90’s Themed Churro Cupcakes

Sarah, a friend of my daughter’s, asked if we would make some Churro Cupcakes for her husband Hector’s 90’s themed birthday party so we decided to make the cupcakes 90’s themed as well.

With Rubik’s Cubes and

Tamagotchis and

Skateboards. The original recipe topped the cupcakes with churros which would be yummy too.

Happy Birthday Hector! We love you!

CUPCAKES

1 box French Vanilla cake mix plus ingredients to make cake (I didn’t have a vanilla cake mix so I used a white one and added 2 teaspoons of vanilla to it)

1 small box vanilla instant pudding mix

1 tablespoon cinnamon

FROSTING

3/4 cup butter, softened

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 – 2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 – 3 tablespoons milk

around 3 cups of powdered sugar

churros for topping, homemade or from the freezer section

cinnamon and sugar

1 For the cupcakes, preheat oven to 350. Line 2 muffin tins with paper liners.

2 Prepare cake mix according to package directions, adding the pudding mix and cinnamon along with other ingredients. Scoop batter into prepared pans and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until the cupcakes bounce back when touched lightly. Let cool.

3 For the frosting, beat together butter, vanilla, and cinnamon until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, alternating with milk until frosting is thick, smooth, and fluffy.

4 Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Top as desired.

Yield: around 16 – 17 cupcakes

recipe from The Domestic Rebel

Caramel Frosted Zucchini Pecan Bars

Another great recipe in the arsenal to fight against the seemingly never ending onslaught of zucchini . . .

BARS

2 eggs

12 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons vanilla

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini

1 cup pecans, chopped

FROSTING

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons milk or cream

pinch salt

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 For the bars, preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9 x 9″ baking pan with cooking spray.

2 Beat together eggs, butter, sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla.

3 Beat in baking soda and flour just until combined.

4 Fold in zucchini and nuts.

5 Spread batter in prepared pan and bake for 35 – 45 minutes. Let cake cool while you make the frosting.

6 For the frosting, bring butter, brown sugar, milk/cream, and salt to a boil over medium heat. When it begins to boil, remove from heat.

7 Stir in powdered sugar until smooth then pour over warm cake. (Work quickly as the frosting sets quickly.)

recipe from the view from great island

Blondie Sticks

Cute right? And tasty too! I made these for Porch Treats yesterday. I made two pans which made almost 50 bars and they were all taken by the neighborhood kids. I dipped the edges that you cut off to make the blondie sticks nice and flat and around the same size and those were so yummy!

2 cups flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups packed brown sugar

3/4 cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 eggs

sprinkles, jimmies, mini chocolate chips, toffee bits, nuts, mini M&M’s – whatever you want to decorate the bars with

1 – 2 bags Wilton candy melts, whatever flavor/color you like

25ish lollipop sticks or paper straws or wooden skewers

1 Preheat oven to 350. Line 9 x 13″ baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Spray foil with cooking spray.

2 Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.

3 Mix together brown sugar, butter, and vanilla on medium high until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating between each. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Spread dough evenly in prepared pan.

4 Bake 30 minutes or until top is golden and edges are firm. Cool on wire rack. When cool, use foil to remove blondies from pan. Invert onto a cutting board and carefully remove foil. Trim edges to make a 12 x 8″ rectangle. Cut rectangle into thirty two 3″ sticks. Cover and freeze for 30 minutes or until firm.

5 Melt candy melts according to package directions.

6 Insert stick or straw into an end of each blondie then dip in melted chocolate, and sprinkle with your choice of toppings. Place on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper or parchment and let sit until chocolate is set.

recipe from Better Homes and Gardens

Easy One Bowl Sourdough Banana Bread (with Caramel Chips)

Between the zucchini from my garden, the bananas that get bought but not eaten and end up in the freezer, and the sourdough starter, I will never be able to stop baking. HURRAY! All kinds of excuses to bake.

3 very ripe bananas

1 cup sourdough discard

1 egg

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup oil or softened butter

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup walnut pieces or caramel chips

1 Preheat oven to 350. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray for baking. (There was a lot of batter, I think you could get 1 regular size loaf and 1 small loaf from this recipe. I poured all the batter into the regular size loaf pan and it spilled out over the edges while cooking. You can see from the picture that the sides aren’t very pretty.)

2 Mash the bananas with a fork in a medium to large bowl. Mix in discard, egg, and oil/butter. Add sugar and mix to combine.

3 Add flour, salt, and baking soda to wet ingredients and mix just until combined. Add nuts or chips and fold in until combined.

4 Pour batter into prepared pan(s), top with additional nuts or chips, and bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to cool completely.

recipe from Attainable Sustainable

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

You had me at double chocolate! Always looking for more ways to use zucchini. This one is great because the base is a chocolate cake mix.

1 box chocolate cake mix

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini

3 teaspoons vanilla

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon oil or melted butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 Heat oven to 350. Spray 2 loaf pans with cooking spray for baking.

2 Beat cake mix, eggs, zucchini, vanilla, cinnamon, oil/butter, and sugar on medium until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter between pans. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top of loaves.

3 Bake 45 – 50 minutes or until center of loaf springs back when touched lightly. Run knife around sides of pan and let cool for 2 hours before removing from pans. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

recipe from Betty Crocker

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Blueberry Pupsicles

Because the doggos need treetos too!

Although if you wanted to, you could eat these too. The dogs, by the way, and by dogs I mean my corgi Finn and my daughter’s labs, Ziggy and Simba, all loved these treats.

32 oz low fat plain yogurt

2 mashed bananas

1/2 cup peanut butter (without xylitol)

2 tablespoons honey

blueberries

Mix together yogurt, bananas, peanut butter, and honey. Place blueberries in bottom of silicone mold (I used an Emoji Poop mold – ha ha!) or muffin cup, then top with yogurt mixture. Freeze for about 2 hours or until frozen.

recipe from We Rate Dogs

Powdered Sugar Stenciled Cupcakes

Aren’t they adorable?

The stenciling is so easy to do too.

I’ve had the stencils forever and finally got around to trying them out.

The stencils came from Pampered Chef, Wilton, and Ikea.

You just lay the stencil on the cupcake, sift powdered sugar over it, then remove the stencil carefully.

And there you go, super cute cupcakes in a jiff.

Give it a go and let me know how it goes!

Roma Tomato Sauce

The war on zucchini is coming to an end and thus begins the war on tomatoes.

But with this recipe, I think I will win easily! It is so easy and so yummy and uses 5 pounds of tomatoes per batch. (I’ve already made two batches!) Oh and it’s so much better the second day.

5 pounds Roma tomatoes, cut into 1 – 2″ pieces

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup olive oil

1 Add tomatoes to a large pot along with the salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and let boil for 20 minutes.

2 Add garlic and olive oil to pot and stir. Use immersion blender on low to blend to desired thickness.

recipe from Brooklyn Farm Girl

Skillet Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chip Streusel

Just when you think you’ve found all the ways to use zucchini . . .

This was an easy and fun way to use up some more zucchini. Tasty too.

BREAD

1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

STREUSEL

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons mini semisweet chocolate chips

3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes

1 For the bread, heat oven to 350. Spray 9 – 10″ cast iron skillet with cooking spray.

2 Mix together zucchini, sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs in a medium bowl.

3 In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and mini chocolate chips. Fold zucchini mixture into flour mixture just until combined. Pour mixture into skillet.

4 For the streusel, mix all ingredients, cutting butter in to create coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter in skillet.

5 Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

recipe from Betty Crocker

Mini Treat Kabobs

I have been working the past couple of months at my day job in film and television so haven’t had a chance to do porch treats in awhile. (For an explanation of porch treats, click here.) But I have some time off now so decided to do porch treats yesterday. I’ve seen this idea a few times so decided to give it a go with my own set of treats, the possibilities are endless. I’ve done a similar treat which you can see here. They are so easy and would be so fun for a birthday party or any type of celebration.

36 brownie bites (I made mine from a box of brownie mix and my mini muffin pans but you can buy these at Sam’s Club)

36 mini cinnamon rolls (which I bought at Sam’s Club)

1 package old fashioned donut holes (got these at Walmart)

2 bags Mallolicious Cupcake Marshmallows (also from Walmart)

36 Popsicle or treat sticks

Gently push treats onto a Popsicle stick. (Easiest and cutest treat ever!)