Gold Sprinkle Wedding Cake

Gold Sprinkle Wedding Cake

Gold Sprinkle Wedding Cake

I think this is one of my favorite wedding cakes that I’ve ever done.  I love the look of the uniformity of the sprinkles on the top layer and then the randomness of them on the bottom layer.

The cake was Funfetti made from this recipe here.

The buttercream icing was made from this recipe here.

The gold sprinkles were from Michaels.

Congratulations to Charlie and Tyler!  Thank you for letting me be a part of your big day!

Easy Chocolate Chip Brownies

Easy Chocolate Chip Brownies

Easy Chocolate Chip Brownies

Is there anything better than a homemade chocolate chip brownie right from the oven?  Well, maybe a few things but you get my point, right?  These will go into the regular rotation, they were that good.

2 cups sugar

1 3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon salt

5 eggs

1 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chips – I used 1/3 cup semisweet, 1/3 cup milk, and 1/3 cup white

1  Heat oven to 350.  Spray 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray.

2  In mixer bowl, combine sugar, flour, cocoa and salt and mix on low until combined.

3  Add eggs, oil, and vanilla and mix on low until combined.

4  Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle chips over the top.

5  Bake 30 – 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs.  The edges will pull away from the pan and center should look set, not wet at all.

6  Let cool completely before cutting.

recipe from Together as Family

Chocolate Cake Mix Cupcakes

Chocolate Cake Mix Cupcakes with Gumballs

Chocolate Cake Mix Cupcakes with Gumballs

Made some cupcakes yesterday for a couple of birthdays.

Chocolate Cake Mix Cupcakes with Gumballs

Chocolate Cake Mix Cupcakes with Gumballs

The ones with the gumballs were for my friend Reed who was celebrating his 10th birthday.

Chocolate Cake Mix Cupcakes with Kit Kats

Chocolate Cake Mix Cupcakes with Kit Kats

These with the Kit Kats were for my friend Rebecca.

Chocolate Cake Mix Cupcakes with Kit Kats

Chocolate Cake Mix Cupcakes with Kit Kats

I saved one to sample and it was delicious!

cupcakes

1 box chocolate cake mix

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup flour

1/3 cup cocoa

1 cup water or cooled coffee

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup sour cream

1 cup mini chocolate chips

frosting

I used this frosting here.

decorations

sprinkles

gumballs (I bought a giant bag of gumballs on the Christmas clearance rack at Home Goods after Christmas knowing I would find a use for them!)

mini Kit Kats (I bought a bunch of bags of Halloween candy after Halloween on the clearance rack also knowing I would find a use for them!)

1  Heat oven to 325.  Line muffin pans with paper liners.

2  Whisk together cake mix, sugar, flour, and cocoa in bowl of mixer.  Add water, eggs, vanilla, and sour cream and beat on low for 2 minutes.  Stir in chocolate chips.

3  Scoop batter into paper liners.  Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched.  Allow to cool before decorating.

recipe from Love From the Oven

Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

This was yummy and easy and required only one pan so win, win, win!

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons Greek seasoning

1 pound small new potatoes, halved or quartered

2 tablespoons green goddess dressing or Greek vinaigrette dressing

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 1 1/2 pounds

1 tablespoon honey

4 cups fresh baby spinach

toppings

sliced lemon

sliced red onion

crumbled Feta cheese

chopped fresh oregano leaves

1  Heat oven to 425.  Cover sheet pan with foil and spray foil with cooking spray.  In large bowl, mix oil and 1 teaspoon Greek seasoning then add potatoes and toss to coat.  Place potatoes on sheet pan, skin sides down in single layer.

2  Roast uncovered, 16 – 18 minutes or until potatoes are just tender when pierced with fork.  Remove pan from oven and stir.

3  In same large bowl, mix dressing and remaining teaspoon of Greek seasoning.  Add chicken and toss to coat.  Arrange chicken in single layer on pan with potatoes.

4  Roast 20 – 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (at least 165 degrees) and potatoes are browned and tender.

5  Drizzle chicken and potatoes with honey.  Add spinach to pan and roast 1 -2 minutes longer or until spinach wilts slightly.  Serve with toppings.

recipe from Betty Crocker

Blondies with Caramel Chips

Blondies with Caramel Chips

Blondies with Caramel Chips

If you’re looking for something rich and gooey, you’ve found it!  I made them for my neighbor Amber’s birthday but kept just a couple for us to try, they were yummy.

1 cup butter, melted

1 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoon corn starch

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups caramel or butterscotch chips

1  Preheat oven to 350.  Spray 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray.

2  Combine melted butter and brown sugar in large bowl and stir until combined.

3  Add eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, stirring well after each addition.  Stir in vanilla.

4  In another bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.  Gradually stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until completely combined.  Stir in chips.

5  Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.  Bake 25 – 30 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden brown.

6  Allow to cool before cutting.

recipe fromI Am Baker

Annie’s Soft Pretzels

Annie's Soft Pretzels

Annie’s Soft Pretzels

I’ve been wanting to give homemade pretzels a try and my friend Ann had a recipe for them so I gave it a shot and they were so yummy!  The top one is cinnamon and sugar and the bottom is salty, the cinnamon and sugar were the winners, they were gone ASAP.

dough

3 1/2 – 4 1/2 cups flour

1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

1 1/2 cups milk

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons oil

1 teaspoon salt

egg wash

1 egg white

1 tablespoon water

toppings

cinnamon and sugar

coarse salt

Parmesan cheese

poppy seeds

1  Preheat oven to 450.  In mixer bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups of the flour and the yeast.

2  In a saucepan over medium low heat, stir milk, sugar, oil, and salt until warm, 120 – 130 degrees.  Add to flour mixture in bowl.

3  Using bread hook attachment, turn mixer on low for 30 seconds.  Continue to add flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough forms a ball on the bread hook attachment.  Do not add too much flour or over mix.

4  Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead enough of remaining flour in to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic.

5  Shape dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease surface.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size or place in a Ziploc bag and let rise in fridge over night.

6  Punch dough down.  Turn out on to lightly floured surface.  Cover and let rest 10 minutes.  Roll dough into 12 x 10″ rectangle.  Cut into sixteen – twenty 12 x 12″ strips.  Gently pull/roll each strip into a 16″ long rope.

7  Shape each pretzel by crossing one end over the other to form a circle.  Tuck ends under edges to make a pretzel shape.  Moisten ends and press to seal.

8  Combine egg white and water to make egg wash.  Brush pretzels with egg wash and top as desired.

9  Bake for 14 minutes, turning halfway for even baking.

Yield: 16 pretzels

Puffy Sugar Cookies

Puffy Sugar Cookies

Puffy Sugar Cookies

Made some cookies yesterday for some friends.  They came out pretty cute!  Did some flower shaped ones and . . .

Puffy Sugar Cookies

Puffy Sugar Cookies

some mustache ones too!

1 (16 oz) tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough

3/4 cup flour

2 tablespoons real maple syrup

Wilton Cookie Icing

sprinkles

1  Preheat oven to 350. Spray cookie pans with cooking spray for baking.

2  Combine cookie dough, flour and maple syrup in mixer bowl and mix on low until well combined, finish kneading by hand if necessary.

3  Press cookie dough into each well of cookie pan, filling about 3/4 full.

4  Bake 15 – 20 minutes or until edges are just starting to turn brown.  Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes in pan before removing.  Allow to cool completely before icing.

5  I used Wilton Cookie Icing and some sprinkles to decorate the cookies.

recipe adapted from this one here