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April 1, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake

“The Way to a Man’s Heart is Through his Stomach”

The man that I love just happens to also love Cookie Dough. When I came across Something Shiny’s Cookie Dough Cake, I knew that I had no other choice but to make this for him. In the past I have surprised Rich with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes, also nice batches of Raw (with egg) Cookie Dough to make him smile, and even Cookie Dough Truffles for Holidays! This cake I knew would be a big hit – even if it meant many hours of preparation going into it (do not let the long list scare you off – it is worth every second you will spend working on it)!

Rich knew that he was getting some sort of baked goodie for Valentines Day this year, but I do not think that he expected this. We started this evening out with some wine and cheese and meats that I had picked up to hold him over until I could finish making the cake and then make dinner, and the evening of food was one that we totally enjoyed – especially with this cake ending the whole night. People may tell you that you need to spend lots of money to make people happy but I know that the best gifts come from the heart (and go to the stomach?).

Before reading any further please promise me that you will not worry about your diet for just a little bit – happiness is what you make it ūüôā

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February 12, 2012

Chocolate Truffles

We have been programmed to believe that “Nothing says Love like Chocolates [and flowers]”.

I really enjoy chocolate more than anything – so that is the type of love we are featuring here today!

In honor of Valentines Day, I share my love with you!

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June 22, 2011

Blue’s Clues BLUE VELVET CUPCAKES

“We just finished up Blue’s Clues – We just finished up Blue’s Clues – We just finished up Blue’s Clues – because its a really fun show!”¬†

The local theater group that I’m part of (Black Sheep Productions at the Sherman Theater) just finished our production of BLUE’S CLUES LIVE – BLUE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!

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Growing up, I was not part of the “Blue’s Generation” but still had seen enough Blue’s Clues to be excited – especially since we know I am really just a kid at heart!.

I was Magenta (who only showed up at the end of Blue’s party). Although at first I was bummed to not have Magenta be a larger part of the show – showing up 2/3 of the way through had its good side: it gave me less time in that costume! These costumes were awesome, but hot and big and they took a lot outta me!

In order to celebrate Blue’s Clues I made BLUE VELVET CUPCAKES! Warning: these take a lot of food coloring and unlike Red Velvet: these are made with vanilla cake. I did cheat a little on these and used a box of Betty Crocker Mix (but I did make my own frosting since I’m not a fan of can frosting at all – that is why I thought I hated frosting growing up actually).

the cupcakes are a lot more 'blue' in person

Since this just used vanilla cake mix – I bet that you could take this recipe with your Wilton food colorings and make whatever color cakes/cupcakes you wanted – that would be very very cool for a kid’s party (or graduation party or the possibilities are endless).¬†Get your Velvet Cake groove-on!

Blue Velvet Cupcake

  • 1¬†box Betty Crocker¬ģ SuperMoist¬ģ white cake mix
  • 1 1/4¬†cups buttermilk
  • 1/3¬†cup vegetable oil
  • 3¬†eggs
  • 1¬†tablespoon unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 2¬†teaspoons royal blue paste food color
  • 1¬†toothpickful violet paste food color
Follow the directions on the back of your box of cake mix for cupcakes (in my oven, it always takes the shorter amount of time with cupcakes). Make sure to add your food coloring after the rest of the ingredients have been incorporated & remember that the color will change a bit as it bakes – so it might look a little too ‘green’ before baking – but it turns out a nice blue!

Icing

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 block cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1T + milk
  • 1 t vanilla (I made this an almond flavored – do whatever you feel)
  • blue food coloring to desired shade (add a drop or two of red to richen it as well
Whip your butter & cream cheese until light and airy in your mixer. Then add your powdered sugar. Once incorporated add some milk to get desired consistency (you can always add, but can not take out). Then add your flavoring and start mixing colors!!
I always like to pipe the icing onto my cupcakes (I actually find it easier than using an offset spatula & I can always get a more consistent look). Feel free to ice these however you want and add some sugar sprinkles on top for even more fun!

And I leave you with this, a quote from another classic show: the Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum,¬†‚ÄúSomewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue,¬†and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true‚ÄĚ

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