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Clearing out Leftovers: Frosting Edition

If you’re anything like me you end up with leftover frosting (unless you’re a lick the bowl before decorating person) after every cake you make. This gets frustrating when a cup or so needs to be removed from your house before the sugar generously sticks to your thighs. I’ve got the recipe if you’ve got the event to take them! Otherwise you end up with tasty treats to eat.

Most people have seen cake balls, Oreo truffles, or similar sounding & gooey tasting. Most of you bakers have even made them. I’ve got a simple version that is hard to screw up. 3 ingredients, 5 tops!

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See?

Simple Cake Balls
1 box cake mix, cooked & cooled
16 oz (ish) frosting
6 squares baking/almond bark

Directions:
Crumble cake.
Add frosting to your stand mixer. Beat on high until airy & supple. Add cake ⅓ at a time, beating until blended in between add-ins. Refrigerate while prepping next step.
Melt almond/baking bark in a double boiler (or pot & glass/metal bowl) on low. Slow & low is best to avoid scorched bark. Best results come if your water in the bottom pan does not touch the bottom of the top bowl/pan. Stir occasionally until completely melted.
Using a tablespoon roll cake/frosting mixture into formed balls. You can freeze them for short time periods if they become too soft to dunk. Remove double boiler from direct heat and drop rounds into the bark. Roll to cover & remove quickly scooped on a fork & tap gently to remove excess bark. Slide onto wax or parchment paper. Repeat until all are covered. Drizzle remaining bark over cooling balls.
Once hardened, peel carefully from paper (some bottoms will leave behind residue) & serve.
Store leftovers on wax paper in an air tight container in the refrigerator. You can stack wax sheets.

You may not have leftovers, they disappear quickly…

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The specific cake truffles I made were with the following substitutions:
Chocolate cake mix
½ peanut butter cream cheese frosting
½ chocolate fudge frosting
White almond bark melted with 2 TBSPs peanut butter & 8 Hershey kisses.

Follow directions above

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Stealing recipes; it’s what I do!

I’ve never thought you had to have all your own homemade recipes to be creative or classy. Sometimes in life someone does something so well you can’t help but copy cat! I found said item on smitten kitchen’s blog. I had a friend celebrate their 25th last week & I was itching to create. So I begged them (truly) to let me make a dessert item for them. I lucked out & was given two classic ingredients: chocolate & peanut butter!
So I went to my trusty search engine & got to searching. Lo & behold too many delicacies popped up on my screen. A little drool may have dropped. But near the top two blogs stood out: one had gathered her favorite chocolate & peanut butter desserts (many came a close second) & another had a photo of this gorgeous layer cake playing peekaboo.

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Obviously, the cake won out.
I erred twice of importance.
1. When freezing said cake layers, do not stack even with wax paper & zippy bags. No matter what.
2. Do not lose track of sifted powdered sugar in the peanut butter cream cheese frosting, it looks tacky (legitimately).
Oh maybe one more almost error, stir the ganache constantly. It was a close save. Truly.

But hey, people devoured this cake like it was the air they breathed. That is a happy baker. 🙂
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache Celebration Cake

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Jammin’ Time!

Reading my newest issue of Better Homes & Gardens I ran across a tiny section in the know-how section about jam.

I love jam. Jam is delicious. Jam is tasty. Jam is flexible. 3 Jam tastic ideas in the magazine:
Jam-Champagne Glaze –
In a small saucepan heat ½ c seedless jam & 1 TBSP lemon juice until melted. Stir in 1-2 TBSP sparkling wine or 1 tsp vanilla. Spoon over cake layers or serve as a sauce with slices of coffeecake, pound cake, ice cream, fruit parfait, or flour less chocolate cake.

Strawberry Salad-
Heat ¼ c jam in the microwave 20-30 secs to melt. Whisk 1 TBSP vinegar, water & oil. Stir in 1-2 TBSP snipped fresh basil. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Toss with salad & sliced strawberries.

Jam Pinwheels-
Preheat oven 400°. Thaw frozen puff pastry. On a lightly floured surface roll pastry sheet seams flat. Spread with 2-3TBSP jam. Roll up & slice ½” thick. Bake on parchment papered baking sheet 15 min until golden.
^an appetizer change up: beat plum jam & softened 6oz goat cheese in blender, spread over pastry & sprinkle chopped prosciutto. Then prepare as directed.

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Tasty Tidbit Tuesday: Melted Blue Bell Cake

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That’s right. Ice cream cake. Melted. So get your tastebuds rolling, this is the simple version & I’ll follow up with my specific cake & frosting.

I’m pretty sure Mama wouldn’t like me giving away all her secrets but too many ask me for the recipe!

Basic Melted Blue Bell Cake:
2 cups melted Blue Bell ice cream (a pint when melted is just shy of 2 full cups, add milk, preferably whole, for a full 2 c)
4 eggs
3/4 c oil
1 boxed cake mix

Preheat to 350°. Blend all ingredients until creamy, smooth, & evenly distributed.
In a well greased pan ( I really prefer bundt pans for this cake) pour the batter in, keeping it well distributed. Bake for 25-45 minutes until set & a toothpick is clean.
If using a bundt pan, let cool then flip onto a cooling rack & remove the pan. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container for freshness.

Victory Cookies n’ Cream Cake:
2 c cookies n’ cream ice cream melted thoroughly
1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
4 eggs
3/4 c oil

Preheat to 350, blend ingredients, pour in a well greased (crisco spray with flour was very helpful) bundt evenly & bake for 45 minutes. Remove, cool 10 minutes then flip upside down on a cooling rack allow an hour to cool before frosting.

Cookies N’ Cream Frosting:
1/2 c shortening
1 tsp vanilla powder
1 1/2 c confectioner’s sugar (powdered)
2 tbsp milk
10 oreos or similar cookie

Beat on high shortening until silky. Add both powders on low until well incorporated should be thick. Add milk to taste, I like it thin enough to spread but not a glaze.

Crush oreos in a bag until chunky, but not pureed. I like the contrasting texture.

Ice cake to taste, then spoon oreos over the icing and lightly press into the frosting to stick.

Tightly seal the container or eat now. Might need some milk to go with that cake!

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