6.25.2013

Rolo Cupcakes!

(makes about 34 cupcakes)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (sifted)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1. Line cupcake tins and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
2. In a small bowl, stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. Sift cocoa into a medium size bowl. Pour in the cup of hot water, and whisk until completely dissolved.
4. Add buttermilk, then add sugar, and whisk until combined. Add eggs, oil, and vanilla. Mix again.
5. Take flour mixture and whisk into wet mixture. Stir in heavy cream until evenly mixed in. 
6. Pour batter into cupcake tins, and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. 
7. Let cupcakes cool completely.

For the frosting: 
(Frosts about 24 cupcakes, I usually freeze the leftover cupcakes) 
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar

1. Beat butter for about 2 minutes. Add cocoa, milk, and vanilla extract.
2. Slowly add in powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. If it gets too thick, add a little bit of milk.

To finish cupcakes:
- Caramel filling (I used store bought, but you can make your own if you'd prefer)
- Rolos for topping 

1. Core centers of cupcakes and fill with caramel.
2. Frost cupcakes and drizzle caramel over the frosting. (Works better if caramel is cold) 
3. Top with Rolos



6.18.2013

Cookies N' Cream Rice Krispie Treats

recipe from: stylishcuisine.com
- 6 cups rice krispie cereal
- 1 (10 oz) bag mini marshmallows
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 1/3 cups white chocolate chips
- 10 Oreos chopped into pebble size pieces, about 1 cup
- 6 Oreos chopped into pebble size pieces, about 1/2 cup (for top of krispie treats)

1. Melt butter in large, non-stick, saucepan over medium heat. 
2. Stir in marshmallows, and keep stirring constantly until melted.
3. Remove from heat and gently stir in krispie cereal. Mix well.
4. Fold in 1 cup of Oreo pieces. 
5. Pour into a 9x13 baking pan (either lined with wax paper, or sprayed with nonstick spray), and press evenly.
6. In a microwave safe bowl, melt white chocolate chips in 20 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until completely melted and smooth.
7. Spread melted chocolate over the rice krispie treats, and immediately sprinkle 1/2 cup of chopped Oreos on top. 
8. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes until chocolate completely hardens.

6.14.2013

Celebrity Sisters

If I had three celebrities as sisters, these are the ones I'd choose:

AnnaSophia Robb: I love her. Obviously she's so pretty, but she's just one of my all time favorite celebrities! I love her style and she always seems to be smiling, my kind of girl :) I also love The Carrie Diaries. She just seems like a positive person, and who wouldn't want that kind of sister around? 

Hayden Panettiere: I love the show Nashville, but I only started watching because Hayden was in it. Not only is she beautiful, she's also passionate about saving the oceans. She knows that swimming with dolphins means swimming in the ocean, not a trip to SeaWorld. She fights against captivity and the killing of dolphins and whales. We share a huge passion, so obviously we'd make great sisters... and maybe she could help me get over my fear of the ocean ;) 

Taylor Swift: Well, we both have an addiction to Diet Coke.. She also has a huge beach house, so I'd totally be up for house sitting! I love Taylor, and she seems very genuine to me, and seems like fun, chill person to be around. It would also be nice to know the real stories of her love life :p 

6.11.2013

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

recipe from: preventionrd.com

Baked Mozzarella Sticks: (makes 12)
- 6 mozzarella string cheese sticks, cut in half
- 12 egg roll wraps
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce 

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Lay egg roll wrap diagonally and put one piece of cheese in the corner.
3. Begin to roll (see left picture below)
4. At the mid point of the wrap, fold in each side, and continue rolling. (see right picture below)
5. Smear a tiny bit of water along the edges and rub to moisten and seal the wrap.
6. Arrange on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the oven.
7. Bake 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. 

I can't say they're as tasty as the fried kind, but these are healthier, and that makes it worth it. They're still pretty dang yummy :) 

6.04.2013

Strawberry Shortcake Rice Krispies!

I love rice krispie treats! And since summer is getting ready to kick into full swing, I wanted a light and refreshing version of krispie treats! Enter strawberries and cool whip... yummy! 
A perfect treat for a hot day :)
- 6 cups rice krispie cereal
- 1 (10 oz) bag mini marshmallows
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 heaping cups of angel food cake squares
- cool whip 
- 2 cups diced strawberries

1. In a large bowl, mix rice krispie cereal and angel food cake squares. Set aside. 
2. Melt butter in large, non-stick, saucepan over medium heat. 
3. Stir in marshmallows, and keep stirring constantly until melted.
4. Remove from heat and gently stir in cereal/angel food mix. Mix well.
5. Pour into a prepped 9x13 baking pan, and press evenly.
6. Let cool and cut into squares.
7. Top with a scoop of cool whip and diced strawberries

Tips:
* Instead of prepping my pan with nonstick spray, I just line it with wax paper... maybe that's just me being lazy :p