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Mickey & Minnie Cake Truffles

This weekend, I spent it at Disney trying all types of sweets from the mini donuts at Joffrey’s to the classic Mickey chocolate dipped ice cream bar. And what’s a trip to Disney without visiting Disney Blue Springs? For those that can’t make it to the parks, I highly recommend making a stop at Disney Blue Springs Candy Caldron. It is the perfect spot to satisfy any nostalgia you may have from the parks with the added sugar.

Seeing that it was Father’s Day, I treated my dad to a Mickey brownie truffle. Let’s just say we should have gotten more because it was amazing!

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I took this photo right outside of the Candy Caldron before my dad took a whole chunk of Mickey’s right ear!

So in honor of my dad’s love for chocolate, I have made my own version of Mickey and Minnie cake truffles for Father’s Day! Though it’s a little messy, the recipe is very easy and can be tailored to whatever flavor you want. Enjoy!

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Supply List

  • Chocolate melting wafers- dark, semi-sweet or milk chocolate
  • Bright white candy melts
  • One 1-in 8×8 chocolate cake (or whatever flavor you want to use)*
  • Half a cup of chocolate buttercream (vanilla if you are making vanilla cake truffles)
  • Heart shaped sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, crumble your cake into fine crumbs. You can do this by hand or use a food processor.
  2. Take your buttercream and mix the cake crumbs with the buttercream until you get a thick, fudgy paste-like consistency. It should be moist enough for you to shape into truffles.
  3. Using your hands, take about one and a half tablespoons of the cake mixture and roll into a ball.
  4. Place your cake truffles in a baking sheet (or cutting board) lined with parchment paper (or silicone matt) into the fridge for about 5 minutes to chill. Meanwhile, take some of your wafers and cut them in half.
  5. Melt a few wafers in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Using the melted chocolate, glue the wafers you cut in half to the sides of the cake truffles so they make the Mickey ears.
  6. Place them back in the fridge for about 15 minutes to chill.
  7. After the 15 minutes, take the rest of your chocolate wafers and melt them in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Let the chocolate cool slightly before using.
  8. Test the melted chocolate on your wrist. It should feel slight warm. That’s when you will be able to dip the cake truffles without melting the ears.
  9. Dip the truffles into the melted chocolate, coating completely before placing them back into the baking sheet to cool. You’ll see the chilled cake truffles will quickly harden the chocolate.
  10. Coat all of your cake truffles and place them back into the fridge for five minutes.
  11. Melt the white wafers and place in a Ziploc bag. Take your truffles out of the fridge and cut a tip of the Ziploc bag.
  12. Using a zig-zag motion, go back and forth across the truffle until you’ve created a sort of stripes.
  13. Now you have Mickey cake truffles! If you have heart-shaped sprinkles at hand, using tweezers, you can place two hearts on one ear to make a bow. At this stage, you can have fun with your truffles!

 

*I pre-baked my chocolate cake and let it chill in the fridge overnight. If you want a good, fudge-filling chocolate cake recipe, I recommend Chocolate, Chocolate, & More’s Ding Dong Cake recipe. It’s one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes!

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Easy and delicious Mickey and Minnie Cake truffles at your disposal! Enjoy!

 

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Ariel & Melody’s Strawberry Shortcake

I recently watched The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, and I felt inspired. For those who have not seen the movie (or didn’t even know it existed), it’s a beautiful movie about Ariel’s daughter, Melody. It’s adorable and I fully recommend watching it.

 

In the movie, Chef Louis is making a cake for Melody’s 12 birthday. It’s a big white and pink cake that reminded me of strawberry shortcake. As I continued watching the movie, I could envision Ariel and Melody making this cute rustic dessert for a girl’s day out.

 

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Using mason jars and some left over vanilla sponge cake, I made strawberry shortcakes in a jar for my friends and me to eat during our Game of Thrones watch party. It was a hit! So easy and convenient to eat. These cakes can be given as a cute little gift, party favors and even dressed up for a dinner.

 

I think what’s fun about this dessert is that it’s “travel-friendly” because it’s in a jar. I didn’t dress them up with ribbon or anything because it was for a simple watch party, but you can get very creative with this dessert!

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You can always replace the strawberries with any other fruit you want and make this unique to your desires. I went with an old classic because of Ariel’s fire-red hair and the cute cake show in the movie. I also had left over sponge cake, but you can use any vanilla cake for the shortcakes.

 

Supply List

  • 1 8×8 vanilla sponge cake (
  • 1 cup of whipped cream
    • This is my go-to recipe for stabilized whipped cream.
  • Fresh strawberries washed and sliced

Instructions

  1. Crumble your cake into big chunks or cubes, and place the first layer of cake in your jars.
  2. Using a spoon or a piping bag, place a layer of whipped cream on top of the cake layer in the jar.
  3. Cover the whipped cream layer with strawberries.
  4. Now you repeat the steps until you have filled your jars!

 

My recipe makes four servings, but you can always double or triple the recipe as you need. Enjoy your shortcakes and don’t forget to watch the movie!

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This photo was found on Pinterest.

 

 

 

PRIDE Mickey Rainbow Sugar Cookies

I don’t like to talk about politics. I think it’s a very sensitive area and can quickly escalate. However, with the recent events that have occurred with the LGBTQ community, I only saw it fitting to show my support for my friends.

Here is my two cents on the matter:  Love is love.  Color, age and gender are labels we’ve placed on each other to categorize everyone in cute little compartments in our minds. The reality, people don’t fit in compartments because everyone is different. I stand with my LGBTQ friends and I love them all for who they are not who they chose to love.

With that being said, I want to share with everyone this delicious rainbow sugar cookie recipe that I hope inspires you to stand up for basic human rights we all deserve to have.

 

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Love can brighten even the darkest corners.

 

Supply List

  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • half an egg
    • To half an egg, beat the egg lightly, weigh the egg and half the weight)
  • 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp. of baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • An assortment of food dye colors

 

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until well beaten.
  3. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture until well combined. Do not overbeat!
  5. Divide your dough into five sections for the rainbow colors (or any colors you want).
  6. Using gloves to avoid staining your hands, dye each section and wrap in plastic wrap.
  7. Place all five sections in the fridge until they firm up—about an hour.
  8. Now, roll each section flat in a rectangle shape about 1/8 mm thick.
  9. Starting with red, stack each color until you have a stack of rainbow dough.
  10. Slice the dough horizontally in half.
  11. Roll one half until you have a long cylinder shape. Cut the other half in half again and roll them out to make thinner cylinders.
  12. Take a knife and slice the cylinders so you have a variety of big and little circles.
  13. Using water, glue two little circles to the ends of a big circle to form a Mickey outline.
  14. Repeat until you run out of dough.
  15. Place your cookies in a baking sheet and back for 7-10 mins. You want them just baked not brown on the sides. Do not overbake! Once you pass the seven-minute mark, keep a watchful eye on the cookies.
  16. You’re done! Enjoy your cookies.

 

This is my ride or die sugar cookie recipe. I adapted it from Kawaii’s Sweet World Watermelon Cookies recipe. It always holds its shape and they taste amazing. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

 

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Te Fiti Cinnamon Bun in a Mug

 

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If you felt as emotional as I did during this scene, you can keep reliving the moment with this gif found in Tumblr.

 

Moana easily became one of my favorite movies. I mean, have you heard the film score? I get goosebumps listening to the entire soundtrack. This is why I wanted to do something a little different than a traditional dessert.

I’m a college student after all. Like most college students, I’m on a budget and baking (while being a wonderful stress-reliever) can be costly. For these reasons, I decided this is the perfect opportunity to test out a mug cake for the first time.

Unfortunately, it was a fail. I tried different variations, and each time the cake came out too dry or too bland. After my numerous fails, I did research (and taste-testing) and found Kirbie’s Cravings cinnamon bun in a mug recipe to be delicious! It had the perfect balance of everything a cinnamon bun should have except it’s in a mug!

I even added green-colored whipped cream to amplify the Te Fiti vibes the cinnamon swirl was already giving me.

 

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Now, it may look gooey and maybe even gross but I promise it satisfies any cinnamon bun craving you may have. I was too anxious to try this delectable creation that I forgot to photograph the finished product with the whipped cream swirl. However, whipped cream is optional and not necessary to enjoy this mug cake.

The original recipe can be found at Kirbe’s Cravings.

 

Supply List

  • 4 tbsps. of flour
  • 1/4 tsp. of baking powder
  • 3 tsp. of white sugar
  • 3 tbsps. of any type of milk
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon + 1 1/2 tbsps. of cinnamon for the brown sugar mixture
  • 1/6 tsp of Nutmeg (optional- I decided to exclude this because I’m not a big fan of nutmeg)
  • 1/2 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. of butter
  • 2 tbsp. Of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1-2 tbsps. of powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, white sugar, milk, 1/4 of cinnamon, nutmeg and vegetable oil together in a small bowl.
  2. In another small bowl, microwave the butter, brown sugar and 1 1/2 of cinnamon, and microwave for 20-30 seconds. It should be a thick consistency but still pourable.
  3. Put half of your cake batter in a mug and then scoop half of the brown sugar mixture on top.
  4. Scoop the remainder cake batter in the mug and then swirl the brown sugar on top.*
  5. Microwave on high for about a minute or until the cake is fully cooked.
  6. As the cake cools, mix the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar with an electric mixer.
  7. Top your mug cake with the whipped cream and enjoy!

 

*I’m not sure if I didn’t swirl the brown sugar mixture correctly or my microwave just ruined it but when I pulled my cake out of the microwave it was a gooey mess of cinnamon and sugar. Don’t be discouraged if the cake does not come out with a swirl! It is still good to eat!

 

I ate this mug while watching Moana again and it was a great experience. I hope you all enjoy eating this cake whether you’re in a dorm or not. I think I’ll continue making more dorm-friendly desserts for those who don’t have quick access to an oven.

Star Wars-Inspired Donuts

My brother is a huge Star Wars fan. He collected figurines, Lego battle ships, and has probably played Lego Star Wars at least twice completely. So being home this past weekend and spending time with him made me want to make a little something to cheer his mood up.

What better way to tame the unruly teenage mood swings than with donuts! Typhoon Lagoon and Disney Blue Springs have the best mini-donuts, and though my donuts are no exact copy, I think they’re still super fluffy and ever so satisfying.

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Most of you probably already have the ingredients needed to make these easy donuts. The secret is Pillsbury Homestyle Biscuits! Now, if you have a donut recipe you absolute love, then use it! These donuts are an easy recipe for game nights, Star Wars watch parties, or just because you’re craving donuts.

I made Chewbacca, BB8 and R2D2 in donut form; however, you can make whatever Star Wars character you want. Have fun with the donuts!

 

Supply List

  • Chocolate melting wafers- milk chocolate
  • Bright white candy melts
  • Light blue candy melts
  • Orange candy melts
  • Black candy melts
  • Pillsbury Homestyle Biscuits
  • #2 Piping Tip + Piping bags (or Ziploc bags)
  • Oil for frying

 

Instructions

  1. Fill a nonstick deep pot about halfway with oil and let it heat up but not boil (medium heat).
  2. Take each biscuit and cut a hole in the middle so it can resemble the donut shape.*
  3. Using kitchen tongs, carefully place each donut in the oil and let each side cook for about four minutes (or until the whole donut is golden brown).
  4. Place the donuts in a cooling rack to chill. In the meantime, melt the milk chocolate and white candy melts in separate bowls until smooth.
  5. Take half of your donuts and dip them in the white candy melts. Dip the other half in the milk chocolate.
  6. Let the donuts settle with the chocolate. Melt the blue, black and orange candy melts and place them each in piping or Ziploc bags. If using a piping bag, make sure you place a tip before adding the chocolate or just snip the end off.
  7. Slowly, begin drawing the designs on the donuts to form the characters with the baggies.
  8. And you’re done! Enjoy!

 

*Bonus: Use the leftover biscuit dough to make donut holes! Roll it in a sugar/cinnamon mixture and you have classic donut holes.

Alternatively, if you want to make these donuts even simpler, just dip them all in the black candy melts and draw little white dots to make the Star Wars galaxy.