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!

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

Cinnamon Biscuits

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These go so fast in my house, I only got pictures of them still in the pan and the other pan went to my in-laws.  Let me tell you, my kids and husband LOVE these sweet gooey cinnamon biscuits. The biscuits are fluffy and the cinnamon filling is divine.

To make these is quite simple, but it does get messy.  The trick to the biscuits is using a large cookie scoop and generously flouring your hands(like a gymnast does when she preparing for her bar routine).  Scoop the biscuit onto your flowered hands working it back and forth until the dough is no longer sticky, 3-4 time, then plop it into the baking pan.  Continue with this process until the all the dough is used up.  The biscuits will touch in the pan.

The second thing to these delicious biscuits is getting the filling into the biscuit.  The trick I found was using a condiment bottle, you can stick the tip right into the dough and squeeze the filling until you see it coming up to the top.  Also make sure when you are making the filling there are no lumps, as these lumps will clog up the squeeze bottle.

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Biscuit Recipe from CD Kitchen, Cinnamon recipe adapted from: parsleysagessweet.com

Happy Baking:)

KK

White Cupcakes with Buttercream frosting

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I believe hockey is in the blood, you got to love it to put up with all there is to raising a hockey player.  Growing up the youngest of three I was dragged to all my siblings sporting events.  Hockey is what my older brother played.  I knew if I ever had children I wanted a hockey player.  Hockey is a sport everyone in the family has to commit too.
My oldest is 18 and plays hockey for the Varsity team.  He plays other sports too, but hockey is by far his passion. He is competitive and self motivated to improve.  His  biggest competition is himself because he is always striving for improvement.  I am very blessed with a hard-working individual, I get to call my son.hockey2As he is nearing the end of his senior year of hockey, it is time to honor the gentlemen for all their dedication, leadership and friendship.  I wanted it to be special not just for him but for the 6 teammates he has come to know very well for over a decade. There is nothing stronger then their hockey bond.

To decorate these cupcakes for the hockey theme, I used Mini York Peppermint Patties, I piped the jersey numbers on with melted white chocolate which I added Wilton Icing Color too.  The hockey stick is a rolled out Tootsie roll, although they turned cute.  But if were to make these again I would use Pretzel sticks and stick them together with melted chocolate.  I wanted the hockey stick to stand upright which at first it was not, they would wilt back onto the cupcake.  So I had to get creative and I piped a thin line of the melted white chocolate on the back to add as support, then used the chocolate as glue to the cupcake.

**tutorial swirl 2 color frosting.

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White Cupcake

Buttercream Frosting recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker and Baker by Nature

Cupcake Recipe from The Cake Doctor

Happy Baking:)

KK