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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Decorated Almond Cake


I made this cake just because I wanted to. Isn't it pretty? I used a recipe from a cupcake book my sister gave me and it was fabulous! I really loved it, it was a slightly denser cake, kind of like a pound cake. I actually left out the ground almonds and it still had a wonderful flavor. Then I had some more fun with the icing I made a few days ago, and topped it with my FAVORITE chocolate glaze that I use all the time. It goes really well with rocky road ice cream too!

Almond Cupcakes
(I just used this recipe and baked them longer in two round cake pans, maybe 40-50 minutes)

1 3/4 C sour cream
2 sticks butter
1/2 C veggie oil
3 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 C sugar
2/3 C almonds, ground and toasted (optional)
4 large eggs at room temp.
2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 325. Spray cake pan or line with cupcake liners.
2. Cream 1 C sour cream, butter and oil.
3. In another bowl sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Mix in almonds if using.
4. Add the dry ingredients to creamed mixture, one third at a time, mix well after each addition.
5. In another bowl mix eggs, remaining 3/4 C sour cream and both extracts.
6. Add egg mixture to batter in thirds, beat 1 minute on medium speed after each addition.
7. Fill cupcakes 3/4 full and bake 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Dark Cocoa Glaze
3 T water
2 T butter
3 T cocoa
1 C powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Heat water and butter in saucepan over medium heat until it comes to a boil; remove from heat. Immediately stir in cocoa. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth; cool slightly.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

I found this on Pintrest the other day and tried it over the weekend. I love anything chocolate and peanut butter. And I love anything that has the consistency of cookie dough. This was an awesome healthified version of a sweet treat and I will be making this again! I have also tried the non chocolate version that she shared, which just leave out the cocoa powder and chocolate chips, which was also great.

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/10/02/chocolate-peanut-butter-no-bake-cookies/

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pretty Pink Cookies (made with mayonnaise)

Yup, you saw that right-these cookies are made with mayonnaise! I got this recipe from a book that my mom passed along to me a while back and I just ripped out some of the ones that appealed to me. I was just plain curious with this recipe. I was a little afraid of it, but pleasantly surprised! They are perfect for when you want cookies but don't have eggs on hand, they are very soft, and ridiculously easy to make.

I didn't tell Travis what was in these, for fear he wouldn't try them. But because he ate like 5 yesterday, I think they passed the taste test and I can now reveal my little secret-heehee! 

I made these for a potluck at Travis' school and I really wanted to try my hand at a little more pipping. Plus, I'm addicted to the frosting!

Mayonnaise Cookies
1 C mayo
1 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 C flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
Mix everything together. Spray baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 375. They would also be great with chocolate chips or nuts mixed in.

Decorating Icing
2 lbs powdered sugar
1 C shortening
2 T corn syrup
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 C water
Beat for 5-10 minutes.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Chocolate Poptart

The other night I was home alone and felt like a sweet treat. I made some pie dough and stuffed it with chocolate chips. I had seen this on a blog a long time ago. I topped it with a little cinnamon and sugar and it is incredible!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Almond Joy Fudge

I just love Almond Joys! I found this recipe on Pintrest and last week I made it for my grandma. Definitely a fun and yummy treat!


http://candy.about.com/od/fudgerecipes/r/almondjoyfudge.htm