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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Vanilla Bundt Cake w/ a Bird's Nest Topper

These sweet little mini cakes might just be the answer to your "What do I serve for Easter dessert?" question! They are Vanilla Bundt Cakes with a Bird's Nest Topper. The cakes can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until the day you want to serve them. You will want to make the bird nests a day or three before also. This recipe has a lot of different pieces, but there is nothing difficult about it. It's bake the cake, make the nests, make the icing, all before the event. Drizzle the cake, put the eggs in the nest, place the nest on the cake when ready to serve. A simple dessert for Easter Sunday, a spring party, or Mother's Day!
Vanilla Bundt Cake w/ a Bird's Nest Topper 
(makes 1 dozen bundt cakes)
(printable recipe at end of post)

Cake
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda 
pinch of Salt
1/2 cup softened Butter
1 3/4 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
4 Egg Whites
1 1/3 cups Buttermilk

Frosting
3/4 cup Warm Water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioners Sugar
Pink Food Coloring
Yellow Food Coloring
Purple Food Coloring

Bird Nests
2 cups  Chow Mein Noodles
2 cups Melted Milk Chocolate
Small Cadbury Eggs 

Preheat oven to 350Ⓕ.

Lightly grease and flour the bundt pans you will be using. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla. Add egg whites one at a time, beating after adding each one. Start alternately adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk until combined.
 Add batter to pan and bake for 10-12 minutes, checking with a toothpick to see if it is done. Remove from pan and let cool completely. Set aside. 
I used my favorite chocolate bar from Trader Joe's to make the nests. To melt chocolate, use a double boiler, so you don't scorch the chocolate. Mix together the chow mein noodles and the melted milk chocolate. I used a spatula and my hands with gloves on to get them mixed properly.
 Form nests by forming a ball, and then bring the sides up, making an indentation forming the nests.
Make the frosting-pour the warm water into your mixing bowl. Add the meringue powder. Whisk it for 30 seconds. It should become frothy and thicken up a little. Add the cream of tartar. Whisk again for 30 seconds. Pour in all the confectioners sugar at one time. Use the paddle attachment if you have a stand mixer. Put your speed on,low, and mix for 10 minutes. The frosting will get thick and creamy. Place the frosting in a container that you can seal tight, because it can get crusty and dry out. You will probably have some frosting left over. 
Mix your icing colors. Mix approximately 1 cup of each color. After mixing the colors, thin them by starting with adding a 1/4 teaspoon of water to each color so they will drizzle a little. You may need to add more, but just use a little bit at a time.
Drizzle your cake with the colors you choose. Fill the birds nest with the eggs, and place it on the cake! You are ready to serve and enjoy!

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yield: 12 mini bundt cakesprint recipe

Vanilla Bundt Cake w/ a Bird's Nest Topper

prep time: cook time: total time:

INGREDIENTS:

Mini Bundt Cakes
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 cup softened Butter
  • 1 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 1 1/3 cups Buttermilk
Frosting
  • 3/4 cup Warm Water
  • 5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2.25 pounds Confectioners Sugar
  • Pink, Yellow and Purple Food Coloring
Birds Nests
  • 2 cups Chow Mein Noodles
  • 2 cups Melted Milk Chocolate
  • Small Cadbury Eggs

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350Ⓕ.
  2. Lightly grease and flour the bundt pans you will be using. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla. Add egg whites one at a time, beating after adding each one. Start alternately adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk until combined.
  3. Add batter to pan and bake for 10-12 minutes, checking with a toothpick to see if it is done. Remove from pan and let cool completely. Set aside.
  4. I used my favorite chocolate bar from Trader Joe's to make the nests. To melt chocolate, use a double boiler, so you don't scorch the chocolate. Mix together the chow mein noodles and the melted milk chocolate. I used a spatula and my hands with gloves on to get them mixed properly.
  5. Form nests by forming a ball, and then bring the sides up, making an indentation forming the nests.
  6. Make the frosting-pour the warm water into your mixing bowl. Add the meringue powder. Whisk it for 30 seconds. It should become frothy and thicken up a little. Add the cream of tartar. Whisk again for 30 seconds. Pour in all the confectioners sugar at one time. Use the paddle attachment if you have a stand mixer. Put your speed on,low, and mix for 10 minutes. The frosting will get thick and creamy. Place the frosting in a container that you can seal tight, because it can get crusty and dry out. You will probably have some frosting left over.
  7. Mix your icing colors. Mix approximately 1 cup of each color. After mixing the colors, thin them by starting with adding a 1/4 teaspoon of water to each color so they will drizzle a little. You may need to add more, but just use a little bit at a time.
  8. Drizzle your cake with the colors you choose. Fill the birds nest with the eggs, and place it on the cake! You are ready to serve and enjoy!
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Magical Green Leprechaun Dessert Dip!

It is always fun to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with food and it is even more fun when the food is green! A few weeks ago I found some chocolate graham cracker sticks at the grocery, and I have been anxiously waiting to use them in this Magical Green Leprechaun Dessert Dip! This dip comes together quickly, and it is very tasty, and slightly addicting! It would make a great addition to a St. Patrick's Day celebration, and you might even catch a Leprechaun!
Magical Green Leprechaun Dessert Dip
(printable recipe at end of post)

1 cup Heavy Duty Whipping Cream
2 tablespoons Sugar
8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
8 ounces Mascarpone Cheese, softened
2 tablespoons Vanilla
Kelly Green Food Color
Chocolate Graham Cracker Sticks
Gold Sprinkles

Whip the whipping cream, adding the sugar as it whips, until it is stiff. Set aside.
Whip the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese together with a mixer. 
Add the whipping cream to the cream cheese and mascarpone.  Mix in the vanilla, and the green food color.
Sprinkle top of dish with gold, sparkly sprinkles. Serve with chocolate graham cracker sticks. Have fun! 
Thanks for stopping by today!


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Magical Green Leprechaun Dessert Dip

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 40 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Heavy Duty Whipping Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces Mascarpone Cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla
  • Kelly Green Food Color
  • Chocolate Graham Cracker Sticks
  • Gold Sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Whip the whipping cream, adding the sugar as it whips, until it is stiff. Set aside.
  2. Whip the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese together with a mixer.
  3. Add the whipping cream to the cream cheese and mascarpone. Mix in the vanilla, and the green food color.
  4. Sprinkle top of dish with gold, sparkly sprinkles. Serve with chocolate graham cracker sticks. Have fun!
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Double Chocolate Mini Cakes

What do you do when you want a special dessert for your anniversary, but you are dieting and don't want to over indulge? You make these Double Chocolate Mini Cakes, use two of them and put the rest in the freezer! 
A couple weeks ago, a friend asked me to make a special dessert for her husband to go with the dinner she was preparing. Her only request-No leftovers! She only wanted enough dessert so that she and her husband would eat it after dinner, and there would be no more to snack on, so they could get right back to their dieting. I completely understood! 
So I came up with these Double Chocolate Mini Cakes, and they were a hit! These cakes might be mini, but they pack an incredibly indulgent punch that will satisfy any chocolate craving! I topped them with a double chocolate drizzled strawberry because, well, it's a double chocolate drizzled strawberry!!! Hope you like this!

Double Chocolate Mini Cakes
{printable recipe at end of post}  
 1 cup Butter
3 cups Sugar
4 Eggs-divided
1 cup Cocoa Powder
4 cups Flour
3 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 cups Buttermilk
2 teaspoon Vanilla
Strawberries (1 small berry for each cake)
Milk Chocolate (1 cup melted )
White Chocolate (1/2 cup chips)

Preheat oven to 350℉.

Prep your baking pan by applying shortening or pan prep to each individual cake cavity. The pan I used has bottoms that are removable, but this recipe will also work in a mini cupcake pan. You will not need to flour the pan.
Cream the butter until it is thick and creamy. Add sugar a little at a time, until it is light and fluffy.

Divide the eggs. Place the whites to the side. Whisk the yolks, then add to the mixing bowl and mix together.
Pour the cocoa powder into a separate bowl. A bowl that has measurements on it will work best. Add just enough water to make a thick paste. Mix together until smooth. The amount of water you will use will vary depending on the type of cocoa powder. Start off by using a very small amount, adding more until you are satisfied that it is thick and paste like.
Now add more water until you have 2 cups of the cocoa mix. 
Mix the cocoa mix in with the creamed butter, sugar and egg yolks. Take the egg whites that you set aside earlier, and beat until they have stiff peaks. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, add the vanilla and the buttermilk. Start adding the flour mix to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk.  Mix thoroughly. Fold in the egg whites. 
 Fold batter into your prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes. When done, remove from pan and cool completely.
Chop up chocolate and melt in a double boiler. Melt white chocolate also. I used Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate, and their white chocolate chips.
Wash and dry strawberries. Place on tray. Using a fork or knife, drizzle milk chocolate over strawberries. Place tray in fridge. Once milk chocolate has set, drizzle white chocolate over berries. Let set.
Once cakes are cooled, slice them in half as shown. Place a large spoonful of melted chocolate on top of the bottom piece. Top it, then place another large spoonful on top of it. Let it drizzle down the side.
Decorate the plate with drizzled chocolate and serve to those you love!
Thanks for joining me today!


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Double Chocolate Mini Cakes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Butter
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 4 Eggs-divided
  • 1 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 4 cups Flour
  • 3 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Strawberries (1 small berry for each cake)
  • Milk Chocolate (1 cup melted )
  • White Chocolate (1/2 cup chips)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  2. Prep your baking pan by applying shortening or pan prep to each individual cake cavity. The pan I used has bottoms that are removable, but this recipe will also work in a mini cupcake pan. You will not need to flour the pan.
  3. Cream the butter until it is thick and creamy. Add sugar a little at a time, until it is light and fluffy.
  4. Divide the eggs. Place the whites to the side. Whisk the yolks, then add to the mixing bowl and mix together.
  5. Pour the cocoa powder into a separate bowl. A bowl that has measurements on it will work best. Add just enough water to make a thick paste. Mix together until smooth. The amount of water you will use will vary depending on the type of cocoa powder. Start off by using a very small amount, adding more until you are satisfied that it is thick and paste like.
  6. Now add more water until you have 2 cups of the cocoa mix.
  7. Mix the cocoa mix in with the creamed butter, sugar and egg yolks. Take the egg whites that you set aside earlier, and beat until they have stiff peaks. Set aside.
  8. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, add the vanilla and the buttermilk. Start adding the flour mix to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix thoroughly. Fold in the egg whites
  9. Fold batter into your prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes. When done, remove from pan and cool completely.
  10. Chop up chocolate and melt in a double boiler. Melt white chocolate also. I used Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate, and their white chocolate chips.
  11. Wash and dry strawberries. Place on tray. Using a fork or knife, drizzle milk chocolate over strawberries. Place tray in fridge. Once milk chocolate has set, drizzle white chocolate over berries. Let set.
  12. Once cakes are cooled, slice them in half as shown. Place a large spoonful of melted chocolate on top of the bottom piece. Top it, then place another large spoonful on top of it. Let it drizzle down the side.
  13. Decorate the plate with drizzled chocolate and serve to those you love!
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding

During the winter months, do you ever crave fruits that are unavailable, or so you think? This was the case with the fresh cherries I craved and desperately wanted to use to bake this Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding. I love fresh cherries, and I was so sure it would be quite a while until I could buy them. But about 2 weeks ago, as I walked into the grocery, I found them! I had no idea I would be able to find fresh cherries during the winter months! I was so excited because I had this idea to make a bread pudding with some left over bread I had, and I wanted to make it with a Valentine's Day theme! I thought about several ways to put the bread pudding together. I know I needed chocolate, of course, and something red. So I had that handled. But should I make the bread chocolate? What kind of chocolate? Should I cut the cherries? Should I slice or chop them? Will the left over cuban bread I have work ok?
So, I gathered all my ingredients together, looked through a few web pages, and a couple cookbooks. I have made bread pudding a few million times, but I wanted to know the best way to use the chocolate. Should I melt it over the bread and mix it in? Should I drizzle it over the baked bread pudding? Should I dip the cherries in it first?  And the cherries. Should I use them whole? Cut them in half? Cook them to make a juice?
So what did I end up with?  A bread pudding with pockets of chocolate, flavor bursts of whole fresh cherries,and raw sugar sprinkled over the top for a surprise little crunch. It is amazing, and a great dessert to bake for Valentine's day! It is easy to make and I know you will love it!

 Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding
(printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 6 servings)
5-6 cups stale Bread, chopped into cubes
2 teaspoon Butter
12 ounces Fresh Cherries
6 ounces Milk Chocolate 
2 cups Milk 
4 eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/3 cup Raw Sugar 

Cut bread in to small bite size pieces. Butter a 2-3 quart dish, and place bread cubes in dish. Set aside.
Wash and pit the cherries. Set aside.
Chop chocolate into small pieces. I used the Milk Chocolate bar from Trader Joe's. Set aside.
Mix together the milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Distribute the cherries and chocolate chunks in the dish with the bread and mix thoroughly.
Sprinkle the sugar onto the bread pudding mix. Pour the milk mix over the bread. Press the bread, cherries and chocolate down in to the milk mix if needed.
Bake at 350℉ for 30-40 minutes. Make sure the custard has set up. You can test it by sticking a toothpick into the mix. If it is not ready, cook a little longer, in 10 minute intervals. 
Let cool or enjoy it hot! It tastes great either way!
Thanks for joining me today! I hope you will try this Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding! 

Here are some other ideas for Valentine's Day that you might enjoy!:



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Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding

prep time: 30 MINScook time: 40 MINStotal time: 70 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5-6 cups stale Bread, chopped into cubes
  • 2 teaspoon Butter
  • 12 ounces Fresh Cherries
  • 6 ounces Milk Chocolate
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup Raw Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut bread in to small bite size pieces. Butter a 2-3 quart dish, and place bread cubes in dish. Set aside.
  2. Wash and pit the cherries. Set aside.
  3. Chop chocolate into small pieces. I used the Milk Chocolate bar from Trader Joe's. Set aside.
  4. Mix together the milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  5. Distribute the cherries and chocolate chunks in the dish with the bread and mix thoroughly.
  6. Sprinkle the sugar onto the bread pudding mix. Pour the milk mix over the bread. Press the bread, cherries and chocolate down in to the milk mix if needed.
  7. Bake at 350℉ for 30-40 minutes. Make sure the custard has set up. You can test it by sticking a toothpick into the mix. If it is not ready, cook a little longer, in 10 minute intervals.
  8. Let cool or enjoy it hot! It tastes great either way!
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Layered Gingerbread Cake with Eggnog Frosting / #SundaySupper

 I have heard that some people don't like eggnog, but I don't know who these people are. I have never met anyone who doesn't love the rich creamy taste of the nog! (That's what we call it here.) I wish everyone loved it like I do, because they would be so happy that today I have a Layered Gingerbread Cake with Eggnog Frosting for you! It is a perfect holiday party cake, Christmas dinner cake, or office party cake, Four layers of gingerbread cake, each layer drizzled with eggnog frosting for a decadent holiday treat!

 Layered Gingerbread Cake w/ Eggnog Frosting  

(printable recipe at end of post) 

3 Cups Flour
1 1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 cup Shortening
1/2 cup packed Dark Brown Sugar
2 Egg
1 cup Molasses
1 cup Water

Frosting
1/3 cup Butter 
3 1/2 cups Confectioner's Sugar
1/2 cup Egg Nog
Peppermint Chips


Add the flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, and baking soda to a medium bowl. Whisk ingredients together. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add the shortening. Beat for 30 seconds on medium speed. Add the brown sugar and mix together.
Add egg and molasses. Mix for 1 minute. Add flour mix and 1/2 cup of water alternately to the egg and molasses mix. Beat on low after every addition, just until combined. Don't overmix.
Pour batter into a greased only pan. I used a 5 1/2" round x 1 3/4 tall pan. You will need to bake 2 cakes in this pan. Bake 20-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
After both cakes are done and cooled, cut the cake so that each layer is even. I cut each layer into 1/2" high cakes.
Make frosting by creaming the butter for 30 seconds. Start adding the confectioner's sugar, after it is sifted, a little at a time.The frosting will start to get very thick. Start adding the egg nog, just a little at a time, mixing after each addition. The ingredient amount is listed as a 1/2 cup, but you might need a bit more or less, so add carefully. The frosting should drizzle from a spoon, but not too quickly, to be the correct consistency. 
Drizzle cake with frosting and garnish top layer.
Thank you for joining me today! I am so glad you dropped by!

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Layered Gingerbread Cake w/ Eggnog Frosting

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Shortening
  • 1/4 cup packed Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Molasses
  • 1 cup Water
Eggnog Frosting
  • 1/3 cup Butter
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted Confectioner's Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Egg Nog
  • Peppermint Chips

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add the flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, and baking soda to a medium bowl. Whisk ingredients together. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the shortening. Beat for 30 seconds on medium speed. Add the brown sugar and mix together.
  3. Add egg and molasses. Mix for 1 minute. Add flour mix and 1/2 cup of water alternately to the egg and molasses mix. Beat on low after every addition, just until combined. Don't overmix.
  4. Pour batter into a greased only pan. I used a 5 1/2" round x 1 3/4 tall pan. You will need to bake 2 cakes in this pan. Bake 20-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  5. After both cakes are done and cooled, cut the cake so that each layer is even. I cut each layer into 1/2" high cakes.
  6. Make frosting by creaming the butter for 30 seconds. Start adding the confectioner's sugar, after it is sifted, a little at a time.The frosting will start to get very thick. Start adding the egg nog, just a little at a time, mixing after each addition. The ingredient amount is listed as a 1/2 cup, but you might need a bit more or less, so add carefully. The frosting should drizzle from a spoon, but not too quickly, to be the correct consistency.
  7. Drizzle cake with frosting and garnish top layer.
  8. Enjoy!
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