Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mississipi Mud Cake

My mom saw Mississippi mud cake on TV and asked me to make it, since I had all the ingredients I figured why not.

2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Miniature marshmallows

1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 cup chocolate almond bark
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350° and grease or line a 9x13 inch pan.

1. Combine the sugar, salt, and flour in a large mixing bowl.
2. Bring the butter, oil, cocoa, and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Add to the flour mixture. 
3. Beat together the eggs, baking soda, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add to the chocolate mixture, mix well.
4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes.

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and melt together, whisking until smooth. Set aside.

1. Put the cake on a cooling rack and allow to cool slightly before covering in mini marshmallows.
2. Pour warm icing over and let sit before serving. Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"Reeses Pieces" Fudge

Despite the name, no, these don't actually contain reeses pieces (Though I suppose people could if they wanted to). The flavor just reminds me of the candy.

1/2 Pound (Half package) white almond bark
1/2 Pound (Half package) chocolate almond bark
1 cup peanut butter (Creamy or crunchy, I used crunchy)
1 cup of any mix-in you want (Optional)

1. Melt the almond bark in a saucepan over medium-low heat (Stirring constantly until smooth)
2. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and mix ins until well incorporated.
3. Pour into a lined 8-inch pan and chill until firm.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tortilla 'Smores

I was really wanting 'Smores yesterday and was told we have to do something with the tortillas before they go bad. I realized we also have Chocolate Lava Sauce and marshmallows. Well, I really can't be left unsupervised or I do things like this.

For the chips:
Tortillas (Flour or corn)
Butter (as needed, depending on how many you make)

To make:
Preheat oven to 375° and line a cookie sheet with foil.

1. Melt the butter and mix in the cinnamon and sugar.
2. Brush the butter mixture onto both sides of the tortilla and cute into 8 pieces.
3. Arrange pieces on pan and bake in the preheated oven for 4 minutes. Flip them oven and bake an additional 3-4 more minutes (Make sure they don't burn).
4. Place the chips on a wire rack and let cool for a few minutes.
Serve as is, with chocolate dip or make 'Smores.

 To make 'Smores:
1. Place mini marshmallows on chips and pop under the broiler for a few minutes or in the microwave for a few seconds. Sandwich them together and set aside.
2. Heat up chocolate sauce and drizzle some over the chips or dip 'Smores into them.
Serve and enjoy.
(You can also just use regular chocolate).

You can also use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes life Fall leaves

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hello Kitty Carrot Cake

Recently it was my friend Chelsi's birthday so I had to make her something. Her request was a vegan carrot cake and I decided on a vanilla bean frosting, delicious. Since it was for her it needle some sparkle and fun, so it became a Hello Kitty cake.

I can't remember the recipe I used, I sort of threw this together. I reduced the sugar in the cake itself because I wanted the carrot flavor to really come through, but the frosting (Made with Earth Balance) was very sweet, a good balance. Apparently it went over well.

Hope it was a great birthday Chelsi!