10.24.2014

Brown Butter Apple Pie Rice Krispie Treats


If you follow me on Facebook, then you probably caught a glimpse of these rice krispie treat favors I posted last week. Totally adorbs, right? They hold a special place in my heart, and not just because they were made for my baby nephew's welcoming party, but because they were the first rice krispie treats I've made with actual marshmallows.

You see, I've always made rice krispie treats with marshmallow creme because my religion restricts me from eating pork, and most gelatin comes from pork, and ALL marshmallows have gelatin. But my marshmallow creme failed me when I needed it the most and I ended up using these kosher marshmallows that my friend had literally just given me earlier that same day. Talk about a lifesaver!


It was a such a big difference using real marshmallows! The mixture was all stringy and gooey, something I never experienced when using marshmallow crème. And the treats themselves turned out  to be a near carbon copy of the ones I loved as a kid. At that point, I swore to never go back to marshmallow creme and with the extra Rice Krispies I had on hand, I knew I needed to share a blog worthy version of them.

And so, I came up with apple pie rice krispie treats, with BROWNED butter. Holy moly, if you've never smelled brown butter combined with marshmallows, you need to. I want to make it into a candle. It's shove-your-nose-into-the-saucepan good. And it elevates these rice krispie treats to a whole new level.


10.21.2014

Holiday Baking with Cake Boss + GIVEAWAY!


If you're in the Eastern Time Zone and you're reading this post as soon as it has gone live, then it's precisely 8:00 p.m. where you are at. You're probably getting comfortable and turning on your television to watch your favorite Fall shows that have delightfully returned. Well, let me tell you what you'll be doing tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. You will be tuning in on Facebook to watch an interactive LIVE demonstration hosted by the one and only Cake Boss, his 11-year old daughter Sofia, and his lead decorator, Gabrielle Parisi!


Yes, I'm referring to THE Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC hit TV Series, Cake Boss and designer of a growing line of Cake Boss bakeware/cakeware products & accessories to help you bake like a boss! In his 60-minute demonstration, he will be showing viewers tips and tricks on how to decorate seasonal treats, starting with his new Cake Boss Ghost Cakelette Pan, perfect for Halloween! This pan is exclusively available at your local Kohls store, and if you purchase it now, you could get a 30% savings! As a matter of fact, all Cake Boss products are 30% off at Kohls this month!

Another product Buddy will be using in his demonstration is his new Cake Boss 4-Cup/2-Tier Round Cakelette Pan! How adorable is this pan y'all! I have made quite a few tier cakes in my life but I know these mini tier cakes will go down in history as the absolutely cutest. You could snag your pan off Amazon, and it will arrive just in time for you to present elegant mini cakes for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas!

And should you have any questions during the broadcast, you'll be able to ask Buddy in real time and get an answer right on the spot via the live chat feed!

Buddy will be demonstrating a range from easy to intermediate decorating ideas so there's something for everyone to learn. One of the products I'm particularly excited about seeing Buddy use is his new Cake Boss Cast Iron Cake Decorating Turntable. As an avid cake decorator myself, I know how essential it is to own a turntable and this looks like the ultimate tool to add to my kitchen. You could purchase it off Amazon as well.

Now, are you ready for the giveaway?! One of you lucky readers will win ALL THREE Cake Boss bakeware products I have mentioned in this post! All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

Paleo Lemon Cupcakes with Coconut Whipped Cream


Today, my dear friend and soul sister Nora is going to wake up thinking it is just another Tuesday. But today is in fact, not just another Tuesday. Today is her surprise virtual bridal shower day! SURPRISEEEEEEE NOOOORAAAA!


And this isnt an ordinary virtual bridal shower either...it's a Great Gatsby/art deco style inspired bridal shower! Since we couldn't style a real life dessert table for Nora, we styled our desserts at home instead! And I decided to take it up one more notch and make a dessert inspired by the book itself: lemon cupcakes, which if you recall are Daisy Buchanan's favorite!


However, since I was making these cupcakes for Nora and not Daisy Buchanan, I had to make them dairy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar free! This was no easy task so I have to hand it to Nora for the amazing stuff she cranks out from her kitchen. The struggle is real, folks. Having to eliminate certain things from your diet and replace them with completely different ingredients and then furthermore, create a whole blog around that diet, or should I say lifestyle, is no joke. Props to you, my homeskillet.

10.15.2014

Raspberry-Glazed Chocolate Cake Donuts #CookingForACure


I upgraded to a regular donut pan, y'all! The mini one was cute and all, but having to bake multiple times to finish off the batter was getting a bit much. Aint nobody got time for that, for real! So, I snagged this beauty off Amazon and I must say, I will be giving it five stars for making my life easier. And for bringing these bangin donuts into my life.


This recipe may look familiar to you and that's because, it was the first one I made in my mini donut pan. Back then, I topped these donuts with a chocolate glaze, but today, in honor of breast cancer awareness day, I topped them with a bright pink raspberry glaze. Also, I switched out some of the all-purpose flour in the recipe for cake flour, because after all, it is a chocolate cake donut. And cake flour always takes baked goods to the next level, which is what we want here. Delicious, next level chocolate cake donuts with an awesome naturally dyed glaze.


10.13.2014

Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes


You guys. I got so caught up in pumpkin everything that I completely overlooked the fact that it's apple season too! OH the blasphemy! How could I forget about my single most favorite fruit on the planet? I am ashamed.

So, I am apologizing to my apples the best way I know how....with cupcakes. Salted caramel apple cupcakes, in their honor! The best salted caramel apple cupcakes you've ever had. TRUST.


They are super tender and fluffy and the salted caramel buttercream is worth eating with a spoon. To give these babies the official caramel apple look, I doused them in even more caramel (a little too much perhaps) and stuck a lollipop stick in them. In doing so, some of the salted caramel sauce actually soaked into the cupcake itself! I'm totally going to pretend that I am a culinary genius and did that completely on purpose.