Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes

 

 

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These are the cutest little cakes my eyes have ever laid eyes on, I just may have found my newest way to treat my friends and family.  I bought this pan at a garage sale but never used it, I am a sucker for anything baking.  You can buy similar ones like this, or this, or this, depends on how much you want to spend.  Or just check out your local garage sales this upcoming spring and score an ultra cheap one like I did, probably only spend $1.00. Either way you are sure to bake up some delightful goodies!

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Now onto the actual chocolate bundt recipe.  Its simple, yet absolutely delicious chocolate cake and the added ganache is so smooth.  Do not be afraid of the added coffee in the cake coffee really does intensify the chocolate flavor!  

A simple shortcut that I make with two of the ingredients in this recipe is DIY cake flour and buttermilk.  

For the cake flour: using your 1 cup measuring cup, add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, then fill the rest of the 1 cup with flour.  

For Buttermilk: using your 1/2 cup measuring cup, add 1 tablespoons of vinegar, then fill the rest of the 1 cup with milk, let sit for 5-10 minutes.  

Whola your homemade, and cheap DIY cake flour and buttermilk!

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Bundt Cake recipe adapted from Dash of Grace

Chocolate Ganache recipe adapted from Chocolate Chocolate and more

Happy baking, then Eating:)

KK

Yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting

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Yellow cupcakes are by far my most favorite cupcake.  As a kid I did not like chocolate cupcakes or chocolate cake, they had a weird taste to me.  So many times I would not eat the cake at birthday parties or events because of this.  I blamed it on that I didn’t like cake but in reality I did not like chocolate cake. I was always on cloud nine when a party had a yellow cake or cupcake, the taste was just more sweet to me.  Even though I have grown out of my not liking chocolate cake, I still prefer a yellow cake over any other.

So I paired this amazing, yummy basic yellow cupcake with a rich creamy, smooth chocolate frosting.  These particular cupcakes were for my youngest sons birthday party, I always seem to have a baseball theme for him.  The baseball looking thing on top is 1/2 of a carefully cut oreo and red gel to make the stripes.

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Classic Yellow cupcakes

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recipe from my favorite blogger Brown Eyed Baker

Happy Baking!

Oreo Chocolate Cupcakes

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Personally you can never go wrong with OREO’s.  There is something simply magical about the chocolate sandwich cookie with the cream center.  How do you eat yours?  As I kid, I definitely dunked it until it was soaked…like just before mushy soaked.  Then it almost melted in my mouth.  In my teen years, I liked to twist, lick the cream filling and then eat the chocolate cookies last.  Now as an adult I just eat it whole, and with a side of almond milk.

So I loved when my youngest son picked out these cupcakes for his birthday party.  They are great pair of chocolate cupcake with vanilla oreo frosting.

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Oreo cupcakes

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recipe from Life Love and Sugar

Happy Baking!

Mom’s Rhubarb Bars

 

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These rhubarb bars have been a summer treat my entire life.  I don’t remember a summer without them, and it would not be a summer without them.  The crunchy sweet topping, paired with the tart rhubarb filling and ending with another sweet crunch.  I have no clue where the recipe originates from, other than that of my grandmother’s recipe box.  So if you are fortunate to have frozen enough rhubarb to create this sweet summer treat in the winter, you are LUCKY!

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My mother-in-law said she used to eat rhubarb by the stalk but with sprinkled sugar on top.  So is rhubarb a fruit or a vegetable?  Well after some reading, rhubarb is a vegetable but mainly cooked down with sugar such as a fruit would be.  Rhubarb is a very tart vegetable, which is why most recipes have sugar added.

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I can barely  snap a picture of these beauties before half the pan is gone!!!

 

recipe courtesy of my mother and grandmother!

 

Happy Baking down memory lane!

Cookie Monster Cake

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My husband just might be the human cookie monster, for his love of anything sweet but especially homemade chocolate chip cookies.  So when this commercial came out, he laughed, watched and then said “I love cookie monster”.   This commercial is adorable but it is totally my hubby when waiting for the cookie—IMPATIENT! So for his love of Cookie Monster, love of chocolate chip cookie, love of cake, love of sweets: this cake is just for him.

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Don’t be alarmed by the ingredient list.  It is actually quite simple to put together.

  1. make the cake and let it cool

  2. make the cookies dough frosting, assemble the cake, put in refriderator.

  3. make cookies and cream frosting, frost entire cake

  4. make ganache, pour over cake

  5. make eyes

  6. ENJOY, because it is a delicious cake:)

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Inspiration cake &  blue cookies and cream frosting recipe: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Chocolate Cake Recipe: Rose Bakes

Cookie Dough Frosting Recipe : Liv for Cake

Happy Baking and Recreating:)

Ham and Cheese Sliders

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Ohh look at the melted cheese, and toasted bun!! These sandwiches are a family favorite!  The swiss cheese, salty ham and a wonderful mustard/mayo sauce makes these a go-to lunch or supper anytime of the year.

Ham is something we always have an abundance of in our freezer.  Our hockey association has a ham fundraiser every fall, one ham is about 15-17 lbs. spiral cut and pre-cooked for $45.00.  I typically buy two, one to freeze and save for Easter, the other I will cut up and refreeze in gallon ziploc bags.

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The recipe is below but here is picture by picture of the steps starting with step 2 in the directions.  Really there is no way to screw this up, just pile on the good and bake!

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recipe adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Happy Baking:)

Gluten and Dairy Free Cupcakes

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I love a baking challenge.  So when I planned to make cupcakes for the hockey team and parents, I knew I needed to make a gluten AND dairy free cupcake.  I was ok with the gluten free cupcake, because I was using a box mix but the dairy free frosting was something I was very unsure of.  Plus I wanted it to look as BEAUTIFUL as the other cupcakes and nobody should be left out because of their food allergies.

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I was stoked when I found this box mix in our local grocery store because I only needed to add eggs, oil and water. Although this mix says it contains milk, I sent a pic of the ingredients to the parent, they said it would be ok.  Now on to the frosting.  I really wanted something that could be piped, so I needed something close to a buttercream but only dairy free.  I tossed between a few recipes and ended with this one, Dairy Free Buttercream.  The end result is a cupcake that looks no different from the regular ones.

**If you do not like coconut, you will not like this frosting because of the use of coconut oil.  HOWEVER, if you do like coconut or coconut flavor, these cupcakes are perfect for you even if you do not have a dairy allergy.

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recipe from Gluten Free GIGI

Happy baking challenge:)

KK