Monday, May 12, 2014

Walter Mitty Clementine Cake

I found the recipe to this Walter Mitty Clementine Cake on a blog by Cathy Merenda.  In her post she talks about how one of the through-lines in the film (Walter Mitty) is this cake.    At the beginning of the story, Walter’s sister Odessa delivers him one on his birthday.  It's his favorite cake made by his mother (the wonderful Shirley McLane).   

I really like this cake because it is gluten free!  It is flourless and has whole clementines in it.  I also found it super easy to make!


Here is the recipe from Cathy:

CLEMENTINE CAKE
  • 375 grams clementines (approximately 5 small)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup (225 grams) white sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups (250 grams) ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.  Butter and line an 8 or 9 inch springform pan with parchment.
  2. Poke each clementine 3 or 4 times with a knife.   Put the clementines in a bowl with a microwave safe cover or plastic wrap.  Cook on high for 3-4 minutes. Cool slightly then dump the clementines (whole) in a food processor and process until smooth.
  3. In large bowl beat eggs and sugar until light colored and doubled in volume (about 5 minutes)
  4. Add in chopped clementines and mix well.  Then add ground almonds and baking power and mix until combined.
  5. Pour mixture into pan and bake for about 45 minutes (when a skewer will come out clean).
  6. Cool in the pan on a rack.   Once cake is cold, remove from pan and pull off any parchment.
  7. Glaze and add candied clementines to decorate.
GLAZE
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/2 cup clementine juice
  1. Mix everything in a bowl adjusting clementine juice and sugar to make a loose but thick glaze
CANDIED CLEMENTINES
  • 3 clementines
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
    1. Slice clementines very thinly.
    2. Put sugar and water in a heavy bottomed pan on medium heat.   Stir until sugar is dissolved.
    3. Add clementine slices and simmer on low for about 15-20 minutes.
    4. Pull clementines from sugar mixture and place on parchment or silpat until cool.
You can also visit her blog to get her story on the cake.  Click here.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Grounded???

This post has nothing to do with cakes, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, or any goodies for that matter....  but I have had an overwhelming response to my Facebook post yesterday about my kids getting grounded.  So, I thought I would share what I posted.

The last week or so has been an extremely busy time for me, and my house really shows it!  My kids got themselves grounded for being late to school, so I thought I would use it to my advantage. I came up with a clever way to get them ungrounded.


This worked out better than I could have ever imagined!  My oldest son got right to work and earned his 500 points in one day.  The other two are getting closer and working hard too!  We had a nice dinner last night prepared by my son.  I found super nice letters on my pillow last night, and my house is looking SO much better!  I just never thought that so many other people would like my idea.  AMAZING!  If you would like to print a copy of this list just click HERE.   Hopefully this will work for you like it did for me!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Jodi's Cupcake Wedding Cake

I haven't done much with wedding cakes in the last couple of years, and it has been especially hard since adapting a Paleo Lifestyle.  But.....  I had a friend get married yesterday.  When I heard that she wanted a "cupcake" cake, I was totally on board.  I REALLY LIKE MAKING CUPCAKES!


I thought that the combination of Coral and Blue was stunning!


This turned out so Beautiful!  Better than I had envisioned, and even better in person.  Congrats to both Jodi and Kurtis on your big day!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sam's CARS Birthday Cake....Starring Lightning McQueen!!!

Our little Sam turned 3 years old yesterday, so we celebrated with his favorite things....CARS!


He requested a "Sketti" Dinner (Spaghetti)....

And a CARS Cake!


This was a Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake, topped with a creamy homemade butter cream frosting.  The black and white checkers were totally edible and made using Wilton Sugar Sheets.  The Grandstand was constructed out of Rice Crispy Treats, which was then frosted and topped with M&M's.  This cake was definitely the hit of the party!

Here's the Birthday Boy!!!

His Brother was a little excited too!


And, his sister played the Happy Birthday song on her Violin.


Happy Birthday Little Buddy!  I hope all of your wishes come true.



Sunday, March 24, 2013

Peach Streusel Cupcakes

PEACH STREUSEL CUPCAKES

The other night, the Young Women of our Ward put on a fundraiser dinner and dessert auction.  I have a daughter who is in Young Women's, so we had the privilege of making some desserts to be auctioned off.  We decided to make some sort of Peach cupcakes, and this is what we came up with.  It was scary just making something up and expecting it to work, but not only did these work.... they were AMAZING!  Upon requests from many people, here is our recipe:



Peach Streusel Cupcakes

1 Box Betty Crocker White Cake Mix
1 Large Can of Sliced Peaches(Chopped), with the syrup
2 Large Eggs
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

Chop up your peaches until they are as fine as you would like them (I used my Pampered Chef food chopper).  Combine the peaches, along with their juices and syrup, with the dry cake mix, eggs, and cinnamon.  Mix well, and put in muffin tins (about 2/3 full).  
Before you bake them, make a streusel topping and spoon it over the cupcake batter.

Streusel Topping
1/2 cup Flour
1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a bowl using a pastry blender or a fork.  When it is mixed well and crumbly, spoon it over the cupcakes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Glaze
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
4 teaspoons milk
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Peach Flavoring (Optional)

Stir all ingredients together until mixed well and smooth.  Drizzle over the cupcakes when they are still warm.

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My daughter also wanted to make a Strawberry Rhubarb Pastry to auction off the other night.  We made a couple pans, which we auctioned off with a quart of vanilla ice cream.  You can find the recipe to the Strawberry Rhubarb Pastry Here.


Everything that we took to the auction was a hit, and we had many requests for the recipes.  I hope you all enjoy them!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

We Love To See The Temple

Every once in a while we like to take the kids down to Salt Lake City to visit temple square.  It is always fun to see the temple.  Our kids get excited to see it and can't wait for the day that they can go inside.  We took this beautiful picture on one of our visits a couple of years ago.  I wanted to share it with you.  



“I think there is no place in the world where I feel closer to the Lord than in one of His holy temples.”
—President Thomas S. Monson

Friday, February 1, 2013

Skylanders Portal Of Power Cake

We Made A Skylanders Portal Of Power Cake!  Isn't It Cool?


My son, Ryan, turned 11 years old today.  One of his favorite things to do lately is play Skylanders on the Wii.  The real genius of the Skylanders games is how it blends the fun of toys and video games into one experience.  Ryan can collect the Skylander figures, put them on his portal of power, and then that character is introduced into the game on the TV.  This provides hours of entertainment for my boys.  The biggest bonus for me is that I can get my boys to do anything (Hey Ryan, if you do 10 loads of laundry I will buy you a Skylander)!  If you are interested in Skylanders for your kids, you can purchase the game Here...



We decided to surprise Ryan with a portal of power cake.  He was super excited, and couldn't believe how closely the cake resembled the REAL portal of power.  Below is a picture of the REAL portal.
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Ryan loved his cake, and couldn't be happier.  


He got his slice, and now he is off playing "Crusher" on the Wii.


Happy Birthday Buddy!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Our Creative Halloween Dinner Party

Last night we had a fun Halloween Dinner Party at my Mom's house.  Almost everyone in the family was able to make it.  We sure did miss those that couldn't come.  This wasn't the healthiest of dinners, but it will definitely go down in the books as one of the most fun and creative dinners.


We started off with some "Chucky's Upchuck" (Creamy Vegetable Soup).

We enjoyed eating "Egor's Eyeballs" (Deviled Eggs dyed green with an olive and pimento). 

The "Severed Fingers" were divine (Egg Rolls)!

One of my favorites was the "Gizzards in Wizard's Blood" 
(Meatballs simmered in BBQ sauce and grape jelly).

The kids liked the "Wormy Jello" the best (Flavored Gelatin with gummy worms).

Our "Hot Dog Mummies" were a hit 
(hot dogs wrapped in crescent roll or biscuit dough).  
We made bread dough from scratch for these scary treats.

And, what is a Halloween Party without "Witches Brew"?
(Sprite, Green Punch, Lime Sherbet, and Dry Ice made up this fun drink)

You should give a fun, creative Halloween dinner a try.  The adults loved it just as much as the kids did, and I'm certain we will be doing this again.  

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rolo Pencils.... A Back To School Treat

I was looking for something fun to give my Young Women (I have the Mia Maids) as a back to school gift.  Of course, the first place I always look is Pinterest.  I came across these cute pencils, made with a pack of Rolos and a Hershey's Kiss.  Cute, huh?  They were so easy to make!


Of course, I must give credit where credit it due.  I found them on a website called Simply Creative Insanity. This blogger has a handful of fun back to school tips.  She has step by step instructions on how to make these cute pencils.  She also has tips on taking creative "back to school" pictures.
You'll have to go check it out. 


Anyway, I thought these pencils turned out cute.  I know my Young Women will love them!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Oreo Cupcakes, Zucchini Cupcakes, and More Cupcakes....

This week I had the privilege of making some cupcakes 
(well, actually it was A LOT of cupcakes) for my nephew's wedding luncheon.

It all started at 8:00 in the morning with this CUTE couple...
(My nephew Ronnie and his beautiful new bride, Taylor)

They made a promise to Love each other for time and all Eternity in the 
Salt Lake LDS Temple.
It was a beautiful ceremony, and a wonderful time.

After the wedding they had a marvelous wedding luncheon.  This is where my cupcakes made their debut.  I made Oreo Cupcakes (which were to die for, by the way), Zucchini Cupcakes with a Caramel Frosting, Yellow Cupcakes topped with a Lemon Whipped Cream Frosting, and last but not least... I made White Cupcakes that were filled with a Raspberry filling and topped with a Raspberry Whipped Cream Frosting.  

(There were so many wonderful people there to help set them up)

The cupcakes were all so good!  I do have to say that the Oreo Cupcakes were my favorite.  A lot of people at the luncheon would have to agree with me, but people LOVED all of them.


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I have had a lot of requests for the Oreo Cupcake recipe, so I will post it for you to enjoy.  I can't take all of the credit for them, because I got the recipe here .  This recipe was posted by someone by the name of FoodSnots, and the recipe was called "Death By Oreo Cupcakes".  After reading the MANY reviews, I had to give them a try.  And now you can too....



DEATH BY OREO CUPCAKES
Ingredients
1 package Oreo Cookies, regular size
1 package Mini Oreo Cookies, for decoration (optional)
1 package chocolate cake mix (mix according to directions on box)
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
cupcake liners

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix packaged cake mix according to directions (do not bake). Line cupcake tins with liner, place a regular size Oreo cookie in the bottom of each liner. Take 1/2 of remaining cookies and chop coarsely and add to cake mix. Fill the cupcake tins. Bake for 15 minutes (or according to box directions). While cupcakes are baking make the frosting.

Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla, then add powdered sugar slowly until blended well. Chop remaining regular-sized Oreos very fine (I put the cookies in the food processor instead of trying to chop them up super fine and it worked out really well). Add to frosting. After cupcakes have cooled frost and decorate with Mini Oreos.


Congratulations to Ronnie and Taylor.  
It was fun being a part of your big day!!!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

"Hey, Where's Perry???"

What do you get a 5-year old who loves Phineas and Ferb?  My little Adam turned 5 yesterday, so we decided (at the last minute) to throw him a "Where's Perry" birthday party.

He was thrilled to get some new PEZ dispensers!

He also got the Perry Files...

And, he got many other gifts that he absolutely LOVES!  In fact, he woke me up about 3 times in the night asking when it was going to be morning so he could play with his birthday presents.

His 12-year old sister made him an ADORABLE banner!  I knew if anybody could pull off a cute "Perry" poster, Erin could do it.

We also made him a "Perry The Platypus" Cake!
The base cake was a 14-inch round chocolate cake with a chocolate fudge frosting.  Perry was also made out of chocolate cake.  The cake was definitely the "hit" of the party!

Happy Birthday little buddy!  We can't believe that you are already 5 years old.  We love you so much!!!
Hey...... Where's Perry?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Spiced Cake Doughnuts


I found a recipe today from Taste of Home to make Spiced Cake Doughnuts.  Having never made doughnuts before, I was really excited to make these.  The kids and I got right to work.

Spiced Cake Doughnuts
Ingredients:
1/4 Cup Shortening
1 Cup Sugar
3 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
5 Cups All-purpose Flour
3 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 cup Buttermilk
1 Cup Grated Peeled Apples
Oil for deep-fat frying

Browned Butter Frosting:
1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
3 Tablespoons Butter
1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1-3/4 Cups Confectioners' Sugar
Colored Sprinkles

Directions:
In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda,  cinnamon, nutmeg and mace; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.  Fold in apples.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/2-in. thickness.  Cut with a floured 2-1/2 inch doughnut cutter.  In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375 degrees.  Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides.  Drain on paper towels.

In a small saucepan, bring brown sugar and butter to a boil.  Cook and stir for 1 minute or until lightly thickened.  Pour into a small bowl; let stand for 10 minutes.  Add cream; beat until smooth.  Gradually add confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition until frosting achieves desired consistency.  Frost doughnuts; top with sprinkles.  Yield:  22 doughnuts.

These doughnuts were a big hit at my house!  For me, the frosting was the best part.  What a great Fall treat!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Shaped Chicken Rolls


Today we went to a party at my mom's house, and I was asked to take something to eat with a Fall/Halloween theme.  This is what I came up with.....
Pumpkin Shaped Chicken Rolls!

Aren't they cute?  And they were delicious too.  This is how I made them....

I started out by making my favorite roll recipe, and adding orange food coloring.

NEVER FAIL ROLLS
4 1/2 Cups flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Warm Water
1/2 Cup melted Butter
1 Cup warm water
2 Yeast Cakes (2 Tbsp.)
1 tsp. Salt
3 Well Beaten Eggs

Add yeast to 1/4 cup warm water and stir until dissolved.  Add beaten eggs, sugar, 1 cup water, salt, and melted butter.  Mix well.  Stir in flour making a soft dough (will be slightly sticky).  Cover and let rise to double in bulk.  Punch down and place covered in refrigerator.  Will keep 48 hours in the fridge.  Roll out into rolls and let rise one hour before baking at 400 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes.

I rolled my dough out onto a floured surface, and cut out cute little circles.

Then I scooped Chicken Filling onto the center of each one.

Here is my Chicken Filling Recipe.....
Chicken Filling
2 Cups cooked cut-up boneless chicken
3 ounces cream cheese
2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
1 Tablespoon Chopped Chives or Onion
2-3 Tablespoons Milk
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Pepper

Mix All Ingredients Together In a Bowl.

After scooping the chicken filling on all of the circles, I folded them up into balls.  
***Make sure you pinch the seams tight, and put the seams face down on the pan.***

I diced up celery to use as my stems, and I placed them on top without poking a hole in the role. 
 They turned out perfect.

I baked them for about 12 minutes at 400 degrees.



Ahhhh.....Just Beautiful!





Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ashley Turns Seven With The Painted Otter!!!

Do you remember a couple of years ago when I posted about a Cupcake Decorating Birthday party?  Well, we did it again!  Ashley had another AWESOME birthday.  She was able to share it with so many of her good friends.  


At this party, the kids were able to use their creativity to decorate cupcakes and cookies.  They had so many options to choose from!  Pink, white, or chocolate cupcakes and sugar cookies (some regular, and some gluten free).  Chocolate or white frosting.  And oodles of candy to top them with.  All of the creations were unique and delicious!


The highlight of the party was Melissa from THE PAINTED OTTER!


Melissa is a super talented artist who just started her own face painting business.  I can't even put in to words how amazing her work is.  Not only does she paint well, she is really good with kids.  All of these little girls were so excited to get their faces painted.


She puts in so much detail.


And each design was unique....


.....and colorful.


Some had creatures...


...and some were just plain cute!




This party was a big SUCCESS!


THANK YOU SO MUCH MELISSA!

Right now The Painted Otter is having a drawing for a free deluxe Halloween face paint job.  It is a $20 value!  Alright my friends, all you have to do is like "The Painted Otter" on Facebook or subscribe to The Painted Otter's Blog.  I would love for you to enter, and so would Melissa.