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Dessert 24 March 2017

Impress Spring Party Guests with Surprise Sweets

(Family Features) Transform an ordinary cupcake into something extraordinary with a peek-a-boo filling. These simple cupcakes are an easy addition to any spring celebration. You’ll want to serve every variety of these turned up treats for Easter and beyond.

The best part about this party trick? It’s easy. You’ll be digging this one out of your recipe repertoire for every spring soiree.

Hop to Easter
Who said Easter baskets are just for the kids? Treat your holiday guests to take-home cupcakes served in individual cupcake boxes. They’ll be delighted to find a surprise inside these icing-filled cupcakes.

The Garden Party
Spring into the season and host an outdoor party on the patio or in the garden. Your guests will enjoy the fresh air and the sweetly decorated desserts.

Add Fresh Flavor
Shake things up with a refreshing new twist. Try filling your cupcakes with refreshing lemon meringue, raspberry mousse or peanut butter and jelly cupcake fillings.

No matter how you slice it, fill it or serve it, these cupcakes are a party pleaser that’s guaranteed to impress. Find tasty filling recipes, fresh ideas and easy decorating projects at www.wilton.com.

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Carrot Garden Easter Cupcakes

Servings: 1 dozen cupcakes

  • Favorite chocolate cake mix or recipe
  • Creamy Decorator Icing
  • Chocolate Decorator Icing
  • Leaf Green Icing Color
  • Orange Icing Color
  • Crushed chocolate sandwich cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place Color Wheel baking cups in standard muffin pan.
  2. Prepare cake mix following package instructions. Bake in prepared muffin pan 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on cooling grid.
  3. To decorate, tint small amount of creamy decorator icing green; tint remaining orange. Use spatula and chocolate icing to ice tops of cupcakes smooth. Sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Chill until set, about 15 minutes.
  4. Use knife to cut out center of cupcakes almost to bottom of cupcake. Use tip 2A and orange icing to fill in center of cupcake and pipe about 1/4 inch above cupcake; pat smooth. Use tip 352 and green icing to pipe pull-out leaf carrot tops.

Source: Wilton

Dessert 23 March 2017

Pair Like a Pro

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(Family Features) When it comes to pairing wine with food, even experts agree that desserts can pose a challenge. A wide variety of flavor combinations can make it hard to find the perfect selection to serve with your sweet treat. While there’s no exact science to wine pairing, these simple tips can help you make your selection.

Sweet Cheesecake
A good rule: the lighter the dessert, the lighter the wine. Avoid heavy reds for a sweeter dessert and instead pair with a crisp white like Chardonnay, such as Joseph Carr from Sonoma, California.

Citrusy Lemon Meringue Pie
Lemon flavors can sometimes be polarizing, but complementing this dessert with an equally citrusy wine can work wonders. Try pairing with a food-friendly pinot grigio or a sauvignon blanc.

Rich Chocolate Cake
Red wine with chocolate seems like a no-brainer, but not all red wines are created equal. For a richer delicacy like this devil’s food cake, try something like Villa Pozzi Nero D’avola, a more fruit-forward, easy-drinking red varietal.

For more tips and wine selections, visit winefix.com

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New York-Style Honey Cheesecake

Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, grated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • fresh berries, for garnish
  • fresh mint, for garnish
  1. To make crust: In small bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs and butter until well blended. Press mixture evenly onto bottom and sides of greased 9-inch springform pan; set aside.
  2. Heat oven to 350° F.
  3. To make filling: In electric mixer bowl, combine cream cheese, honey and flour. Beat until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in cream, lemon zest and vanilla.
  4. Pour cream cheese mixture over crust; bake 15 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 200° F and bake 1 hour and 30 minutes longer, or until center no longer looks wet or shiny.
  5. With oven off and door ajar, let cheesecake cool 1 hour in oven. Remove cheesecake to rack to cool completely.
  6. Cover and refrigerate cheesecake at least 4 hours before serving. Garnish with fruit and fresh mint. Pair with chardonnay like Joseph Carr.

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Honey Devil’s Food Cake with Rich Chocolate Frosting

Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups honey, divided
  • 1/2 cup 2 percent low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • milk chocolate shavings, for garnish
  1. To prepare cake: Heat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, 1 cup cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add 1 1/2 cups honey, milk, oil, eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla; beat 2 minutes. Gradually beat in water.
  3. Divide batter between pans. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until sides pull away slightly from pan and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Turn onto wire racks and cool completely.
  4. To prepare frosting: In medium bowl, combine remaining cocoa powder, honey and vanilla, and cream. Beat until just thick and fluffy.
  5. To assemble: Spread frosting evenly over sides and top of one cake layer. Place second cake layer on top. Spread remaining frosting evenly over sides and top.
  6. Garnish with milk chocolate shavings. Pair each serving with a glass of prosecco, like Nero D’avola from Villa Pozzi.

Photo courtesy of 275847/Shutterstock.com (cheesecake)
Photo courtesy of Barnaby Chambers/Shutterstock.com (chocolate cake with wine)

Source: Deutsch Family Wines

Dessert 14 March 2017

Beehive Cupcakes

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Beehive Cupcakes

  • 1 (13-ounce) bag Snickers Miniatures for Easter, chopped
  • 24 cupcake paper liners
  • 1 (18-ounce) box favorite cake mix
  • 2 (16-ounce) cans classic vanilla frosting
  • Yellow food coloring
  • 1 (14-ounce) bag Starburst Jellybeans Original Fruits
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tube chocolate decorating frosting, with plain tip
  • 2 resealable plastic bags
  1. Unwrap and chop all miniatures, set aside.
  2. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. Prepare cake mix, fold in chopped miniatures and bake according to package directions.
  3. Let cupcakes come to room temperature.
  4. In the meantime, tint frosting with yellow food coloring to desired shade. Frost top of each cupcake to cover.
  5. Spoon remaining frosting into resealable plastic bag. Cut off 1/4-inch from tip. To create a “hive” on each cupcake, pipe on frosting in spiral fashion, starting with bottom of hive and working up to top.
  6. Separate orange jellybeans from package. Arrange 3 to 4 jellybeans on each frosting hive. Gently squeeze chocolate frosting through tip in zigzag pattern over jellybeans.
  7. Angle an almond slice on each side of jellybeans as bee wings.

Makes 24 servings

Source: M&M’S®

Dessert 14 March 2017

Hop Into Spring

A Bunny for Your Honey

(Family Features) Every year, friends and family emerge from hibernation to say farewell to winter and welcome spring with open arms. Whether you’re celebrating Easter, Earth Day or any other cheery spring occasion, this darling Bunny Cake is a great way to enjoy the happiness and rebirth that comes along with the season.

Children will love helping with this simple Bunny Cake recipe because they can customize it to make it their own. For example, surround your bunny cake with some grass made out of shredded coconut that has been colored with green food color, or really make the cake stand out by making it a polka-dotted or striped bunny. The Easy Bunny Cake recipe, which makes a pair of bunny cakes, is also a great centerpiece until it is time to indulge and enjoy.

Bunny Games
If you have more than a few guests, bake multiple bunny cakes, split up into teams, offer several different types of candies and decorations and challenge each team to come up a creative bunny cake.

After the cakes are judged and the dessert is enjoyed, send the kids outside for bunny hop races. In this relay race, the participants, who are split into two teams, will take turns hopping through the pre-determined course and pass to the next person by transferring bunny ears or a carrot stick.

For the Easy Bunny Cake and many other fun and delicious recipes, perfect for spring, visit www.BettyCrocker.com.

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Easy Bunny Cake

Prep Time: 30 min
Total Time: 2 hours 10 min
Makes: 2 bunny cakes, 16 servings

  • 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 2 containers (1 pound each) Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
  • Neon purple and/or pink food color
  • Construction paper (inedible)
  • 2 small marshmallows, cut in half, flattened
  • 2 small jelly beans, cut in half
  • 2 5-inch strips rainbow-colored sour candy, separated into strips
  • 2 large jelly beans or candy-coated chocolate-covered peanut candies
  • 2 rectangular-shaped white chewing gum pieces, cut in half
  • 2 large marshmallows

1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Make, bake and cool cake as directed on box for 2 (8- or 9-inch) round cake pans, using water, oil and eggs.

2. In medium bowl, tint 1 container frosting with neon purple food color. Using 1 cake round, cut in half to form 2 semicircles. Arrange halves on serving plate with cut side down and flat sides together with 1/4 cup frosting to form body.

3. Frost cake with frosting. Cut teardrop-shaped ears from construction paper; insert into cake. Using toothpicks to attach, use 2 small marshmallow halves and 2 small jelly bean halves for eyes. Use large jelly bean for nose and sour candy strips for whiskers. Place gum halves just below nose for teeth. Use large marshmallow for tail.

4. Repeat with remaining cake to make second bunny, using pink neon food color. Frost and decorate as above.

Betty Crocker® and SuperMoist® are Reg. T.M.s of General Mills Inc.

Source: Betty Crocker

Dessert 10 August 2015

Bake Up a July 4th Celebration

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars
Sunshine Strawberry French Vanilla Cake

(Family Features) This Fourth of July, after the family has enjoyed the burgers, brats and potato salad, the only thing they'll be looking forward to more than fireworks are simple-to-make, delectable desserts to end a perfect summer night.

It's easy to simplify special occasion menus with cake mix and now, bakers of any skill level can easily make summer celebrations even more memorable and delicious.

You're sure to impress your July Fourth guests when you serve up patriotic treats that go beyond the box with surprising ingredients, such as rich cream cheese and mouthwatering fruit filling. Friends and family will find it hard to resist a second helping of treats that highlight the fresh strawberry flavor of the season. Here are two great summer recipes that take an easy and different spin on strawberries, for creative, delicious results.

For tips on how to incorporate a yummy finale to your July Fourth fare, as well as recipe ideas, visit www.duncanhines.com.

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients
  • 1 package Duncan Hines® Signature French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 can (21 ounces) Comstock® or Wilderness® Strawberry Pie Filling and Topping
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. In large bowl combine cake mix, butter or margarine and 1 egg; blend well. Reserve 1/3 cup of mixture for topping.
  2. Pat remaining mixture into bottom of well-greased 9-by-13-inch pan.
  3. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy, beat in 2 eggs and 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar. Pour over cake mixture in pan. Spread strawberry fruit filling on top and sprinkle with reserved cake mixture.
  4. Bake 1 hour or until lightly browned. Refrigerate until chilled; cut into bars and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar.
Preparation Time

15 minutes

Total Time

1 hour 15 minutes

Serves

24 bars

Sunshine Strawberry French Vanilla Cake

Sunshine Strawberry French Vanilla Cake

Ingredients
  • 1 package Duncan Hines® Signature French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1 container Duncan Hines® Creamy Home-Style Vanilla Frosting
  • 1 can Duncan Hines®, Comstock® or Wilderness® Strawberry Pie Filling & Topping
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two 8-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions.
  3. Cool cakes on wire rack 15 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and cool completely.
  4. Arrange one cake on serving plate and evenly spread with 1 cup frosting, leaving sides bare. Add layer of pie filling on top of frosting. Top with second cake layer. Garnish with remaining frosting and pie filling.
Preparation Time

15 minutes

Total Time

60 minutes

Serves

12 servings

Source

Duncan Hines

Dessert 07 August 2015

Sunshine Strawberry French Vanilla Cake

Ingredients
  • 1 package Duncan Hines® Signature French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1 container Duncan Hines® Creamy Home-Style Vanilla Frosting
  • 1 can Duncan Hines®, Comstock® or Wilderness® Strawberry Pie Filling & Topping
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two 8-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions.
  3. Cool cakes on wire rack 15 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and cool completely.
  4. Arrange one cake on serving plate and evenly spread with 1 cup frosting, leaving sides bare. Add layer of pie filling on top of frosting. Top with second cake layer. Garnish with remaining frosting and pie filling.
Preparation Time

15 minutes

Total Time

60 minutes

Serves

12 servings

Source

Duncan Hines

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