Posts Tagged ‘red velvet’
I’ve made red velvet and other color velvet cake ball truffles in the past, and even though I mixed cream cheese frosting into them I still felt like something was missing. I finally decided it was a distinct separation of the flavors of red velvet from the cream cheese frosting, because what’s red velvet cake without cream cheese frosting? Just a red cake if you ask me.
Therefore, in addition to mixing cream cheese into the truffles themselves, I stuffed them with it! Go ahead and take a bite to see for yourself. Fun right? Maybe is the post-defense giddy-ness but I am already envisioning different colored centers for holidays and other color-specific events. Yea, this “I refuse to admit the fall and winter holidays are coming” girl is caving at last.
I know you are all familiar with the ice cream push pops from when you were a kid (or from your own kids because thankfully they are still making them), but how about one filled with cake?? Treat pops have been literally popping up all over the internet and Wilton as usual is on board and making great tools for you to use.
Their mini whoopie pie pan makes the perfect sized cake round to fit into the tube of a treat pop, and then their treat pop decorating set comes with everything else you will need: tips 230 (for filling container), 2A, 32, 48 (for topping), eight 12 inch disposable decorating bags and instructions on making treat pops. And of course you cannot make a treat pop without the proper container, and Wilton even improved them by adding a feature where the cap turns treat pop into a stand-up container for easy decorating and serving. This specially designed hole in the cap also allows you to embellish the treat pop with the cap on.
Previous treat pops I have purchased from other brands did not have this fun feature on their caps, and it really made decorating the pops much easier – no pop stand required! Also, the caps snap tighter than my previous experiences, making me feel more comfortable transporting them. Also, the long tapered tip provided by in the treat pop decorating kit definitely made piping the filling into the long tube much easier. Wilton thinks of everything, don’t they?
Since I have recently been sucked into the NBA playoffs cheering for the Memphis Grizzlies, I decided to make Grizzlies inspired treat pops – Grizz-Pops! They consist of a layering of three blue velvet whoopie pies and a lemon cream cheese frosting. If you notice, I should’ve let the frosting sit in the fridge for a little while before topping because after piping it in my hands had warmed it up so that the swirls didn’t hold their shape. But they still taste great! Just top with some team-spirited star sprinkles and it’s time to “screw calm and grind on”! (That’s what my shirt says in the background on the picture).
Today my mother is having yet another surgery in attempts to put a stop to the remaining aneurysm behind her eye. About a year ago, she had surgery on the same one but in the end did not work. Obviously, we are all hoping this time will finally take care of it after first discovering about the two aneurysms a decade ago. Unfortunately, I yet again was unable to be there today but my brother was able to swing purchasing a flight last minute and will be there. I do think my package may have made it on time this round, as opposed to last year’s failed overnight shipment. And no I did not mail my mother a molten lava cake because that would’ve been a difficult thing to package. But in honor of Valentine’s Day and my mom’s (current) favorite color, I present to you these red velvet molten lava cakes.
Welcome to day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Christmas Cakes and Cupcakes”. Check out all the special treats today:
- Christmas Coconut Cake by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic
- Cranberry Coffee Cake by Jen of Juanita’s Cocina
- Holly Topped White Cupcakes by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Eggnog Pound Cake with Rum Glaze by Anuradha of Baker Street
- Christmas in the Tropics Cake by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
- Cranberry-Walnut Coffecake by Isabelle of Crumb
- Pumpkin Dream Cake by Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
- Christmas Red Velvet Mug Cake by Erin of The Spiffy Cookie
- Reindeer Cupcakes by Ramona of Curry and Comfort
- Whiskey Nut Fruitcake by Heather of Girlichef
- Tres Leches Cake by Cathy of The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
- Monkey Bread Cupcakes by Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious
The amount of baking that occurs during the month of December can become quite ridiculous. With all the cookies, bars, and candy being made, sometimes it’s nice to whip something up that serves just one or two people. And that doesn’t mean that is has to be something boring or plain either. Go ahead and make yourself a red velvet mug cake with green cream cheese frosting! Don’t forget the sprinkles.
This recipe can serve one in an over-sized mug or two by using smaller mugs or ramekins. I decided to ration my red velvet into two portions – one now and one later. And by later I mean a few hours later. That still counts as portion control, right? Therefore I can still rationalize eating a couple of those extra cookies lying around ;-).
Tomorrow I meet with my graduate committee to determine my fate for the remainder of the school year and hopefully the last of my graduate career. Which means I will be preparing bribe-worthy treats tonight and ordering up lots of coffee in the morning to keep them happy. But for now, enjoy this other equally bribe-worthy treat.
Every year for a labmate’s birthday I come up with a different red velvet creation. The lab as a whole loves my red velvet cake, but I don’t want to make the same thing every time so I find new variations. With my excess of stress in preparation for my presentation to the committee and writing a research paper to be published, I decided to go for something a little easier to make without sacrificing taste. And these red velvet rice krispie treats taste just like red velvet. But what is red velvet without cream cheese frosting? It is the most important part!
RED VELVET CAKE BATTER DIP
Recipe can be found HERE.
Source: The Spiffy Cookie original
One year ago: Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seed Cookies
Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Blondies with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting & Easter Recipe Roundup
Happy Good Friday/Spring Holiday! Yes spring holiday is what the university I attend for my PhD calls today. Not much of a holiday for me since I will be working a regular day, but then my dad comes in town tonight to visit for the weekend! And it looks like we will be having perfect weather in the low 70s. I love spring-time, just wish it lasted a bit longer here before the summer heat invades.
In the spirit of everything green and in bloom right now, I made these blondies which are stuffed with pastel white chocolate M&Ms and Reese’s pieces peanut butter mini eggs. With a crust made of pretzels and a blue colored white chocolate cream cheese frosting, these bars are perfect for your Easter/Spring festivities. And they just so happen to be smashingly delicious. Don’t forget to check out my roundup of several other Easter food items following this recipe.
One year ago: Spicy Mac and Cheese
PRETZEL CRUSTED PEANUT BUTTER BLONDIES WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Makes 24 bars
4 cups pretzels
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
PEANUT BUTTER BLONDIES
8 Tbsp of unsalted butter
6 Tbsp of creamy peanut butter
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup white chocolate M&Ms (or white chocolate morsels), plus more for garnish
1/2 cup Reese’s pieces peanut butter eggs (or peanut butter morsels)
WHITE CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp blue food coloring gel
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil, letting some hang over the edges. Spray with cooking spray or grease with butter and flour.
- Process pretzels in a food processor until chopped small, but not too finely. Meanwhile melt the butter in the microwave. Transfer the pretzels to a mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar. Mix in the melted butter. Press into a the baking pan and bake for 10 minutes or until the crust has set. Cool crust in the refrigerator while you make the batter.
- Change oven temperature to 325 degrees. Add butter and peanut butter to a microwave safe bowl, and heat in 30 second increments until melted. Let cool completely.
- Mix the flour, oats, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, mix the cooled butter/peanut butter and sugars until they are combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until mixed. Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms – it will look crumbly at first, but it will come together. I even used my hands to bring it all together. If necessary, add 1-2 teaspoons of milk. Fold in white chocolate M&Ms and Reese’s pieces peanut butter eggs.
- Scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared crust and gently spread to cover. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out almost clean. Remove from oven and cool completely.
- In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese on high speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add butter and beat until light and creamy; scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula and beat for another minute. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and food coloring and mix on low speed until combined; scrape the sides of the bowl again and beat on high speed until icing is light and fluffy.
- Spread frosting on top of cooled brownies. Top with additional white chocolate M&Ms. Refrigerate before cutting into bars.
EASTER RECIPE ROUNDUP
- Bacon and Cheese Egg McMuffin Cups
- Bacon-Corn Fritters
- Baked Blueberry Almond Pancakes
- Banana Bread French Toast
- Banana Pecan Waffles
- Biscoff Cinnamon Rolls
- Broccoli Quiche
- Buttermilk Pancakes
- Buttermilk Pecan Waffles
- Carrot Cake Oatmeal
- Carrot Cake Waffles
- Maple, Walnut, and Flaxseed Pancake Doughnuts
- Nutella Waffles with Raspberry Syrup
- Potica Nut Roll
- Tomato-Basil Eggs Alfredo in Bread Baskets
- Whole Wheat Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Appetizers & Side Dishes
- Baked Crazy Feta
- Blue Cheese Scalloped Potatoes
- Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Dried Cherries, and Israeli Couscous
- Cake Batter Fruit Dip
- Crispy Parmesan Green Beans
- Deviled Strawberries
- Homemade Olive Garden Salad and Dressing
- Matzo Ball Soup
- Nutella Fruit Dip
- Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli
- Pomegranate-Goat Cheese Ball
- Quinoa Pilaf with Pine Nuts
- Toffee Apple Dip
- Blueberry Blondie Cheesecake Bars
- Blueberry Cookies
- Brownie Covered Oreo Pops
- Brownie Fruit Pizza
- Butterscotch Haystack Cookies
- Cinnamon Blueberry Bread Pudding
- Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
- Creamy Grape Dessert
- Creme Brulee
- Flower Bouquet Cake Pops
- Fluffernutter Blondies
- Funfetti Cheesecake Pudding Dump Cake
- Funfetti-Peanut Butter Layer Pie
- Nutella Chunk Cookies
- Oreo Truffles
- Pecan Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake
- Strawberry Nutella Bread Pudding
- Stuffed Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies
- Sweet Swirl Cookies
- White Chocolate Coconut Chili Macadamia Nut Cookies
I know it may seem little late to post a Christmas recipe if anyone would want to make these this holiday season. But these are easier than they appear! In fact, they are the perfect last minute dessert to make if you were invited to another party without advanced notice. Using a store-bought holiday Funfetti cake mix, complete with frosting and sprinkles, the hardest part is putting the truffles in the middle!
Ok ok I have to admit, these were easier for me to tackle than I suppose they will be for you because I have had the truffles made and frozen in my freezer since I made the creme brulee red velvet cupcakes (oh yea these cupcakes were totally pre-meditated). But thankfully cake balls can also be made from a cake mix ;-).
And if I couldn’t have been more prepared for these cupcakes already, I recently won a giveaway from Gina (SP Cookie Queen) which included an adorable Christmas cupcake kit. The liners and toppers you see are from that kit – thanks again Gina!
RED VELVET TRUFFLE STUFFED FUNFETTI CUPCAKES
Makes 18 cupcakes
1-18.9 oz. package Pillsbury Funfetti Holiday cake mix, plus required ingredients on box
18 red velvet cake balls, non-coated and frozen
1-15.6 oz. package Pilsbury Funfetti Creamy Supreme Holiday frosting
Assorted holiday sprinkles
- Prepare cake mix as directed on the box. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners, and fill each 2/3-3/4 of the way with cake mix. Place one red velvet truffle in the center of each cupcake (it will sink in while cooking). Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the cupcakes just start to turn golden. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
- When the cupcakes have cooled, frost as desired and top with sprinkles (I dipped mine straight into the sprinkle for full coverage). Feel free to add more decorations if you have time to kill and then enjoy!
Source: Inspired by my Funfetti Truffle Chocolate Cupcakes
Desserts that combine two things into one are always a good choice. Makes the decision process of which one to eat a no-brainer, especially if you are trying to be good. But until now I never thought I would see a cupcake combines with crème brulee. And the flavor combination possibilities are endless! What type of cupcake would you like to top with crème brulee? Or maybe you have a flavored crème brulee you’d like to throw into the mix as well?
For these, I tried out a different red velvet recipe than I usually use. This one is Paula Deen’s, but I think I like Bobby Flay’s better. Who would’ve guessed I would pick the master-griller’s recipe over the butter-queen’s? Although this one was a much brighter red, the other recipe seems less greasy and produces a much richer flavored red velvet, which is what I think a cake called “velvet” should be.
As for the topping unfortunately, I was not able to brulee it as much as I would’ve liked – who knew that a paper cupcake liner would light on fire when put under flames? Whoops. As a result only the middles were toasted. Next time I think I would core out a little of the cupcake in order to fill them up with some of the crème brulee, since you can’t pile it up as much as regular frosting. But overall, still very awesome!
RED VELVET CRÈME BRULEE CUPCAKES
Makes 24 cupcakes
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar, plus more for the crème brulee topping
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cocoa powder
1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 Tbsp red food coloring
1 tsp white distilled vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 ramekins prepared un-torched Crème Brulees
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.
- In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
- Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
- Spread the chilled crème brulee over the cooled cupcakes.
- Sprinkle with regular or maple sugar and brulee with a culinary torch just before serving.