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Easy and tasty dessert recipes.

Sansa’s Lemon Cakes and Daenerys’s Dragon Egg Truffles

WINTER IS (almost) HERE.
OMG!  OMG!  OMG!

Season 7 of Game of Thrones premiers next weekend and I could not be more excited!  Every preview I’ve seen has been better than the last…and with the series wrapping up next year, things are about to get ca-RAY.

To help get us all in the mood for the GOT premier on Sunday, we’re going to be celebrating Game of Thrones all week this week!

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To kick things off, we’re going to celebrate two of the leading ladies of GOT:  Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen.

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A few weeks ago, we had a little engagement party for my sister and her fiance.  To go with their theme of epic nerdiness, we had amazing decorations and food that all catered to their favorite nerdy things.  Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, Pokemon popcorn, even a handmade IRON THRONE that my aunts made were all part of the epic celebration!

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I mean, look at this awesome thing!

So my contribution to the party was the sweet table…and to pay homage to Game of Thrones, I included Sansa’s famous lemon cakes, as well as spicy chocolate truffles, decorated to look like Daenerys’s dragon eggs.

I had a few requests for recipes, so here they are!  The Lemon Cakes are from Rosanna Pansino, and the recipe for those is linked below.  The truffles were my own creation and you can find that recipe at the bottom of the post!

Happy Game of Thrones week!!

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Sansa’s Lemon Cakes Recipe

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These lemon cakes were made using Rosanna Pansino’s Lemon Cake recipe on her channel, Nerdy Nummies.  The recipe is written out in the description of her video.

Daenerys’s Spicy Chocolate Dragon Egg Truffles

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Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 12 oz. dark chocolate, chopped (keep it around 60% cacao)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • White fondant
  • Green fondant
  • Brown fondant

*If you don’t want to make these spicy, just eliminate adding the spices.

Directions:

In a medium sauce pot, heat the cream and spices over medium-low heat until it comes to a simmer.

Place chopped chocolate in glass bowl.  Pour hot cream over chocolate, shaking bowl slightly until all the chocolate is covered.  Let sit until chocolate is semi-melted, about 5 minutes.

With a spoon or silicone spatula, mix the chocolate until everything is combined.  Cover with cling wrap.  Chill until chocolate is set, about 2 hours.

In the meantime, roll out any color of fondant (white, green or brown).  I suggest going from light to dark so your white fondant stays white.

Roll out white fondant to about ¼ in. thickness.  To cut out the scales, I used a tiny diamond cutter, originally meant for clay.  You can also cut out your pieces by hand…whatever works for you.

Cut out a bunch of scales in each color…like, a bunch.  Like, cut as many as you think you need, then cut more.  I think I averaged about 20-40 scales per truffle.

Once your chocolate as set, take it out of the fridge for about 20 minutes.  Using a spoon or a small ice cream/cookie scoop, scoop out your truffles.  Roll them into a ball first, then shape them into a flat egg (like a Reese’s egg at Easter) and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Work quickly, as the heat from your hands will melt the chocolate.  I rinsed my hands with cold water after every 2 or 3 truffles I made.

Once your chocolate is shaped, just add your scales.  Starting at the narrow end, add one scale in the top center…then just layer the scales all the way down the truffle until it’s covered.  The fondant should stick to the chocolate pretty easily, but you can use a little dab of water if it’s not sticking.

Put truffles back in the fridge to harden up a little bit and then serve!

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9 Delicious No-Bake Summer Desserts

Lez be honest…summer is the worst sometimes.  Here in Chicago, we’ve been pushing temperatures north of 90 degrees F even AFTER THE FREAKING SUN GOES DOWN.  Sure, with an amazing air conditioning system, summer can be a breeze for us Midwesterners…but for those of us getting by on one tiny air conditioner that doesn’t cool any room in the house except the room it’s in, well, summer sucks.

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Because my kitchen is in the back of my apartment, it hardly ever gets cool air from the air conditioner, so cooking in the summer is usually a ton of salads and dinners spent in air conditioned restaurants…and when it comes to dessert, the oven RARELY goes on in the summer.

Thankfully, there are a ton of delicious no-bake summer desserts that can quench your sweet-tooth without heating up your kitchen.  Cool, refreshing, and often infused with alcohol and fruit, these no-bake summer desserts are a great way to cool off without heating up your house.

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9 Delicious No-Bake Summer Desserts

No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes
lovefromtheoven.com

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No-Bake Pistachio Coconut Pie
togetherasfamily.com

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No-Bake Strawberry Jell-O Lasagna
omgchocolatedesserts.com

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No-Bake Lemon Blueberry Parfaits
bakingamoment.com

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No-Bake Cookie Dough Dip
homemadehooplah.com

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No-Bake Pineapple Dream Dessert
meatloafandmelodrama.com

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert
cakescottage.com

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No-Bake Rum Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
thebewitchinkitchen.com

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No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Cheesecake
insidebrucrewlife.com

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10 Cake Pops You’ll Actually WANT to Make

Let’s be honest, no one really LIKES cake pops, right?  I mean, sure…if they’re there, you’ll eat them…but does anyone really CRAVE a cake pop?

Yeah…I didn’t think so.  But that’s all about to change!

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From cake pops with bacon to cake pops made out of those tasty Little Debbie cream pies, these 10 cake pop recipes are treats you’ll actually WANT to make!

Pinterest Top 10:
10 Cake Pops You’ll Actually WANT to Make

Salted Caramel Cake Pops
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Maple Bacon Cake Pops
maple bacon

Geode Cake Pops
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Lemon Raspberry Cake Pops
lemon raspberry

Toasted S’more Truffle Pops
smore truffle

Oatmeal Crème Pie Cake Pops
oatmeal pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Pops
chocolate peanut butter

Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake Pops
cinnamon roll

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
cookie bites

Sweet Chocolate Cherry Bombs
cherry bombs

Want more cute cake pop ideas?  Check out my Pinterest board, Cute Cake Pop Ideas!

 

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11 Magical Unicorn Treats

A few years ago I took a very reliable, 100% true-to-fact quiz online to find out the identity of my spirit animal.  As I entered the magical forest, I waited for my spirit animal to approach…I was hoping for something awesome like a wolf or a bear…but when I clicked, I was so amazed to discover that my spirit animal was none other than the unicorn!

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Yup, the wonderful, magical, colorful, amazing unicorn.  It’s actually kind of perfect considering my love of creativity and imagination…and the fact that my dad would sing “The Last Unicorn” to me before bed every night may have cemented my spirit animal into my subconscious.  Needless to say, my inner unicorn has absolutely loved this recent craze of unicorn-themed crafts and foods….and I just had to gather up a few of my favorite unicorn-themed treats!

Cakes, cookies, candies and more all get the unicorn treatment with this collection of 11 Magical Unicorn Treats!  Great for birthdays or just any occasion where you want to feel extra magical, these unicorn treats will literally help you taste the rainbow!

11 Magical Unicorn Treats

Unicorn Bark
thespruce.com
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Unicorn Blondies
bakeat350.blogspot.com
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Unicorn Cake
100layercakelet.com
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Unicorn Cheesecake
cakestyle.com
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Unicorn Poop Cookies
rosannapansino.com
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Unicorn Doughnuts
eatmecakes_bycathy
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Unicorn Fudge
tastemade.com
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Unicorn Hot Chocolate
dixiecrystals.com
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Unicorn Macarons
kawaiisweetworld.com
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Unicorn Popcorn
kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com
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Unicorn Pop Tarts
awwsam.com
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Pistachio Ice Box Cake

What is it about that artificial pistachio flavor that just tastes so freaking good?  Pistachio ice cream…pistachio cake…pistachio pudding…you’d think the toxic neon green color might deter me, but no.  I love me pistachio flavored anything.

And this Pistachio Ice Box Cake is no exception.  A play on the popular Watergate Salad (another guilty pleasure that I can just eat with a wooden spoon while sitting in my pj’s on my couch watching Gossip Girl), this cake combines only a few ingredients to create a tasty n0-bake summer treat that’s great for, well, anything!

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As is custom with most ice box cakes and pies, this treat gets better the longer it sits.  Since it’s made in a small pan, it doesn’t make many servings, so plan ahead if you plan on making this for a party.  However, because this recipe is pretty simple and VERY budget friendly, this is a great party treat if you double the ingredients and use a larger 9 in. x 13 in. pan instead.

Pistachio Ice Box Cake

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 2.50.16 PMIngredients:

  • 2 (3.4 oz) packages instant pistachio pudding
  • 2¼ cups cold milk
  • 16 oz. frozen whipped topping, defrosted
  • 18 to 20 graham crackers
  • Chopped pistachios for decorating

 

Directions:

  1. Like an 8 in. x 8 in. pan with plastic wrap. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together pudding and milk until combined. Refrigerate 5 minutes.
  3. Fold 8 oz. whipped topping into pudding until combined.
  4. Place one layer graham crackers in prepared pan. Top with half of pistachio pudding. Repeat layers, ending with a layer of graham crackers. Top with remaining 8 oz. whipped topping. Top with chopped pistachios.
  5. Refrigerate overnight.

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Starry Night Pound Cake Bites

As a baker, crafter, and creative brain, I have a tendency to collect more than I need. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I was a HOARDER (though my husband may disagree with me!), but I certainly do have a lot of…stuff. And one thing I find myself collecting, for some absurd reason, is sprinkles.

Do I use a ton of sprinkles? No. Not even a little bit. But if I’m walking through Target or Michaels and there are some cute bunny-shaped sprinkles on sale, how do I say no?

So the other day as I was going through my strange sprinkle collection, I came upon this assortment of Easter sprinkles that I used for a project a while back. I only had a few of each kind, so to save space, I just dumped them all together to create one epic sprinkle mix…and then I got an idea.

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All the textures and colors blended together so perfectly and looked like a lovely starry night sky…so I decided to put this new sprinkle mix to use!

These little bites were literally the result of me going through my cabinets and fridge to find a way to use my new sprinkle assortment. I used a light blue Candy Melts candy to help create the illusion of a night sky, and I just love how these little bites turned out!

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For the cake, I used a Sarah Lee pound cake from my freezer, but you could really use whatever cake you’d like. However, keep in mind that a pound cake is sturdy and heavy, which stands up well to the weight of the candy and sprinkles.

Literally great for any occasion (as long as you have sprinkles for it!), these little Wish Upon a Star Pound Cake Bites were a super fun, fast, and budget friendly project! Best of all, now I have a little more space in my decoration box for more sprinkles!

 

Wish Upon a Star Pound Cake Bites

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite pound cake recipe (you can also use a frozen pound cake if you’d like)
  • Small round biscuit cutter (mine was about 1 in.)
  • Assorted sprinkles
  • One bag Blue Candy Melts candy
  • Disposable decorating bag or Ziploc bag
  • Large yellow star sprinkles

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Directions:

  1. Prepare your pound cake recipe. Bake and cool cake following recipe instructions.
  2. Slice your pound cake into 1 in. slices.
  3. Using your cutter, cut out as many round shapes as you can from each slice.  Using the Sarah Lee cake, I got 2 circles from each slice.
  4. Dump assorted sprinkles on a parchment-lined baking sheet (make sure your sheet has a rim so sprinkles don’t go everywhere!). Set aside.
  5. Melt your candy in a bowl following package instructions.
  6. Transfer melted candy to decorating bag and pipe candy on top of your pound cake pieces. Carefully dip candy side into sprinkle assortment.  Don’t push too hard because then the melted candy will ooze off your cake bite.  Just a light dip into the sprinkle mixture will work.  Transfer to cooling rack.
  7. Once all your cake bites are dipped, use the leftover melted candy to pipe small dot on top of each cake bite. Place large yellow star on top of dot.
  8. Place bites in freezer for 5 minutes to set candy.

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Strawberry Shortcake Mini Doughnut Sandwiches

Nothing quite says summer like strawberry shortcake. Layers of cake, whipped cream, and strawberries combine to make a light and delicious dessert that’s great for any warm and toasty summer day.

Quite a few of the strawberry shortcake recipes out there are made with Sarah Lee pound cake. Now, let me just say something for the record…homemade pound cake—YES. Frozen processed pound cake—NO. Frankly, I think Sarah Lee pound cake is gross…but you know what isn’t gross? DOUGHNUTS!

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Let’s just ignore the fact that I’m blasting processed pound cake for processed doughnuts for a second and admire how yummy these little mini sandwiches look! They taste quite delicious, too…despite the fact that they’re a mess to eat.

Made with Hostess mini doughnuts, these little sandwiches are great for your summer party. I made mine with Cool Whip, which tended to melt pretty quickly, but you can use canned or homemade whipped cream, too.

To make these little sandwiches, all you have to do is slice those little suckers in half and fill them with your whipped cream of choice and top that with sliced strawberries. Easy as pie. I went with traditional glazed doughnuts to mirror the pound cake, but then thought I may as well try it with chocolate doughnuts, too…because…chocolate.

But like I said, these will melt all over the place and quickly turn into a sloppy mess if not eaten fast enough, so keep that in mind if making these for a party. You could set up a decorating bar and have guests make their own, or prep everything but wait until you’re ready to serve to actually assemble these little sandwiches.

I hope you all enjoy these little tasty bites! Looking for a 4th of July dessert idea? Add blueberries to the mix and you have a red, white, and blue dessert worthy of a firework-filled celebration!

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