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Friday, April 27, 2012

Sunday Chocolate Cake



When I was growing up my mother made chocolate cake with divinity frosting every Sunday.
It was a tradition and one I loved.

Sunday Chocolate Cake

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup flour]
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup boiling water

Grease 13"x9" cake pan.  Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.  Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.  Beat for 2 minutes.  Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).  Pour batter into cake pan.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool and frost cake.

Divinity Frosting

1 cup sugar
1/4 teas. salt
1/2 teas. cream of tartar
2 egg whites
3 tbsp. water
1 teas. vanilla

In the top of a double boiler combine the sugar, salt, cream of tartar, egg whites and water. Beat with an electric mixer until frosting starts to thicken and forms soft peaks. Remove from heat and add the vanilla until blended. Frost the chocolate cake.

In our family everyone would get a piece of cake and add their own frosting. We never frosted the cake.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Under Construction Birthday Cake

  

My daughter made this very cute cake for her son's birthday last week.  
It was adorable and Caden her son loved it.

What you will need to make this cake:

2 cake mixes
One 8" and one 9" round cake pan
Construction toys
Oreo cookies (crushed)
Candy Rocks
Chocolate Frosting (recipe below)
Fondant (recipe below)

Make cake mixes following package directions.  Split the batter between the two cake pans and bake cakes according to cake directions.

Remove cake from pans and let cool. Cut top layer to look like a gravel pit.  Place cakes in freezer for a few hours.

Remove cakes from freezer, frost and decorate.

Frosting:

3 sticks (1 1/2 C) butter softened
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
12 oz chocolate



Chop your chocolate (unless you’re using chocolate chips) and melt in a double boiler. Set aside to cool.
Cream butter, and add powdered sugar 3/4 cup at a time, mixing to combine before adding more, scraping sides as needed.

Mix in vanilla, and cooled chocolate.

Beat in milk to desired consistency.

Fondant:

1 cup marshmallows
1/2 teas. water
food coloring
3/4-1 cup powdered sugar

Place marshmallows in a mixing bowl and sprinkle 1/2 teas. water.  Place marshmallows in microwave and microwave marshmallows 10 seconds at a time until melted.  Stir after each 10 seconds. (I microwaved the marshmallows 20 seconds in total.)
Stir in the food coloring until well mixed.
To the melted marshmallow mixture add 1/2 cup powdered sugar.  Knead together.  (At first you will need to slightly butter your hands so that you can work with the marshmallow.)  Add another 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup powdered sugar until marshmallow mixture is no longer sticky and can be rolled out with a rolling pin.  

To knead, fold dough over on itself and with the palm of your hand press down on the dough, repeat several times until powdered sugar is incorporated into the marshmallow.
Roll out marshmallow dough and cut into shapes using cookie cutters. For the road on the construction cake Emily used a pizza cutter to cut the road shape.
This fondant can be used to cover a whole cake.  (Makes a very smooth surface.)  You can also use this fondant as edible play-dough.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Key-Lime Bites




Making The Tart Crust:

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1 cup flour
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup butter (room temperature)

Whisk together the pecans, flour and powdered sugar.  Cut in the Butter until you have a soft dough.


Press dough into greased (use shortening to grease) mini sized cupcake tins.  You may need to use a little bit of flour so the dough does not stick on your hands.


Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. (If the dough was too soft when you molded the tart crusts in the tins they may come out of the oven without the bowl shape.  Simply press a teaspoon in the middle of each tart crust to reshape while they are still hot.)  Remove the tart crusts from the tin to cool.  They flip out easily with a fork.


Making the key-lime filling:

One 8 oz. container of cool whip
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup key-lime juice (found by lemon juice in grocery stores)

Remove cool whip from it's container to a medium sized mixing bowl.  Slowly beat in the sweetened condensed milk until smooth.  Beat in the key-lime juice until all ingredients are well blended.


Putting It all Together:

Fill the tart crusts with the key-lime filling.  Adorn with raspberries, lime slices, or strawberries.


These key-lime bites go great with our Mermaid themed party!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mermaid Printable Game "Mermaid Treasure Hunt"




Okay, so I am not letting my married kids grow up. I want to keep them young forever.  I did this theme for my daughter and daughter-in-law and what I discovered is they don't want to grow up either.  
They loved my mermaid theme and they loved this 
Of course the whole family got involved with this activity and everyone had a great time.  
Who says that treasure hunts are just for kids?  This printable game 
packet comes with downloadable treasure map, clues and under the sea images.





Saturday, April 14, 2012

4 Layer Brownies

From Megan's Corner

 Brownie Layer:
1 box of brownie mix
1/4 cup hot fudge topping, unheated

Prepare brownies according to the package directions for at 9x13 inch pan adding the hot fudge topping to batter.  Cool.

Marshmallow Creme Layer:

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 jars (7oz. jars) marshmallow creme
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups salted peanuts, chopped
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter over medium heat.  Add sugar and milk and stir until dissolved.  Bring to a boil.  Add the marshmallow creme, peanut butter and vanilla stirring until smooth.  Take off heat and add the peanuts.  Pour mixture over brownies and spread evenly.  Cool completely.

Caramel Layer:

One (17 oz.) jar of caramel topping

In a small saucepan melt caramel over low heat.  Pour caramel over the marshmallow creme layer spreading evening.  Let cool completely.

Chocolate Layer:

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter

Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together over low heat until smooth.  Pour over caramel layer.

Put in the refrigerator to set.  We prefer these brownies cold.

Printable Games "Pin The Fly"

               



Our frog theme would not be complete without pinning a fly to the frogs tongue.  Disgusting yes but the kids loved it.  This is our last frog idea.  Promise.  The grand kids tried to pin (tape) a fly on the tip of the frog's tongue.  Whoever came closest won.  



Thursday, April 12, 2012

Printable Frog Game "Frog Hunt"

Just as you thought we were done with our frog theme?  Well we are still on a roll and the kids are loving it.    We hid pieces of candy with little frog images attached to them, gave everyone  a frog bag and the hunt was on to be the first to find the most frogs in this candy
frog hunt! 
As the players find candy they can put it in a frog treat box.  
Whoever gets the most frogs wins an extra prize. This packet comes with instructions,
 frog treat bag image and frog images to download, print and attach to your candy. 
Download, print and get your party hoppin'!