Thursday, January 31, 2013

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting (#5)

This is Cupcake #5 from Ming Makes Cupcakes ]
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup buttermilk (room-temperature)
3 heaping Tbsp cocoa
1 stick butter (8 Tbsp)
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda in room-temperature buttermilk.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter and cocoa together at a low temperature.
    • When smooth, add water.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together sugar, flour, and salt.
  4. Add egg to cocoa mixture and mix at a low speed.
  5. Add vanilla to buttermilk mixture and beat until smooth.
  6. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
1 stick butter (8 Tbsp)
5 heaping Tbsp cocoa
1 lb confectioner's sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup milk
  1. In a saucepan, melt butter at low temperature.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together cocoa and sugar.
  3. Add melted butter, vanilla, and milk together. Beat at low speed until mixed.
  4. Frost cupcakes generously.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

8 "Secret" Starbucks Menu Items

Twix Frappucino
Order a Caramel Frappuccino with
  -  Extra caramel and mocha syrup drizzled in the cup
  -  A pump of hazelnut
  -  Java chips
  -  Whipped cream

Birthday Cake Frappucino
Order a Vanilla Bean Frappucino (tastes like vanilla cake) with
  -  A double pump of toffeenut syrup
  -  A double pump of hazelnut syrup
  -  Whipped cream

"The Nutella" Mocha
Order a Caffe Misto with
  -  A pump of chocolate syrup
  -  A pump of hazelnut syrup
  -  Caramel drizzle

Raspberry Cheesecake
Raspberry Cheesecake Mocha Frappuccino
Order a White Chocolate Mocha with
  -  Two extra pumps of raspberry syrup

"The Dirty Chai"
Order a Chai Tea (can be either hot, iced, or a frappucino) with
  -  Extra shots of espresso

Oreo Frappuncino
Order a Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino with
  -  White mocha syrup instead of the regular mocha syrup

Neapolitan Frappuacino
Order a Strawberries and Cream Frappucino with
  -  Vanilla bean powder
  -  A pump of mocha syrup

Chocolate Pumpkin Latte
Order a Pumpkin Spice Latte with
  -  An extra pump of chocolate syrup

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Butter Cream Frosting (#4)

This is Cupcake #4 from Ming Makes Cupcakes ]
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 Tbsp red food coloring
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla

  1. Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, buttermilk, egg, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.
  3. While mixing at medium speed, gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture until just combined.
  4. Fill cupcake liners.
  5. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
1 stick room temperature butter (8 Tbsp)
2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
a dash of almond extract
  1. Beat butter until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add sugar, milk, vanilla, and almond extract and beat until spreadable consistency.
  3. Add additional sugar if needed.

Monday, January 28, 2013

10 Sexual Drinking Games

Nine Cans of Beer or the Floor
  -  You will need
          - Nine cans of beer per person (not everyone will finish this game...)
          -  A shot glass (easiest if everyone has their own).
          -  A time keeper (a kitchen timer that will beep and can be reset quickly works best).
  -  Every minute for 100 minutes you take a shot of beer.
  -  If you choose to not take a shot, you must remove one article of clothing.
          -  The article of clothing is decided by a player of your choice.
  -  At first this game may seem easy, but when you add it up, it comes out to about 9 beers in 1.5 hours.
  -  Warning: Only play this game with people you trust.
          -  You may experience severe drunkenness or nudity fairly quickly.

Chutes and Ladders
  -  Choose the shot of your choice.
  -  When you go up a ladder, you take a shot.
  -  When you go down a chute, you take off an article of clothing of your choice.

Flip Sip or Strip
  -  Best if you have at least 3 people
  -  Player 1 flips a coin and calls head or tails while it is in the air
          -  If they call it correctly, they pass the coin to the right and they are safe.
          -  If they call it incorrectly, then they must choose:
               -  Sip: Take a shot
               -  Strip: Remove one article of clothing
  -  The only catch is that you can not pick sip or strip more than two times in a row.

Go Fish
  -  Deal a deck of cards like you normally would for this game (each player gets 7 cards).
  -  When you ask for a card and are told "Go Fish" you must take a shot.
  -  When you ask for a card and receive the match, the person who you asked must take off an article of clothing.

High or Low
  -  Choose someone to be "the dealer."
  -  The dealer will put down a card and you must guess if the next card will be higher or lower.
  -  If you are correct you get to tell one player of your choice to take a shot or remove an article of clothing of their choice.
  -  If you are incorrect, then you must take a shot.

Ice Tray Quarters
  -  Color each half of the ice tray a different color to designate your side apart from your partner's.
  -  Play like you would normal quarters.
  -  Designate the different departments as different actions (decide these before game starts)
          -  "You take a shot"
          -  "Someone of your choice takes a shot"
          -  "You remove an article of clothing"
          -  "Someone of your choice removes an article of clothing"

Guess or Strip
  -  Each player is dealt 1 card which they cannot look at.
  -  Hold the card in front of you for everyone else to see (or your forehead like Indian War)
  -  You must guess which card you have, how many #'s you are off is the number of shots you must take.
  -  The person who is the furthest off must remove an article of clothing.

James Bond
  -  Turn on any James Bond movie.
  -  Every time someone says "James" drink 2 shots.
  -  When someone says "Bond" drink 1 shot.
  -  Every time someone says "James Bond" remove an article of clothing.

  -  Put a deck of cards in the middle of the table.
  -  Go around the table and each player draws one card.
          -  If you draw a black card, you take 1 shot.
          -  If you draw a red card, you take 2 shots.
          -  If you draw an ace, king, or queen of any color you remove an article of clothing.

Thumb Master
  -  Designate someone the "Thumb Master."
  -  Throughout the night when this person places their thumb on the table the last person to see it has to:
          -  Remove an article of clothing or take a shot, Thumb Master's choice.
  -  The person who lost is now the new Thumb Master, and the game continues.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Espresso Fudge Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing (#1)

This is Cupcake #1 from Ming Makes Cupcakes ]
1 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp espresso powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips

  1. Mix flour, cocoa, espresso, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar on medium until light and fluffy.
  3. Reduce speed to low and add vanilla and egg.
  4. Add milk and flour mixture alternately while still mixing.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour into lined cupcake pan.
  7. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out almost clean.
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 tsp banilla
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tsp cocoa
splash of mik
  1. Mix cream cheese and vanilla at medium speed until creamy.
  2. While beating, add sugar, cocoa, and milk gradually.
  3. Spread on cooled cupcakes with icing spatula.
  4. Top with chocolate chips or coffee beans.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pizza Balls

3 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuts (10 per can)
56 pepperoni slices
block of Colby cheese
1 beaten egg
Italian seasoning
Garlic powder
1 jar pizza sauce (for dipping)
  1. Cut the block of cheese into 28 squares.
  2. Flatten a biscuit out and stack pepperoni and cheese on top.
  3. Gather up the edges of the biscuit.
  4. Line up the rolls in a greased 9x13 pan.
  5. Brush with beaten egg.
  6. Sprinkle with Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.
  7. Bake at 425F for 18-20 minutes.
  8. Use pizza sauce for dipping.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Snicker's Icebox Cake

2/3 cup cornstarch
1 cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt
1Tbsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cups cold whole milk
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Caramel Sauce
1 cup sugar
6Tbsp water
4Tbsp butter
1/4 cup heavy cream

Ganache Pouring Sauce
2/3 cup dark chocolate
1Tbsp heavy cream
4Tbsp powdered sugar, sifted
4-5Tbsp water, warm

16 whole Graham Crackers
12-14 mini Snickers, chopped
    1. Combine cornstarch, sugar, salt, and milk in a blender/food processor and pulse until well blended. (or combine and whisk vigorously)
    2. Transfer mixture to a heat proof bowl and place over (not on) simmering water for approx 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    3. Pudding is ready when it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and leave ribbons when pudding is drizzled on top of itself.
    4. Add vanilla to mixture.
    5. Split mixture in half.
      1. Add chocolate to one half and whisk to combine.
      2. Add peanut butter to one half and whisk to combine.
    1. Place sugar and water into a saucepan over medium/low heat and stir until sugar has dissolved.
    2. Dissolve any crystals forming on the side with a wet pastry brush.
    3. Once sugar has dissolved, increase heat to high.
    4. Do not stir the mixture directly. Using the handle, give the pot a "swirl" to keep the mixture moving. The mixture will start to bubble after a minute or so.
    5. Once the mixture starts to turn a light golden shade, add the butter and heavy cream. The mixture will bubble wildly. Whisk to combine. (bubbles will subside upon cooling).
    6. Set aside to cool completely.
    1. Place chocolate and heavy cream in a bowl over (not on) simmering water.
    2. Let chocolate and cream sit for 2-3 minutes to melt without stirring.
    3. Slowly stir mixture to combine.
    4. Add powdered sugar and mix to combine.
    5. Add water 1Tbsp at a time, mixing after each addition until pouring consistency is reached.
    6. Set aside and let sauce cool to warm.
    1. Create a foil sling by placing a piece of foil in a pan with a 1 inch overhang on each side.
    2. Place graham crackers side-by-side until bottom of pan is covered.
    3. Spread a thin layer of chocolate pudding on top.
    4. Place second layer of graham cracker on top of chocolate pudding.
    5. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter pudding on top.
    6. Repeat sub-steps 2-5 until both chocolate and peanut pudding is gone.
    7. Pour cooled caramel sauce on top and set aside to set.
    8. Pour cooled ganache sauce on top and add chopped Snickers on top.
    9. Finish with caramel and chocolate drizzle.
    10. Place cake in refrigerator for freezer for at least 8 hours to set or overnight.
      (Freezer will make the pudding texture to be more like ice cream)
  1. The recipe will yield one 8x8 cake.
  2. Variations:
    1. graham crackers -> chocolate graham crackers
    2. peanut butter -> Nutella
      (Nutella Icebox Cake)
    3. peanut butter -> caramel OR peanut butter pudding -> caramel pudding
      (Twix Icebox Cake, and top with Twix instead of Snickers)
  3. Cake can be kept in the freezer or refrigerator for up to two days.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

(Valentine) Jelly Pops

Layer 1 (Red) - [basically make jello...]
1/2 cup boiling water
3oz package strawberry flavored gelatin dessert (sugar free dissolves very easily)
1/2 cup cold water

Layer 2 (Pink)
1/2 cup cold water
1.5 envelopes plain gelatin
6oz strawberry flavor Yoplait yogurt

Layer 3 (White)
1/3 cup cold water
1 envelope (minus 1/2 tsp) plain gelatin
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

8 wooden sticks, cut into 2 inch lengths
Some type of mold - either ice-pops, cupcake tins, plastic cups, anything really

  1. Layer 1 - Make jello according to directions on box.
      -  Dissolve strawberry gelatin in boiling water. Add cold water.
      -  Pour 1tsp into each mold.
      -  Refrigerate until firm but not fully set (30-45 minutes)
  2. Layer 2
      -  Pour water into small saucepan on low heat. Sprinkle with gelatin and allow to soak for a minute or two, stir constantly until gelatin is dissolved. About 5 minutes.
      -  Remove from heat and stir in yogurt.
      -  Allow to cool to room temperature.
      -  Pour 1Tbsp into each mold.
      -  Refrigerate until firm but not fully set (30-45 minutes)
  3. Layer 3
      -  Pour water into small saucepan on low heat. Sprinkle with gelatin and allow to soak for a minute or two, stir constantly until gelatin is dissolved. About 5 minutes.
      -  Stir in sweetened condensed milk.
      -  Allow to cool to room temperature.
      -  Pour approx. 2tsp. into each mold
  4. Refrigerate several hours or overnight, until fully set.
    Garnish with wooden stick if desired.

I found that the Layer 1, 2, 3 ratios are: 1tsp, 3tsp, 2tsp... so 1/3/2 to get pictured ratios.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Stained Glass Sugar Cookies

1 Package of sugar cookie mix
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Jolly Ranchers

Baking Sheet
Wax Paper
Cookie Cutters (one large, one small)

Preheat oven to 375F

  1. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  3. Gradually blend the dry ingredients.
  4. Roll out dough out flat.
  5. Cut out the cookies with a large (heart) cookie cutter and transfer to a baking sheet. Then cut out the center of the cookies with a smaller (heart) cookie cutter.
  6. Place 2 Jolly Ranchers in the center of each cookie.
    (can break up Jolly Ranchers if you'd like more than 2 colors in each cookie.)
  7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden.
  8. Let cookies stand on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
    (To prevent sticking, place waxed paper between layers of cookies.)