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Mini Olympic Torch Cupcakes

This post could also be titled “Great Idea Bad Execution” or “Why Not To Cook While You Are Sick”. Yes, I crashed and burned a little bit yesterday making these cute cupcakes, but whats a torch without a little fire? ūüôā

Let me back up a little- I saw this great idea for torch cupcakes in a recipe book about a year ago… sorry I don’t remember the name of the cookbook, so I can’t properly thank them for this wonderful idea. I thought I would tweak it a bit and share my creation with you all! I was THRILLED to find these adorable mini ice cream cones- I knew they would be the perfect size- I like a small cupcake I can just pop in my mouth all at once.

Ingredients:
1 box of Confetti Cake Mix
60-70 mini ice cream cone cups
frosting
yellow food coloring
orange fruit roll-up (I used “cherry orange wildfire”…. perfect for a flame!)

1. Make cake mix as instructed on the package. My first attempt at making these failed after this step when I added 200% more water than instructed. Nice, right? Since I wasn’t feeling very well my sweet husband ran to the store and grabbed another confetti cake mix for me. Phew. I guess this is what I get for trying to be creative when I am sick!!

2. Place mini ice cream cones in a cake pan. I only used 2/3 of a cake mix and therefore ended up only using 40 cones. Don’t ask me why I made it so complicated!!!

3. Fill ice cream cones with cake batter. I didn’t fill them to the top- I would say each cone was about 75% full.

¬†4. Bake as instructed on the cake mix box. For cupcakes I needed to bake mine for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees. After about 23 minutes I pulled my little cupcakes out of the oven just SURE they were done- I mean, they were in the oven for longer than instructed and they were SMALL cupcakes. And I didn’t use an entire cake mix. Well, they weren’t done. The bottom of each of the cupcakes was nice and goopy. I didn’t find that out until after they had cooled, and I checked to see how my little torches were doing and saw this:

¬†Yes, a hot mess of gooey cupcakes and deflated ice cream cones. But as you can see by the picture there were a handful of cupcakes that didn’t LOOK too bad (although partially uncooked). In desperation and determination I decided to frost the good ones. Because I think the idea is fabulous. My execution- not my finest kitchen moment.

5. Use yellow frosting or add yellow food dye to white frosting and frost away! Can you just see my poor cupcakes leaning over….sigh.

 6. Cut flames out of an orange fruit roll up. I think Airheads would also work well.

 7. Attach the flames to the torch. Quickly snap a picture before the flames fall flat on the cupcake.

8.Give a cupcake to your eager four year old and watch her run around the kitchen holding her olympic torch. Wipe away the tears because you didn’t give up and you were able to give your kiddo a few moments of sheer pleasure.

And isn’t that what the Olympics are about, anyway? Doing your best, never giving up, and running around with a torch. Perfection.

Happy Teaching!

National Truffle Day

May 2 is National Truffle Day. What a perfect time to make a delectable treat! And I have to admit that I have never made truffles before- I was SHOCKED to find out how quick and easy they can be to prepare!

I found this¬†particular¬†recipe for cake batter truffles from Christy at The Girl Who Ate Everything. (Love the name of her site-¬†especially¬†since I am the world’s most picky eater and can’t bring myself to eat a lot of things!) These truffles were DELICIOUS! And so easy!! I didn’t include the recipe on my blog, since I don’t want to take any site traffic away from Christy and it just didn’t seem like proper blog etiquette! Am I crazy?!

Mix the ingredients together. Include your child by letting her add the rainbow sprinkles.
Roll out dough. Chill for 15 minutes. The great thing about making no bake truffles: You can make a variety of sizes without worrying about them being under or overcooked. Boo had a great time making ginormous truffles as well as some that look like a snake ūüôā
After truffles are chilled and dipped in chocolate- add more sprinkles! This was lots of fun for my little girl!

Baking with your child can be a great way to build your relationship. And after you are done spending time working together in the kitchen, you can indulge yourself with a yummy treat! It’s like a win-win situation!
Happy Teaching!

Peppermint Bark

Merry Christmas! We are just settling into our new home and starting some fun new traditions. One new tradition will be this extremely simple yet so DIVINE recipe for peppermint bark by Taste of Home. I am in Christmas heaven every time I take a bite! And my little Boo can help me with the recipe- YAY!

Ingredients:
6 squares (1 ounce each) white baking chocolate
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup crushed peppermint candies

1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt white chocolate at 70% power; stir until smooth. Repeat with chocolate chips.

2. Stir 6 tablespoons of crushed candies into each bowl.

Boo unwrapping and crushing peppermint candies.

3. Drop white chocolate and semisweet chocolate in alternating spoonfuls onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet.

4. With a metal spatula, cut through the chocolate to a swirl.

5. Sprinkle with remaining crushed candies.

6. Chill until firm. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator (if there is any left! ha!)

They are as tasty as they look! And SO super simple! Enjoy!
Happy Teaching and Merry Christmas!

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