an amazing fish tank in their basement. I left wanting to either buy a pet fish or make a fish themed dessert. As you can guess from the picture above, option number two won!
- 8 regular size donuts
- 1 container of vanilla frosting
- yellow food coloring
- 1 bag of M&M’s
- 4 red or pink fruit chews
- 8 fruit chews in varied colors (for the tail)
- 4 mini marshmallows
- 8 chocolate chips
- Place the frosting in a microwave safe bowl and mix in yellow food coloring until you get desired color
- Place bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds (times may vary depending on microwave)
- Individually dip each donut in the melted yellow frosting and place on a wire rack or plate to dry
- Decorate the donut with M&Ms and the eyes before it has completely dried
- To make the eyes, cut a mini marshmallow in half
- Then stick a chocolate chip into the sticky side of the marshmallow with the pointy side facing the marshmallow
- To create the lips, place a red or pink fruit chew in the microwave for 7 seconds
- Remove and break into two pieces
- Roll each piece into a thin log (pictured above) and fold into a “v” shape for the lips
- Place the lips on top of the donut
- For the tail, place another fruit chew in the microwave for 7 seconds
- Roll into a ball and flatten into the shape above
- Place the pointy side into the donut for the tail
- If the fruit chew is too heavy or flimsy, you can place a mini marshmallow under the tail to keep it in place for your presentation
These adorable fish are guaranteed to cook up some smiles with your company!