Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Butterfinger Banana Cupcakes w/Salted Caramel

Why not put Butterfingers in a cake? Peanut Butter Banana & chocolate always goes well together, right?

Plus, I had made this recipe a few years ago as a cake for a friend's birthday...and since I was at their house in Seattle, I figured it was a good time to bring it back!

This is the newer, better, prettier version of this recipe and of course my own salted caramel frosting drizzled with salted caramel & topped with crushed Butterfingers. I class-ed it up a bit, made it a little prettier:)

This cake recipe really is awesome! The bananas add a nice texture to the cake, making it dense, but still keeping it moist. If you make this, be careful to chop the candy bars well & make sure they are fully mixed into the batter. If you do not, you will get weird spots while baking - and since you want an even texture, so the cake doesn't have odd crunchy spots, this is pretty important!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwhiches with left-overs

I always end up having enough cupcake batter to make something like 28 cupcakes when a recipe says it makes 24, or enough frosting to do 32 cupcakes when the recipe says it will do catch my drift...I end up with extra stuff in my freezer!

So, this time, I made cake-cookies with extra batter, knowing I had extra ice cream (extra in that is was made for nothing specific...). So, I thought I'd just make some stuff...
So, I made some peanut butter cake-cookies, some chocolate white chocolate chip cake-cookies & filled 'em with ice cream. Some salted caramel peanut brittle ice cream in the PB cake-cookies & some bananas foster & vanilla bean swirl ice cream in the chocolate cake-cookie...

I was ridiculously happy at how well these sliced, since they were so giant. I am easily thrilled with random things like that.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

PB & J Chocolate Cupcakes

I like to make things I haven't made before. Here is a chocolate cupcake, stuffed with peanut butter fudge, chocolate ganache, peanut brittle & raspberry sauce.

Then, topped with a raspberry vanilla swirled butter cream & a crystallized chocolate cube.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream w/Peanut Brittle & Salted Caramel Sauce

Of course I can't just leave something simple alone. But, I didn't want to make the simple, but super good vanilla bean ice cream into something weird (this time).

The ice cream recipe is super simple - my standard

2 C milk
1 C Cream
3/4 C Sugar
2 T corn syrup
2 T corn starch
1 vanilla bean, scrapped
1 1/2 oz cream cheese

Friday, August 12, 2011

Grasshopper Cupcakes

Sometimes I don't feel like writing anything - mostly cause I am not that in to writing. So this is short and sweet ( there a joke there...unintentional, I swear)...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Brewers Blondies

Bars are kinda fun to make. These are called Brewers Blondies because 1) they are supposed to be made with malt from a brewery. Well, I had ot kind of fake that since I don't live near a brewery...or wait, I probably do, but this wasn't planned out or anything! And 2) they are like brownies, but lack the chocolate.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Macaron challenge!

I have never made French Macarons before. I have always heard they were really tough to make & they were problematic & that it took a lot of practice to get it right. Ummm, not really appealing to me. But, then a couple of my co-workers had some while on a trip - some good & some bad - and suggested I try to make them, too! Of course I was up for the challenge!...

Monday, August 1, 2011

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream w/Pistachios (dairy free!)

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream w/Pistachios
I decided to attempt to make an ice cream that was dairy free, low in sugar & it happens to be low in fat (boo). Why?! Because as much as I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ice cream, I really do my best to not eat dairy.

Here is my variation on the Dark Chocolate Ice Cream from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. Want the recipe?!...keep reading!