It is so hard, if not impossible to pass up a really good slice of chocolate cake or chocolate cupcake! It just so happens, that I have a dear friend that waxes poetic about chocolate being a food group of it’s own and hesitates not in having a cupcake for a meal… breakfast, lunch or dinner! And, hey I ain’t namin’ names Barbara, no sir-ee I will not; not this time!
My favorite chocolate cake recipe is from the back of the can of HERSHEY’S Cocoa. This is my standard go to recipe for chocolate cake and/or cupcakes, it is quick and easy to pull together and doubles just fine. The only change I make is to substitute the water with the same amount of coffee. The coffee enhances the richness of the chocolate perfectly! We love it in layers…
Or as cupcakes…
I like to use the frosting recipe that is also on the can of HERSHEY’S Cocoa and I don’t change a thing. Whether used as a cake, cupcakes or cakepops this recipe rocks! Ok, I need to go find some chocolate now….and I know just who to call.
I pinned a recipe on Pinterest recently which is originally from www.angelastrand.com, as soon as I saw it I was attracted to it.. first it’s no bake and second, it has coconut in it…anything with coconut is fantastic and these cookies certainly lived up to that! I tweaked the recipe just a little bit by using half white chocolate bits and half semi-sweet chocolate bits and by adding a dash of cinnamon.
These were quick and easy and they are so very good. They hit the spot for this chocolate craving woman! What are you waiting for…run to your kitchen and whip these up, you won’t be sorry!
I opened my fridge today and was visually reminded that I had leftovers from a recent cake-pop order to use up. I immediately thought small, and well, big…big idea, small results, which I will fondly call, itty bitties,….tiny little cake-pops…why not? They aren’t fancy (give me time)..but I do like them. I like the size, they are cute and I felt much less guilt eating them than the bigger cake-pops. I think there is a place for these in the world of dessert. See for yourself..aren’t they adorably sized?
I replaced the lollipop sticks with toothpicks and made the balls much smaller, maybe 3/4″ or so. One bite or two, these Itty Bitties are just the right size to enjoy without much guilt (and a fresh cup of coffee)!
Oh, and yes, I ate the ones in the photo above…vanilla with vanilla buttercream and chocolate with vanilla cinnamon buttercream… they were yummy… uh, someone had to do it for the sake of the photo! Oh the sacrifices….
The other day my grandchildren were visiting overnight and I planned to take them to the local gym for open swim time after our evening dinner. I don’t know about your experience, but I know from when my kids were little that swimming makes em’ hungry! I really hand’t been to the grocery store in a while, I mean it’s just honey and I here and we really don’t need shop often or have much on hand at one time. With all that said I did find that I had very little to choose from and I wanted something to be ready to eat as soon as we got home so the kiddos could get off to bed quickly. I also wanted healthy i.e. not a lot of sugar. I found a couple of apples and some unopened eggroll wrappers and not much else. So why not try to make something apple pie-ish?
I chopped two apples into small pieces, sprinkled with cinnamon (we like a good amount) and one packet of stevia and approximately one teaspoon of flour and mixed it all together in a medium bowl.
Next, I placed approximately 2 to 3 tablespoons of the apple mixture in the center of each eggroll wrapper:
Moisten the edges with a little water then roll up once from the bottom corner tucking the apple mixture in firmly. Next, fold in each side over the just covered apple mixture and bottom corner wrapper…now just roll it over to the top corner. Before placing in the over I sprayed each roll with cooking spray then sprinkled with a pinch of sugar .I baked mine on a parchment lined baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned.
Don’t they look good?
The tasted great! My grandchildren loved them and each had two. My adult kids loved them too. The possibilities are endless and I cannot wait to make them again!
Here’s Cheer’s to Apple Pie! I might need to get to that grocery store though, the cupboards are almost bare now……
I was recently asked to make some cakepops for Yarnia, an awesome local yarn shop participating in the RHODY Yarn Crawl. What would be better than something sheepish to “shear”? Yes, I say this a bit sheepishly… But seriously, I found Sheep Cakepops from Bakerella and fell in love with them! Oh, you know I had to try them and well……
I added some other Sheep Shapes and Yarn CakePops and TahDah… they came out pretty good… not Bakerella good, but Deedee GreenStreet good.
The sheep in the top of the photo above is dipped in coconut. The sheep to the left is my interpretation of the ones I saw made by Bakerella. The sheep on the bottom right has pieces of mini marshmallows under the chocolate.
The owner of Yarnia was very happy with them and hopefully there won’t be many of the 60 CakePops left after the Yarn Crawl. Hmmm, a Yarn Crawl, perhaps a great way to unwind after a long day… hehehe…Now off to clean my baking mess in the kitchen..ho hum where is the kitchen fairy when you need her?
Oh and if you are ever in the area of Woonsocket, RI please do visit this wonderful Yarn Shop. Yarnia offers all sorts of yarns, weaving looms, spinning supplies and accessories! I have posted a tidbit of what they offer in the photo below….