Monday, July 13, 2009

Frozen Chocolate, Strawberry & Banana Cake



This is the second dessert that I made when I was back home on Guam for summer vacation. It's actually made with some of the leftovers of the first cake I made. I didn't take pics of that one though..so I'm going to have to make it again later.

Of course I just used whatever my mom had in stock at her home to make the cake.


Ingredients:

Cake-
1 box of Betty Pillsbury chocolate cake
eggs
oil

Directions-
Bake according to box instructions


Chocolate Filling-
1 container of strawberries (diced)
Nutella
1 box of instant chococlate pudding
1 tub reg coolwhip
1 small tub of extra creamy coolwhip


Directions-
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together until completely combined. Store in the fridge until ready to use

Other ingredients-
4 sliced bananas

Putting it all together

After the chocolate cake is cooled, line the inside of an ice cream box sized container that can be put in the freezer with plastic wrap. I used the ice cream container my mom had from Tupperware. It holds a 1/2 gallon box of ice cream.




After you have lined the container, layer the chocolate cake, filling and sliced bananas how ever many times you want, as long as you can close the lid. Cover the top of the cake with more plastic wrap. put the container cover back on and put it the freezer for at least an hour before you take it out and serve.

Enjoy!!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Oreo Pancakes




"MMMM, Mommy, you are the best maker ever! Can you make these all the time?" Those are the words of my little girl after she took one bite out of these spur of the moment pancakes. And yes, I will be making these again. I wonder what else I can find in my cupboards to throw into pancake batter. Hmmmmm...


MMM..Strawberry Pancakes




Instead of the usual blueberry pancakes, I used up my left over strawberries and made...strawberry pancakes. It was super yummy...or at least that's what the kids said.

Under the Sea Red Velvet Cupcakes

I offered to make a friend some RV cupcakes for her friends baby shower. The theme was under the sea. This is what I came up with. Sweet and simple. The sea creatures are just choc melts that i put into molds. I think they turned out pretty well.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Chocolate Crepes with Caramalized Pears

Last night I could not sleep so I went to the kitchen to see what I could think of to make. I was thinking of preparing something for the next mornings breakfast. I saw some pears that are a little too soft for my liking so I thought that I should use those in some way. I instantly thought about chopping them up and tossing them into a little sauce pot. Well, I only chopped up one since I didn't want waste them all if it didn't turn out good. Anyway, after throwing them in the pot I looked in my spice cabinet to see what was in there. I took out a few things and added them to the pot of chopped up pears...

-Honey
-White Cooking Wine
-Cinnamon
-Brown Sugar
-Vanilla

I mixed them all up and then let it thicken up.

Now I had to think of what I was going to do with the mixture. I though of making pancakes but I already did that with my last breakfast creation (I'll post that one up later) so I made some crepes instead. Yeah yeah, it's pretty much the same thing. What am I going to fill it with was the next thing on my mind. I had to think of something easy since it was late and by that time I was getting tired. So I just pulled out my handy dandy (thanks blues clues) bucket of cream cheese and scooped out...oh about 1/2 cup. Then I just grabbed my hershey's choc. syrup and squeezed a bunch in there and mixed it all up. All I had left to do was to put it all together. So I just slathered some choc. cream cheese in the middle of the crepe, added the pear mix on top and then rolled it. It didn't look finished so I went in my fridge and grabbed out my caramel syrup and drizzled it on top. Then the finishing touch was a little powdered sugar over the top.

The taste test was of course next and let me tell you....it was delicious. It was my first time cooking with pears and I was so happy that it didn't turn out gross. I gave some to my daughters teacher and a good friend of mine that is also a teacher at my daughter's school, since it's Teacher Appreciation Week. They said they liked them too and I'm glad about that because I would have been so imbarrassed if they didn't.

I didn't take any pics though. But I will make them again tomorrow..a bigger version and then I will show you what they look like. I'm even going to have to take the time to measure out my ingredients for you all, since I just winged it the first time.




So here are the pics for you to see what they look like. I think I'm going to put the caramelized pears on top of the crepes the next time I make these...just so it doesn't look so plain on the plate.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Monkey Madness



Here is my latest baking creation. I usually just use whatever I have in my kitchen to make my so called experiments. So far I've had luck on my side.

Here's how to make it.

Banana/Caramel Cupcake

3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/8 cups canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cups milk

1/3 cup caramel syrup

1 small box of instant vanilla pudding

1 pouch dream whip


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened

3 cups powdered sugar

1 cup creamy peanut butter

¼ cup chocolate syrup


Chocolate layer

1/3 bag of chocolate melting wafers



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Mix until just blended.Fill muffin cups a little more than 3/4 full. Bake for about 20 - 24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and place 3-4 melting wafers on each cupcake. When the chocolate wafers have melted use a tooth pick to smooth out the chocolate. Set aside to cool.

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together until creamy. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, ice them and ENJOY!!!!