Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall Cupcake Recipes, Ideas and Classes

I'm teaching a few of my favorite "Gourmet Cupcakes Made Easy" classes this month, and while we use cake mix for the base of the cupcakes in class, I wanted to share my scratch recipes for those awesome cupcakes here for my students to try.

Homemade Caramel Sauce (soooo good!)

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Back-To-School Treats

I'm not ashamed to admit that I readily bribe my children's teachers from the very first day of school... This year will be no different. Below are a few of my previous years' bribes and treats for teachers.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Flourless Chocolate Cake {Recipe}

This chocolate cake received rave reviews from our entire Fourth of July party. It was so rich, so tasty, and best-of-all... It's flourless, so our friends with dietary restrictions were as happy with it as we sugary gluten eaters!
It did taste more like a brownie than cake, but it was still very good. My favorite thing is that it is adapted, ironically, from This recipe found on the King Arthur Flour website. And it is so easy that my eight-year-old did most of the work making it.

What You Need:
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup sugar*
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. finely ground coffee or espresso powder 
1 Tbsp. vanilla
6 eggs (at room temperature)
1 cup cocoa powder

* Note: I am going to test this with just 1 cup sugar next time to lower the carb count even more, I'll let you know how that goes.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cool Fourth of July Easy "Pies"

This treat is perfect if you love pie, but don't want to heat up the kitchen for hours. You still have to bake some of the crust, but it only takes five minutes, not an hour, in the oven.

What You Need
Pie Crust
   You can use store-bought or one of my Two Favorite Pie Crust Recipes
   (Flaky Pie Crust or Rich Pie Crust).
Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce
   Or you can use store-bought pie filling. Cherry & Blueberry would make a cool red, white and blue pie.
Vanilla Ice Cream

Pretty simple instructions here...

Make the crust.
For mine, I used my Flaky Pie Crust Recipe, and cut it into stars (or even just cut into strips if you want to make it even easier).  Be sure to prick it with a fork before you cut it so that the crust doesn't get funky air bubbles. Bake at 425-degrees for just 5-7 minutes.
I only used 1/4 of the dough, and it made about six to eight "pies."

Make the filling.
The Recipe for Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce is here.

Assemble them in cute cups or mugs, and top with ice cream.


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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Easy Strawberry-Rhubarb Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

We have rhubarb and strawberries galore in our backyard garden right now.
So, I decided to make this very easy cake for my boys to welcome them home from Cub Scout camp.
*Note: My husband took my camera with them to camp, which is why the photos here are a little -- ish.

What You Need:
For the Cake:
1 box white cake mix
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1-2 cups chopped strawberries
1-2 cups chopped rhubarb

For the Frosting:
1/2 cup (4 oz.) cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 cup heavy whipping cream (very cold)
1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar

Friday, June 19, 2015

Tank You Very Much! - Thank You Cookies

We are getting a fish tank. So, we need to thank (or "tank") the guy who is giving it to us.

We made him some "Tanks a lot" cookies... I think these will do it.

What You Need:
Chocolate Roll-Out Cookies
Buttercream Icing (or canned icing)
  OR Royal Icing
Nerds Candy
Swedish Fish Candy

Friday, June 5, 2015

National Donut Day (at home)

Did you know that today is National Donut Day? I'm a little behind, but here are some of my favorite homemade donut (or doughnut) recipes.

I've also done a post about donut makers and donut pans.
And, if you'd like to see my worst TV appearance ever, making some of these donuts with my son, you can go here.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Easy Cross Cake - How-To

It's that time of year... First Communion season for the Catholics.
Given that I have two second graders, it's a time of many masses, parties and cakes.

The easiest First Communion cake I can make is this cross one. It's made by cutting a 9x13 cake into pieces, rearranging it, and covering it with icing.

I added the Chalice and the Host made out of fondant, which I painted with Wilton's Pearl Dust.

What You Need:
9x13 cake, baked and cooled (I recommend a white cake if you've never done this before... fewer crumbs)
5-6 cups Decorator's Buttercream Icing (more if you want to add filling)
4 oz. white fondant
Clear Vanilla
Silver or Gold Pearl Dust

Friday, February 27, 2015

Easy Minecraft Birthday Cake

If you have elementary-aged children, you know about Minecraft. Okay, that's not true at all. I know nothing about Minecraft, but many of my kids' friends do. And this birthday cake was for one of them.

What You Need:
Square Cake (This is two layers of 8" square)
Chocolate Ganache Icing (2 cups)
Buttercream Icing (1-2 cups) - colored dark green