Monday, October 31, 2011

. Cheesecake Mousse .

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Happy Halloween!

I found a wonderful recipe from Glorious Treats, that pays homage to the the candy corn. I don't really care much for the actual candy but I do love the colors~ so Halloween-ish! Its a very easy recipe and its soooo delish. Definitely doing this one next year;)

Cheesecake Mousse


  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 small container (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
  • orange and yellow food color
  • candy corn (for garnish)


Beat cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer until fully smooth.
Slowly add powdered sugar, then milk (or cream).
Add vanilla. Continue mixing.
Beat about 1 minute on medium to medium-high speed.
Fold cool whip into cream cheese mixture, and stir until fully combined.
Scoop about 1/3 of the Cheesecake Mousse into a bowl, and color orange.
Color another third of the mixture yellow.
Leave the remaining third white.
One color at a time (starting with yellow), scoop mixture into a piping bag or large ziplock bag, and squeeze a layer of the Cheesecake Mousse into small dessert dishes of your choice.
Repeat with orange and then white Mousse.
Refrigerate 30 minutes (or up to 1 day) before serving.
Garnish with candy corn if desired. (I used Jack o' lantern peeps)

Recipe yields 4 moderate servings or 6-8 mini servings.
Recipe Source: Glorious Treats

Sunday, October 30, 2011

. Marshmallow Ghost Pops .

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What did the ghost eat for lunch?
A BOO-logna sandwich, of course!!!! Bwahahaha! Where do ghosts go to mail their letters?..... the GHOST office! Ok, ok, one more.... What is a ghost's favorite article of clothing?.....BOOjeans!!
Made these for my kindergartener and her classmates ---

I guess I would call them boo-pops. I know, not as creative as those jokes up there but whatever~ lol.
They're REALLY easy to make. Just buy some lollipop sticks, ghost peeps, and white chocolate.
Nuke your white chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Dip one end of a lollipop stick in the melted chocolate. Then push it though the bottom end of a marshmallow ghost. (wierd, i know. dont worry, they wont feel a thing.) And ....viola! Ghost on a stick! The kids loved it:)
Happy Halloween!

p.s: Where do ghosts like to go on vacation? Mali-BOO! Get it?! Malibu!! hahaha! I crack myself up.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

. Almond Toffee Cupcakes .

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Hi friends!
My apologies for not posting. It's been a rough month. I haven't been unable to do a lot of things for the past 3 weeks due to being sick. Fortunately, it looks like I'm getting better and I'm hoping to be fully recovered by the 1st week of November. *fingers crossed*
Yesterday was my husband's birthday and I felt terrible that we weren't able to give him a proper celebration. To add on to my limited mobility, both of our kiddies were sick. Our littlest one had a fever but surprisingly tried his best to be non-cranky for his daddy's birthday. I guess that was his birthday present to him:)
We still, however, wanted to make something special for him so I decided to make him cupcakes that tasted like his favorite candy(one of them at least. lol), Almond Roca. So off we went to the grocery store for some last minute ingredients. Unfortunately, the grocery store we went to didnt carry any Almond Roca so I just settled on using chocolate toffee bits and slivers almonds. Same thing, right?! Well, almost~ It tasted divine anyway! The birthday boy ate 6. I think thats a good sign that they were good, right? I decided to just call it....

Almond Toffee Cupcakes


For cupcakes-
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • chocolate toffee pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
For frosting-
  • 16 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
For topping-
  • 1/2 cup chocolate toffee bits
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds (crushed)


For cupcakes-
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin pans with liners.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Stir in boiling water. The batter should turn out thin.
Add chocolate toffee pieces to batter. Mix.
Pour into cupcake liners.
Bake for 30-35 minutes

For frosting-
Add butter to the bowl of your electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed for 1 minute until smooth. Blend in the powdered sugar until smooth for about 2 minutes.
Mix in the vanilla and salt until incorporated. 
Slowly add the heavy cream and whip on high speed until light and fluffy for about 4 minutes.
Pipe unto cooled cupcakes.
Top your frosting with chocolate toffee bits and crushed almonds.

Happy birthday to the most wonderful husband in the world!

Monday, October 03, 2011

. Guitar Cake .

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Rock on!

I made this cake a couple day ago for a friend, for her husband's birthday. Can you guess his favorite instrument? ;)

You know, I never really knew how long the words "happy" and  "birthday" were until I had to spell it out in fondant. lol. I really had so much fun making it though.

I love stripes. The original idea was to make a musical staff but
I didnt make the lines skinny enough so I was only able to fit four on there.

The strings were my favorite to make. It was fun to see it come
together and actually start to look like a guitar.
Yes, there are such things as 5-string guitars;)

...added a couple of musical notes to the sides...

...and finished!

My friend and her family loved it:) I was glad to help them celebrate.
Oh by the way, what do you do when you have left over red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting?
Why, make a parfait of course!

Don't forget the sprinkles!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

. It's October?! .

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I love how fast the year is going by~
The best holidays are almost coming up and I couldn't be more excited!! That means more reasons to bake:) So many desserts, so little time!!!
By the way, have you decided on a halloween costume? We're still up in the air about ideas. Actually we've got the kiddies' costumes since last month (semi- homemade;), but my husband and I just can't decide. Oh well. We'll just have to wait and see. Anyway our best ideas come when we procrastinate, right? lol.
I've got a new project for the beginning of the month. I was asked by a friend to make a cake for her husband's birthday. It's just a blank canvas right now but I'll be sure to post up pics of the finished product;)
Have a great day!

hmm. what will it be?