Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Super Mario Galaxy Cake!

Hello all! So I had to share a cake I just made for my nephew. He wanted his cake to be Super Mario Galaxy. I must admit I didn't know a ton about the game, but my husband was very happy to help me "research" for it. He came up with a great part in the game to use for the cake. This is where Mario defeats the "bad guy" Bowser. He is the one being squished under the globe. I had a few people at the party ask if the globe was styrofoam, but no no, it is all edible and I just made the globe sparkle with an edible shine spray. I also wanted to make it more personal so I made a Super Jeremy to go on top. My nephew gave me some figurines to put on the cake and when I asked him if he wanted anything special he said "yes, I want some figures I can eat." He was excited to eat the bad guy and be made into a character himself. Happy Birthday Jer I love you!!
Bowser getting smashed by Super Jer!

Side view.

Super Jer!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Candy Corn Kiss Cookies!!

So, have you seen all the Halloween stuff out? Of course you have. A few weeks ago it was annoying to me, but now I am getting excited and of course have begun to bake! I found these new Hershey Kisses at Target a couple of weeks ago and have had them sitting in my pantry while I was trying to come up with a great idea of how to use them. Well, being the baking nerd that I am I had this idea come to me in my sleep. Yes I bake and eat cookies in my sleep, and they are calorie free that way!! Anyway, these are beyond simple, they are bright and festive, and taste insanely good. I was hoping if I put them in these cupcake holders that read poison no one would eat them, sadly I was wrong. Guess I will just have to make another batch! Let me know what you think!

So here are the Kisses you are looking for. They are cute and tasty!!

Here they are unwrapped and ready to go!

And here they are melted and swirled to candy corn cookie perfection!!
Candy Corn Kiss Cookies
2 Packages Hershey Kisses Candy Corn Flavor
2 Cups Butter (softened or room temperature)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
Cream together and add:
2 tsp. Vanilla
5 Cups Flour
Press into a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until just golden. Remove and sprinkle your candy corn kisses evenly all over the top. Return the oven and bake for another minute or two until kisses are fully melted. Remove from oven and immediately swirl kisses with a knife and cool until chocolate is set.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fall Popcorn!

Well, school has started and it has already started to get cool outside. This has my mind turning to fall. I found some caramel bits the other day and had to put them to good use! Fancy popcorn is soooooo expensive, but super easy to make and you can cater it to what you like. Here is a super easy way to put it together!!
These are all the ingredients you really need, but you can add any of your favorite treats. You can also use regular popcorn, but I like kettle corn. Pop two packages according to directions and spread out on two cookie sheets to cool.

Next you need to prep your chocolate and caramel. Melt you chocolate and set aside. Now let me tell you about these awesome caramel bits. The worst thing about using caramel has always been unwrapping those little clear wrappers off the caramel. Well now Kraft has omitted that all together with these little caramel bits. I bought these in the baking isle at target. Melt with one tablespoon water stirring every 30 seconds until smooth and set aside.

Now the fun part. It is like splatter painting but much tastier!! My kids thought this was soooo much fun. They decided to add mini M&M's to one but you could add nuts, candy corn, Reese's pieces, the possibilities are endless!!! Then just throw them in the freezer for a few minutes and break them up and you are ready to eat. It is salty, sweet, crunchy, and gooey, YUM!!!