Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Engagement Ring Powdered Donuts

  
  I made these powdered sugar engagement ring donuts to hand out as favors during wedding dress shopping with my sister. We had a group of 7 people total to help her find a dress, and while it didn't take long to find "the one," it was nice to have a little treat afterwards to help us celebrate.
I used these TastyKake mini donuts, simply because they were on sale for $1. Any small donuts would work, just adjust the "diamond" size accordingly.
 I just printed out these diamond images from clip art, adjusting them to be about 1.5-2" in height/width. Again, any size would work depending on the donut you use.
I cut out the diamonds and carefully taped a toothpick to the back. Make sure you tape the toothpick about halfway up the back of the diamond, otherwise they will fall off too easily.
Make sure you have about 2" of toothpick to stick into the donut so that they are secure. 
And carefully place the toothpick through the center of the donut.
 
It's okay if the toothpick isn't perfectly centered or is slightly visible, it won't be as noticeable once in the bag.
Once I put them in a Ziplock bag however, I was a little deflated about how they looked. There was too much space and they looked very "soccer mom" to me. (Not that there's anything wrong with that...).
So I folded the bag over, taping about 1/3 of the bag to the back of the remaining 2/3.
I cut strips of scrapbook paper, folding it over the tops to cover the blue Ziplock closure, stapling the bags at the top and both sides.  
 
Despite the three staples they were pretty easily to tear into, the scrapbook paper just slid right off once torn.
 
I used two scrapbook patterns in purple and pink, which are her wedding color and accent color.
Overall they were a huge hit and were really easy and cheap to make.
 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Easy DIY Sea Salt Cupcakes Using Kraft Caramels

These DIY sea salt caramel cupcakes look so professional you'd never realize they were made from store-bought Kraft caramels and took only a few minutes to make.
I first whipped up a batch of plain chocolate cupcakes.
 I love this recipe because of how the cupcakes dome up once baked .
 I almost always over-fill the cupcakes because I think it just makes them look better.
 Now for the caramels! I took a bag of your typical Kraft caramels and unwrapped them all (which takes forever...especially when it's so tempting to eat a few!)
I used this Morton's Sea Salt, which I've been putting on everything and found at the grocery store for less than $2.00. The flakes are larger and the flavor is slightly stronger than regular salt.
 
Warming up the caramels, I carefully kneaded and pulled the caramels into a flat, square shape. Adding a sprinkle of salt to the center, I folded the caramels into a shorter rectangular log. For some reason I felt like seeing perfectly square caramels screams "store bought Kraft caramels" but oblong, rectangular caramels seems homemade or gourmet.
 
To finish them off I added another sprinkle of salt to the top of the caramels, pressing it down slightly to make the salt stick.
 I know it looks like I used a ton of salt, but these were just the right amount of sweet and salty.
 Just stick them on top of the chocolate cupcakes and suddenly they go from being plain and simple cupcakes to looking like really legitimate cupcakes.
 But if that isn't enough for you...
 Top them with some caramel syrup!
I drizzled it back and forth over the whole batch for an extra special touch.
 Just be careful not to drizzle too early, I noticed that the leftover cupcakes after a day became soggy from the caramel drizzle, even the caramels weren't quite as fresh due to the moisture.
The ones eaten right away however were perfectly yummy and I received a lot of compliments on how professional they looked and how it must have taken me hours!
Little did they know it only took me a few minutes...but I won't tell if you don't!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Frozen Chocolate Graham Cracker Sandwiches

I recently bought these chocolate filled Graham crackers thinking that they would be really good crushed into vanilla yogurt (i really like having low-fat vanilla yogurt for breakfast but it only fills me up if i add granola or a crushed 100 calorie snack pack.) Unfortunately, the crackers really just weren't sweet enough for vanilla yogurt, they became a bit tasteless. Eaten alone, the chocolate squished out of the sides of the sandwich and made a crumbly mess. I was pretty disappointed...that is, until i had the genius idea to leave them in the freezer! Once frozen, the Graham cracker sandwiches are so good! The chocolate is more of a fudge and doesn't make a mess and somehow it feels like you're eating a dessert. I couldn't help but think it would be something my 2 year old nephew would love, but that won't keep me from buying them again!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

Baby Girl Ballerina Cupcakes--Baby Shower Cupcake Sneak Peak

No, don't worry, these aren't the cupcakes I'm making for my sister's baby shower on Sunday. These adorable ballerina cupcakes were in the running, but they didn't make the cut for the final cupcakes. I'm sure you've seen the millions of ballerina cupcakes on Pinterest, but unlike those cupcakes, these cupcakes actually taste good (Air Heads instead of fondant) and are really easy to make (all you need are cherry Air Heads and vanilla frosting). 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Fourth of July Fail--Air Head Cupcake Streamers

So lately I've been trying out different ways to use Air Heads instead of fondant. Air Heads taste so much better and essentially are just sheets of chewy sugar, so I figured what's the difference, right? Well, turns out they're a little bit tricky. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Transforming Peeps Yellow Marshmallow Bunnies--Pikachu and Despicable Me Minions

These minion marshmallows are made from a deconstructed yellow Peeps bunny. 
 "Like every former fat kid, I love marshmallows." --The Sandwich King on Chopped.
I would definitely have to agree with these infinite words of wisdom. And marshmallow peeps are so easy to transform with edible food pens like Wilton's FoodWriters. The have such personality and can be really fun to play around with--especially because you get to eat them all at the end of the day!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Springtime Nail Polish Marshmallow Tootsie Rolls

Happy Spring everyone! Today was absolutely beautiful here in Cincinnati (high of 78+) and for the first time since last fall I was able to wear flip flops today. And not just any flip flops, but these beautiful Tory Burch flip flops my sister got me for my birthday that I'm absolutely obsessed with. What goes hand-in-hand with flip flops? Nail polish of course. Naturally, I had to paint my toes this morning since they would be on display, which seemed to fit perfectly with this cute summery treat.
I saw a version of these nail polish treats on Pinterest where the marshmallows were dipped in frosting and attached to the Tootsie Roll with melted chocolate, which inspired me to see if I could make a simplified version. All you need is large marshmallows  Tootsie Rolls, sugar, and food coloring. How easy is that?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Healthy Broccoli Spinach Egg and Cheese Cupcakes

These broccoli, spinach, egg, and cheese "cupcakes" make a really nice single-serving healthy meal and are so easy to make.

Hiding Bunny Easter Cupcakes

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!
These cupcakes were so easy to make and yet are still really cute. All you need is white chocolate, sprinkles (or sugar), and green frosting (and cupcakes of course!). 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sneak Peak!

Thank you all for being so patient with the lack of posting here recently. 
(Luckily, no one really reads this blog.)
Here's a little sneak peak of the posts coming this week:
 Valentine's Day Chocolate Whiskey Mini-Cakes.

 Homemade Heart-Shaped Pepperoni Pizza 

 Super Easy Banana Muffins with Cinnamon Crumble Filling.

 
Pinterest Marshmallow Tootsie Roll Nail Polish Simplified

Four Supreme Court Justices Cupcakes--the Justice AlitOreo Cake
 The Classic Conservative Justice Scalia Cupcake
The Justice BabyRuth Bader Ginsberg Cupcake 
 The Chief Justice Roberts Chocolate Cupcake

 Healthy Broccoli Spinach and Cheese Egg Cups

Hiding Easter Bunny Funfetti Cupcakes

Easy Chocolate Gluten-Free Cupcakes (Made with ingredients you actually have!)