I don’t think I’m the only one with an unhealthy obsession for cake batter. I swear, I only bake cakes half the time so I can eat some of the batter…but generally, it leaves me with a bit of a stomach ache. I guess that’s why they say not to eat raw eggs ;) But what if I told you that you could create something that tastes exactly like cake batter yet is actually cooked? Last weekend, I made such a dessert, and here is the recipe for that…
1 graham cracker pie crust – there’s a great Golden Oreo crust recipe on Gingerbread Bagels, but I didn’t have time to make mine this way, so I bought a pre-made crust.
3 cups whole milk
4 egg yolks, at room temperature
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 tbsp. unsalted butter, diced and at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
6 tbsp. Funfetti Cake Mix
Pour the milk into a large saucepan, and heat over medium heat until it’s almost simmering. Make sure you watch the milk so it doesn’t overflow while you work on the next step.
Using a large mixing bowl with the paddle attachment or a handheld mixer, mix together the egg yolks, cornstarch, sugar and kosher salt for 4 minutes on medium speed. The egg mixture should be thick.
On low speed, carefully pour the milk into the mixing bowl. (Note: this isn’t the easiest task; I spilled some on the counter, so be careful.) Continue to mix until the milk is combined with the other ingredients.
Pour the mixture back into the saucepan, and heat over medium-low heat, constantly whisking the mixture until it thickens to the consistency of pudding. This should take 7-10 minutes.
Once it’s thick, pour the mixture back into your mixing bowl, and mix in the unsalted butter and vanilla extract. Then mix in the cake batter mix.
Pour the pudding into a cooled pie crust. Evenly spread it out with a spatula.
Cover the pie with plastic wrap. Be sure to press the plastic wrap against the pudding so a film doesn’t form on the pudding. Chill the pie in the refrigerator for 6 hours.
When it’s time to serve your pie, add whipped cream and sprinkles, and enjoy!
Fall is my favorite season for many reasons…one of which is that you can get almost anything pumpkin flavored! I was feeling inspired this past weekend, so I decided to bake up some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and they turned out so delish that I just had to share. If you like a more cake-y cookie, you’ll love them! And while I generally prefer cookies hot out of the oven, I definitely like these better when they’re cold.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: about 3 dozen | Prep time: 15 minutes | Bake time: 8-9 minutes per batch
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheet(s).
Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil and egg.
In a separate bowl, stir together flour, 3 tsp. baking powder, ground cinnamon and salt. Dissolve the additional 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder with the milk and stir in. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
Add vanilla, then chocolate chips.
Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes or until lightly brown.
Fall is my favorite season for many reasons…the cool weather, the gorgeous autumn colors, the excitement of the upcoming holiday season, and of course pumpkin spice lattes! Even though the weather hasn’t really broken yet here in sunny Tennessee, the arrival of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks definitely marks the unofficial start to the season.
That’s why I scoured the internet for some delicious pumpkin spice recipes to complement my favorite frothy drink — including cupcakes, cookies, scones, spread, muffins and pancakes.
1. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes
Head over to Annie’s Eats for the full recipe for these delicious little treats!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously grease 12 muffin tins.
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
Cut in butter with two knives or a pastry blender until it is fully incorporated.
In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin, evaporated milk, egg, and vanilla.
Pour pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture.
Add raisins. Fold gently until mixture is just combined.
Pour into a greased muffin pan—batter hardly ever fills all twelve unless you keep it down to 1/2 full.
Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar-nutmeg mixture over the top of each unbaked muffin.
Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove and allow to cool.
To make the frosting, mix all ingredients on high until soft and whipped. Spread onto completely cooled muffins, or place into a large pastry bag with a large star tip and go crazy! Store in the fridge, as icing will soften at room temperature.
6. Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Another delicious one from the amazing Annie’s Eats (click over for the recipe)!
It’s just about Labor Day weekend…which for most of us means a 3-day weekend full of fun in the sun! For me personally, it means a trip up to my home state of New Jersey to visit family and friends. But if you’re sticking around a throwing a Labor Day shindig, be sure to check out some of these great patriotic treats…
1. Flag Cake – Can you get any more awesome for a patriotic party than this flag cake?! If you’re looking to replicate this beauty yourself, you’re in luck because Glorious Treats has the whole tutorial.
2. Red, White and Blue Raspberry Candy Bars - Imagine how impressed your party guests will be when they bite into what appears to be just a normal candy bar, then and it’s red, white and blue inside! Cherry Tea Cakes is sharing the recipe…but be warned, I hear they’re not the easiest thing to make. It’s worth a shot though, right?
3. Patriotic Dipped Strawberries - Alright, this one I think I can actually handle. As seen on Everyday with Rachel Ray, all you have to do is dip strawberries into melted white chocolate and roll in blue-colored sugar. Easy enough?
As I mentioned, I’ll be traveling through New Jersey for the next 10 days, so bear with me on posts. I’m going to try to continue to get one out everyday (with the exception of Monday of course), but it honestly might end up being a slower week. Stay tuned…and don’t forget to enter the A. Jaron Jewelry contest that’s ending today at 5pm EDT :)
There are few things I enjoy more in the summer than a nice, cold, tasty treat. After all, it’s hot out there, and unless you’re enjoying a summer cocktail, ice cream is your best bet ;)
1. Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops. Okay, so these adorable little pops from Bakerella may not actually be ice cream, but I still couldn’t pass up including them in an ice cream-themed Fab Friday Finds. What a perfect treat for a summer event!
2. Mini Milkshake Shooters. Oh. My. Goodness. How cute are these mini milkshake shooters I found over on Pizzazzerie?! Great for an event of any size, or even just for a delicious mid-summer snack.
3. Ice Cream in a Jar. If you’re having a summer wedding (or any event really), including ice cream on the menu is a perfect way to keep your guests cool…but keeping the ice cream itself cool is another issue entirely. That’s why I’m loving this idea on Imprintables!
4. Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. I’ve said this time and time again, everything is better on a stick! Change up the traditional but delicious ice cream sandwich by turning it into a cute sandwich pop like Amy Locurto does.
It looks like I might be doing some baking this weekend. Today’s Fab Friday Finds focuses on some tasty treats and related items I’ve come across in my online browsing this week. Enjoy…
1. Free Downloadable Ice Cream Gift Tags. Amy Moss of Eat Drink Chic designed these darling gift tags and is providing them via free download over on her site. If you’re planning a summer party, I’d have to say ice cream would be a pretty amazing theme, and these would make for wonderful favor tags, dessert/food table tags, etc.
2. DIY Decorated Owl Cookies. Anyone else notice how many owl baby showers and child parties have been popping up lately? Talk about a cute theme! If you’re planning an owl-themed bash, these cookies are a must, and Marian of Sweetopia was kind enough to share the tutorial over on her blog.
3. Heath Bar Cupcake Recipe. Do you ever see something online and find yourself drooling at your computer screen? That’s what happened to me when I discovered these amazing looking Heath Bar cupcakes over on My Baking Addiction. Mmmm….
One of my favorite things about running this blog, aside from getting to gush over gorgeous wedding and event inspiration that people submit, is getting to feature cool guest bloggers that can contribute things I’m simply not able to…such as delicious dessert DIY projects like today’s guest feature from Chef Ursula Rafer.
Ursula is a trained/certified artist, chef, yoga instructor and teacher (alright, I’m already impressed) who lives in Delray Beach, Florida with her husband Sheridan and lab Tommy. She was crazy enough to cater her own wedding (I’m wondering how that’s even possible) and loves DIY projects, painting, making fatty recipes healthy, brewing beer, gardening and creating fabulous events through her businesses. You can check her out online at Divinediningflorida.com and Cupcakechef.com, see more of her recipes at Greenfoodie.wordpress.com or read her blog at KeepingSkinny.wordpress.com.
In the meantime, enjoy this awesomely fun guest candy sushi dessert tutorial…
I love sushi! It looks beautiful, presents sophisticated, and reminds me of special dinners spent with my little sister Katlyn. I understand, however that raw fish and masago are not everyone’s favorite… so when I am entertaining and I can’t bare to leave it out, I make candy sushi instead! (Actually, granola bars and other healthy but tasty goodies are used.)
Candy sushi is simple enough for kids to make and fancy enough to impress all your guests! It is perfect for any occasion and the talk of every dessert table I’ve ever done.
Plus, it can be made a day or two ahead if needed. (Love planning ahead!)
Here is a step by step guide to candy sashimi over rice…
1 box of chewy protein bars — I love Bunny Bars and Think Thin because they taste amazing and are low calorie, which means we can eat more ;)
1 box of fruit leather or strips — Dark fruit makes the seaweed look more realistic; Archer Farms from Target have great flavor are nice and sticky for molding.
1 bag Swedish Fish candies — Any color works, but they need to be full size fish.
Sushi spoons or paper liners for presentation
Optional: orange or black sprinkles for masago (fish eggs)
Step 1: Cut your Granola Bars into roughly 1″ cubes. These will be the rice for our sashimi to be placed on.
Step 2: After all your bars are cut, cut or peel fruit leather into stripes; this will be our seaweed.
Step 3: On each granola rice square, place one Swedish Fish in the center and 1 strip of fruit seaweed lengthwise.
Step 4: If you are not adding sprinkles as Masago, you can place each sashimi piece folding the fruit seaweed underneath (it should stick to itself pretty well) and place on a spoon or liner.
If you are adding the masago, pour a few sprinkles in a bowl or a clean palm and dip the seaweed/fish side in it. The sprinkles will stick well to fruit roll.
Step 5: Finally, place liners in a sushi boat or on a tray to display. For delicious but realistic looking sides, I use Amber Agave for soy sauce, peach fruit roll for ginger and 2 smashed green Swedish Fish rolled into balls for wasabi.
Making 50 of these took only about a half hour in the kitchen. Setting up an assembly line for large batches works well and is fun to do with girlfriends before your shower, wedding or shindig!
This boat looks amazing and tastes even better! They were gobbled up in seconds at this shower.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY. If you did, please comment and we will make sure you learn parts 2 and 3 of this tutorial soon. Check out this preview…
As I’ve been delving deeper into the world of party planning and dessert tables, I’ve learned one thing: everything tastes better on a stick. From cupcake skewers to marshmallow pops, I have an obsession with any tasty treat that you don’t need to eat with your hands. Which leads me to my latest discovery: Popsy Cakes!
Every once in a while, someone introduces me to something that I just can’t get enough of. That happened when the lovely team at Popsy Cakes were kind enough to send me some samples to test out.
Simply put, Popsy Cakes are cupcakes, dipped in chocolate and placed upon a pretzel stick. What’s not to love?! Beyond the amazing concept, let me tell you how amazing these little treats taste! My favorite flavor is by far the Red Velvet Rush, but all the flavors I tasted were simply delicious.
Might I also mention that creator Jessica Cervantes was only 16 when she decided to create this innovative snack? Talk about impressive!
So if you’re looking for a tasty treat for your next event, be sure to check out Popsy Cakes. I imagine they make an eye-catching addition to any dessert table. And with flavors like Vanilla Bean Dream, Dark Chocolate Decadence, Strawberry Milkshake, Red Velvet Rush and Peanut Butter Burst, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at $34.99/half dozen or $54.99/dozen.
[Disclaimer: Popsy Cakes provided samples in exchange for my honest product review. No monetary compensation was provided.]
Last week, I shared the Badtz Maru/Hello Kitty dessert table I designed for my future sister-in-law’s baby shower, and one of the favorite items on that table just happened to be meringue cookies.
I had never heard of meringue cookies before my wonderful husband suggested we include them on the table, but I was pleasantly surprised when I first tasted one. Not only do they have a great melt-in-your-mouth quality about them, but they’re a great addition to any dessert table because you can dye/flavor them however you need. They’re an inexpensive way to add some real pop to any table!