DIY Cake Keeper


Normally in Foodie Fridays we like to post tested and approved recipes from our own kitchens. I wanted to mix it up this week, ( and truth be told, I’m at the airport right now and don’t have a recipe to share ūüôā ) and share a food saving tip.

I am forever plagued by the problem of how to store a leftover cake when we don’t finish it. I know there are cake savers out there that you can buy, but they are huge and I didn’t want to store one when it would be used pretty infrequently. Enter the DIY cake keeper. Actually just a large, upside down Tupperware-type bowl.

I came up with it the last time I made a 9-inch layer cake.

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First, I flipped one of the layers upside down on top of the lid. I frosted the sides and top as I normally would, using the lid as a plate.

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Then, I put the bottom or flat side of the other layer in top and frosted that.

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I was actually making the cake for later that night so I wanted to pop it into the fridge. I just put the bowl onto the lid and kept the whole thing upside down to cover the cake.

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When we were ready to eat the cake later on, I just popped the lid off and viola!

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*depending on how tall your bowl is and how high the frosting ends up, you may have to retouch the cake after opening it up. A small price to pay for yummy cake! ūüôā

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Foodie Friday…Yummy Spritz Cookies!


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These are a family favorite, and the perfect recipe to use with your cookie press. ¬†Their small size makes them easy to eat without feeling too guilty, and the simple recipe makes them great to give as gifts. ¬†They are a Christmas favorite in our house, a recipe passed down from “Grama B,” so I thought it was a good time to share. ¬†Hope you get a chance to try them out, they really are delicious!

Spritz Cookies ( to be made with a cookie press )

Ingredients:

1 lb. butter or margarine

2 c. sugar

4 egg yolks

2 T. cream

5 c. flour

1 t. vanilla

Cream margarine and sugar.  Add other ingredients gradually one at a time.  Put in cookie press and place cookies 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.  Add decorations if desired, the crystal sprinkles work the best.  Bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  The cookies are done when the edges are golden brown.  Enjoy!

Foodie Friday! GFCF dirt cupcakes!!!!


TGIF, everybody! ¬†Okay, so I have done several posts involving gluten-free/ casein-free (GFCF) recipes that I make for my kiddos. ¬†We have done a pretty good job of being able to serve them a variety of healthy foods even on this sometimes limiting diet. That said, this is NOT an example of a healthy recipe ūüôā ¬†My son turned 5 this year and needed something to take to school for a treat. His school has a policy that birthday treats must be store bought (?!?!?!?!), so I was at a bit of a loss of what to do. ¬†It’s not like it’s easy or convenient to stop by the local grocery store’s bakery and pick up a few GFCF cupcakes. ¬†But, I wanted him to feel special and be able to share something yummy with his friends. ¬†I ended up getting the OK to make just his treat at home and get store bought for the rest of the kids. ¬†So, now, what to make? ¬†I ended up making chocolate GFCF cupcakes at home (Betty Crocker makes a great mix), and using chocolate frosting that doesn’t contain milk (I think the brand is Duncan Hines, but check your labels). ¬†Then I crunched GFCF chocolate sandwich cookies on top to make the “dirt.” ¬†A gummy worm tops it off and you have a great treat and a happy kid!

For the other kids in the class, I just pre-ordered some chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting from our local grocery store. ¬†The morning of his classroom party, I picked them up from the store, covered them with the crunched up cookies and gummy worms and viola! ¬†I also ended up putting them in little plastic cups and giving them the kids spoons to eat them. ¬†So much easier than them peeling the cupcake paper off and taking bites. ¬†Plus, then they could really see how it looks like “dirt” through the side of the glass.

Here’s some pics, not super detailed, but you can get the idea:

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My son was so excited when he was passing out the treats, and I was so happy he didn’t have to have something different than his friends!

Have a great weekend!

Chocolate minute mug cake


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Yummy recipe alert!

Who hasn’t had a day where all you want to do is unwind with some chocolate? ¬†Or, maybe share a yummy chocolate treat with that someone special while you watch a movie? ¬†Maybe you get a hankering for some chocolate cake but don’t want to make a whole one because then you will eat a whole one? ¬†Here’s the solution! ¬†A yummy chocolate cake recipe that you make in a coffee mug, in the microwave, with stuff you probably already have! ¬†You’re welcome!

Ingredients:

1 coffee mug

4 T. flour (not self-rising)

4 T. sugar

2 T. baking cocoa

1 egg

3 T. milk

3 T. oil

3 T. chocolate chips (optional)

small splash of vanilla

Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. ¬†Add egg and mix thoroughly. ¬†Pour in milk and oil, mix well. ¬†Add chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla, mix. ¬†Put mug in the microwave and cook on high 3 minutes. ¬†Cake will rise over the mug, don’t be alarmed! ¬†Allow to cool, tip onto plate if desired. ¬†Can serve two if you want to share ūüôā

Enjoy!

GFCF diet? Yummy homemade cookies! BAM!


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So both of my kids are on a gluten-free casein-diet, which usually  means yummy, homemade cookies are a no-no as well.  Not the case with these bad boys.  A friend shared these with me, and I have made them several times, most recently with the dairy-free chocolate chips as an add-in for half of the brown sugar.  Enjoy!

*They do contain peanut butter though, so a no-go for anyone with a nut allergy

1 c. chunky or peanut butter

3/4 c. packed light brown sugar

1 large egg

3/4 t. baking soda

Heat oven to 350 degrees. ¬†Use electric mixer to beat all ingredients in a large bowl until fully incorporated. ¬†Drop level teaspoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet 1 and 1/2″ apart. ¬†Bake until puffed and starting to lightly brown around the edges. ¬†Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.