Monday, August 23, 2010

Snickers Brownies!

Hello All!!! Ok, I must apologize for dropping off the planet, but even in those crazy busy times I have been keeping up on my baking. Here is a tasty one you must try. After I made that candy bar cake for my husband I had to think of something to do with all those snickers bars. I think I found a tasty solution. So make a batch of these for someone you know who has had to go back to school whether it be a teacher or a student. Both could use some chocolate caramel therapy!!! Enjoy!
So this is really simple. Just whip up a batch of your favorite brownies. Spread half the batter in a greased 9x13 pan and top with 4 chopped snickers bars. Cover them in a layer of Hershey's ice cream caramel topping.

Spoon on the rest of the batter and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until batter is cooked through. Serve to a hungry student or loved one immediately!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Candy Bar Cake

I'm back!! So my husband and I just recently celebrated our anniversary and I wanted something cute, but different to do for him and this is what I made. I saw some of these online and you could pay major bucks to have someone make them for you. I opted to make my own, saving me money and giving me a fun craft project. This idea is so simple, but is a perfect gift. All I did was buy a paper mache' hat box at the craft store and a case of candy bars from Costco. I hot glued on the large candy bars. The smaller ones had a thinner wrapper that melted with the hot glue, so I used double stick tape. I cover the top in Rolos, then wrapped them all in a pretty ribbon. I only did one layer, because it was a big hat box, but you could also make it look like a multi-tiered cake using different size boxes. The cool thing about this is that when you are done you can still put a present inside. So the wrapping AND the present are the gift. I also used ours as our center piece for our romantic dinner! So Fun!!! Just pick your favorite candy, grab your glue gun and go crazy! Enjoy!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Summer Zucchini Sheet Cake

Happy August!! Well, if any of you have a garden, or a neighbor with a garden, then you know that in August we usually have more Zucchini than we know what to do with. We have been eating it with dinner for weeks when I finally thought I should make some Zucchini bread. Just as I was pulling out my old trusty recipe I thought, hmm a cake would be similar, and would have frosting, so I went for it. This recipe is compilation of a few great cake and zucchini bread recipes, so it has the best of both worlds. I have made it twice in the last two weeks, and we could not stop eating it. You know it is good when you kids say things like this "Hey Mom, you should always fix my zucchini like this!" and "Mom, are you baking today? Because we are almost out of Zucchini Cake!!" Awesome. I cannot guarantee the same health benefits, but the taste, I can. Delish!!! Happy Baking!!

Summer Zucchini Sheet Cake

3 Cups White Sugar
4 Eggs
1 1/2 Cups Vegetable Oil
3 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
3 Cups grated Zucchini
3 Cups Flour
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 package milk chocolate chips

Combine all of these ingredients together. Now, I will say this made just a little too much batter, so either make yourself about 4 cupcakes too, or leave out about a cup to a cup and a half of batter so it doesn't overflow in your oven. If you are worried about it put some tinfoil underneath to catch any drips. Also here is a tip to save you from grating for hours. I just chopped my zucchini in big chunks and then threw it in the blender. Not only was it faster, but makes it so your cake is smooth with no zucchini strings in it. Pour into a greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes or until the middle is set. I frosted mine in cream cheese frosting, but any white frosting will do. Enjoy!