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!

 

 

 

All That Glitters Is Gold

Golden Strawberries

My husband and I were staying at the Trump Hotel in Chicago during our anniversary and were really excited to come back to our room and find golden chocolate covered strawberries in honor of the occasion. While chocolate covered strawberries are pretty awesome to Anniversary Strawberriesbegin with, being a Trump hotel, they knew just how to kick things up a notch. (See picture to the left.) Since we kept talking about them for days after the trip, I decided to recreate my own version at home. They are so easy to make and create a beautiful presentation for any party or event. While you don’t have to add a cupcake to the recipe, I did anyway! Just follow the recipe below and enjoy!

Golden Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Golden Strawberries

Ingredients

  • 7 Strawberries
  • 1 mini cupcake
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 container of white candy pearls
  • 1 container of edible gold spray paint
  • vanilla frosting

Preparation

  • Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for 45 seconds (time varies by microwave)
  • Remove and stir
  • Individually dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate and let dry on a sheet of wax paper
  • When dry to the touch, spray a thin coat of edible gold spray paint on top of each strawberry
  • Take the centerpiece cupcake and ice with a thin coat of vanilla frosting
  • Scatter candy pearls on top of the frosting and on the serving plate you’re going to use for the strawberries
  • Place one strawberry on top of the cupcake and scatter the rest of the strawberries on the plate

This dessert will definitely earn you golden reviews!

S’more Reasons to Smile

Smiling S'mores

I don’t know about you, but something about s’mores just makes me happy. Maybe it’s because I love anything with melted chocolate and marshmallows, or maybe it’s because they bring back memories of camping when I was younger. Ok, I’ve never actually gone camping before…it just sounded good.  Either way, this quick and easy recipe is guaranteed to leave your guests asking for s’more and s’more!

Smiling S’mores

Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 6 graham crackers
  • 6 regular sized marshmallows
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips

Preparation

  • Break the graham crackers in half to form 12 squares
  • Decorate 6 of the graham cracker squares with chocolate chips forming a smiley face. (This is a great activity to do with children.)

Chocolate Chip Smiley Face

  • Put the chocolate chip covered graham crackers in the microwave for 40 seconds (time may vary depending on microwave)
  • Remove from microwave
  • Put a marshmallow on each of the remaining 6 graham crackers and put them in the microwave for 15 seconds
  • Remove from microwave and place one marshmallow graham cracker and one chocolate chip graham cracker next to each other on each plate
  • Serve the s’mores open face to give everyone a smile

S'more

  • Once served, tell everyone to smush both graham crackers together and enjoy!

Final S'more

We promise that this dessert will leave the young (and young at heart) ready to grin and eat!