Tag Archives: chocolate

Orange Chocolate Fig Cupcakes

30 Jul

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Here I go again using the orange boxed cake mix.

My son gave me these delicious chocolate filled and covered figs.

OMG , they are delicious.

They are from a fancy candy maker named Frans.

So I have had these candies since Mothers Day and have been nibbling on them but had a couple left.

Today I cut the figs into four pieces and put one piece inside each cupcake.

Bake them for 20 to 25  minutes.

I will say,” OMG” again.

They are so good.

You have orange cake, chocolate and then the fig.

Serve with a cup of coffee and keep on smiling.

 

Non Dairy Birthday Cake

18 Mar

Non Dairy Birthday Cake

My grandson developed a milk allergy so what do we do for birthday cake?

I took my reading glasses and went to the supermarket and read every box of cake and frosting.

I found Price Chopper vanilla cake mix, Price Chopper chocolate fudge and vanilla frosting.

I am ready to get baking.

Then my grandson wanted a green lego star war cake.

Thank God my sister, Janet, has more imagination than me.

She found these lego boxes that we used as a base.

I baked two 9×12 cakes and used the chocolate frosting as a filling.

Then we put food coloring in the vanilla frosting and made it green.

Frosted the entire cake and then decorated it with legos, star war figures and lego candles.

My grandsons name was written in string candy.

He loved the cake and that was the best compliment I could ever get.

 

Mushroom Meringues

4 Dec

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You have to make these meringues.

About 30 years ago I started making them.

They are so pretty, low fat and delicious.

The recipe is easy but you have to read on how to pipe and assemble the cookies.

Go to Maida Heatters, BOOK OF GREAT DESSERTS.

Fabulous book and she walks you through each step.

Its about three pages of instruction and worth every word.

I have made other recipes and hers is the best.

These cookies take a lot of time so make them over a couple of days.

 

Chocolate dipped meringue cookies

27 Oct

Chocolate Dipped lemon meringue

These cookies were my second choice.

I started to make french macaroons and nothing was going right.

The egg whites whipped weird, I forgot to add the sugar, the batter was like water.

I threw everything out and left the kitchen.

I still needed a cookie to bring to a baby shower.

I bought two bags of cappuccino meringue cookies, dipped them in melted dark chocolate and sprinkled them with blue sugar.

This took me about twenty minutes.

Let them dry uncovered overnight and put them in a pretty container.

I will try the macaroons another day…

Chocolate Coconut Seltzer

24 Oct

I am not much of a drinker.

Not even water.

Occasionally I do enjoy a good glass of wine or a cold beer but that is about it.

So this is a non alcoholic drink I love.

Polar soda company has a ton of different flavored seltzers.

I drink a bottle a day and love most of the flavors.

The other night I was craving something sweet. This is not unusual.

The plain seltzer wasn’t doing it.

So I took a bottle of the toasted coconut cream seltzer and mixed it with four tablespoons of chocolate syrup.

Tastes just like a mounds bar or a chocolate soda.

Thank you Polar.

 

Chocolate Pie Lollipops

12 Sep

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My sister is having a baby shower so it is an excuse for me to get crazy.

I wanted to make something different.

I have this baby cake machine which makes lollipop pies .

It is perfect for a ladies lunch because the pop is about two inches in diameter. The perfect three bite desert.

My sister didn’t want a  fruit  filling so the next best thing is chocolate.

Heat up the baby cake machine.

One box of refrigerated pie dough

One jar of Hershey’s chocolate almond spread

Powdered sugar

Plastic lollipop wrappers

Curling ribbon

Roll out the pie crust

Cut into rounds to fit the pie well.

Place one round into each well.

Place 1/2 teaspoon chocolate spread into the middle of the dough.

Place the lollipop stick into the middle of the pie.

Place another pie dough round on top.

Put the top of the grill down and cook for about two minutes or until the cakes are brown.

Let the pops cool and dust with powdered sugar.

Place in a lollipop bag and decorate with ribbon.

There are going to be about 25 people at the shower so I will make about 75 .

I will put them in two vases and arrange them like flowers.

I love edible centerpieces.

After my trial and error you need different size lollipop sticks to arrange them properly.

If you look at the picture the pops are too cluttered and the different sizes will loosen them up.

Give the leftovers away to your company.

These are going to compliment the big baby cake and the fresh fruit and nut platter.

Chocolate Egg Cream

10 Sep

Chocolate Egg Creams

Don’t go “yuck” yet.

This is a something I grew up with.

It does not have an egg in it and I don’t know why they call it an egg cream.

This was the special treat from my Mom for getting all A’s on my report card.

Since I was alway a saver, I figured out how to make this drink at an early age and pocket the six cents.

Thats right six cents. Am I telling my age?

I watched the soda lady make it time after time.

I thought she was a genius.

Now, I’m a genius.

Four tablespoons chocolate syrup

Five tablespoons milk

One cup of cold seltzer

Put everything in a tall glass starting with the syrup then the milk and then the seltzer.

With a long teaspoon slowly stir everything together.

You have to hear the spoon clinking the glass or else it is not authentic.

The seltzer will foam at the top and that is the best.

You can make this with any flavor syrup or seltzer.

I recently saw this on a menu and had to have one. I paid $5.00.

Thank God it was good or  else I would have choked.

This is basically an ice cream soda without the ice cream and whipped cream.