Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Raspberry cheesecake bars with streusel topping

I am so excited about this post because I am entering it into a recipe contest hosted by my two favorite bloggers: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and Cookies and Cups. When I first found out about the contest, I was went a little crazy deciding what recipes I could recreate and had a dozen different ideas and then pondered over them for way too long. I am a little nervous because these two bloggers are so amazing and a source of inspiration to me.

Raspberry cheesecake bars with streusel topping

I chose to recreate Shelly’s Caramel Apple Cheesecake bars. Hands down, my favorite dessert is cheesecake, but I really don’t allow myself to have it very often, because let’s face it, I don’t need the extra calories. I also am a little bit intimidated to make a cheesecake at home. So I am starting here, with Shelly’s recipe and I made Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake bars. These cheesecake bars have a streusel topping as well, which I love. Continue reading

No-Bake Mini Salted Caramel Ice Cream Brownies

No-Bake Mini Salted Caramel Ice Cream Brownies

I mentioned on Monday that I am on vacation at the lake for a week, and it is friggin’ hot! The area where I live is somewhat coastal, so it gets warm but not unbearable. The weather here is in the high 90s. I know everyone in inland California, Arizona, Texas and other part of the US are rolling their eyes right now, but seriously, I am not used to this and I don’t know how you deal with it! Thank god I can just jump in the lake at any given time during the day.  So there will be very little baking going on while I am on vacation. Grilling? Sure, all day long, but I am NOT turning on the oven. Therefore, desserts will be of the no-bake variety. I guess it helps that we can hop in the boat and cross the lake for some frozen mud pie!

How about these No-Bake Mini Salted Caramel Ice Cream Brownies? They couldn’t be easier to prepare. I used a container of store-bought brownies, some Haagen-Dazs Sea Salt Caramel Gelato and homemade whipped cream. These mini ice cream brownies are the perfect little snack. I usually feel less guilty when I eat things in smaller portions, until I eat 3 or 4 of them. Oops. Anyway, I am totally head over heels in LOVE with this Sea Salt Caramel Gelato ice cream. I am not usually a salted caramel type of person, but I could eat a pint of this ice cream about as fast as I could down a pint of Ben and Jerrys.

No-Bake Mini Salted Caramel Ice Cream Brownies Continue reading

Brownie Stuffed Funfetti Cupcakes with Chocolate Funfetti Frosting

Funfetti Cupcake

Sometimes when I make cupcakes, I feel the urge to try and combine as many flavors as possible just to see how things turn out. Last weekend, during my baking extravaganza, I had a batch of leftover brownies and no one to eat them. In an attempt to avoid eating them all myself, I decided I wanted to put them inside a cupcake. Yes, a brownie stuff cupcake.

For the cupcake, I used my favorite funfetti recipe from yourcupofcake.com. For the frosting, I wanted to see if I could make a chocolate funfetti frosting. I mean, who wouldn’t want to combine the best two cupcake flavors ever, right?!

Funfetti Cupcake

Brownie Stuffing

3 C Crumbled brownies

1/2 C Chocolate frosting

  • Bake a boxed mix of brownies according the package instructions. Cool completely.
  • When ready, use your hands to crumble brownies into pieces and measure out 3 cups into a separate bowl.
  • Combine with ½ cup of chocolate frosting. Use your hands to mix everything together into one large ball, ensuring the frosting is well mixed.
  • Roll 24 balls of the brownie mixture, about 1 tbsp in size.
  • Set 1 brownie ball in each cupcake liner.

Funfetti cupcake

Funfetti Cupcakes
Recipe from yourcupofcake.com Vanilla Cupcakes

Follow ingredients from Vanilla cupcake and add 1/4 C Sprinkles

  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Combine egg whites, oil, buttermilk, sour cream and vanilla extract in a bowl and whisk gently.
  • Slowly mix in cake mix until well combined.
  • Add sprinkles and gently fold into batter.
  • Fill lined cupcake pan 2/3 full, tap the pan a couple times to evenly coat the brownie. Bake for 12 minutes, check with a toothpick and bake another 2-3 minutes until tops are golden or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
  • Let cupcakes cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Having a brownie stuffed inside the cupcake was pretty dang amazing, but what impressed me the most about these cupcakes was the frosting. I whipped the heck out of this frosting and used heavy cream instead of milk to make it super light and fluffy. There’s actually cake mix in the frosting and cocoa powder to create a chocolate funfetti frosting.

Funfetti Cupcake

Chocolate Funfetti Frosting

1 C Unsalted butter, at room temperature

4 oz Cream cheese, at room temperature

1/3 C Cocoa powder

1 C Vanilla cake mix

4 tsp Pure vanilla extract

3 C Confectionary sugar

2 tbsp Heavy cream (no substitutions)

  • Allow butter and cream cheese to come to room temperature.
  • Use a fine sifter to sift the cocoa powder, eliminating any clumps.
  • Once softened, combine butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  • Slowly add cocoa powder and continue to beat on medium speed until smooth. Add 2 tsp vanilla extract. I like to add the vanilla extract after the cocoa powder to help keep the mixture smooth.
  • Add 1 cup vanilla cake mix and continue to beat on medium speed; add the other 2 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Continue to slowly add confectionary sugar followed by the heavy cream. Beat for several minutes with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed. Switch to the whisk attachment and beat for another 3-5 minutes until frosting is light and fluffy.

Funfetti cupcake

I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the airiness of the frosting after beating it for so long! I feel as though the longer I whip the frosting, the better it becomes. I choose not to put sprinkles into the frosting because I liked the look of the sprinkles on top.

 

This post is linked up on the Back for Seconds blog.

Sweet and Salty Junkyard Brownies

Caramel brownies

Who’s ready for some more chocolate? I am so good during the day while I am at work (most of the time), but I get home and I just need something sweet. Yesterday, my second reminder to “get my butt in shape” popped up on my iPhone; I set them for myself in January. Yet, I traded in my workout shoes for one of these Sweet and Salty Junkyard Brownies.

A couple of months ago while browsing through my favorite Wholefoods ever, I spotted some ridiculously amazing looking brownies topped with all sorts of salty snacks. I could see the caramel oozing out the sides and knew I was going to have to make them at home.

caramel brownies

These are really quite simple. I used a boxed mix of brownies and added some Hersey’s baking melts for added chocolate, because nothing goes better with chocolate than more chocolate. I smothered my brownie in caramel sauce and then topped it with pretzels, crushed cashews and caramel popcorn. Continue reading

Triple Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Brownie Batter Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Brownie Batter Frosting

Okay, so yesterday I told you about the Cupcake Camp Conejo Valley. Today I am talking cupcakes. I baked and frosted more than I have ever before. My list of ingredient included 22 eggs, 18 sticks of butter, 3 lbs of powdered sugar, 6 boxes of cake mix and 4 boxes of brownie mix! I baked 13 dozen cupcakes and made 16 pounds of frosting. It was awesome! The cupcake I am sharing today is a Triple Chocolate Brownie Cupcake.

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