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Walrus Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Devil's Food Cake With Vanilla Icing

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I recently was gifted the recipe book– ‘What’s New Cupcake?’ by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. Let me just say this is probably my new favorite cookbook! Every cupcake is like a cartoon! Bears, race cars, golf course- you name it, it’s a cupcake! The first one to catch my eye was the Walrus!

I think walruses are cute in generally- so lazy and blubbery and CUTE!! And these cupcakes looked just like that! I attempted to re-create them. They weren’t difficult to make, but I will say that you need to allocate a couple of hours for the whole process. The recipe called for boxed Devil’s food cake and canned frosting. But, the foodie in me decided to make everything from scratch!

Chocolate Cupcake:

I used my Snowy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe- just doubled all the ingredients (except increase 1/4 cup Buttermilk to 1 cup.)

Dark Chocolate Frosting:

I used my Dark Chocolate Frosting Recipe– can be doubled if you desire more frosting, but these measurements sufficed.

  • 2-3 cups of frosting

Topping:

  • thin chocolate wafers- i used 100 chocolate wafers (that’s the only thing they had at the grocery store!)
  • 12 glazed doughnut holes (I used Entemann’s Pop-Em’s)
  • white nonpareils
  • 4-6 marshmallows
  • chocolate covered black sunflower seeds (or mini brown m&m’s)
  • chocolate sprinkles (jimmies)

Process:

1. Using an off-set spatula mound about 2-3 tbsp of the frosting on each cooled cupcake. Spread evenly. Place the doughnut hole towards the edge of one side of the cupcake. Place the cupcakes in the freezer for about 20 minutes to set.

2. While the cupcakes are freezing cut the marshmallows in half diagonally, then cut again diagnally, to produce 4 corners. Cut each corner in half to produce spikey tusk. Shape as necessary in order to resemble tusks.

3. Cut each wafer in half- 2 halves for fins, and one for a tail. Take the remaining wafers and crush in a ziplock bag using a rolling pin, or pulse in a food processor until finely ground. Pour into a shallow bowl.

4. Using the off-set spatula use about a 1/3 of the remaining frosting to completely coat the donut hole and any gaps that remain. You want the cupcake to be nicely coated in frosting, with no gaps or bare donut showing.

Carefully dip the cupcake into the cookie crumbs, gently pressing the crumbs into the frosting to stick. You want it to completely coat the cupcakes and start to resemble the shape of a walrus.

5. Place the remaining frosting in a ziplock bag and cut the corner about 1/8 an inch. Pipe two small circles on the head portion for the snout. Carefully place the tusks, topping with a bit more frosting to stick. Dip your finger in water and then in the white nonpareils and place on the frosting snouts.

Place a black sunflower seed sideways in the middle of the frosting snout- this is the nose. Take one chocolate sprinkle, dip into a little bit of the frosting and place above the snout as the eyes. Place some frosting on the edge of the chocolate wafers and place as the flippers- 1 on each side and one horizontally on the back.

6. Refrigerate so the frosting sets. Before serving, remove form the fridge serve at room temperature.

Makes 12 Walruses

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Peppermint Bark


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Carrot Cake Balls, perfect for Easter Treats

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Carrot Cake Ball

I bake desserts all the time. I try to make sure we have something home-baked and sweet in our refrigerator for every week. It’s comforting after a long day at work, I can come home, whip up a quick dinner, and still have a home-baked dessert to finish the meal.

One of Hubby’s favorite desserts is carrot cake. Carrot cake is something I rarely make from scratch. Why? Because I hate grating the carrots. If I had a food processor, I’d use that, but despite how much I bake and cook, I don’t own a food processor. Or a heavy duty mixer. I either hand-knead bread, use a whisk to whip cake batter, or sometimes a very old, somewhat functioning hand mixer. Someday, I’ll have a shiny new food processor and mixer, but I’m not counting the days since it may not be until I’m too old and weak to hand-knead bread ;-)

Back to the cake balls. I found a Duncan Hines carrot cake mix that has dehydrated carrots and raisins that you rehydrate, not “carrot flavored pieces” like other cake mixes. So, I bought a box and carrot cake balls were quick to follow.

CARROT CAKE BALLS:

  • Preheat oven according to cake package directions.
  • Line a baking pan with foil leaving some hang over, grease and flour, and set aside.
  • Make 1 box Duncan Hines Classic Carrot Cake Mix according to package directions and bake according to package directions depending on the type of pan you are using. – FYI, this is one of the best cake mixes I’ve ever tasted, which means I may never even consider making carrot cake from scratch. A little sweeter than I’m used to for a cake, but so moist and flavorful.
  • Once cooked through, use foil to remove cake from pan and cool on wire rack.
  • Once completely cooled, use your hands or a food processor to break the cake into fine crumbs.
  • Slowly add cream cheese frosting to the crumbs and mix thoroughly until the crumbs stick together. I never measure the frosting, just use however much it takes to form a “dough” with the crumbs. I had leftover homemade cream cheese frosting (recipe below) that I used.
  • Pinch about a tablespoon-sized portion of the crumb/frosting mixture and roll between palms of hands to form a ball; place on parchment paper, and repeat until all crumb/frosting mixture has been used. I got about 65 cake balls from one box of cake mix.
  • Melt 1 package of Ambrosia brand white candy coating, or any white coating chocolate.
  • Dip cake balls one at a time into the candy coating, cover completely, set on parchment paper to dry, and top with desired sprinkles.
  • Once the coating is cooled, use a fine-tipped knife to cut away any excess coating that spread away from the cake ball to form a clean ball shape.
  • I store mine in gallon-sized plastic bags in the refrigerator. To serve to guests, place in mini cupcake papers.

TIP: I melt half the package of candy coating at a time so that it doesn’t cool too much and become stiff before I get to all the cake balls. I only had green sprinkles, though I wished I had orange for the carrot cake.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

  • Mix 1 8-ounce package lower fat cream cheese with 1/4 cup Earth Balance Margarine with a hand mixer until soft and combined.
  • Add 2 cups powdered sugar and mix thoroughly, adding more sugar as needed.
  • Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and mix until combined.

Cut Carrot Cake Ball

YUM, YUM, YUM! I took some to work and passed one out to each of my immediate co-workers to share a little carrot goodness. You should definitely make these for Easter and find some fancy sprinkles to dress them up.

~Ingredients to nourish the body put together in ways to nourish the soul to share with family and friends to nourish the heart~

Source: http://gourmetmemoirs.com/2011/03/22/carrot-cake-balls-perfect-for-easter-treats/

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Baking, Candy, Sweets

 

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Betty’s Icing for Christmas Cookies Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Colored Icing for Christmas Cookies. I used red and green colors in this icing. I used red, green, and white icing to turn my Christmas Vanilla Butter Cookies into festive treats! I think you will enjoy icing your Christmas cookies with this recipe.

Ingredients (full recipe; I only made half of the recipe in the video):

2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ tablespoons water
food coloring, as desired (for Christmas cookies, red and green are the best colors to use.)

In a medium-sized bowl, combine 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 ½ tablespoons water thoroughly. Add more water, a few drops at a time, until mixture is of spreading consistency. If the mixture is too thin, add more confectioner’s sugar. Divide into 3 parts. Color one part with green food coloring to desired shade of green, one part with red food coloring to desired shade of red, and leave the third part white. Use the icing to frost cookies as desired. Let each individual color of icing set up before applying a different color, and let all iced cookies sit on waxed paper until dry. Then you may stack them on a nice serving plate or nestle them in a cookie tin that is lined with Christmas tissue paper or napkins. The cookies will be quite colorful and enjoyable to ice! –Betty 

 

 

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Betty’s Rich Chocolate Frosting Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Rich Chocolate Frosting. This frosting is composed of unsweetened chocolate squares, butter, eggs, half-and-half, confectioner’s sugar, and flavorings. It looks lovely and tastes decadent!

Ingredients:

(2) 1-oz. squares unsweetened chocolate
½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 egg (I used ¼ cup egg substituteEgg Beaters.)
1 tablespoon half-and-half
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
16-oz. package confectioner’s sugar

Place (2) 1-oz. squares unsweetened chocolate in top of a double boiler. Bring water in double boiler to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and heat chocolate until it melts. Set aside to cool slightly. Place ½ cup butter in a large mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer. Add cooled, melted chocolate, 1 egg (or ¼ cup egg substitute), 1 tablespoon half-and-half, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice. Mix well with mixer. Continue to mix with mixer while slowly adding a 16-oz. package of confectioner’s sugar. Beat until the mixture is smooth and spreadable. Spread immediately on cakes, cupcakes, etc. This is a beautiful frosting that is so easy to use. You can easily spread it over the top of Never Fail White Frosting on my Best Chocolate Cake with Double Frosting! Enjoy!!! –Betty

 

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Betty’s Never Fail White Icing Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Never Fail White Icing. This is made with a boiled sugar syrup beaten into egg whites and is a dramatic and tasty icing for cakes, cupcakes, and other sweets.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 egg whites
¼ cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup chopped pecans

In a heavy pot, combine 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup water, and 2 tablespoons light corn syrup. This mixture will have a “white” look. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until clear. Then cook, without stirring, until 232 degrees (F) on a candy thermometer. In a large mixing bowl, beat 2 egg whites until soft peaks form. Continue to beat, slowly adding hot syrup mixture. Add ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Continue beating until stiff peaks form and frosting is of spreading consistency. Gently stir in ½ cup of pecans. Immediately spread on cooled cake. After cake is spread, allow icing to set up. (It may be helpful to place the frosted cake in the refrigerator to speed up this process.) Enjoy!!! –Betty

 
 

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