Ok so a lot of things I make are completely from scatch but that doesn’t mean I don’t cheat sometimes. Now I like brownies but there not my favorite thing, BUT these were pretty amazing not going to lie. The nice thing about these are that if you are going to bake for holiday party, you kids birthday or so on, even though they aren’t completely homemade 1. no one has to know & 2. atleast you added a little special twist to the normal brownie to make them even better and 3. way better then just buying something already made at the store or just bringing brownies that are clearly straight from the box mix. A little effort can go a long way.
What do you need?
DARK chocolate brownie mix (dark chocolate comes out wayyyy better then any other kind) Semisweet chocolate morsels Mini Marshmallows, graham crackers, butter & sugar
How do you make these?
First make the graham cracker crust. It’s really simple. Crush up 1-1/2 cups (24 squares) of graham crackers. If you put it in a zip lock you can easily crush them. Melt 1/3 cup butter, then in a small bowl mix the graham crackers, melted butter and 1/4 cup sugar. After spraying the brownie pan press the graham cracker crust into the pan with not too much pressure. You can decide however thick you would like your crust to be. I then put the pan in the over that should be preheated to 325-350 (whatever the brownie box says) for 2-3.
Make the brownies how you would make any other brownies. I personally like my brownies to be kinda gooey so I normally put the brownies in about 7-10 minutes less check on them with a toothpick & decide how much longer they really need. I take them out when there still gooey but the edges are more cooked. Pour the brownie mix over the graham cracker & cook.
Once you take them out throw on the chocolate chip morsels all over the top. They will probably start melting right away because of the heat. Then I topped them with mini marshmallows & threw the pan back in the oven on broil until they were brown. BE CAREFUL & WATCH them because they can burn very easily. You can use big marshmallows if you would like. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.
Well it was my sisters 25th birthday so like every year I had to come up with some cool cake for her. I did make her a cake too but this post is about her cupcakes. She LOOVES fashion & every girl who loves fashion loves shoes so I made her high heel cupcakes.
To make these I used: funfetti cake mix, graham crackers, white chocolate melts, colored sprinkle, decorating gel, colorful cupcake holders, homemade vanilla frosting, hazelnut piroulines,
First I baked some cupcakes & let them cool down. As that was happening I cut the hazelnut piroulines on a diagonal & the graham crackers as you can see below. I cut them on a diagonal (they dont need to be perfect) then i melted the white chocolate & dipped the graham crackers in them. I used a knife to spread the white chocolate out. * if the white chocolate in the bowl starts to harden just put it in the microwave again to melt it. Once that dried i took some of the frosting gel & lined the edges & then dipped the sides into sprinkles I put on a plate. After that was done I made some vanilla frosting which I dyed different colors, frosted the cupcakes & designed however.
Once that was all done I took a spoon & took some of the cupcake off. Making these next time I would do it a little differently. I would place the graham cracker in first to see how they should be placed in & then spoon some cupcake away.
Once you take some of the cupcake away you place the graham cracker into the cupcake & at the same time dip the edge of the hazelnut pirouline into some white chocolate & stick it to the graham cracker to hold it up. Hold it there for a second til it dries & DONE. To decorate the shoes more I made some fondant bows. Now this was my first time making these so I learned my lessons & would be able to do them better next time. My advice do a few cupcakes fully through & then go back to the rest & do those. You can then learn from your mistakes & have most of the cupcakes turn out wonderful. (So bake all the cupcakes & separate the few when it gets to the spooning out some cupcake step)
Below are a few close up & side views of the cupcakes.
My dads two favorite things Chipotle & Cake. So I made my dad a Chipotle Cake.
To make this cake you need: Cake Mix, Frosting (I made chocolate & cream cheese frosting, recipes not added yet), pie crust, fondant (make or buy), food coloring, shredded coconut & raisins.
For some cakes I use box mix & some Ill make myself. I was already going to be spending time on decorating & was pretty busy with school work so I decided to go with box mix. For the decorations you do not need to use the exact things as me. You can make some components in many different ways.
To begin I baked a few cupcakes & 2 rectangular cakes in throw away pans. I made two because I was 1. unsure if I would make a mistake & need a back up or 2. make it a layer cake. (I ended up throwing the second cake away, but this was all from 1 box cake mix.)When they came out I let them cool then put the cake not cupcakes in the fridge/freezer to make it easier to shape. I made the chocolate frosting in the meantime. After the were in the fridge for a while I shaped the cake using a serrated knife. I curved the edges & sides like a burrito looks. Below shows you what I did to begin & how it looked more to the end. I did carve more after the picture but you get the idea. * It doesn’t have to be perfect I mean real burritos arent. Afterwards I put a thin layer of frosting on the whole thing as a crumb coat. I then put it back into the fridge. While the cake was back in the fridge I had rolled out some store bought fondant. I colored the fondant by taking some chocolate frosting not using food coloring but it worked. After the cake was in there for a while I took it out and frosted the cake smoothly. Then I covered the cake with the rolled out fondant. I added a little more colored to the fondant by smearing some more frosting onto it. On the back end of the cake I wrapped it in real tin foil.I ripped the end of the fondant where the “inside ingredients” were going to come out so it looked like someone had bitten into it. To make the inside ingredients I used coconut as the cheese, green colored coconut as the lettuce (put some coconut in the ziplock with green food coloring & shake), raisins as the beans, & fondant for the corn, rice, & tomatoes. Below is a picture of the fondant rice I made.
I made cream cheese frosting to look like the guacamole & sour cream. I frosted 2 cupcakes one colored one not. I used some of the frosting to help the ingredients stick to the edge of the cake under the fondant.
For the chips I used store bought pre-made pie crust. I cut it into triangles & baked on 350. I stuck some in the cupcakes, put some on the side of the burrito & made some coming out of the bag I got at Chipotle. I did cut the bag so it was shorter. (I did not get the chips bag that they actually use for the chips, I got the other bag.)He loved the cake & how real it looked. I was happy I was able to make most of the cake edible. The only things that were not were the napkins, tin foil, & the bag. You can actually make edible looking tin foil but I opted out.
I WANTED TO MAKE MY FRIEND CUPCAKES & SHE LOVES PB & PRETZELS & OBVIOUSLY CHOCOLATE. SO I PUT THEM ALL TOGETHER & MADE SOME CUPCAKES.
TO MAKE THESE DELICIOUS CUPCAKES I STARTED BY MAKING SOME CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS & PUTTING THEM IN THE FREEZER TO COOL. ONCE THEY ARE COOLED YOU PUT 1 OR 2 AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CUPCAKE TIN. I USED SIMPLE VANILLA BOX CAKE MIX FOR THESE CUPCAKES. WHILE THEY WERE BAKING & COOLING I MADE SOME PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING. WHAT YOU NEED: 1 1/2 STICKS BUTTER ROOM TEMP, 1 CUP CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER, 1 TSP VANILLA, 1/2 TSP SALT, 1 1/2 CUP POWDERED SUGAR & 1 1/2 TBSP MILK. CREAM TOGETHER THEN BUTTER & PEANUT BUTTER. THEN ADD THE MILK & SALT. ONCE THAT IT ALL CREAMED ADD THE SUGAR LITTLE BY LITTLE. ONCE THAT IT ALL MIXED IT WILL SEEM DRY, START ADDING SOME MILK TBSP BY TBSP.
FROST THE CUPCAKES & DECORATE WITH SOME MORE CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS. YOU CAN ALSO DRIZZLE THE CUPCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE TOO!ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS YUM. THANKFULLY I SAVED SOME FOR MYSELF & THEY DIDNT ALL GOTO MY FRIEND. THEY WERE MY DINNER FOR THE NIGHT, I HAD 3!
IT WAS MY DADS BIRTHDAY & WHAT OTHER KIND OF CAKE TO MAKE HIM OTHER THEN A KNICKS/METS CAKE. HE HAS BEEN A LOYAL FAN SINCE I COULD REMEMBER EVEN WHEN THEYVE MAYBE NOT BEEN THE BEST.
FOR THIS CAKE I MADE A KNICKS JERSEY WHICH HAD HIS AGE (OOPS SHOULD I HAVE NOT?) & HIS NAME. THEN I MADE THE METS BASEBALL MASCOT MR.MET.
I SIMPLY BAKED A RECTANGULAR CAKE. AFTER PUTTING IT IN THE FRIGE FOR A WHILE WHICH MAKES IT EASIER TO CUT I CUT OUT THE SLEEVES & THE TOP NECKLINE. I DECORATE WITH FROSTING I HAD MADE & DYED & THE BLACK WAS A GEL I BOUGHT AT THE STORE.
FOR THE BASEBALL I MADE A LITTLE RICE KRISPIE TREATS & ROUNDED THEM INTO A BALL. I THEN MADE SOME MARSHMALLOW FONDANT WHICH WAS EASY TO MAKE BUT I WOULD NEVER DO AGAIN. I WOULD DEFINITELY BUT IT INSTEAD. BUT FOR THE FONDANT YOU JUST SIMPLY NEED MINI MARSHMALLOWS & POWDERED SUGAR & FOOD COLORING IF YOU WANT TO COLOR IT. GOOGLE MARSHMALLOW FONDANT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IT YOURSELF. I THEN COVERED THE RICE KRISPIE BALL. I MADE A LITTLE NOSE WITH THE FONDANT AS WELL.
THEN I DECORATE WITH GEL I HAD BOUGHT AT THE STORE.
I ALSO MADE A FEW CUPCAKES WITH SOME EXTRA BATTER I HAD. I HAD COLORED THEM MORE FOR FUN NOT AS MUCH FOR LOOKS.
EVEN THOUGH I WOULDNT GO AS FAR TO SAY THAT IT LOOKS PERFECT & PROFESSIONAL, MY DAD LOVED THE CAKE & WAS HAPPY WHEN I SURPRISED HIM WITH IT. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT EVEN IF YOUR WORK ISNT AS PERFECT AS YOU WOULD LIKE, EVERYONE WILL STILL LOVE & APPRECIATE IT!