Monday, April 25, 2011

Whoopie Pies!!!

So this past weekend - being it was Easter - I was going to make carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting in my Babycakes cupcake maker but instead I used my brand new Whoopie pie maker!!!

OMG!! I'm in LOVE!! These came out terrific!!
I used the recipe from the Babycakes Whoopie Pie maker using a cake mix and the marshmallow filling. Absolutely wonderful!!
It does take a little time to get use to the machine and timing the pies - they cook very quick!!!!! The last batch cooked in about a minute and a half.
But over all so super easy and very yummy.
Now on to different flavors. I'm thinking strawberry cake and cream cheese frosting. Or maybe a chocolate chip cake with a chocolate filling. I know I'll be making a pumpkin ones for the holidays. It's endless!! Babycakes has done it again!!
Happy snacking!!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My collection is almost complete!!

Look what I received in the mail today - a Babycakes Whoopie Pie maker!!

A few weeks ago I received a call from Laura of Select Brands - the wonderful company that makes the Babycakes treat makers. They love my blog and all the great snacks that I make in my cupcake and cakepop makers. I told her I will eventually have all the treat makers and she was kind enough to send me a Whoopie Pie maker to get me closer to that goal!! She also sent me some of the Babycake cupcake liners and cake pop sticks as well to try out.
I'm so excited!!
I was going to make carrot cake cupcakes for Easter Sunday but now I might make carrot cake whoopie pies!! OMG - my head is spinning with all the wonderful treats I can make now!!!
Happy snacking!!

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Vacation recipe part 2 - Crabby Balls

These are kind of like the ones I just had at Dick's Last Resort only they are baked not fried. Very tasty especially with the Chipotle dipping sauce.

What you need:

6 oz crab meat
1/2 egg; beaten
4 tbs bread crumbs
2 tbs chopped onion
Old bay seasoning
Hot sauce
Chili powder
Olive oil or spray oil

What you do:

Open and drain the can of crab meat. Put crab into a large bowl and fluff with a fork. Add egg and bread crumbs. Mix well. Add seasoning to taste (from the above list or whatever else you'd like to add). To make balls take a spoonful and shape into a ball in your hand. Spray each well with cooking spray or brush with olive olive oil. Place balls in the cake pop maker and cook about 5-6 minutes. Brush tops with olive oil then turn balls and cook about 5 more minutes. Take out and enjoy with the spicy chipotle sauce - recipe below.

Chipotle dipping sauce:
From Group

Happy snacking!!

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Vacation recipes part 1 - Hush Puppies

So my husband and I are on vacation this week and we went to this great restaurant in Baltimore's Inner Harbor called Dick's Last Resort. A great place for apps and drinks. The whole premise of this place is that the waitstaff are boisterous almost obnoxious but that's their shtick. Very different but a fun place non the less. And the place was packed on the outside deck (it was 87 degrees :)

Anyway, we had this great app called "crabby balls". So good and it got me thinking I could totally make these in my Babycake Cakepop maker!!! (Stay tuned!!)
But these reminded me of Hush Puppies - a southern kind of corn bread but with onion and deep fried. So Yummy!! Now to try these two recipes out!! Hush Puppies first.

I found a great baked Hush Puppy recipe from the Deen brothers (Paula Deen's sons). I made one batch which made 24 hush puppies. The first 12 were exactly the way the recipe called for.

Which were great! Not exactly a true hush puppy. But they aren't fried so they wouldn't be the same. But they aren't like corn bread either. I made a honey butter to go along with them and that was a perfect spread for them.
The next 12 I spiced up a bit with Old Bay, paprika, hot sauce, and red pepper flakes. I, as did hubby, liked these better.

The color looks more "fried" but they had a nice kick to them too. For these I made a chipotle dipping sauce which has a kick to it also but has a sour cream base so it's not so spicy. Overall I will be making both of these again. Very tasty. And making them in the Babycakes Cakepop Maker was so super easy!! Love it!!

Follow below for all the recipes.

Baked Hush Puppies from the Deen Boys:

Babycake Cakepop maker instructions:

What to do:

Spray each well with cooking spray with flour included. Fill each well to rim. Cook about 5 mins turning once.
Take out and enjoy!!

Chipotle dipping sauce:
From Group

Honey butter:
3 tbs butter softened
1 tbs honey
Mix together - so easy!!

Spicy Hush Puppies: add the following to half of the above recipe. Just double it for the the whole recipe.

What you need:

1 tbsp hot sauce
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp old bay seasoning
1 tsp red pepper flakes

What you do:

Spray each well with cooking spray with flour included. Fill each well to rim. Cook about 5 mins turning once.
Take out and enjoy!!
Happy snacking!!

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Test kitchen - frozen cookie dough

So while cleaning out the freezer (in my continuing effort of Spring cleaning my house) I came across a box of frozen oatmeal raisin cookie dough all the way back in the freezer.

These cookies are really good and big when baked. And ALOT came in the box. Anyways they had been forgotten about until today.
Because I'm Spring cleaning that meant the oven is also being cleaned so I couldn't cook the cookies in there. So wanted to see how they would come out in my Babycakes Cupcake Maker.
I cut them up - and got 4 mini cookies per normal size cookie.

Baked them 4-6 minutes. And YUMMY!!

Bring on the milk!!
Needless to say the box of frozen cookie dough is now gone and happily in our bellies!
Back to cleaning!!
Happy snacking!!

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Friday, April 8, 2011

A bad week

Sorry I haven't been posting the last few days. My husband and I had quite a bad week - our tv and dryer died.
The dryer we could understand- it's probably 15 years old. But the tv is only a little over two. So with the tv not working and being reduced to our "postage stamp" size one for a week needless to say the Babycakes cupcake maker hasn't been preparing any treats either.

But .....
Today all is good again!
Dryer - fixed!!
TV - fixed!!!!!
Babycake cupcake maker - making treats!!
Just a usual - well at least in this house - Buffalo Chicken Flowers!!
It's also perfect that everything is working again because we start our vacation today. And in honor of that my hubby got me a present I just had to share.

It's a cupcake wine glass!! Love it!! It so cute!! And now I have something to accessorize with my cupcake apron and keep me refresh when I make cupcakes in my Babycakes!

Stay tuned - I have lots of new treats to make while I'm on vacation next week!
Happy snacking!
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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Love it!!! Great find of the week!!

So today I found the cutest little cupcake stand. I found it at a store called Homegoods. I just love it!! A. It's soooo cute - a white stand with red and pink polka dot ribbon. But I can change the ribbon for holidays or to match my cupcakes and snacks!!! B. It was on clearance for 3.99!!! And C. It's the perfect size to show off all my Babycakes treats!!
Love it!!
Happy snacking!!

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Taco not grande

I'm obsessed!!

I can't stop cooking in my Babycakes Cupcake Maker!!
These are one of my favorites!
I love how the shells become crispy.

Makes 8 tacos.

What you need:

1/2 cup ground beef
3 tbs chopped onion
Soft taco shells or soft tortilla shells
Ground cumin
Hot sauce
Garlic power
Salt and pepper
Cooking oil
Pie crust cutter- the one that comes with your Babycakes
A sharp knife
A frying pan

What you do:

Place your pie crust cutter on one of the soft taco shells. With a knife cut around the shell to make a circle. You may not need the knife to do so but it is easier if you do use one. With each shell your should get 2-3 circles.

Next brush all the tortilla circles with oil and place into the Babycakes cupcake maker. You do have to work a little harder in forming these shells and don't worry if they rip it won't affect the final product.

Cook for about 10 minutes- until slightly golden brown. Do not cook them all the way because you will have to finish cooking with the beef mixture and cheese and they can burn. I know - I've done it.
As these are cooking start chopping your onions and put in the pan and cook with the beef.

Add spices and seasonings - to taste. Cook until the beef is no longer pink. After the taco shells are done put a little of the beef mixture and some cheese on top (as much as you like).
Cook a few more minutes until the cheese has melted. Remove from your Babycakes cupcake maker.
Add some sour cream and salsa and enjoy!!

Happy snacking!!

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