Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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‘Tis the season! What better way to welcome December than with an inviting and delicious mug of peppermint hot chocolate! According to Foodimentary, December 3rd is National Peppermint Latte Day, but in honor of the true holiday spirit I decided to ditch the caffeine because, after all, hot cocoa is Santa‘s favorite drink! These past three days have been nothing but gloom and rain (a rare occurrence in sunny Southern California!) and I’ll I’ve wanted to do is sit in bed with a warm drink and watch movies with my dog! Continue reading

Candy Dump Cake (Easy & Delicious!)

I know it’s post-Halloween and pre-holiday season, but before we attempt to start our fall diets, here’s a last-mintue (and totally worth it) treat to try! I never know what to do with my leftover Halloween candy; although I can undoubtedly finish it in less than a day, this year I decided to use the candy to make a FAN-TASIC confectionary creation! I had promised my friends that I would bring a candy cake to school the day after Halloween, so my baking time on Halloween night was very tight. Thus, I have two versions of this recipe: 1) A perfectly sweet homemade cake OR 2) A super easy cake that only requires 5 minutes to prepare (look below)! The light vanilla cake tastes fantastic just on its own, so you can only imagine how amazing it tastes when infused with Snickers, Kit-Kats and Butterfingers galore! The candy becomes a luscious caramel filling that coats the cake with an indulgent layer of sweetness and later solidifies to form a yummy, gooey, candy crumble! Feel like a little kid with this out-of-this-world candy cake…It’s love at first sight! Enjoy!!!

Recipe: Leftover Halloween Candy Bundt

**NOTE: Make sure to take out the cake out of the immediately after baking so that the melted carmel/candy does not stick to the pan!! For a super EASY version, just use a yellow cake mix and add in your candy before baking.

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Holiday quotation: “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” –Shakespeare
For me, Halloween is not complete without decorative desserts like cute spider web cookies and oreo mud pie! Although definitely not a baker, my mom would always make rice crispy treats, wrapped in orange cellophane and packaged in a giant witch’s cauldron, to donate to my elementary school’s “Halloween Haunt” bake sale. I loved the treats so much, that half of them would “vanish” even before they arrived at school! I’ve recently discovered (or re-discovered!) how much I love the presentation/decoration side of baking, so enjoy the chills and thrills of this year’s Halloween with these amazing candy corn cupcakes! Of course, the cupcake is light, moist, and delicious, and the frosting is too sweet to resist! I loved experimenting with the design; if you look closely at the pictures, you can see the 4 different cupcake liners I used in the process! Have fun with sprinkles, candy corn, M&M‘s and colored frosting in your design undertaking! I “witch” all of you a Happy Halloween! Enjoy!!

Recipe: Candy Corn Cupcakes

Chocolate Covered Honeycomb

Hi, everyone! I apologize for the lack of recent posts, but this week was my first full week back at school–oh, the horror! Fortunately I had saved some recipes so that I could quickly post them during the school year, for between my full course load and extracurriculars, I must  force myself not to bake! (Although, I did bake my famous Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies for the first day of school, which were undoubtably appreciated by tired brains mourning a relaxing summer.) I’ve recently become very interested in making candy because it’s very similar to a chemical lab in science class. I made these chocolate-covered honeycombs, my fastest recipe yet, which turned out crunchy and delicious! I had never eaten honeycomb before, but being one of my mom’s favorite candies, they most definitely lived past her expectations; the honeycomb was light, sweet, and airy. And of course, how could anything dipped in chocolate go wrong? Enjoy!

Recipe: Chocolate Covered Honeycomb

Candy Store Chocolate Fudge

My first attempt at candy-making: Candy Store Chocolate Fudge! Fudge reminds me of my favorite candy store when I was little, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.  Apparently I wasn’t very adventurous with my choice of sweets (I would always buy my favorite caramel apple!), but my mom’s pick was their famous chocolate fudge! But now that I’m older, I’m ready to experiment, so let’s talk fudge! I was so surprised how incredibly fast and easy this recipe was to make! (And I was also happy to use the leftover condensed milk from my Chocolate Flan Cake!) The fudge was wonderfully rich, decadent and delicious…it would be great paired with some caramel and sea salt! Enjoy!!

Recipe: Simple Fudge Recipe

**NOTE: Try adding nuts/marshmallows/etc to your fudge before chilling!