Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

 

 

I had an intense craving for banana cake with peanut butter frosting.  Its like once you have this cake, it takes over your brain.

Basically I made these cupcakes for absolutely not reason other than to eat them with wild abandon.   The recipe was posted on another of my blogs – https://slackercakes.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/peanut-butter-and-banana-cake/ – so now I’m just going to post pictures.  Yum

 

I tried not to load all of them with chocolate chips just in case it made a difference in how delicious they were.  It didn’t.

 

 

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Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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So, like everyone, I am a little obsessed with Pinterest.   I found this delicious seeming chocolate zucchini bread and needed to make it immediately.

The recipe can be found here – http://www.sliceoffeist.com/2010/08/very-grateful/

I decided to make them in a whole loaf form to keep at home, and mini cupcakes to take to work.

ImageThese little minis were adorable.  I made a cinnamon cream cheese frosting to top them off

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing:

4oz cream cheese, softened

1tsp cinnamon

3/4 cup powdered sugar

Combine all ingredients until the icing is a thick spreadable consistency.  This won’t be like regular cupcake frosting, but would more resemble melted cream cheese.  It should be like that, its ok.  You can add more sugar if you want a sweeter more frosting-like texture.  I really wanted something more tangy and like a glaze so this was perfect for me.

I used the icing to glaze the whole loaf of bread.  Yum. Image

be mindful of the bake times.  If this goes even a minute too long, the bread will be very very dry.  Enjoy!

Rolo Cupcakes

I love you mommy!

OK, so Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday.  Since I’m probably the best daughter of all time, and clearly my mother’s favorite I have to keep that up by buying her an awesome gift, taking her to a nice dinner, and baking her delicious cupcakes.  She’s a chocolate fiend, so I had to make her chocolate cakes.  I already made oreo cake for her birthday, so I went rolo.  Logical next step, of course. So, behold, my Chocolate Rolo Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Frosting.

They’rsuper adorable and I have a freezer full of rolos.  Someone come eat those – I’m on a diet.

Makes: 24 Cupcakes

1 box of your favorite chocolate cake mix (I used dark chocolate fudge cake, yum)

1 can diet cream soda

24 rolos – frozen for at least 2 hours

Frosting:
2 sticks of butter, softened

2.5 cups powdered sugar

2/3 cup caramel sauce

2 bags of mini rolos, or 24 additional rolos

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine cake mix and diet soda and beat for about 5 minutes with hand mixer.  When the batter is smooth scoop into a lined cupcake tin.   Unwrap 24 rolos and put the rolo in the center of the cupcake.  Push a little until just level with the top of the batter.  Bake for 15 minutes.

In another bowl mix butter with hand mixer until smooth and fluffy.  Add caramel sauce and beat for another minute.  Mix in powdered sugar a portion at a time until the frosting reaches the sweetness and thickness that you like.  Its all about you.  Add more caramel until the frosting doesn’t just taste like butter.

Pipe on frosting and smoosh a rolo on top.  Wah, la!  Fancy.

I hope my mom loves me for all of this.

Devil’s Food Cream Cheese Cookie Bars

I don’t have a cute little story as to why I made these.  I guess I was just browsing the internet and came across a recipe for cheesecake brownies.  http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2011/08/04/cream-cheese-cheesecakebrownies/http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2011/08/04/cream-cheese-cheesecakebrownies/

I mentioned these to DJ yesterday and have been hounded ever since.  I was too lazy to go to the grocery store and had Devil’s Food cake mix in my cupboard.   So… here you go!  These turned out to be delicious so I don’t regret my laziness.  God works in mysterious ways.

Recipe –

Devil’s Food cake mix

1/3 cup oil

2 eggs

8oz cream cheese

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg white

2/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine cream cheese, egg white, 1/4 sugar, and vanilla until blended and creamy.   In separate bowl stir Devil’s Food cake mix, oil, and eggs until you create a thick dough.

Spray a large baking dish with pam, or grease, or whatever.  Lube up that baking dish.  Pour about 2/3 of the cake mix batter onto the bottom of the dish and spread until flattened out.  Glob spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture on top of the batter.  Kind of dredge a knife through the batters to marble the cream cheese and cake mix into each other.  Then blob the remaining cake mix batter on top.  Then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until entirely cooked through.   Let cool completely.Cut and serve.

Salted Caramel Is My Boyfriend

First of all… OMG.  Second of all… OMG.

Now that I’ve gotten that out I will tell the tale of this amazing cookie.  I got home from work, had some cuddle time with DJ, and then made us a steak sandwich dinner. I sat, digesting on the couch, and lept into cookie making action.  I needed chocolate salted caramel in my life and in my mouth.  Luckily for me I had purchased weird little caramel chips from Walmart a few weeks ago.  Judge me all you want, but groceries at Walmart are cheap as shit and they have weird things like caramel chips.  (They were with the regular chocolate chips, if you’re going to look for them)

So I looked up a recipe and decided that I’d modify it a teeny bit and make Chocolate Pretzel Salted Caramel Cookies

3/4 cup wheat pastry flour

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

7 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

5 tbsp margarine

1/3 cup vanilla yogurt

3/4 cup caramel chips

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1 oz honey wheat pretzels, crushed

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

other salt – as much as you want

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Melt the margarine (I used the microwave, the recipe calls for melting it on the stove… who has time for that) then stir in the sugars and cocoa powder until it combines into a thick paste.  It will resemble brownie batter.  Also, it will taste like brownie batter so try not to eat it all.  Then stir in the yogurt and it will totally ruin the texture of the delicious brownie batter but I guess its for the greater good.

Combine all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients – Segregation Never! Integration Now! – and then stir in all the various caramel and chocolate chips and then add the crushed pretzels.   The dough will be pretty thick and thats a good thing.  Roll into balls and put them on a cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with generous portions of salt.  I like a lot of salt so I just dumped it on.  What?  What do you mean ‘hypertension’?  Pfft.   Bake for 10 – 12 minutes and cool.

This is only supposed to make 20 cookies, but I think it will make a lot more.  Also if you can’t find the caramel chips then just buy those regular caramel candies and wrap the dough around the caramels.  Be careful when they come out of the oven because they will be molten lava.

Recipe modified from: http://www.pastryaffair.com/blog/2011/1/12/chocolate-salted-caramel-cookies.html

Can you ssssmmmmeeeeellllllllllllllllllll what the Rock is baking?

somebody call my mama

 

So I am lucky enough to be BFF with one of the handsome gentlemen over at Counting The Lights (http://countingthelights.com/) and they invited me over to watch a live abortion!  Just kidding, kind of, they invited me over to watch the Royal Rumble PPV.  They’re a fun group of guys so of course, I baked cupcakes and headed over.

I thought they’d all ‘mark out’ for cupcakes with their logo on the top, so thats what I did.  I recently made peanut butter cupcakes for Christmas and they were delicious so I thought that a house full of boys would like them.  I also brought fritos and diet soda because I am an excellent house guest and bring the goods.  And they’re good hosts and provided manwich, aka God’s greatest gift to man. They live-tweeted the event, so even if you missed it, you can feel like you were watching it.  With a room full of dudes who had been drinking two types of bloody marys since noon that day.  Follow them on twitter –  @countinglights – and definitely check out their site.

 

Onto the cupcake recipe….

I thought about being lazy and just posting a link to my previous post, but I guess I won’t self promote.

Cupcakes:

1 box Devil’s Food cake mix

12oz diet cream soda

24 mini reeses cups, frozen

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Fill cupcake liners slightly less than halfway.  Unwrap a reese cup and put it in the middle the batter, secure it in the batter but don’t mash it to the bottom of the liner, you’re not an animal.  Bake for 15 minutes and let cool.

Icing:

2/3 cups peanut butter

2 sticks butter, softened

2 1/3 cup powdered sugar

 

Whip butter until creamy, about 3 minutes.  Combine with peanut butter and whip an additional 3 minutes.  Slowly add in the powdered sugar until fluffy, adding water if you need to thin it out.

Pipe on to the cupcake.  Eat.

 

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

may contain nuts

So I bought a baking stone from Bed Bath and Beyond the other day.  Why?  Because adults buy pizza stones and then never use them.  Its a fact of life.  I removed it from the packaging and out flopped a little recipe card for things you can bake on your pizza stone.  One of which was a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe.  So, you know, why not.

3/4 cup shortening (I used butter flavored crisco)

1 1/4 cup self rising flour

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 egg

2/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine shortening, sugars, peanut butter, egg, and vanilla until mixed through.  Stir in flour until combined.  Add in chocolate chips.  I *MIGHT* have thrown in a handful of peanut butter chips that I had in the freezer.

Roll out dough into small balls, place on baking sheet, bake for 13 – 17 minutes until golden brown.

Eat.

Now… I don’t particularly like these cookies.  I mean, they’re tasty, but not as delicious as I’d hoped.  I mean, sure, I’ll eat them… but meh.  I think its the crisco in them that the recipe called for.  I would normally substitute butter for crisco, but i had a few logs of it leftover from my cookie party before Christmas.  I wanted to get this crisco out of my life so I used it.  It just has that crisco effects on the cookies, a slightly oily taste and the cookies don’t flatten out and stay soft.  They get a little powdery, like a pie crust.

Anyway, these are good.  I won’t make them again.  I made the batter to keep in my freezer and make the cookies when I felt like it.  But I don’t want to be stuck with this dough until its gone.  I will probably bake a ton of them and take them into work and make my coworkers crisco-fat.

Diet Friendly Pudding Cups

doesn't taste like cardboard

Ok, so today is my first ‘detox’ diet day.  On this detox I’m allowed 2 containers of yogurt.  I decided that a container of sugar free pudding can replace a container of yogurt.  Its less calories and same amount of fat.  Don’t you worry how I justified this to myself.   Anyway, I’m also allowed egg whites, minimal amounts of butter/oils, and two cups of oatmeal per day.  So I concocted these mini ‘dessert crusts’ that I decided I’m allowed to have one per day.  I’m going to fill these cups with pudding or fruit and yogurt.

To make the oatmeal crusts

2 cups oatmeal

1/4 cup smart balance light, melted

6 tsp of splenda

1 egg white

Combine all ingredients.  Spray cupcake tin with non stick cooking spray.  Push oatmeal mixture and form ‘cups’ into the bottom of the cupcake tins.  Bake at 350 for about 15 – 18 minutes.  Let cool.  Makes 12 ‘cups’

Each of these crusts has 70 calories! The one I took a picture of was filled with 1/2 a sugar free pudding cup and a little bit of frozen chocolate cool whip. With those extra toppings the total calories of this snack was 110.  And it was delicious and sweet and I am looking forward to eating it again tomorrow.

Enjoy and stay skinny in 2012.

Banana Bonanza

so good a monkey would eat it

Ok, so I know I said I wouldn’t make anything from scratch… but I lie sometimes.  These suckers were made from scratch because I had old mushy bananas.  Sue me.  PS. Please don’t sue me.

I baked some banana muffins since I had the day off tomorrow.  I thought it would be nice to wake up to a yummy muffiny breakfast.  Oh, did I mention I’m starting a diet, like immediately, and would not be able to eat baked goods after New Years.  These were my last hurrah.

Banana Muffins – makes 12

3 mushy bananas, mashed

1.5 cups ‘self rising’ flour

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup butter, melted

3/4 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line muffin tins.  Combine melted butter, eggs, and mashed bananas.  Stir in flour.  Now, I just had self rising flour in my cabinet because I bought it accidentally for my sugar cookies.  I couldn’t even tell you how much baking powder/baking sugar/salt to add to these muffins in real life with all purpose flour.  Sorry.  You can go look it up.  You’re on the internet, google it.

Once the muffins were in the tins, filled about half way, I sprinkled the tops with a little bit of cinnamon and some crunchy sugar to give the cakes some texture.  Bake for about 18 – 20 minutes.

Now… I decided that six regular muffins were enough.  I added some mini chocolate chips to the rest of the batter and made some banana chocolate chip mini muffins.

I baked these for about 10 minutes.  They’re so delicious.  I mean, look at those teeny chocolate chips peeking out of the top.  They’re adorable and delicious.
Also, I know that the shadows on these pictures are ridiculous.  I’m not a food photographer, so this is what happens.  I have crappy lighting and I don’t care.  I Instagram these pictures so they look a teeny bit better than real life.

I’m going to go eat all these muffins now.  Happy New Year!

Christmas Cupcakes Part II

 

 

 

Adorably Festive!

 

..and for my second cupcake I made chocolate peanut butter cupcakes.  I didn’t think the light brown color of peanut butter icing would be very festive, so I made some white chocolate wreaths to put on the top.

For the cake:

Devil’s Food Cake

12oz (1 can) diet cream soda

24 mini reese’s cups – frozen

For the icing:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

8 tbsp butter

3 cups powdered sugar

2 – 3 tsp water

 

Mix the cake mix and diet soda until combined.  Scoop into cupcake liners and place one frozen reese’s cup in the center, push it down until secured in the batter.  Bake for 15 mins at 350 degrees and let cool

For the icing mix peanut butter and butter until combined and fluffy.  Then stir in the powdered sugar and water 1tsp at a time.  The icing will have the consistency of fudge as you thin it out.  Feel free to eat globs of it.  Peanut butter and butter can’t possibly be bad for your heart or arteries.  STOP EATING THE ICING, FATASS.  Pipe on to cool cupcakes.  The cupcakes will have a little hole in the middle from the reese’s cup.  Just ice over the hole, it’ll be ok.

I topped each cupcake with a chocolate wreath.  I made them the same night as the stupid bundt cake.  I bought green and red melting chocolates from the craft store.  I tried to melt the green but accidentally burned it a little bit so it formed this ridiculous play dough texture.  I rolled them and formed wreaths and sprinkled them with some green sugar crystals to make them more fun.  Then I melted some red chocolates and piped bows on and put a white pearl in the middle of the bow.  I took some artistic license with these wreaths. I melted a second batch of green chocolates and that worked out much better, so I piped them onto a metal cookie sheet that I had put into the freezer for about 10 minutes into flatter wreaths and did my bow stuff.  Those look better and will probably be easier to eat since it won’t be this giant brick of chocolate on these cakes.  Those pretty wreaths go on my boyfriend’s families’ cupcakes.  They need to be impressed with me and my skills.   Anyway, the wreaths are easier to make than you’d think so give it a shot.  If you don’t feel like it, sprinkles are a lazy persons option.

 

Merry Christmas!!