Christmas Treats!

RE-POST!! I am so happy to share 3 of my favorite sweet treats. One from my Mom, one from my Mother-in-law and a cookie recipe from ME! How fun!! Yesterday, Jack and I made the Reindeer Cookies and switched them up a little. The result was fantab!! I replaced the craisins and the raisins
for dried cherries and dried apples. YUM!!!

Reindeer Cookies
3 eggs
1 1/4 c brown sugar
1 c sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 jar Nutella (you can use peanut butter)
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 c m&m’s (holiday mix)
1/2 c golden raisins
1/2 c craisins
2 tsp baking soda
4 c oatmeal (quick cooking)
Preheat oven to 350. In a very large bowl combine eggs & sugars then add each ingredient and mix. Bake 8-10 mins. Yummy!!

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
This is the best little addition to any party! My MIL introduced this to me years ago when Hubs and I were first dating. I have taken it so many places for so many different things and everyone always wants the recipe. It is great served with graham crackers.
1~ 8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter (don’t substitute, will not work!)
1/4 tsp vanilla
3/4 c conf. sugar
2 Tb brown sugar
3/4 c mini choc chips
3/4 c chopped pecans
Mix all ing together except pecans, chill overnight so that you can roll into a ball and roll ball in pecans. Delish!

Tina’s Kentucky Pie
This is a recipe my Mother has made every holiday since I can remember. It is so easy!
1~ 9 in pie shell
1/2 c choc chips
1 stick margarine, melted
2 eggs
1 c sugar
1/2 c plain flour
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 c chopped pecans or walnuts
Put chips in bottom of pie shell, mix other ingredients together and pour over chips. Bake at 350 for 30 mins.

Alien Cupcakes

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Happy 5th Birthday Peter!!

How cute are these Alien/Monster Cupcakes?

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I used all sorts of candy like licorice for the antennas, gum drops for their head(s), m&m’s, skittles & candy melts for eyes. They were SO much fun to make. 

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Rock Star 1st Birthday!

How much fun did I have doing the “Rock Star” themed birthday party this weekend? TONS!!!
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I did a big guitar cake for all the guests at G-man’s Party and this adorable smash cake for the Birthday Boy!  His cake was a banana pound cake with chocolate frosting and the guitar was a choco-chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. OMG it is MY new fav! De-fricking lish!!

Best EVER Peanut Butter Frosting

1 stick of butter
1 8 oz cream cheese
1 cup peanut butter
1 t vanilla extract
1 32 oz bag powdered sugar
Cream all ingredients, but sugar. Slowly add powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments.  Sometimes you will use the whole bag, sometimes more, sometimes less. I think it has to do with the humidity. Which here in NC we already have had 90 degree sticky days and I am finding I am using more sugar in all my frosting recipes. Who knows?
For G’s cake I used red fondant stars and threaded craft wire between 2 stars and sealed with a little vodka! I know you must have just gasped! It was literally less than a drop! I read somewhere that we working with fondant using alcohol opposed to water would seal quicker as the alcohol evaporates and the water just makes a sticky mess. It worked! I made them around midnight last night and the were perfect this morning!! And didn’t they turn out cute! I am posting another pic cause I just love it!!
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I know I am a dork!

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What’s Baking? Eggless Chocolate Cake

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Baby Bray is turning 1 and he is allergic to all sorts of food especially eggs. So, I looked at a ton of different recipes to come up with what I hope to be a DELISH Chocolate Cake without eggs, butter or milk.

1 1/2 c flour
3/4 c sugar
1/2 c cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking  soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 c warm water
2 tsp of white vinegar
1 T vanilla

Mix everything together and bake at 350. I had an odd shaped dish and so it took apx 50 mins to cook. I then made Chocolate Frosting  that you find on the back of the cocoa powder box. As he can’t have the milk chocolate chips I would normally use.

Here are the cupcakes his Big Sister and Cousins enjoyed!

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What’s Baking Wednesday?

P3171929Welcome to the 1st Edition of What’s Baking Wednesday! I am so excited to share all my fun baked goods and I thought it fitting to celebrate a BIG Birthday 90 years… WOW! What can I say? I was so honored to make this cake for the Matriarch of one of my favorite families!

This is the biggest cake I have ever made! I started with a basic chocolate cake recipe, tripled it and added my secret ingredients. I added clementine zest, orange juice & a little Gran Marnier to the recipe and then made Orange Cream Cheese Frosting. YUM!!

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Ms. T’s Orange Cream Cake

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Happy Birthday Ms. T!!
Ms. T is Jack’s pre-school teacher and when I heard that the teachers were planning her a birthday party I had to volunteer to bake the cake! I was so excited to try out some of the techniques I learned in my Cake Decorating Class! When I started, I was thinking I was going to make a lemon cake but, then when I saw the beautiful Clementines in my fridge I thought ORANGE! 
3 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 c sugar
1 c butter, softened
5 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 c orange juice
3/4 c milk
zest from 1 clementine*
In stand mixer add all dry ingredients and blend for a few mins to lighten up. Add softened butter and mix 2 mins.  Add vanilla to milk & juice and add a little liquid then egg and rotate ending with milk mixture.
Put in greased & floured cake pans. Bake 350 for 35-45mins
ORANGE CREAM FROSTING
1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 T orange juice
zest from 1 clementine *
4 to 6 c powdered sugar
Cream all ingredients except sugar with mixer and slowly add sugar 1/2 c at a time.
*Clementine may be substituted for orange, nectarine what ever you have on hand.
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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How cute are these little green cupcakes?

I did my Favorite Cream Cheese Butter Cream Frosting with 2 tsp of key lime juice added to the mix. It is just yummy with some great sprinkles on top!!

I am these for a fundraiser at my favorite lunch spot Cafe Gouda they raised $10,000 for Pediatric Cancer in the 1st Annual St. Baldricks Event! Way to go girls!

Ben’s Batman Birthday!

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Happy, Happy  BELATED Birthday to Ben!           Ben’s Mommy is a great friend of mine and due to the amazing amounts of SNOW we have had we are FINALLY getting to CELEBRATE Ben’s 4th Birthday!! He is really into Batman right now so I had a great time making these. We made Ben his own cake and all his friends get cupcakes!  I used fondant to make all the bats, his name & the 4!  I am still a novice with the fondant but, I am getting better!

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ALIEN Cupcakes!

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Star Wars Birthday

Happy 7th Birthday! To my man CJ!

CJ LOVES Star Wars and I was so excited to make cupcakes for his party at school and a cake the party at home with his buddies! I thought for my 1st time working with fondant I was pretty successful! I was super intimidated by that stuff.  But, I didn’t let it beat me! What do you guys think? Am I ready for Cake Wars? ha! Maybe I could go work for Duff!!

 

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Darth Vader & Luke Skywalker!

The Light Sabers LIGHT up!!

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